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Hi I'm Rich

I'm an I.T. Geek. I'm a Jeeper. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love going jeeping and mountain biking, and have passed these hobbies on to my entire family. I've been married for 20 years, and have 4 great kids - all still at home. Much of our time is spent helping kids with homework, running between school activities and softball and lacrosse games. When we have time, we pack ourselves into the jeeps and head for the rocks. Professionally, I'm in Information Technology management. I've always loved working with computers - mostly because I like figuring out ways technology can help solve tough problems. My kids just think I'm a computer geek. I'm OK with that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. In fact, most of my ancestors are Mormon - going way back to the mid 1800s. But I have had to make up my own mind to live my life according to the faith. As I've matured, I've come to realize more and more how important my beliefs are to my happiness. Most of my happiness in life comes from my family. When I consider the values learned through the Church, I can't imagine a better way to raise a family. I truly believe that families are intended to, and can be, together forever - in this life and the life hereafter. True happiness is always founded in following Jesus Christ. Because of Him, I know I can be forgiven of my failings. I also know that He loves me and wants what is best for me. The church has helped me understand who I am, my relationship to God and His son, and the importance of my own family.

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith every day. This means praying and reading scriptures - on my own and with my kids. It means attending church meetings on Sunday. It means making choices that will help me become closer to God - using clean language, avoiding downgrading movies or TV shows, and being honest in my business and personal life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mormons are definitely not required to serve a mission. All young men are encouraged to serve if they are capable of doing so - but it is definitely voluntary. I chose to serve a mission. It was a fantastic experience - one that has served me throughout my life. I learned a new language, a new culture and came to know and love the people I worked with. I have always felt like my experience on a mission allowed me to serve others - but that service has benefitted me. Mormons are not required to serve a mission - but it is a great opportunity for those that chose to do so. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Mormon faith - He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. The purpose of the Church is to help individuals and families learn to follow Jesus Christ and return to His presence some day. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Only God can can help you truly know that Mormonism is true. Of course you'll have to do your part: Study. Investigate. - study, investigate, learn what you can. But most importantly, pray and ask God to help you know what is true... There are a lot of people that will say different things about the church. But in the end, you will have to consider what you have learned, and pay attention to how you feel when you pray and ask God. He will let you know. Show more Show less