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Hi I'm Richard

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah but spent the entirety of my professional career in the Midwest. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired professor of exercise and sport psychology. I have a passion for sport psychology, applied statistics, research design, and research methods. My hobbies include tennis, golf, basketball, volleyball, weight training, jogging, Mormon history, historical novels, travel, and family history research. I once played volleyball in a national tournament against Tom Selleck. I have been married for 46 years, have four children and 14 grandchildren. I have visited every state in the USA except two and hope to get to all 50. I have also traveled internationally to Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, England, Spain, and Portugal.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from Mormon pioneer stock on all of my genealogical lines. My ancestors left comfortable lives in Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom to gather to "Zion" in Missouri, Illinois, and Utah. Life was rough and difficult in Utah in those early years. I always admired the faith of these early pioneers and wondered if I could exhibit that kind of faith. My conversion to the Mormon faith did not come until I was serving my full time mission as a young man. As a missionary my faith was challenged by ministers and people of other faiths who tried to destroy my faith. It was only through a serious searching of the scriptures within the Bible and Book of Mormon and through earnest prayer that I was able to claim a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that belonged to me and not my ancestors in the gospel.

How I live my faith

I served a full time Mormon mission to the Central States and Canada as a young man and as a tour guide on Temple Square as a retired person. I enjoy teaching people of other faiths about the Mormon Church and look forward to other opportunities to do so. I believe that the best way to feel God's spirit is to study His Word in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Much of my life long service in my church has been through working with the youth in sporting activities such as volleyball, basketball, softball; and in scouting activities such as camping and hiking. I still exercise five days of the week lifting weights, playing tennis, and running three miles each day.