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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a father of two. I'm an African. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I live in Ghana, a country in West Africa, with my family. I have two children, a girl and a boy. I studied Public Administration for my first degree. However, I have come to realized that my real passion lies in IT. I love phones and new tech. I'm very tech savvy. I love reading about new innovations in smartphones and IT in general. I am very handy and love finding solutions for people. I love talking about current affairs, politics, cultures. I love good music - alternative, acoustic, reggae...

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Presbyterian, with a strong desire and love for God. I participated in Sunday readings, church Bible quizzes, and singing competitions. However, after secondary (high) school I felt a yearning for something more, something I wasn't getting. I stopped attending church until one early Sunday morning. I had woken from sleep around 5:00 am with a strong stupor in my mind that I should go the Latter-day Saints Church. I had received the ‘Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith’ pamphlet a year earlier when the missionaries visited an aunt of mine in our home. I had read the pamphlet, armed with questions to ask the missionaries if they ever returned. Before this I had never had any encounter with the Latter-day Saints. The LDS chapel was far from town and I had only seen it a few times when I had traveled past it. I remember having a strange feeling each time I saw he building, but that was it…nothing more! So on this morning in May 2003 I didn’t know what I had to do. But the urge to go the Church was too strong to ignore. I remembered then that there was a family nearby who were Latter-day Saints. I went to their home and asked about their Sunday meeting time. They were happy to take me along. I don’t remember what happened that day, but I had a feeling to find out more. The lessons with the missionaries went very well till I was baptized on 26th July, 2003. I was privileged to join the Church at the right age. I served a mission between March 2005 and April 2007. I haven't felt any better about and closer to God than being a Latter-day Saint. I have received answers to my questions. I have received more in teachings, friendship, family. I feel happy when I serve others and also share the message of the restored gospel of our savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve as a counselor to the Bishop in my ward (branch). I also teach the Self-Reliance class for my ward. The Self Reliance program has been instituted by the Church to help members and non-members learn to start and grow their own businesses, search for jobs, and find financing for education.