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Hi I'm Randy

I went from being lost and without a rudder to having a great sense of purpose and direction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 children. I was widowed from my first wife after almost 18 years of marriage. I re-married and have been married for 11 years to my second wife. I have 1 grandson and a granddaughter on the way and have 2 young sons living with me and my wife now. I enjoy the outdoors and love to go camping with the family. I am an amateur radio operator and enjoy talking to other people around the world with no wires. I am also involved with the community emergency preparedness groups and clubs.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young father I went to work for a man who was a member of the church. He would talk about the different activities that he was involved in with other people who would come into the shop. I would just listen. At the time I didn't know anything about Mormons or what they believed but what I heard sparked an interest. It was at a time in my life when I needed something because the path that I was on was leading me away from the thing I valued most and that was my family. I started asking questions about what they were talking about and he was more than helpful. He would bring me pamphlets that explained the importance of the family. Some of the pamphlets would talk about where we lived before we lived here and why we were here on earth and of course where we go when we die. It all rang true to me. It made so much sense and just seemed so natural. I felt so good about it I wanted to be a part of it. I was baptized along with my wife. Did joining the church solve all our problems? No but it gave us an anchor, a foundation to build our relationship on that we could trust. If you follow the world how can you trust what the world teaches? It changes all the time. But when you follow the Lord and His prophets His teachings never change. And He wants you to be like Him. It's a very comforting feeling.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others where I'm called to serve. Last year my wife and I were called to build a float for the "Days of '47" parade in Salt Lake City. Neither one of us had ever done anything like it but we dived in and started work on it. We had lots of help from other people in our area and with some time and a lot of effort we had a very good looking float. It was a learning experience for both of us and we made a lot of new friends. I keep the membership records and financial records for our congregation. It takes about 10 hours a week to do this so it is a time commitment but it makes me feel good to know that the records are kept accurate. I have served in several different callings as a Cubmaster, missionary, leadership, Boy Scout committee, and a teacher of youth and adults.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Randy
The gospel teaches us that to feed a man a fish you fed him for a day but if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a lifetime. The church is one of the first to provide the necessities of life to those in need around the world by providing food, clothing, medical supplies and even shelter. Then we help the people to provide those things for themselves. One of the ways is through the Perpetual Education fund. Through this fund people in poor countries that would not have the chance to go to school are able to learn a trade or how to run a small business to provide for their families. Show more Show less