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Hi I'm Rich

I grew up in El Paso, Texas, but have lived all over the USA and in Japan. I was a naval officer for 21 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church, joining while was attending college at the University of Houston. I enjoy being outdoors, playing golf, going 4-wheeling, and enjoying nature. I love to travel and experience new cultures. I enjoy live theater and have dabbled on and off with acting. I love music and have attempted numerous musical instruments. I enjoy playing for my own enjoyment and have dreams of actually becoming good at some point (guitar, banjo, ukelali, harmonica, strum stick, key board). I have fun dabbling with some basic magic tricks and juggling. I am retired after more than 50 years in the healthcare field. I spent 21 years as a naval officer and 4 years as a police officer. My favorite things are my wife of 48 years, my kids (3), my grandkids (9), and my Golden Retriever (13 years).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home, where church activity was a part of everyday life. My parents led example through activity in the local congregation. I think I had a natural curiosity about the nature of God, Jesus Christ and my purpose for being on earth. I was introduced to the church by a girl that I dated in high school and then learned more about the church from another girl I dated in college. As I learned about the church I was excited to discover answers to questions like "Where did I come from?", "Why am I here?" and "Where will I go after this life?" Answers to those questions up to this point seemed nebulous at best, and seemed to fall under the category of "the mysteries of God". As I studied to doctrines of the church I soon discovered that as a Mormon, I really didn't have to give up any of the basic doctrines taught by my parents, but I was able to add a better understanding of the nature of God, the mission of Jesus Christ and my relationship to both through the Holy Ghost. As I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, and every time since, the Spirit bore testimony to me that it is holy scripture, and goes hand in hand with the gospel truths taught in the Bible, as a second testament of Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt that Jospeh Smith was a prophet of God and that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, in the restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ. I know that the church is led by a prophet today, just as the church of old was led by prophets. I know that if I want to talk to God, I need to get down on my knees, and if I want to hear from God, I need to pick up the scriptures and listen to the voice of the prophet. I love the fact that the church teaches that the most important and fundamental unit of the church is the family, that no success in the world can compensate for failure in the home, and that families are forever. How could I possibly turn my back on that? It is the sabilizing force in my life.

How I live my faith

I have always been involved in leadership positions in the church, at all levels, and have enjoyed opportunities to teach, both adults and youth. My favorite memories are when I was the adult leader for the 11 year old Webelos Scouts. I enjoy singing in the choir. My service as a home teacher has been both the most frustrating and most rewarding experiences in the church. Opportunities to participate in disaster relief efforts following both Hurricane Ivan and then Hurricane Katrina taught me the joy of service to those in desperate need. I enjoy teaching and public speaking.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Jospeh Smith, but we know him as a the Prophet, know him and respect him as an instrument in the hands of God in restoring the gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Holy Bible is a sacred writing that testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and and contains his Gospel. It goes hand in hand with the truths also recorded in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

While the church has a strong tradition of missionary service, and it is encouraged, it is not required. Missions are voluntary and missionaries are not paid for their service, which is usually from 18 months to 2 years. It is considered a privilege to shoe love for other people and the Lord by sharing the gospel. Show more Show less