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Hi I'm Douglas Richard

About Me

I live in Hawaii, I'm married to Wonder Woman and I've managed to create the two cutest kids in the world. I'm currently wrapping up my Masters in Music Composition and will spend the next year lecturing and writing music in the "private sector" before starting my DMA in Fall 2011. I love strange music, reading, and peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches. Despite the uncoolness of it, I still can't help but text in complete sentences and use proper punctuation. To add to that, I've also recently realized I might actually be getting old after making several pop culture references in a class I taught this past semester that were all met with blank stares. It begins...

Why I am a Mormon

My faith has gotten me out of some very dark places. It's made me someone I couldn't have been without it: someone I'm much more proud of than the other "someone's" I've been. It gives me hope, guidance, direction, and peace. Watching General Conference, where all of the top church leaders, none of whom I know personally, speak to a worldwide audience via satellite and internet, from a location I probably would never pay money to visit except for the fact that my in-laws live there, I still somehow feel at home. Reading the Book of Mormon clears away all the insanity of life--the same feeling I get when reading the Bible--and I am able to feel a personal connection to Deity through prayer, because I understand who it is I'm talking to (let alone what it is I'm talking to). I'm Mormon because I think my parents are pretty amazing people, and they're Mormon. I'm Mormon because I cannot accept that God felt it was more important to be directly engaged in the affairs of men when all they had to worry about was milking goats and making bricks out of mud--as opposed to a much darker, more complicated age with nuclear weapons, ethnic cleansing, and Simon Cowell. I'm a Mormon because the lifestyle rocks; I've never been happier.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always trying. Every day presents new potential for trying harder and doing better. Every time I'm playing with my kids and realize how perfect and amazing they are, I say a prayer in my heart to thank God; I look for ways to share with others what has brought me so much joy; my wife and I do Family Home Evening each week [mostly] even though getting the kids to pay attention is like herding cats; I get involved whenever and wherever I can, even if it means nothing more than setting up tables and chairs at the Ward Luau. I live my faith in "baby steps," even though the destination seems as far away at times as the ice planet Hoth where the Rebellion temporarily hid from Darth Vader...

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

Douglas Richard
No, the Church doesn't endorse any political party (although I think it would be interesting if Mitt Romney and Harry Reid were in the same congregation together). The Church endorses doctrine, and sometimes this bumps against some of the screaming in Washington. Our beliefs aren't always popular, and honestly, sometimes I don't even have the full picture of why things are the way they are myself. But I remember all the times I felt God in my life, and I use those as pillars for my faith when faced with difficult social and/or political issues that I need to take a stance on. Honestly, I wish we could just tell everyone that we think everything they're doing is great and fine and we have no problems with anything in their lifestyle--especially since I'm a very non-confrontational person--but one of the things that makes a religion what it is, is the idea of a structured belief system. This system does not act as a platform to judge others, and because it is predominantly concerned with matters of faith and individual lifestyle, there is usually no need to make it political. Sometimes, though, when the Church feels any part of this system is in threat of being hindered or targeted, it will speak out. I'm grateful I live in a country where we can discuss these issues and that it provides vehicles for finding common ground. Calm, rational discussion on even the most passionate issues can yield results that meet most, if not all, of everyone's concerns. This is why members of the church are on both sides of the political aisle: if we can find common ground in our faith, then we can certainly find common ground in other things as well. Show more Show less