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Hi I'm Randy

I'm a marketing manager for a software company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents grew up Christian/Protestant in the Midwest and didn't have a church in Southern California where my father served in the military when they were newly married. When the Mormon missionaries knocked on their door they were receptive to joining a church and were eventually baptized. I was three at the time so I grew up attending church. Even though my parents were new to the Mormon church, their own Christian upbringing provided them with solid foundation of faith and I was raised to pray, keep the Sabbath Day holy, and serve others. At age nineteen I left home and went to England for two years as a missionary for the church. Upon returning home I entered college, got married to a young lady from our local congregation that I had known growing up, and started a family. I worked full-time to support my family while attending college and while we sometime struggled financially, with each academic advancement doors were opened for us to make ends meet and provide for our children's educational and extra-curricular needs. After working in the Aerospace industry and later as a college professor, I retired and now work in a marketing role for a large software company. I travel frequently for work helping clients find technology solutions using our products.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because our beliefs work. I feel close to God. I get answers to my prayers; I am often guided and prompted in ways that help me be a better parent and more effective in my job. When I live according to our beliefs I am happy and have joy and hope; even in the face of personal trials and concerns about our economy, politics and international conflicts. I have applied the tools I learned as an academic to the scriptures and find that our beliefs are consistent with the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, and the ancient prophets; more so in fact than any other religion I have studied. I am more effective in every area of my life; my health, my family relations, my work, even my hobbies because of the blessing of knowing God’s plan for me and by being able to be guided daily in my life by the scriptures, church leaders who God recognizes as authorized to receive revelations like the ancient Apostles and Prophets did, and the still small voice of His spirit to my soul.

How I live my faith

I pray every morning before I leave for work and ask for help with work, safety as I travel, and for my children to be guided and prompted to do what is right. I have learned to be guided by the Holy Ghost and almost subconsciously I am always testing my feelings and checking to see if what I am doing is right. I read the scriptures almost every night; at least one chapter and sometimes a lot more. On Sundays I attend church. I dress up in a suit and tie as a sign of respect for God and his house. Our Sunday services consist of three back-to-back meetings; a congregational worship service, “Sunday School” (there is an adult class) and a men’s “Priesthood Meeting” (women have their own meeting; the youth also have their own meetings during the third hour). I actively participate in lesson and in the past I have been the instructor. More importantly than my participation in formal religious activities, is my constant awareness of how my beliefs affect how I think, talk, interact, and work. I earnestly try to be honest in my dealings with others. I abstain from drinking or smoking. I don’t view pornography, and even do not watch “R” rated movies and avoid “M” rated video games. In general I avoid any activity that would interfere with my closeness to my Heavenly Father and my ability to feel his Spirit. When I do something not in harmony with the Gospel, I can feel the loss of His spirit and it drives me to repent and ask forgiveness in prayer. Eventually as I continue to do better the Spirit returns along with a sense of peace and reconciliation. This is the power of the Savior’s atonement in my life.

What is faith?

Faith is different from belief. Belief is a mental acknowledgement about what is true. Faith starts when you are willing to act because of that belief. For example, believing or hoping that there is a Father in Heaven starts to become faith when you pray or live a certain way because of your relationship to God. The greatest test of faith is when you actively live a righteous life because of your faith in God's blessings. The greatest tests of faith occur when we keep doing what is right even when God seems to be allowing us to go through difficult times. Show more Show less