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Hi I'm Ritchie

I believe in Christ. Knowledge that Christ lives has improved my life for the better.

About Me

I am a professor and have taught at major universities. I have several children and grandchildren. I like golfing, biking, outdoor activities, and home projects. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I went to college, I needed to know for myself whether God was real. I attended religion classes, read scriptures, and prayed with a friend. Then, I fasted and prayed every Sunday for several weeks. One Sunday while sitting quietly in church, I had an overwhelming warm feeling envelop me. I had never felt anything like. To my mind came these thoughts, "God lives and Jesus is the Christ." Since then, the answer I received has been an anchor for my life. 

How I live my faith

Mainly, I try to change, to improve, particularly to be a better husband, father and grandfather. I read scriptures and pray. I go to church and to our temple. I serve others, mainly as a leader and teacher--I taught the scriptures to high school youth. I try to be a good employee and neighbor.  

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ritchie
When we pray, the receive an answer, often in the form of warm spiritual reassurance about spiritual realities. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ritchie
They will talk about Jesus Christ, His gospel, and His plan for salvation and happiness. They will talk about living commandments and covenants that can bring the Spirit into your lives. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ritchie
Mormons worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. Since Adam, God has called prophets to communicate with people on earth. Joseph Smith is one of those prophets. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ritchie
Trust in God and Jesus Christ and a willingness to follow spiritual promptings. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Ritchie
There are too many blessings to list here. In my life, I have personal guidance, the strength and ability to overcome weaknesses, understanding of the scriptures, insights about myself and others, and an increased faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Ritchie
A ward is a congregation of about 150 to 300 people that meet and worship together that is presided overy by a bishop. A stake is a group of about 7-10 wards that is presided over by a stake president. A branch is a smaller group of 30-100 people that meet together and is presided over by a branch president. Show more Show less

Ritchie
We believe that all will be resurrected. Eternal life to Mormons means returning to live in God's presence. Those who receive eternal life have faith in Jesus Christ and live the commandments. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Ritchie
Primarily, by the tithes and offerings of its members. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Ritchie
As a young boy, Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was right. So, he went into a grove of trees to pray. In answer to his prayer, Joseph had a vision in which he saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Ritchie
Church is where we receive the sacrament, have Sunday School lessons, and discuss how we might apply the gospel. The temple is where Mormons go to learn and to make covenants, including a covenant that, if we are faithful, enables our families to be together forever.  Show more Show less