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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Southern Utah. I am a researcher in medicine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three young children one boy and two girls. My wife and I have received bachelor's degrees; she in Communications and I in Chemistry. I absolutely love being a dad -most of the time. Occasionally my son, who is "all boy" as my wife puts it, can wear me out. I hope that his energy translates into something wonderful with academics, sports, or creativity. Growing up I really enjoyed playing soccer and someday I would love to coach in a youth soccer league. I also enjoy playing the trombone and the piano, drawing artwork, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer to why I am a Mormon is that both of my parents come from families that have been in the church for multiple generations. That doesn't explain my choice to stay in the church. The church is and has been a big factor in my life. I learned about Jesus Christ as child attending church and hearing about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing up, I had many cherished times with my family. Sometimes I had troubles and trials, but I remembered my parent's words and my teachers at church encouraging me to pray for help and guidance. I have received answers to my prayers and this has helped me know that the Lord is real and He listens to my prayers. I had to decide if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly His church. I have always loved a particular teaching in the gospel that the Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, will testify of the truth. From reading the Book of Mormon in my parents home, I came to better understand the messages and teachings of Christ that it contains and the same is true for the Bible. As an adult, reading the scriptures has helped me feel the Spirit and confirmed to me the truth of what I was taught in my youth. To me, being a Mormon means that I will follow Jesus Christ. His gospel, His Love, and the feelings of the Holy Ghost have testified to me and spoken to my heart confirming that I want to be a disciple of the Lord and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church, I fulfill a monthly hometeaching assignment by visiting with some of the local families in our ward. Hometeaching visits are something I love doing and receiving. From the age of 14, when I started hometeaching, I've enjoyed getting to know my neighbors and families in the ward, who I otherwise would not know, through these visits. Each visit is simple and generally includes a prayer, a message, and friendly conversation. When I started this assignment as a young man, it taught me a great deal about responsilbilty as I would call the families I was visiting ahead of time to set the appointments for our visits. For me, hometeaching continues to be an opportunity to learn that all of us have a duty to look out for our neighbor and to serve by getting to know new people and by talking about Jesus Christ.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Richard
The full name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but many people don't exactly remember this longer proper name. We are also known as the Mormons due to the Book of Mormon, which we believe to be scripture alongside the Bible. This "newer" book of scripture is actually a collection of writings by prophets who lived on the american continent during biblical times. It was compiled into a book by a prophet named Mormon. Admittedly, the one-word title Mormons is easy to remember, but one could also shorten the proper name of the church to simply the Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Richard
No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. The Ten Commandments as given to Moses tell us that we are to have, "No other Gods before me" and,"...I, the Lord thy God am a jealous God...". These two statements to which we firmly adhere ask us all to worship only God. Joseph Smith was the instrumental person in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth again, so we give him much credit for his life and service, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less