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Hi I'm Richard Boyer

I'm a retired pediatric neuroradiologist, now preparing to serve with my wife as a missionary in the Manchester England region.

About Me

I am 71 years old and (gratefully) still in good health. I enjoy road biking, tennis, pickle ball, water skiing and snow skiing. I recently retired as pediatric neuroradiologist working at a tertiary care children's hospital in the mountain west of USA. My wife and I are parents of 8 wonderful children, 7 daughters and one son. Our goal in life for our children for many years was "seven brides for one brother" (a takeoff on the name of the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers".) We realized that goal when our youngest daughter was married last year (2016). We are the proud and grateful grandparents of 21 grandchildren, ages 20 to 2 with two more babies on the way this year! My wife and I are now preparing for full time missionary service to begin early in 2018. (See below). It will be hard to leave our family, but we feel that our service will be a good example to our children and grandchildren. I'm excited to serve as a missionary with my wife. We have been married for 46 years. Nearly every day of our marriage, I've said good bye to her to go to school, work or to church leadership responsibilities. It will be wonderful to serve together!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 5th generation Latter-Day Saint (Mormon). Some of my ancestors were among the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when it was organized in upstate New York in the 19th Century. Many of them came west as pioneers and settled in the mountain valleys of Utah, USA. So I grew up in the LDS faith. However, we all come to the point where we have to decide if what we have been taught as we have grown up is what we truly believe. I have crossed that bridge and know for myself that the doctrines and principles believed and taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I know that we have a loving Father in Heaven with whom we lived before this life and who is the Father of our Spirits. I know that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to show us the way to live and to suffer, die and be resurrected for us. I worship the Father in the name of the Son by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, as prophesied anciently, in these last days with all the rights, power and authority necessary to open to me and to those I love the door of salvation and exaltation in the Kingdom of God. I know that this church is presided over by living prophets and apostles, just as was the church set up by Christ during His mortal ministry. But it would be of no use to know these things, if they didn't make a better man out of me and make me happier in this life. As mentioned above, we believe that the family is the basic organization of the church. Because of the restoration of priesthood power, families (husbands and wives, parents and children) can be sealed together, not only for this life, but for eternity. I find great comfort in the knowledge that the relationships most precious to me in this life will continue beyond the grave, if I live worthy of them, and will go on forever. So I am a Mormon because it offers the happiest life now and in the world to come.

How I live my faith

The LDS church has no paid ministry. Local members, male and female, provide the leadership, teaching and service to conduct and speak at services, teach children, youth and adults, and serve each other in many ways. We truly live in a community of believers. None of us is perfect, but we are all trying and find great support from each other. I've been privileged to work a lot with the youth of our church in the areas where we have lived. I've taught teenage young men and young women in Sunday School, worked with the young men in their priesthood training and scouting and taught adults in Sunday School, as well. For much of my adult life, I have held leadership responsibilities, serving as a lay leader (bishop) of two local congregations (wards) and president of a group of local congregations (stake). It has been a privilege to work with, train, encourage and be taught be other leaders, male and female. Women leaders are very important in the LDS church and serve in many important leadership, teaching and service roles. More important than the institutional church is how the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses us individually and as families as we try to pattern our lives after the teachings of the Savior and His modern apostles and prophets. I am doing my best to walk the covenant path of discipleship back to my loving Heavenly Father. His Son, Jesus Christ, makes it possible to walk that path. I have tried to be a faithful husband and father in my home. We believe that the family is the basic unit of the church and that the church is made for the family and not the other way around. When our children were growing up, we held daily scripture study each school day morning, knelt together in family prayer morning and night, and attended church services together on Sunday. My wife and I tried to set a good example of a married couple who are faithful to each other, who love and cherish each other and support each other in our individual areas of growth and service.