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Hi I'm Rick

I'm an attorney, a baseball fan, a sci-fi geek, married, and a father of five. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Married with 5 kids (8, 7, 5, 2, and newborn). I'm a patent attorney and work in the Midwest. I'm also a tortured Cubs fan. I love sci-fi, baseball, family history, and playing with my kids. I was raised in the church; but like any convert, I had to gain my own testimony. I served a mission for the Church in Argentina from Feb 1996-Mar 1998.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was moving from Dallas, TX to the Bay Area in CA. On the way, we stopped in Salt Lake to visit family and go see Temple Square. I was 9 and it was my first time (that I remembered) being there or at any of our temples. As we were walking through temple square, an amazing peace came over me, "filled me" (that's what it felt like), and I knew that it was all true, that Jesus and Heavenly Father were real, that the temple was their house, and that I was a member of their Church. Up until that point my faith was in my parents. I trusted them and believed they were telling me the truth; but after that experience, I knew for myself that God and Jesus Christ were real and that the LDS Church really was Christ's Church. My testimony of those truths has grown since then and expanded to other principles, but that was the beginning...when I first felt truly converted.

How I live my faith

The best I can.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes. It's true. But no one should take my word for it. Study the Book of Mormon, examine the affect studying it has on your life and how it makes you feel, pray to God and ask if it's true, and listen for an answer. He answered me; he'll answer you. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Missions are encouraged, but they are not required of anyone. Show more Show less

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

What we believe and the effect it has had on our lives. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

There is a difference between knowing about our Father in Heaven and knowing Him. To know about Him, which is important, we study the scriptures which are accounts of Heavenly Father's dealings with His children through the course of history. But we come to know Heavenly Father through prayer and obeying his commandments. Prayer is a way to talk to Heavenly Father. He may not answer in an audible voice, but He does answer. Obeying God's commandments is equally important in coming to know Him. "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served." Mosiah 5:13. Related to obeying the commandments is charity. As Jesus said in the New Testament, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40. As we serve and show love to others, we will come to know God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Because it teaches truth about God and His plan for all of us. It teaches of the divinity of Jesus Christ, of His birth to the virgin Mary, of His ministry and teachings, of His atoning sacrifice on our behalf, of His death, and of His resurrection. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ. Thus the Bible is an invaluable book to bring knowledge of Jesus Christ to the world. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Our congregations are referred to as a ward or a branch. Whether it is called a ward or a branch basically depends on the size of the congregation. Wards and branches are grouped into a "stake". A stake may consist of a number of wards and branches. A bishop oversees a ward. A branch president oversees a branch. A stake president oversees a stake, i.e., oversees all of the wards and branches within the stake. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. In fact, before each election (in the U.S. at least) the Church issues a letter to be read in all congregations. The letter encourages us to be active in our communities, and to vote, but expressly states that while the Church may take a stance on particular issues, the Church does not endorse any particular candidate or party. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No, and there never have been any race or color restrictions as to who can join the Church. There was, for a time, a restriction on those of African descent holding the Priesthood. In 1978, this policy was changed and every faithful, worthy man in the Church could receive the Priesthood. Some men of African descent were given the Priesthood during Joseph Smith's time, so it appears that the policy did not exist at the beginning of the church, but was rather instituted later on. I do not claim to know why it was instituted in the first place, but I'm glad the policy was changed. There are many Priesthood holders of African descent in my congregation, and they are an asset to our congregation and to our Church. Show more Show less