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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon, I grew up in California and joined the church at the age of nineteen while living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Me

I am a retired schoolteacher, I taught sixth grade in Fresno, Ca for twenty-two years. Prior to teaching I was in direct sales for fifteen years selling mostly medical products. But teaching is what I enjoyed best I like kids since I never really grew up myself. I also served in the Army Reserve for ten years as a Lieutenant having received my commission through ROTC at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church and joined through the efforts of my best friend, whom I met in high school. I was somewhat of a loner and somewhere along the line he reached out and we became close friends. I admired his "clean" habits and at times he would invite me to his church and I went along, I had no church of my own, just a belief in God. We graduated from high school three years later and attended junior college together. I was the only non-Mormon in a five person carpool. All of my Mormon friends attended something at college called the Deseret Club, it was also called Institute. It was a lot of fun along with some religion classes. I soon became very involved with a whole new set of friends and greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of these friendly and loving people. As the school year came to a close another friend started teaching me more about the church and invited me to listen to the missionaries during the summer break. I readily accepted the invitation to be baptized in August of 1968. I actually joined the church purely for social reasons at first. I enjoyed the standards, friendship, and love of the members. It was not until a year later when I decided to go on a mission tha I prayed

How I live my faith

My wife and I recently moved to Utah and were given the opportunity to assist others in developing more self-reliance by helping them get out of debt, organizing their homes, and improving their self esteem. We saw many people improve their lives with some education and a little push here and there. Currently my wife helps support the women's organization in our local congregations and I am a resource for one of our local wards when they need something from the stake (diocese).