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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a social worker, fly fisher, pumpkin grower, and world traveler, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In some ways you could say I have come full circle. I live in the same city in Utah where I was born and raised, but only after a forty year nationwide journey. You could say that this has also been a journey of my faith. I have come to cherish the experiences I have had with people of my Mormon faith as well as people of others faiths I have come to know in the various places we have lived and traveled. So far I have had the opportunity to visit 49 states ( Lori my wife of 45 years, has said that we are saving Hawaii until we are old) and 30 countries. I have come to the simple conclusion that in spite of the color of our skin or our political views that we are all God's children and as such have many more similarities than differences. I was trained as a social worker and practiced in that field for 38 years. My training and experiences taught me the responsibility we have to those who struggle in life and are less fortunate. The example of Jesus Christ and his teachings have been a vital part of my professional life, and his example and admonition to care for the poor and needy has been a guiding influence to me. My commitment to the less fortunate is being put to the test when Lori and I depart for an 18 month humanitarian mission to South Africa. We are excited and a bit frightened about this new responsibility. We are gratified that LDS Charities a non-governmental organization (NGO) sponsored by the LDS Church is engaged in such worthwhile ventures.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess you could say I came into the Mormon faith the easy way. I have a rich Mormon pioneer heritage and was baptized when I was eight-years-old. In my early years my parents did not practice their faith so I was left to find out for myself. My belief that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and that Joseph Smith was visited by the Angel Moroni is something that has come easy to me. I am grateful that God loves his children enough that he speaks to living prophet in our day. Certainly no-one would question that there is a need.

How I live my faith

I am a strong believer that it is important to follow the admonition given in the Doctrine and Covenants (an LDS book of scripture) which says: "succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down and strengthen the feeble knee." I have tried to put this into practice by being the president of the board of directors of our local women's shelter and teaching marriage classes and classes to engaged couples along with my wife.