Brother Richards grew up attending the Mountain View Baptist Church in San Diego before missionaries baptized him and his mom. During his mission, he lived in huts, ate spiders, and used machetes (ma-shed-ees) while living in the jungles of Honduras. His last six months were spent in Alabama due to a bone tumor in his shin. After meeting his wife at EFY, he moved to Utah to teach Seminary, play water polo and volleyball for Utah State University, and … marry her. He teaches Institute at Utah State, gives firesides all over the country, and is known for his constant smile and his popular ‘brotherichards’ Instagram/Facebook accounts. He is the author of Preparing for the Second Coming and six best-selling fireside CDs at Deseret Book. And if you love his friend Hank Smith, you’ll love him, too! Some random facts: He can clap with one hand. He’s left-handed. He’s part White, Black, Polynesian, and Native American. He eats chocolate every day. Some say that his excitement for the gospel reminds them of Olaf from Frozen; others say he reminds them of a dark-skinned version of Buzz Lightyear. He grew up as an only child; his mom is an only child, and his grandma was an only child, so…his family reunions were pretty small. Most of all, he loves teaching and being with valiant Latter-day Saints.
Elder Orson F. Whitney taught, “God teaches with symbols; it is his favorite method of teaching.” Bring your scriptures and notebooks to learn 25 symbols of Jesus Christ found in His pre-mortal and mortal ministry. This spirited class will help you understand His atonement in a deeper and richer light.