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Hi I'm Randy

I grow mangos in Miami. I play soccer, disk golf and raquetball. I am an executive in international business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 5 wonderful children. They all play musical instruments together and we all play soccer together as well. Mom was the discipline behind the music; I was the enthusiasm behind the soccer. I play soccer on Saturdays and racquetball whenever my competition is in town. I've just become a fan of disk golf. I served a mission in Portugal, I spent time in Olivais, Lumiar, Almada in the Lisbon area. I also served in O Porto, Leiria and Guimaraes. Portuguese make the best pastries in the world! My wife is from Cali, Colombia. We met at BYU while I was working on my Electrical Engineering degree. After school, we moved to Texas where I pursued an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. Our children were raised in Texas. We lived in Richardson and Plano. Moving to Miami was qutie a change from Texas. My Spanish has improved. I have developed hobbies growing mangos and I have learned to be a bee keeper. I love the weather in Miami. I love the diversity of people in Miami. I love going into the backyard and picking a pineapple, papaya, star fruit, passion fruit, mango, lychee, orange, lemon, lime or grape fruit. After growing up in Utah and living in Texas, it is a wonderful thing to live somewhere and see things grow - almost on their own. (Well - not really - they're a lot of work).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family with 5 generations of Mormon ancestors. Oddly, most of my closest friends in High School were not Mormon - which is rather strange for someone attending a High School in Salt Lake City. My girlfriend was anti-Mormon. The LDS church represented an evil force for her. She shared anti-Mormon literature with me which caused me concern when I was 16. It never occured to me that my religion could be viewed so negatively. I felt that many things seemed to be intentionally twisted out of context and proportion. I knew that if my friend would read the Book of Mormon, she could know that it was true - because I knew the Book of Mormon has a prophetic promise at the end indicating that those who would read the book with a desire to know of it's truth would receive a manifestation of its truthfulness. Before I could ask my friend to test that promise, I felt it was my responsibilty to read it myself. I had read parts of the book, but had allowed school work to be prioritized over reading the Book of Mormon. It took me a few months to read the book. During that time, my friend and I had many discussions on religion. The issue of being saved by grace or by works; the question of whether their could be any more prophets after the Book of Revelation. As I read the Book of Mormon, I remember wishing my friend could read certain passages that seemed to clarify the questions she was asking me, particularly I remember Alma chapter 5 being very illuminating. When I finished reading, I followed the steps to the promise. I pondered and prayed. I knew what spiritual promptings fealt like and expected such a feeling while I prayed. I didn't receive one. A long time passed while I prayed - but it didn't come. I then asked myself, does this mean the book is not true? Should I confirm to my friend that the promise failed? A thought entered my mind. "Randy, you know it's true." I admitted to that fact. Then the spiritual confirmation overwhelmingly came.

How I live my faith

I currently am a leader of a congration of single youth between the ages of 18 and 30. My personal objective in this assignment is to help them gain their own understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that by living their lives according to His teachings, they can find greater happiness. I have observed the destructive influences of contention, particularly in marriages. I have a great desire to teach people how to eliminate contention from their lives and learn how to confront life's challenges without it. Conflict is inevitable but contention is not. If I can help them avoid the pitfalls of contention in their lives, they can more successfully address life's challenges.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Agency - or the ability to choose your actions and therefore your destiny is a fundamental principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When you are prepared for emergencies, you are able to help others through the emergency. When you are not prepared - you become part of the problem. Adversity in life creates the opportunity to test who you really are. The greater your physical, psychological, spiritual preparation for adversity - the greater your opportunity to act consistently with Christian virtues. Show more Show less