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Hi I'm Richard Jorgensen

I'm a dreamer of impossible dreams. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a little town in Utah. I’m the oldest of three, and have an American mother and a Canadian father, which gives me dual citizenship. I did Tae Kwon Do from age 5-15, and achieved the rank of black belt. This taught me courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and to have an indomitable spirit. I started scouting at age 8, and earned my Eagle. Through scouting came my love of fishing, camping, shooting and, of course, knives. I could happily live in the woods, starting campfires with rocks, and tanning the hides of animals. During high school I was on the ballroom team, and served in the presidency my senior year. I also did show choir, and was in every spring musical. I was cast as: Gad in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, Potsie in “Happy Days, the Musical”, Monsieur André in “The Phantom of the Opera”, and the dashingly handsome Sir Galahad in “Spamalot”. I also helped build all the sets, and even came back to build, and be the stage manager for my sister’s school play “Shrek, the Musical”. I was on the swim team for 4 years, and now work as a lifeguard and swim instructor. I’m a proud D&D and Dr. Who nerd. I attended UVU for a year on scholarships, including one I received for being my high school's Vocal Performance Sterling Scholar. I’ve been called to serve in the New York Utica Mission, and am excited to serve. When I return I will pursue my life-long dream of becoming a husband, father, and a marine animal trainer.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, I was lucky enough to be born into a Mormon family. I went to the children’s classes at church, and was baptized at the age of 8. That is the age which we feel a person can be responsible enough to begin making their first covenants with God. Why did I stay? Some people think that 3 hours of meetings every Sunday is just too much. The funny thing is we go to a lot more than just 3 hours. We have all sorts of leadership and educational meetings, and not just on Sunday, but we also have a lot of fun gatherings and occasions as well. I love the people, and the peace, and the love, and the security, and truth that is taught. Being told you are saved is one thing; knowing with absolute certainty is another. I have an unshakable testimony of the scriptures, Holy Ghost, the prophets, and the temple, and of the importance of those things. Why am I a Mormon? Because nothing could make me happier!

How I live my faith

I have served in several different leadership positions in my church starting at age 12. Each one has been specific to the needs of the age group I was currently working with. Some of these responsibilities included: making sure that all of the people in my group were doing well, and were aware of the various activities that were coming up, and making sure that the church was properly cleaned after meetings. As I am going to leave for a 2 year mission soon, I do not have a permanent assignment. Instead, I help out by giving the occasional lesson in Sunday School, or my other meetings, or serve as a chaperon for youth conference, or a leader for scout camps. I am also a substitute for the children’s classes if a teacher cannot make it. The main thing I am doing right now is preparing myself for my mission. I will be teaching people about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and how it can bless anyone’s life, no matter where they are, or who they are. I have been preparing for a mission my whole life, but as it was coming to the final months before leaving, there were some big steps for me, such as being prepared and worthy to enter into the holy temple of the Lord. Even growing up in the church there was still so much about the temple that I did not know. What happens in the temple is not secret - it is sacred - and I will hold the experiences that I had in it close to my heart for the rest of my life.