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Hi I'm Randy

I love family, farming, gardening, and archaeology. I work as a junior high school counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. You could say that spending time with them is my favorite hobby. While we're together, we're reading, eating a home-cooked meal or treat, gardening, camping/hiking, tackling a playground, or doing family history research. I love my family and find in it my greatest joy in life. People are very important to me. That is part of the reason I went to college and became a school counselor.

Why I am a Mormon

My great- and great-great-grandparents heard the Mormon missionaries preaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and felt and knew it was the truth. They felt it so much that they left their homes (Wales, Denmark, Georgia) and lives to join themselves to this gospel. I am descended from them and so was born into a family already in the church. But my own, personal story has to do with the Book of Mormon. I have always had a passion for archaeology and all things old. When I was around 14 years of age, I was reading and studying all I could find in our small, county library that had to do with archaeology. In doing so I found a book about archaeology and the Book of Mormon. After studying this book, I turned to the Book of Mormon and began studying it from an archaeological point of view. As I did so, I was convinced of it's truth and value as the word of God--not because of logical archaeological evidence that supports it, but because in reading and studying it I found Jesus Christ for myself. It could be said that archaeology brought me to the Book of Mormon and that the Book of Mormon brought me to Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God has given me an undeniable witness that Christ lives, the Book of Mormon is His word just like the Bible, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that this church and work are of God. The gospel also helps me fulfill my most important roles of being a husband and father with greater wisdom and love than I could otherwise.

How I live my faith

My family is probably my greatest motivation--not only to live what I believe, but also to believe and hope for what I try to live. This belief has helped my wife and I immensely as we rear our family and try to reach out to serve others. Young people are our future and I try to invest in them-and help them invest in themselves-not only in my profession (school counseling) but also in the church.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

I have a strong drive to do this work for my deceased ancestors. In doing so, I feel closer to them. They become more important to me. Show more Show less