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Hi I'm Ricky

I am Cajun from South Louisiana and I am a Mormon

About Me

I was raised in a Des Allemands, Louisiana, a small fishing town about 25 miles west of New Orleans. I left for college in 1973 to study Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1974, at the age of almost 20, I married my high school sweetheart, Melinda, 20 (she was 18). We have been happily married ever since. I found quickly that school and married life was difficult financially and joined the Louisiana National Guard so I could get free tuition. I scored an almost perfect score in Electronics (158/160) so I was trained in Multichannel Equipment Repair (31L20). I graduated the top of my class and was promoted 3 times while in school (10 months). Upon my return I found a new career as a Microwave Telecommunication Technician working in the Gulf of Mexico. I later would get my undergraduate degree in General Studies (it only took 11 years) We have 4 wonderful children that are grown with families of their own and 10 grandchildren and still counting. I have worked for many Telecommunications companies along the way. For the last 10 years I have worked as a Information Technology (IT) Project Manager for a major oil company, managing projects around the world. We have been "exiled" in Humble Texas since 1992 and love living here. My hobbies are numerous, with home improvement being number one. We are remodeling a 1939 bungalow in downtown Humble which we hope to make into a Bed and Breakfast one day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic and always had many personal views that could not be answered by faith at the time, however, I felt that all protestant churches had broken off from the Catholic church so although not satisfied with my faith I felt there was really nothing else out there. My Conversion story started in the summer prior to my Senior year in High School. I was bored and got the inspiration one day to research my family tree. My father had died suddenly when I was 3 years old and did not know a lot about his side of my family. This curiosity led to a consuming passion to seek out my ancestors. For the next two years I spent most of my waking hours researching. I actually met my future wife in the library and our first date was to the public library to look at microfilm. I was bitten by the genealogy bug. Fast forward to 1980 and I am working in Venice, Louisiana and new co-worker, Hiram, was introduced to me as a Mormon. I told him in no uncertain terms. "I am Catholic, my family has been Catholic for 15 generations that I know of and you are not going to convert me so don't even try." I latter graciously ate those words as we actually lived together for 7 days at a time then would go home for 7 days. Hiram was unlike anyone I had met before he lived a very exemplary life and was true to his faith. One night I asked him a golden question, "Why do Mormons do genealogy?" --- We talked till 2 am that morning and many other nights for the next 6 months or so. All those "views" I had were so aligned with Mormon beliefs it was amazing. In October my wife and I took a vacation out West. Initially we planned on spending 1 day in Salt Lake City so I could do some genealogy research. -- We spent 3 days and I extended my Mother's German line back to the early 1700's. While in Salt Lake, we decided we would join the Church. We returned back home to be baptized on 9 Nov 1980. My complete conversion is at http://rsleblanc.com/religion/page2.html

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the BEST thing that has ever happened in my life and for my family. The principles and doctrines are so family oriented and center around the examples our Savior Jesus Christ set for us. I have held many positions in the Church over the many years, a Scoutmaster, a leader of the high priests, a financial clerk and an executive secretary to our congregational leader which we call our Bishop. Currently I have the privilege to serve with 11 other men as a High Council to our Stake President (a Stake is similar to a diocese). I have a wonderful opportunity to be assigned as a adviser to one congregation in our Stake. I also have the opportunity to be a speaker at least 8 months out of the year to the other congregations. The Church is a lay organization and everyone is a volunteer (without pay) I have many opportunities to grow spiritually as I prepare to speak to others. The Youth programs of the church instill a high moral code of conduct for our children. I have truly been blessed to have 4 children that hold themselves to a high level of righteousness in their personal and family lives. I strive to become a better person on a daily basis by personal scripture study and prayer so I can learn to be more like my Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes it seems difficult to live in the world and not be part of the world, these things bolster me up and I strive to lift myself to a level that Christ would approve of. The Temple means a lot for me for in the Temple we can be nearer to our Heavenly Father and Christ than any other place I have ever been on the earth. My wife and I are privileged to be assigned as Temple workers in the Houston Texas Temple. We are blessed to be able to partake on a weekly basis of the wonderful blessings of the Temple. I know beyond any doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book of Mormon are true, the Holy Spirit has borne that witness to me.