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Hi I'm Dick Carpenter

I am a third generation native Arizonian on my mothers side. I have lived here all my live and I love the heat! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I retired a few years ago from a 41 year career as a circuit board designer in the Aerospace industry. Now that I have time on my hands, so to speak, I love fixing things for my wife, my children's families and friends. I love doing handyman work. As the father of 9 children you can imagine it keeps me busy most of the time. Six of our children are boys so I got involved in all aspects of the Boy Scout program from Cubs through Ventures. I love the great outdoors and that part of the program especially. Camping became a big part of our family fun and I'm lucky to have a wife who likes it almost as much as I do. She is my biggest fan and support. Over the years there have been many opportunities for me to share abilities and talents with many young men. My favorite part of Scouting is the Varsity Scout Mountainman Rendezvous held every two years in the Mesa Arizona District. I love dressing in mountainman regalia and camping in my tee pee. Yes, I have a tee pee. At the Ronnyvoo as we call it I have taught hide tanning, totem pole carving, dead-fall trapping methods and currently teach leather work and how to do loom-less bead work. It is a lot of fun and I love to watch the light in a young mans eyes when they hit that AHA moment and they figure something out for themselves. A few years back they gave me the mountain medicine name of Musicmaker. I guess they think I enjoy playing my guitar and leading songs and doing fun stuff. I guess they are right.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born to L.D.S. parents and raised in the church, I still had to find out for myself if it was the true church on my own. I attended Seminary classes in high school and Institute of Religion classes in collage which gave me a better understanding of the gospel teachings and principles as well as attending my regular meetings on Sunday. A personal study of the Book of Mormon and studying the life of Joseph Smith and the church foundation in the latter days gave me a knowledge of the restoration. I put the promise of Moroni to the test by prayer and asking for a confirmation of the Holy Ghost that it was all true and received the confirmation I was looking for. That was the beginning. Time after time this has been reaffirmed in my heart as I read, study, pray and listen to teachers and the Lords anointed prophets at Conference time. I am a Mormon because it is true.

How I live my faith

As a father of six boys and three girls there have been so many opportunities to show my faith through service. I've helped with Cub day camps, helped my wife coach t-ball and little league teams (she's the real baseball pro in our family and I was the assistant coach), gone to so many school concerts and performances, served on many different Boy Scout Leader positions, helped with girls camp, helped with church camp outs and more. Except for illness, my wife and I try hard to never miss sacrament meeting. It means so much to me to be able to take the sacrament each week. I currently serve as our Primary music leader on Sunday and I love it. Testimony building through song and music is such a great way to watch the children in our ward grow! On Wednesdays I am the assistant Webelos Leader in the Cub Scout Program for our ward. It is a real challenge to keep the boys interested and moving forward on their progress especially with the new Cub Scout program.