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Hi I'm Randy

I have a wife of 35 years, 6 adult children, soon to be 19 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and as a young boy lived through my parents divorce and being raised by a single mother for a while. Her search for a faith to follow led her to open the door when the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came calling. My youth was full of great friends, a loving family of 4 sisters and two brothers, and a mom and stepfather that worked hard to take care of us and did their best. Sports were always a big part of my life - especially basketball and baseball - but today I love to watch football as well, and I love to play golf. I work professionally for a Canadian technology company and represent us to U.S. banking clients and prospects. I have flown over 3 million miles and am a frequent traveler. I serve in our church with all of my heart. Currently I help train and teach the leaders of the young men of the church in Boy Scout and Church stewardships. It is an honor. I have recently been awarded the District Award of Merit by BSA. Next summer, my wife and I are going to Philmont in New Mexico for extended leadership training at the feet of our great church leaders. I play golf, ride our 4-wheelers, and play with our grandchildren as often as I can. I love music and I love to read. I love God and his son, Jesus Christ, who is my Redeemer, and I am so grateful every day for their presence in my heart and in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, it was because my mother found the gospel through the missionaries and took us all along for the ride. As I grew I knew that I needed to know for myself that her faith was right and so I applied the basic principles of study and prayer and living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and came to know myself through the power of the Holy Ghost that it is true. Today, my wife and I are firmly united in our faith - we live and serve as diligently as our human frailties allow - and we feel the light of the gospel and the power of Christ's atonement in our hearts every day. My testimony of Jesus Christ, the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures that have been revealed which strengthen and support the Bible, and the truths that I can see and feel through living, are the core of my testimony of the church and why I continue to devote my life to it.

How I live my faith

We attend our Sunday meetings, we welcome callings to serve - today my wife is the Ward Relief Society President, and I am the Stake Young Men President - and it takes us several hours each week to magnify those stewardships. We attend the temple several times a month and feel that it is the symbol of our membership. We pay 10% of our gross income as Tithing and feel that we have been richly blessed for doing so. We pay a generous monthly Fast Offering to help feed the needy. I serve as faithfully as I can as a Home Teacher and my wife as a Visiting Teacher - which is our duty as members to be "shepherds" of others and to visit them in their homes each month to offer support, friendship, teachings, and comfort as needed. Truly, every day of our lives contains some aspect of our faith - whether prayers, studying, attending, or serving. It is what brings happiness and peace to us - even when life is throwing hard things at us, and there have been many.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Randy
Because the Plan of Happiness, that we believe was laid out for us before any of us came to this earth, included the premise that we would have to learn by faith in this life and in so doing, we would make mistakes, some of which would be sins. The eternal laws of Justice and Mercy make is such that the need for those sins to be paid for could be done by one greater than us, because even with repentance we would fall short on our own. The mercy, or grace of God and his plan provided that we would have a Savior that would come to earth and suffer for our sins so that we could have a chance to be truly and totally cleansed and forgiven. There is more to it - but that is the essence of it - and I know deeply in my soul that it is true, because I am a sinner and continually have a need to repent - and the knowledge of that Hope provided by Christ as our Savior keeps me going forward in spite of my failings. Show more Show less