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Hi I'm Randy

I'm a Police Sgt/fire commissioner/truck driver

About Me

 I am married have wonderful wife, 5 grown children, at last count 16 grandchildren.Honorable discharged Vet w 12 years service in US Army. Father was WWII Marine in Pacific, I served in Viet Nam, both my sons served in army, youngest son just returning from afgan. Police officer for 26 years, wife is captain in fire department, we have both been in fire service, she as EMT, me as Paramedic since around 1977. I also drive a semi tractor trailer locally and she teaches elementary school.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised LDS, mom and dad were baptized when is was around 6 and I was baptized when I was 8. Going to school, I was active in sports, but now some decades later, looking back, the best memories were those associated with the church youth activities. Participating in dance festivals, singing festivals, boy scouts, volley ball. My senior year in high school I played for the all church championship for volleyball, got to meet David O McKay. What a thrill. I guess you could say I was raised a mormon, but thats not why I am a Mormon. I am a mormon becuase I know this life is short, even if we attain a very long life, it is still short, and I know that I can be with my wife and family forever, simply by following the path. The way I look at it is simple, look at mormon beliefs in two llights and see the end result. First lets say you do follow all we must do and believe, and you die, and now in eternity you find it its all wrong, what have you lost, you lived a great mortal life, with good values, good friends and loved ones, nothing lost. But what if what we believe is true, and you did not live and follow the things we believe, are you willing to gamble all eternity with your loved ones not being with you, not me. I want my wife with me forever. After 30 years of dealing with tragedy as a paramedic, a police officer and a combat soldier, I know how fragile this life is, and how important it is to know that there is more to this life than the few years we have on earth, and being a mormon I know where I came from, why I am here and where I may go, if I do what I must do, is it always easy, no, but is it worth it, absolutely.

How I live my faith

 The greatest gift we have is the gift to choose what we do and how we act. Do I always choose right, no way. I do the best I can, and when I fall short, try again to do better. My wife and I enjoy helping others, i guess thats why she has been a volunteer with the fire depart for nearly 30 years, and why I have been a police officer also. I know I have a brother that cared so much for me he suffered in ways I can not understand, and a father who loves me so much that I can talk to him, ask him for help, what ever it is he listens, I trust him, sometimes the answers are not what I wanted to hear, but I trust he knows best and carry on. A very wise man once told me, when you fall flat on your face, thats ok, it means you are facing the right direction,forward. that was my younger brother as we were walking up the sidewalk to the seattle temple.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Randy
I was raised with the words of wisdom, they are simply words that are wise to live by. Often misunderstood as No alcohol, no coffee and no smoking. It is much more than that, for example, I dont think it would be very wise to eat a 16 ounce steak every day, and a banana split for desert every day. The words of wisdom are that simply words of wisdom, as a police officer and paramedic i can certainly state without any doubt if you are living a life with alcohol and tobacco, and caffeine you are writing a check your body will not be able to cash when you are older. The long term effects of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are now a medical fact. Is it difficult to abide by the words of widom, I guess its what you mean by difficult, how much worth is there in playing soccer with your grandchildren when you are 59 years old like me, versus stuck in a chair with oxygen tubing cause you smoked, or have grandchildren loose their grandpa when he is 40 because of liver failure due to alcoholic life, or have grandpa die from a GI bleed from acidic damage from coffee.For me its simply, the time with the family is worth more than all the alcohol, coffee or tobacco there is or will be. Show more Show less