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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Northern and Central California all my life. I love art, comic books, anything with superheroes. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 6 kids. 3 boys 3 girls. Growing up i was the young kid coming to church with long 'surfer' hair and being rowdy at non Sunday activities, now that I am older things have changed...a little. I am still a 'dude' but I am also a husband and a father of 2 awesome boys. I work in construction and deal with fire life safety issues in all types of buildings: Hospitals, warehouses, school and practically everything else. I enjoy drawing and all sorts of art. I always carry a pad of paper and something to draw with. You never know when you might get inspired. I really love superheroes, my favorite is the Flash. I am a bit of a nerd and enjoy playing video games with my family (brothers/sisters as well as my wife and kids). I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I learned French and Haitian Creole and try teach it to my lovely wife kids. I spend most Saturday mornings on a 30-50 mile bike ride with some other guys in the ward (i try to keep up with a fixie, but they usually kick my butt). When I don't ride I usually go for a long run. I love all sorts of music and my wife and I love sharing music with our kids. My wife and i enjoy watching shows together, mainly: The Flash, Arrow, Gotham (mostly comic book related) and we love Psych.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith. That being said I still have my own conversion story. For most of my teen years i wasn't really sure what i believed. I wasn't sure i was going to go on a mission. I went along going to church, hanging out with members, sometimes, but most of the time I hung out with my friends who were either non practicing or not members. They generally had different values. It wasn't until i was about 17 when my dad had us at home one night and asked us to bear our testimonies. When it came to me he asked me to share mine. I sat quietly for a little bit and after some thinking and a lot of looking down. I looked at him and said 'i believe in God and Jesus Christ. I can't say anything else.' To which he replied that it was OK to feel that way but that I needed to do something about it. So at that point i began to think about it. Then, President Hinckley,the prophet issued a challenge for the members to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover before the end of the year; there was only a few months left. So i decided to do it. I read it. When i got to Moroni 3:5 those words really hit me. I decided I needed to ask for myself what I believe and take the matter up with God. I didn't receive a vision or have a grand 'AHA!' moment but what came to mind was the years that I spent going to church, the reading I did do, the small testimony that I did have and the things that i did, that I didn't realize I was doing all built into my testimony. I realized then that I didn't have the instant testimony but it was built like a brick wall, piece by piece, laid with mortar and hard work. As i have grown a little older and returned honorably from a mission I realize this simple truth. My beliefs, are constantly needing to be built up or repaired and over time if i don't continue to build/repair it, my brick wall would soon nothing but a pile of rubble. I know these things to be true and invite others to find out for themselves through prayer and scripture study.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. I have been involved with the young men as a scout master. I also served the adults in my ward with coordinating monthly visits and follow ups. I also taught each Sunday to the men in the ward. This was a great blessing to be given the opportunity to study then teach. I learned so much from that. Currently I serve as the financial clerk and given the solemn responsibility to handle the ward donations (tithing etc...) and make sure the money donated goes toward its intended category within the church. It has been a great blessing to serve with various capacities with so many different people and to strengthen my testimony in different way as i serve. I sustain my leaders both local and General. I read the Book of Mormon and The Bible. I try to teach my children right from wrong and share with them my testimony so that they can make a choice for themselves to follow the Savior. At work i try to be a positive example to those i associate with and be an example of what a 'true Mormon' should be while at the same time helping those i meet know that not all Mormons are the same, cookie-cutter type. I have helped with designing logos and flyers for various church activities. Home teaching is another important part, where we visit the members of the ward each month and make sure that their needs are met. To be honest, its difficult sometimes to coordinate schedules but so worth it to help and be there for someone.