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Hi I'm Randy

I work in Local Government Information Technology, I'm a photographer, student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a BS Analyst for our local county, and I work with computers. I'm a dad, and have six wonderful children, and I'm also a grandfather. My youngest daughter is in High School, and believe me that keeps me jumping. With work and family, life is never boring! I have a lot of fun using my computer skills to work in indexing family history information. I like music and I'm a huge Beatles fan. Somehow even with all of this, I thought it would be a good idea to work on a masters degree. I finished that in 2012, and it will be fun to see where that takes me! After college, I started to work in the fascinating world of analog photofinishing. I worked for over a decade doing various aspects of photofinishing. I processed a lot of film and made a lot of photographs. I used to joke with my colleagues that if it weren't for weddings and pets, we'd be out of business! But then along came digital photography, and the need for silver based processing really started to diminish. I got to try out a new career - this time in computers.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the peace the gospel brings. Through my faith I've come to experience how God loves us, how He is interested in us, and how He blesses us in our lives. I know that the mistakes I've made can be erased, and I can improve. I know God is unchanging and perfect, and it makes sense to me that He works with all of us the same way throughout time. I hold the priesthood, and I can bless and serve my family and others. It's fun to be a Mormon! 

How I live my faith

I try to keep the commandments every day. I have family prayer with my wife and children. I try to be honest, and do what's right. I really enjoy attending church on Sunday and worshiping together with my friends. I try and be a good neighbor. I have a lot to learn and I'm always trying to do better. Sometimes that works well, and sometimes I find I've just got to try a little harder.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Randy
Not now. There were a few that did over a hundred years ago. It's funny that of all the things we believe, that one topic seems so well documented and so often discussed. My third great grandfather had several wives and a tremendous posterity. I'm so grateful that’s not something I've been asked to do. I'm blissfully happy with just one! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Randy
I think it is a lot of fun! I think we as a people are pretty optimistic and upbeat. Perhaps my sense of humor helps, but even though times are hard for lots of people, I know that blessings follow obedience. I know God loves his children, and wants them to have joy and happiness. I’ve just decided that I might as well start right now! Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Randy
We do have the Bible, and I'm so grateful for it, and how it teaches us about God. From it we learn a lot of things about how God deals with people - and how we are often the same now as we were back in those Old Testament days. In reading the Bible, you can see how people and nations can sometimes cycle through periods of great righteousness and also periods of pretty rough wickedness. When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He established His Church. After His Ascension into heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority. After the Apostles and many righteous Church members were killed and other members departed from the truth, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, the Church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In subsequent years, Christ restored His priesthood and reorganized His Church. He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time. To me it proves that God is the same today as He always has been. He loves us, and wants us to be happy, just like in times of old. And, He has a plan! Show more Show less