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Hi I'm Randy

I teach math in California. I work with middle school kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have taught math to middle school students since 1989. Married in 1982, my wife and I have two beautiful children by birth and a third that came to live with us when she was in high school. Our eldest served a two year mission in Brazil and is working on his degree at Brigham Young University. Our two girls have each graduated and have married wonderful young men. My family has truly been my greatest blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised as a Mormon - neither of my parents attended church at all. Even as a child I had a religious curiosity. I attended a wide array of churches, usually joining a friend at their family's church. As I entered my teenage years, I developed a passion for golf that conflicted with Sunday services. For a time, the questions I longed to have answers to were replaced by an obsession to play golf constantly. A week before my 17th birthday, I went on my first date and had a wonderful time. The young lady and I began to spend time together doing homework, talking and occasionally going to a movie or dinner. I enjoyed her company so much that I decided not to join my mom's boyfriend (Ed) for a one week hike he was leading in the mountains. I looked at Ed like a father, so it was hard to disappoint him. The last week in June, as my date and I were driving home one evening, she turned to me and said, "I'm a Mormon. Is that okay?" "Absolutely," I responded. When I arrived home later that evening, I went straight to the Encyclopedia Britannica - that is where I had my first introduction to Mormons. The following week as Ed led the hike, he slipped and fell over a cliff. My mom was devastated. I was devastated. And all the questions I had ignored while playing golf came flooding back. What happens when we die? What is the purpose of life? Is God really there? And I had no answers. But my date did. She had all the answers. She seemed so confident, and kept telling me that I could know the truth myself. I began to go to church with her family. When we finally left for separate colleges, I found the Mormon church was there too. The answers just kept coming. I read, I prayed, I listened, I asked. In hindsight, I was too slow to accept what I knew was true. It took two years before I finally joined the church, and it has changed my life. I know who I am and where I'm going. And most of all, I know who my Savior is and that He loves me.

How I live my faith

Since becoming a Mormon, I have been given many opportunities to serve others. I have been a Sunday school teacher and a youth leader. I have worked as Cub Master and Scoutmaster. I spent four years teaching scriptures at 6:30 each morning to high school students before they went to school. I have worked at Special Olympics as well as with an organization assisting veterans. I have coached math teams, basketball and volleyball. I have tutored hundreds of people in math, from elementary school students to grandparents trying to finish a degree. My life has changed as I have learned and embraced that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I am trying to live my life in a way that allows me to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ. I know that my works won't save me, but I know service to others is one way that I express my appreciation to my Savior. The remarkable thing is, I have found joy in serving others.