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Hi I'm Richard

I have lived all over Canada and Western Europe. I am getting ready to retire and serving a Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person who is about to retire after 38 years in the field of Education. Retirement will be where I can share more time and adventures with my wife and Eternal Companion. As hobbies I love photography and spending lots of time in nature which is a good combination. As well model trains and riding on real trains is a diversion that I greatly enjoy. I have traveled much throughout my life and hope to continue in that in retirement at some level. As well there are my children and grandchildren who provide me with great joy whenever I get the opportunity to get together with them. The ultimate for me now is to serve the Lord through all the opportunities that will present themselves.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in University, before I joined the Church, I had a professor in a media class challenge us to develop our core beliefs and then make sure that our photography represented those. This made me start to think about what my beliefs were. In the following three years I began a journey looking at all religions to see what was there for me and what was true. Through various unrelated contacts with Church members I was able to start to discover things about the Church that made it appealing. At my first teaching job I met a member of the Church. He invited me and my wife to his home and we began to associate with them a great deal. I saw that the way he lived his life and the way his family lived together that there must be something to this Church. Upon further investigation and reading the Book of Mormon and gaining a Testimony of its truthfulness I was baptized in 1978. As I grew in the Church I came to develop that core belief that my professor had talked about some years before. I discovered it one day on my way home from work when I pulled over on the side of the road and took a walk down a tree lined lane. As I looked around it dawned on me how true everything I had learned in the Church was. I had reaffirmed my core belief. The Church brings us purpose as to why we are here on earth. It also provides us with hope for our time on earth and what will happen to us when we leave this world. I know who I am and I am totally confidant in all that I can do to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One of the best ways that I live my faith is showing respect for people in the same way the Savior shows love and respect for all of his children. I would hope that others would see me living my beliefs and values and that they would want to look into seeing what makes me happy. I live my faith by doing and attempting to do what is best for those around me. It is through service that we will find joy and discover who we really are. My wife and I visit teach and home teach three sisters who are a blessing in our lives. We try to help them at all levels with all that they might need but our interaction has caused my wife and I to be blessed in our lives. We learn the joy of service is what brings us true happiness. Sadly one of these fine women has recently passed away and she will be missed greatly but having had our association with her I am committed to serve others to help them.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

As a Future Senior Missionary, along with my wife, we have been planning for the last five years to have ourselves organized so that we can be ready to serve a mission. We made sure that all debts were looked after and that through provident planning we have appropriate resources to pay for our Mission. Show more Show less