I had the amazing opportunity to help interview Eagle Scout, Richard K. of Charleston, South Carolina who was attending his first Jamboree at the age of 54. When the Coast Guard asked for volunteers to go to the 2017 National Jamboree to explain the missions of the Coast Guard, Richard jumped at the chance.

Being a member of the Coast Guard and having a Scouting background, he was excited to be attending the event. He was impressed by the organization, diversity, and amazing attitudes of all the Scouts attending Jamboree. Richard explained saying, “They are on buses for three days, and they had two hours of sleep, and they say ‘We’re ready to go!’.”

As part of the interview, we asked how he converted to the Islamic religion, which became an inspiring story about how realizing God on a daily basis helped him find his path:

Richard said that after his stay in the Navy and living in Saudi Arabia, others constantly asked why he wasn’t a Muslim. He would tell them that he believed in the God of Abraham the same way they did, and at that moment had no reason to change. They accepted that from him. He came home and met his future wife, who was a Muslim. When they were married, he asked God if this was the religion for him, and he prayed for God to help make his heart know, regardless of what would happen with the woman he met. That was 27 years ago.

Richard mentioned that during his time of prayers to God, seeking for the right answer, he read Scott Peck’s, a Christian Psychologist, work. According to Scott Peck, there are three different types of people: 1) Those who attend church as a social function, 2) Those who are trying to understand but haven’t found the right answers, 3) And those who found a way to realize God all the time in their life. 

He recognized himself as a level three person. He was actively searching. He would be on his hands and knees praying to God that he could realize Him all the time and not just as a social function. When he wanted to find God on a daily basis, he met his wife who showed him books and more about the Muslim religion. He was impressed, and he knew that he found his path. He even continued that their religion is what their marriage grew on their first few years.

Where do you put yourself? Are you trying to understand God? Are you actively searching for ways to realize God at all times? Richard’s story is a great example of how finding God and continually building your relationship with Him can help you find your path in life. It doesn’t matter what religion you base yourself in; if you are lost or seeking for answers, you will always find them through God.

Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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Maloree Anderson

Maloree is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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  1. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 9 ) says:

    I met Richard at a Friday Muslim worship service. His red hair and beard made him stand out among the other folks there, so I asked him about his faith. When he said that he was a convert to Islam, I knew we needed the story. Maloree, thanks for giving us this deep insight. It was really touching to read his quest to find God.

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