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Hi I'm Randy

My work and passion is fishing and hunting. I'm publisher of an outdoor conservation magazine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a passion for tournament bass fishing. I enjoy being outdoors. All of my jobs since college have been related to outdoor recreation such as hunting, fishing, camping, etc. and later, in natural resources communications for public wildlife agencies. For the last 20 years, I've been on the staff of several outdoor magazines as an editor and publisher. I've been fishing bass (and some walleye) tournaments for more than 30 years. I also have been a hunting and fishing guide, tackle store owner, and boat salesman. My wife and I have three grown children and three grand children. Of all the things I've experienced, my family is most important to me. My under graduate degree is in English, and my Master's degree is in Communications. These degrees have helped me work in outdoor recreation, which I really enjoy. Everyday is a good day because work seems more like play.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandmother joined the Church in Wisconsin in the 1920s. My mother helped keep that faith instilled in me as a youth. However, I had periods of doubt. There were very few members of the Church in my rural Wisconsin community. After I left for college, I continued going through the motions of Church activity, but I didn't know why. After some personal trials, I decided to really find out for myself if the Church was right. I put my weak faith to the test. It wasn't easy. It would have been far easier to turn my back on the Church and start a new life. But something kept drawing me back to the Church. After much prayer and fasting and studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, I received a confirmation through the Holy Ghost, that the Book of Mormon is, indeed, true and that it contains a fullness of Gospel teachings. The manifestation was personal but real. It is something that I cannot deny. Even more, I know that God knows that I know the truth. For this reason, I know I must live my life in keeping with the way God intended us to live.

How I live my faith

Since my true conversion, I have served in many Church positions. The Church is comprised of a lay clergy, where members participate in serving the Lord. I served as a Bishop of our local congregation for more than five years. It is the commitment of every individual Church member that makes a difference in people's lives. We do it because we know it is the will of the Lord and we are here on a life mission to do God's work. Although Church service makes up a large portion of my spare time, I also am involved in community organizations that work to conserve and improve our environment and natural resources. And, I find time to participate in outdoor activities.