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Hi I'm Randall

I'm a husband & father, tech support manager, MBA, and have lived in Japan for about 8 years. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've studied International Relations, Electrical Engineering, Language Acquisition and Business. I've worked as a teacher of English and Japanese, a software tester, a software developer, a project manager and a technical services manager. I appreciate a good pun (hey, I work with linguists and programmers all day). I also appreciate the quiet and thoughtfulness of Japanese gardens and the free, humbling expanse of an open sky. Although, I wouldn't mind enjoying that open sky from the cockpit of an F-16, either.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I, personally, have asked God if the Book of Mormon really is what it says it is and God told me, in his own way, that it is. I am a Mormon because when I look at mountains reaching up to a starry sky, I feel connected to something much more enduring and much more important than the life we experience day to day. I am a Mormon because God communicates with his children today and makes it possible for me to have experiences like those I've mentioned that connect me to Him.

How I live my faith

It is only natural, I suppose, that people with technical and managerial experience end up in charge of the business details. I have been a clerk of one kind or another for my local congregation for six or seven years now. I do my best to minimize the administrative work required of those ministering to the needs of the members of the Church in my area. The minutiae of record keeping, processes and paperwork creates an interesting position from which to consider the vast expanse of eternity. Personal prayer and scripture study are the foundation of my day-to-day faith. The day never goes as well if I've skipped routinely through my prayers or missed reading and thinking about a passage of scripture. I get the desire, the confidence and the humility to be a better husband and father from prayer and scripture study. Sometimes I learn specific lessons, but mostly, they remind me that I don't have to - indeed can't - do this alone. On good days, that gives me confidence to succeed at something worthwhile. On bad days, that makes me realize that I need to get back to trusting the Lord again. In the always-on world of technology and the bustle of family life, that private, one-on-one reflection with God is better than a hundred vacations. 

What is faith?

Faith is acting on something real before you know it is real. If you could see and understand every minute function of your car, you would know before you turn the key (or press the button for you more modern types) whether it was going to start or not. That is knowledge. But, nobody can see every part of a vehicle in that detail as he walks out the door to go to work. Nevertheless, we turn our vehicles on every day, fully expecting them to start - even the one you are about to buy that you've never seen start before. That is faith. Faith in God is simply faith in something much more reliable that you understand far less and need far more. Show more Show less