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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in the state of Washington, I'm married to my highschool sweetheart, I work at Boeing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently going to school to earn a Masters Degree in Business while working full time. I fell in love with my highschool sweetheart and luckly she later fell in love with me. We have now been married for 30 years and have been blessed with two grown children. I am a proud Grandpa of two grandchildren who I love beyond words can say. Some things I enjoy doing are traveling, doing yard work and socializing with people. Reading is another pass time that I enjoy, trying to read at least 10 to 12 books a year.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the organization of the Church provides me with opportunities to both exercise and strengthen my faith in the Savior. As I have strived to live the gospel principles I have learned, just as the scriptures say, “line upon line precept upon precept here a little and there a little”. This is how I have come to know that we have a Heavenly Father who knows each of his children by name and loves us each of us unconditionally. Because of this love I know that He provided a plan for us to become like Him. Coming to this earth to learn obedience through exercising our faith in Him was a part of that plan. We had to leave Him in order to do this, and since we all make mistakes we are unable to return back to our Heavenly Father without relying on the atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that the Savior came to this earth and lived a life that provides an example of how we should live. I also know that He took on the sicknesses, weaknesses and short comings of the world. We can be literally healed both physically and spiritually by having faith in Him. I know that Jesus died and was resurrected on the third day with a glorified and perfect body of flesh and bone. Because of this act I know that death is not the end of life. We will all be resurrected and live eternally with a perfect physical body. I have had times when my faith has wavered. Those are the times when I have had to preserver by praying more fervently and reading the scriptures more consistently. As I look back, those are the times when I have grown closer to the Savior and Heavenly Father. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God who translated the Book of Mormon so we could enjoy the fullness of the Gospel today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God written especially for our time. I know that we have a living prophet today to help us deal with the problems that we face, just as the prophets helped the people who lived during the Bible and Book of Mormon times.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily event. Currently I am serving as a bishop in a young single adult ward. This calling keeps me very busy participating in a variety of activities ranging from service projects, camp outs, barbecues, talent shows, and Hawaiian luaus. I love being with young people who have bright futures and desire to serve the Lord. Meeting with them and hearing about their concerns and fears provides an opportunity to help them to see who they really are and what their full potential is. One common piece of council that I share is that Heavenly Father did not send us to this earth to fail. He has provided us with everything we need to succeed if we put out trust in Him and follow His Son. Striving to emulate Jesus’ life will help us find our lives by loosing ourselves in His service. It is only through the Son can we return back to Heavenly Father.