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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a father , medical doctor, and a Mormon.

About Me

I finished medical school and am training to be an ophthalmologist. I am a father with a wonderful child and a magnificent wife. I have played the guitar since age 14 and love to jam along with my acoustic or electric guitar to rock 'n roll or other musical genres. I also enjoy sports, in particular basketball and college football. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Spirit of God has testified to my heart in a powerful and personal way that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I was raised in a home with parents who taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ, however, it wasn't until I was a teenager that I discovered the truth of His restored gospel for myself. I had to pick up the Book of Mormon and read it. I had to kneel in prayer and ask God to bless me with the spiritual witness that can only come through the Holy Ghost. Even then, only after time and persistent seeking was I blessed with the special, undeniable witness in my heart and mind that the things I was being taught, and the things which I had been reading were indeed true. I felt far greater peace and joy than I had ever felt before. My desire to follow Christ and live my life according to His teachings increased many fold. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has yielded peace and happiness in life that I could obtain in no other way.

How I live my faith

Each day I try to find time in my busy schedule to pray and study the scriptures. I find that this simple practice propels me to greater heights at work or in any other endeavor. I also attend church meetings every Sunday and visit members of my congregation in their homes regularly where I share a religious message and offer assistance to whatever they may need. Both myself and the individuals I visit are uplifted and strengthened during theses visits. The congregation where I attend is Spanish speaking. Although I am a native English speaker I was able to learn the Spanish language while serving a mission for the Church in Uruguay for 2 years. At that time I was able to serve the people of Uruguay and share with them my testimony of the Book of Mormon, how it testifies of Jesus Christ and the great joy that comes by living His gospel. I currently work with the young men in my congregation. We hold weekly activities on Tuesday nights that encourage skill development, moral integrity, friendship, service, and Boy Scout achievements. In the past I have had assignments that include presiding over the adult men of my congregation, teaching weekly lessons in Sunday school, and caring for the cleaning and maintenance of the church meetinghouse where I lived. The opportunities to serve in the Lord's church are numerous. I know that God has called me to each assignment and has blessed me with personal growth as well as the opportunity to lift and assist others. Most important of all, I do my very best to live the teachings of Christ at home with my family. I try to treat my wife and child how I know that He would treat them. My wife and I were married for eternity by God's priesthood in one of His holy temples. This is the same priesthood authority that was given to the Savior's apostles as stated in Matthew chapter 16 verse 19 that says "...whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven..." Each day we work together as a family to increase our love for each other and our love for God.