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Hi I'm Richard Gates

I'm a Mormon. I grew up not belonging to any church or even attending church.

About Me

I'm married and a father of five, with one still at home, and another one that has returned. And another in college. Two more married, with one grandchild, and another on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up not attending any church, nor belonging to any denomination. Until I met someone at work who was the first person I knew to really live their faith. I wanted to know why it was so important to her, and what was special about it. So I ask if she had any reading material about her church and faith. After reading what she provided, I asked for more. After a couple of months of attending social functions and activities, and reading and studying materials she provided, I finally started attending church with her. After a month or so of participating and attending, I knew that I couldn't go back to living as I had before, that I had to commit to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and join His Church. For me, the Gospel made sense. It provided answers to questions that had bothered me and kept me from joining other churches that I had attended with my friends. I provides me the pattern and framework to raise children in a difficult world. It provides me with guidance on how I should live and interact with others, both within my family, and those i come in contact with. And it teaches me that I have a Father in heaven that loves me, no matter what I do, and who wants me to do better each day.

How I live my faith

I attended church each week with my wide and our daughter. I work with the various wards (congregations) in our area, helping to instruct and support their efforts in teaching others about our beliefs. My wife teaches an early morning gospel study class for high school students who choose to participate. I visit 3-4 families (most are mature single sisters) each month to share a message or fix a garden hose, or something else.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Richard Gates
Absolutely not; we help during natural disasters providing physical labor when members are nearby. For example, members helped with the clean up from gulf coast hurricanes and super storm Sandy. We also provide supplies and support through other relief organizations in other parts of the world (Far East, Africa, South America, etc.) when disaster strikes. Show more Show less