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Hi I'm Dick

About Me I am 75 years old and a retired teacher at a small college. I have a Ph.D. in sociology. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 75 years old and a retired teacher at a small college. I have a Ph.D. in sociology. I have been happily married now for 57 years to my high school sweet heart. We have four children, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. My family is very important to me and this includes my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

"Why I am a Mormon," my son asked me this same question on why I firmly believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The first reason I gave him is a very personal one that can not be explained scientifically. At the age of 16, I was dating a girl who was an active Mormon. I questioned her faith and her belief that there was only one "true" church upon the earth. This being, of course, hers. I don't have the room to elaborate on all the experiences that followed, but one morning while attending a Mormon meeting, a strong spiritual impression came upon me and a still small voice came to me testifying that indeed the Mormon Church was the "true" church upon the earth. I call this a "still small voice," but it was strong enough that it changed my whole life. From that day until now I have remained active in the Mormon faith and can not deny this spiritual experience. The second reason I gave my son is that I have read the Book of Mormon and can find no fault with its writings and I am always spiritually uplifted by its teachings. As a sociologist, I have been taught to be critical in evaluating things. However, not only do I find the Book of Mormon to be logical, but I can't deny how spiritually uplifting the teachings are in this inspired book. It is in deed a second witness of our Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The Mormons are known world wide for the service they render to others and their missionary service. I have tried to do both. I was a bishop (Pasteur) in a congregation of 500 people. This was a non-paying position of service where I looked over both the spiritual and physical needs of my members. The Mormon Church has a welfare program where those in financial need` can be helped. I also called members to teach our young people and adults spiritual lessons on Jesus Christ and His gospel. Again these are non-paying positions and our members fulfilled these assignments out of love for others. My wife and I, after retirement, fulfilled three missions for our Church. One to Thailand as humanitarian missionaries where we helped teach English to the Thais and worked with the Thai government social services. Later we returned to Thailand as missionaries to teach the gospel, and as our last mission we served in American Samoa where my wife served as a nurse over seeing our young missionaries and I taught the college age Samoan members classes on the Book of Mormon, the Old and New Testaments, and Marriage and Family Relationships. These three missions we served at our own expense. Currently, my wife and I volunteer our time in the Mormon temple doing vicarious work for our dead." This is vicariously doing baptisms and other ordinances for our ancestors who lived upon the earth at a time when they did not have the opportunity to accept the gospel and receive these required ordinances. I firmly believe that my ancestors have the opportunity of accepting this vicarious work, and will have all the blessing of our Saviors gospel. I also serve as a "Home Teacher" where we go into the homes of members and teach them gospel principles and watch out for any need they might have temporally. In essence, my companion and I are a help to our bishop to report to him any needs the family might have.