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Hi I'm Randall

I'm a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a puppeteer, and Mormon.

About Me

I'm a puppeteer and storyteller. Graduated with a BFA in animation. I spend my time performing for families, creating wild adventures, and working to help parents and children understand each other better. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young man of 11 or 12, I set out to know if the LDS Church was God's restored truth as it claimed to be. I started by reading the Book of Mormon. It took me a year and a half of careful study. Each night before bed I read a chapter from the book and went to sleep pondering over what I had learned. I didn't understand all of it, but I found it full of examples of faith in God, and testimony of Jesus Christ and his saving sacrifice. By the time I was a few chapters away from the end I had learned about Moroni's promise: Moroni 10:3-5 in the book's last chapter. I knew that the prophet Moroni promised a witness from the Holy Ghost if I asked with gratitude, sincere study, and faith. For some reason I thought you had to read the whole book before you could ask. Not wanting to mess up the prayer when I finally would reach the last chapter days later, I knelt by my bed to say a "practice prayer." Hardly was I able to finish my asking if the book was true when I felt light begin to pour into my body. A feeling of peace filled me with love to a degree I had never before felt, and only occasionally since. I know it was God answering my prayer. That experience laid a foundation for others like it, and a life filled with blessings of peace and joy through adversity and challenge. I know the Book of Mormon is exactly what it says it is. It is true. It is the word of God. And as Joseph Smith said: "...A man [will] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book." Take the challenge given by Moroni to read the book, ponder what you've read, ask God if it's true and you'll understand why I'm a Mormon. No sincere seeker of truth can run that test without gaining a witness that the Book of Mormon is exactly what it claims to be. Prepare for your faith to be tested, prepare to be stretched in the process, but prepare to feel God's love fill you with the knowledge that he lives, and that he still communicates personally with his children today.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. One person at a time. One prayer for forgiveness after another. I am especially grateful for the blessing of the Sacrament which allows me to re-center my commitment to become like Christ each week and feel the burden of my sins slip from my shoulders as my heart is softened by the Holy Ghost enough to find love, forgive, move forward, and try again.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I don't think any of us really want to trade the blessings of faith, hope, and charity we receive from honest service, for monetary gain. Increased virtue is what we strive for, it's too easy to get distracted from that when money gets placed on the table. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Ask him if he loves you, sincerely, on your knees expecting an answer. Then, take that love he fills you with and use it to bless others. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Because we're passionate and dedicated? Because we testify that we know when others can only say they believe. Because what we have is so excitingly, incredibly, and undeniably true. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They'll talk about who you are, a child of God. They'll teach you how to communicate with him better. They'll open the scriptures and show you how to understand them and better apply them to your life. They'll teach you how to find truth in everything around you. They'll ask when you find that truth, to make a promise to strive to live according to the truth by being baptized as Christ was baptized: by immersion, by one holding that God given authority. Show more Show less