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Hi I'm Rick Van Valkenburgh

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 great kids. The oldest is 12 and the youngest is 2. I have an amazing wife who is so much better than I am. She makes me want to be a better person. Besides spending time with my family camping, going to soccer games and dance competitions, I have a passion for mountain biking. I feel so lucky to live in a place that is considered among the best places to ride a mountain bike. My wife and I also ran a 200 mile race with 5 other couples called the Wasatch Back, part of the Ragnar Relay Series. We loved it and have already signed up to do it again next year. We have found that being physically active and trying to eat healthy, natural foods we are able to avoid sicknesses and feel good physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We feel so very blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in Utah. My mom raised 6 of us all by herself. Because this was a difficult task, to say the least, she relied heavily on the Lord and the support built into His church. This established the foundation of my beliefs. The true conviction in my beliefs really started to solidify as I had the privilege and opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Brazil, in and around the city of Curitiba. Spending two years serving others and putting aside my selfish desires allowed the Spirit of God to change my heart and help me have the desire to live a righteous, gospel-centered life. I have continued to try to build on the experiences I gained while serving a mission by striving to keep the commandments and actively participate in the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Of course I have made many mistakes along the way but I know that if we exercise our Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ by repenting and constantly trying to improve and love and serve others, we will be able to be forgiven and live with Him and our families again after this mortal existence.

How I live my faith

The first place I try to live my faith is in our home. We try to pray together and read our scriptures together as a family every day. The leaders of our church have counseled us to reserve Monday nights for a "Family Night" where we can teach one another the doctrines of the gospel and enjoy spending time together. We try to do this consistently. There is much improvement needed, but the important thing is to keep trying, and that's what we do.