Russell Ricks will be our speaker for February 23, 2018. Russell Ricks is a professional artist by his chosen profession and recently published author of the book Remember. Between the late summer and early fall of 1966, Russell had an Out of Body experience triggered by the trauma he suffered from abusive treatment outside of his loving home environment. Little did Russell know at the time, the real cause of his peer troubles was due to a neurological birth defect, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, resulting in being severely socially delayed.
When school bullying became more than he could bear after an abusive first year in school, Russell, began searching for a way to put an end to his suffering. As a frightened eight year old boy, he couldn’t bear the thought of returning to school and asked his Heavenly Father for permission to be taken to heaven. Instead, he was given a miraculous Out of Body experience with life beyond the veil. He describes being held and comforted in the loving arms of the Savior and given a promise upon his return to mortality that he would often feel the Savior’s love and companionship throughout his life. This promise would provide the comfort he needed to get through his many life’s challenges.
Russell plans to share the details of how that event shaped his life. He also will share a few “beyond coincidence” examples illustrating how the Savior keeps His promises. Russell’s fascinating story will remind you that no matter how hard life can get, our Savior is always there for us.