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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a husband, father and grandfather; a retired federal agent and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was a member of the Lutheran church and my mother was non denominational so as a child I attended the Lutheran church. At the age of fourteen I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the age of nineteen I was called to serve a two year church mission in Sendai, Japan. Upon my return from my mission I resumed my college education, graduating with a BS degree in Political Science. I was employed as a special agent with the Immigration & Naturalization Service and later as a senior special agent with Immigration & Customs Enforcement. After twenty one years as an agent I retired to spend time working with my wife restoring a historic 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home. Our restoration plans have been placed on hold since we are currently serving as senior couple missionaries in St Petersburg, Russia. I enjoy football, basketball and baseball, although I have to say that baseball is my favorite and Yes, I am a Yankees fan. I also have a desire to learn to play the bagpipes. I think it is my Scottish heritage that influences this desire.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I had the opportunity to associate with many Latter-day Saint youth. I wondered why they seemed to be happier and more settled in life, so I started to attend church with some of my friends. I felt an overwhelming spirit of comfort and peace when I attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the age of fourteen I received a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that I am the son of a loving Father in Heaven, that He has restored his church on the earth and that we are guided today by a living prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that the Bible and the Book of Mormon together stand as a testament of God the Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith through service. Service has increased my understanding of what the Savior did for us through the atonement. Another aspect of how I live my faith is through daily scripture study and prayer. I find an inner peace by reading the scriptures, a peace that makes living in a tumultuous world more bearable. It is comforting to know that I can always kneel in prayer and seek counsel from a loving Heavenly Father, knowing that he will answer my pray and bless me.