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Hi I'm Richard Seel

I was born at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and found The Church when I joined the Navy in 1966 after I dropped out of Univ. of Michigan.

About Me

I am a retired Registered Investment Advisor with a practice in Pleasant Hill, CA. My son-in-law Matthew Wright now runs the day to day operations. Twice each year we conduct client seminars to update our clients regarding how the economy is affecting their investments. Currently we are managing over $80,000,000. My residence is in Trinity Center, CA and I attend the Weaverville Ward working with Bishop Turner Jones as his Executive Secretary. I am married to a beautiful wife for over 40 years. We have four children, three daughters and one son. They combined have blessed us with 17 grandchildren with another due in February. I am active in my Ward with Missionary work, Home Teaching, Teaching Youth Sunday School Class, and singing in Sacrament Meeting when I am called to do so. I am spending much of my time working with a Trinity County Collaborative and State of Jefferson movement as a co-chairman.

Why I am a Mormon

I am now a Mormon or member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because my prayers have been and continue to be answered, usually daily. My first 19 years were spent being raised in a protestant church where I was reminded each Sunday that I was probably going to hell. More interestingly while they taught us we should pray, they didn't explain either how to pray and/or how to receive an answer to our prayers. Peculiarly, they just said we should pray, but it seemed without any much focus or direction. It wasn't until I started studying with the missionaries in Norfolk, VA that I discovered what my previous church neglected to teach me, which was how to pray and how to get answers to my prayers. They didn't seem to understand how we should pray and get answers back (i.e. revelation). So for these reasons they never taught it to me while I was growing up. When Joseph Smith asked the Farther and the Son which church he should join? He was counseled to join none of the them with these words from The Savior said to him, "...they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof. He (Christ) again forbade me to join with any of them." The power that they "deny" or fail to teach is the power of the Holy Ghost. Learning to have charity, Christ like love, for those around me is my lifelong quest. But recently I have had some family set backs which have humbled me greatly. I am now committed more than ever to follow Moroni's description of Charity (see Moroni 7:45). Taking names to the Temple is most gratifying which I do often. Observing and watching my children raise their children in The Gospel is my greatest joy. Last but not least I am persuaded of the Love My Heavenly Father has for me is real and discernable. I can tell it in a 1,000 ways each day. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and what he has done for me.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is very cool. Let me share with you why? It is cool because of four major concepts, which were taught to me early when I was taking the lessons from the missionaries. 1- I am a child of God. I am a son of royal birthright. I can be a King and a Priest unto the most high God if I am obedient to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel and endure to the end. 2- The spirit of the Lord is not the spirit of contention. When one starts arguing the spirit of the Lord is greaved and leaves the person to contend alone. This is not how our Lord wants us to teach the Gospel to others. 3- My Heavenly Father did not send me here (to earth) to be a failure. Everything I need to be righteously successful He's provided for me if I am worthy and seek to live righteously. 4- My Patriarchal Blessing pointed out that I would have the ability to teach complicated topics clearly. This has been born out in both my profession career and my church life as a missionary and teacher. Many of the people I talk to or teach comment about how much they enjoy our conversations and the because they understand clearly what I am teaching. This is only accomplished through the power of the Holy Ghost. I've been a member now for some 49 years and I know that the choices I made to pray and find out for myself that these things are true has been and continues to be the greatest blessings of my life. Now my greatest joy turns to my family as I watch my children and their spouses teach and live the Gospel with their children, my grandchildren.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Richard Seel
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was and is the only way men and women can reconcile themselves with the demands of Justice of our Heavenly Father. The sacrifices described in the old testament, which Moses taught the Children of Israel in the wilderness were examples or "types" which pointed to the ultimate sacrifice which our Lord Jesus Christ performed. His sacrifice satisfied the demands of Father's justice, because he was pure and without blemish, which was the same standard Moses taught. Remarkably Jesus did this willingly and without regard for his own desires. He repeatedly taught the Apostle, "... I have come to do the will of the Father ..." He taught us in the Lord's Prayer, "... thy will be done." His perfect example of being submissive to the Father in all things made him the only worthy sacrifice to atone for our sins. By having Faith in Him, Repenting of our Sins, being Baptized by immersion for the Remission of our Sins and receiving the Holy Ghost by the Laying on of Hands, we can begin the journey back to return to our Father in Heaven. The last step is that we must "... endure to the end ..." for the Savior taught, "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21) "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angles; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27) Show more Show less