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Hi I'm Richard Hale

I'm in school to be a teacher. I'm going to be a linguist. I make recipes, spray paint art and short stories. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the dry heat of Las Vegas, NV among one of the most diverse and amazing populations in the world. Being the youngest of six kids, I always got lots of love from my family, even if it was via intense teasing. I started working in restaurants in high school from them I learned to appreciate not only good food, but also the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of my labor bringing happiness to those that partake of them. At 19, I left my family and friends to serve a mission for the Church in the jungles, both urban and remote, of Guatemala, where I learned Spanish and so much more about the Gospel than I had previously imagined. After two years, I continued on with college in a new town and started a new life for myself. Before long I met a beautiful girl at work and before long, flirting blossomed into a committed relationship full of adventure and love! I thrive on the thrill of broadening my horizons. I love to find new music with obtuse melodies and clever beats. Whenever I am not busy with school, I experiment with short stories, composition and art. To me, creating something unique that expresses emotions, thoughts or beliefs is one of the most rewarding experiences that we can have. If I can take a new path up a mountain, see a new movie or taste a different kind of food, I will! And in my downtime, I like to immerse myself in a movie or a video game, being the pioneer of another world's atmosphere and adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family like many others, but I can confidently state that I remained in the Church because of my own personal conversion. In preparing for my mission to Guatemala, I felt the need to know whether or not the message of the Restored Gospel I would be sharing was true. To me, if it weren't true then I wasn't going to leave everyone and everything that I cared about behind! So, in order to figure out for myself the truth of the claim of the Restoration, I read the Book of Mormon, which stands as the primary fruit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I read it, I learned about the Nephites and the Lamanites, peoples that lived in the Americas that worshiped the same Jehovah from the Bible. In on of the latter books called Third Nephi, I read about how the resurrected Savior Jesus Christ visited these tribes and how he had brought to them the New Gospel, just like he had done in Israel. At the end of the book, I was invited by the prophet Moroni to pray to my Heavenly Father, in Christ's name, to know whether these words which were translated by a young man by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. were true. Since faith is something we must act upon to prove God's words, I knelt and prayed, asking again and again whether the book was really what it claimed to be. The answer didn't come right away, but it did come right when I truly needed it. I knew through the Spirit, which manifested the truth to me in the way that only he could, that the Restoration was real. I knew that Joseph Smith Jr. was a man called of God through prophesy and the priesthood to restore the essential truths of the Gospel to all of mankind so that through knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, we can all be with our families for all eternity. Many times since that first lightbulb, God has reaffirmed these truths to me. The Atonement of Christ is real. It can, through obedience to the Gospel, wipe your slate clean of sin and replace guilt with gladness. It is true.

How I live my faith

Ever since I came back from my mission, I've worked in my local ward to plan, supply and participate in activities that all can enjoy. Parties, feasts, dances; you name it, I've helped make it a reality. I think that sharing with others in celebration or commemoration really brings a community together. Occasionally, I am asked to give talks in church or teach lessons in Sunday school. I cherish these opportunities because it lets me really focus on a precept of the Gospel that we all need to work on, and in the process of studying for the talk/lesson, as well as in the act of giving it, I learn so much and the Spirit really drives home something that I didn't realize I was missing. Whenever I can, I love to go to the nearest temple. Whether its just sitting on the grounds or participating inside, I receive the soothing aid of the Spirit that brings me peace of mind and spirit, giving me the strength to be a better man than I was. In getting ready for the temple, my bishops have been key to my preparation, lending me wise counsel and demonstrating their loving faith in me and the Savior.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Richard Hale
There is a common misconception that the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reflect a lack of respect for the beliefs of others. The truth is quite the opposite. We, as members and as missionaries, have personally experienced great blessings that have come due to the Restored Gospel. Like any good thing, we hope to include others in experiencing an increase of joy, security and faith in God. We want others to feel the love of God and the light of truth just as we have, therefore we go out of our way to invite others to partake of the fruits of the Restoration. Sure, sometimes it may be awkward or may seem out of place, even at times unwelcome, but please realize that what we do isn't because we do not respect your happiness or your way of life. We simply want to share with you one of the key sources of our own joy. There really are actual blessings that come from understanding the role of the family and the Atonement though the Gospel of Christ. So if you happen to hear a knock on the door from the missionaries, or receive an invitation from a neighbor or friend to share in a ward activity or simply to have dinner and talk about Christ, please accept, not only out of courtesy, but out of the possibility that what they have to share could change your life forever for the better! Show more Show less