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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up with a southern accent. I'm an internet entrepreneur. I love sports and music. I cherish my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Florida. I've always enjoyed being involved in sports, including basketball, baseball, football, wrestling, and many others. I have three beautiful children. I play the piano, and I'm slowly learning the banjo along with a couple other instruments. I work in the search engine optimization and web promotion industry, building online retail websites. I love spending time with my family learning, exploring, and generally enjoying life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents added to their Christian faith and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before I was born. I grew up learning the principles of the gospel as my parents taught me to pray, read the scriptures, attend church each Sunday, and to obey a moral code that protected me from sin and error. At some point in my youth, I had to answer questions about my religion and its truthfulness. Through many experiences I became converted to what I'd learned as a child, and my conversion continues to become more solidified as I attempt to perfect the way I practice my religion.

How I live my faith

I recently helped plan a father and son campout, during which 20 - 30 men from our congregation spent the night in the mountains away from the hustle of every day life to relax and give some one on one time to our sons. I'm able to use my existing skills and develop new ones by fulfilling assignments such as playing the piano in meetings, playing basketball on our congregation's team, or organizing activities.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Members of the Mormon Church understand that God speaks to his children through prophets, who write his words and share them with others. We believe the Bible to be a collection of the writings of prophets, dating back to Adam, and including Noah, Enoch, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus' apostles in the New Testament, and many others. The Bible contains the principles of the gospel as revealed to God's prophets. We learn from their teachings the doctrines and practices that will show us how to receive salvation. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

When you attend a service at the Mormon Church, you'll likely see lots of smiles and people who are welcoming. Because Mormons naturally want to share their beliefs and religion, we frequently invite our non-Mormon friends to come to church with us. If you come to church and need help, simply mention to anyone in the building that you're visiting, and you'll be guided by a new friend, who will make your visit comfortable. During a recent road trip I took with my family around the United States, we visited Mormon congregations in Springfield, Missouri, Cairo, Georgia, St. Augustine, Florida, and Gallup, New Mexico. In each of these places (except Cairo) we did not know anyone. However, without exception we were always welcomed as if we were old friends. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jesus said, "If any man will do his will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 6:17) There is a light within each of us that leads us to know good from evil. Using that light, a person can begin to understand Jesus Christ's roles as the Savior. Following the principles he taught brings more confidence that his doctrine is inspired and true. Fortunately, we live in a period of time when Jesus Christ reveals his will through prophets, whose words, if followed, bring peace, certainty, and ultimately a strong, saving faith in the Savior. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

My wife and I work together as a partnership. We understand that our marriage is based upon a commitment to each other for this life and that it will extend beyond death. My wife is a great teacher and nurturer for our children. She is also my best friend. We believe it is important to be loyal to one another, and that our relationship forms a critical foundation for our whole family. I am the primary physical provider. We consult with one another on matters related to family finances, where we should live, how to educate ourselves and our children, and other important things. My wife makes our home a haven from the unpredictable world around us. I hold the priesthood, which means that I can give my family members blessings and I can be the spiritual leader in the home. Show more Show less