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Hi I'm Richard W. Mear

I grew up in the suburbs of L.A., played minor league ball for 5 yrs, I'm a trial lawyer, husband, father of 7, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just doing my best day-to-day to be the man I know I should be. I have a beautiful and amazing wife who's happiness is my first priority. My seven kids are all an indescribable joy. I love getting to know them better and better as they get older. I am working daily on being a good example for them in what I say and do. Being a lawyer demands a lot of my time and energy, and balancing work with family responsibilities and church responsibilities is hard, but definitely a rewarding challenge! I was raised by two wonderful parents who taught the value of kindness and hard work. My dad was raised Jewish and is not a member of the church, but he taught me by his example about the virtues of honesty, hard work, and integrity. My mom was raised Armenian Apostolic and was the first to join the church when she accepted the gospel from the missionaries. She taught me to be humble, non-judgmental, and see the best in everyone. I have an older brother and a younger brother. I served a mission to El Salvador and I absolutely adore the Salvadoran people. I have been extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by wonderful people who have taught me, helped me, served me, and inspired me, and as a result of their efforts, I have been blessed tremendously.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on November 28, 1987, after the missionaries invited me to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true. As I prayed (for the 1st time) a warm, happy, peaceful feeling engulfed me. I knew at that moment that God was real and that the Book of Mormon was true. With that knowledge, I also knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that Jesus was the Christ. I knew that the Bible was the word of God. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church on the earth led by Jesus Christ by a prophet and apostles. After my baptism I was never active in the Church and only went to church a handful of times until I was 21. While in my 4th year of professional baseball, I realized that the decisions I was making were making me unhappy and that to find happiness I needed to return to the Church and conform my behavior with its teachings. I met with a local bishop and explained to him my predicament and he lovingly helped me change my behavior and prepare to enter the temple. While in the temple, I was pondering about my family. I wanted to live with them forever and I wanted them to experience the joy of the gospel. I asked my Heavenly Father in prayer what I could do to accomplish that goal, and the feeling that came to me was--serve a mission. I could not believe that after my prior decisions God would permit me to serve a mission. I told my bishop what I had felt and he concurred. It was an extremely difficult decision to give up on my boyhood dream of being a professional baseball player but I knew that it was the right thing to do. I traded my baseball spikes for missionary tags and every good thing that has subsequently occurred in my life, I can trace back to that decision to forget myself and serve the Lord. I learned from that experience that if I put the Lord and his children first in my life, he will give me peace and make of me more than I could ever make of myself on my own. I have made it my motto, when Lord speaks--do it.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as 1 of 2 adult Sunday School teachers in our ward. The Church of Jesus Christ is divided geographically into "wards" and "branches" and a collection of ward/branches make a "stake". The local buildings that you see are ward or stake buildings where 2 or 3 wards or brach congregations meet regularly--not just on Sundays but all through the week. All the leaders in our Church are "lay ministers" meaning they are not professionals and do not get paid for their service. My kids go to "primary" on Sundays where they learn the gospel with other kids their age. Nevertheless, we believe that it is the parents' responsibility to teach the gospel to their children. So, we have daily scripture study in our home, usually in the morning before work and school. We have a weekly meeting in our home on Monday nights called "family home evening." We sing, have a lesson,pray, and have fun. Sometimes we will just have fun, but we always look for opportunities to teach our kids the principles of the gospel. The most important thing for me as a dad is to teach my children to rely on the Lord and go to Him for answers and for my kids to seek out answers on their own. If they can learn to rely on God, they cannot fail. We also have family prayers in the morning, at meal time, and before going to bed. Again, we believe that we have a Heavenly Father who literally hears and answers prayers. While being a husband and dad is the most important thing I do, I have also served in the Church with the young men and I taught seminary to local high school students while I was in law school. Everyday at 6 a.m. these wonderful teenagers learned the scriptures and it was privilege to teach them.