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Hi I'm Randy and I am a Mormon

I grew up in many places. After college and marriage we raised our family in AZ and now happily live near all 10 grandchildren.

About Me

I live and work in Arizona. I've been employed in aerospace for over 30 years in a technical field that gives me great satisfaction. My greatest joys however come from being around my 10 grandchildren who all live near by. They range in age from 10 months to 15 years and they all love each other. As a father of 4 children I have learned to be flexible and to listen. Though at the time I never thought they would grow up and leave the nest but they all have. I am busy with family, church activities as well as outside interest, but always try to make time to read. I read everything from local news to the scriptures. I especially enjoy reading about the life of Jesus Christ who I worship. My wife and I have been married a long time yet I don't know where I would be without her in my life. As you get older it takes 2 adults to keep one adult on track. She helps me in more ways than I can count. We hope to stay healthy enough to be of service to our family, church and community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon Church by my Mother. She was raised in the faith though she married outside the faith. My father never joined the church but he would not discourage us from church activity. I remember growing up having a choice to play golf or tennis with my Dad on Sunday or go to church with Mom. I remember how I felt when I skipped church and how much better I felt going to church. Years later when I dropped out of college and out of activity with the church I had those same bad feelings and over time I resolved to get my life in order and only then did I feel that certain peace come back into my life. I have a lot of people in my life to thank for their patience, love and prayers. I have tried to make up for that lost time and I hope to wear-out before I rust-out in His service. The doctrines of my Mormon faith have strengthened and sustained me. Growing up back in Ohio I was able to visit some of the church historical sights and feel a special bond to those who had gone before me who endured much persecution but remained faithful. My Mormon pioneers on my mother's side are real examples to me. If they can endure to the end then so can I. This bond or link to my past has given me a special perspective to help keep my priorities straight. I know the teachings of Jesus Christ are taught with clarity in this church the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that Joseph Smith was an instrument in the Lords hands to restore this church in these the last days just as much as I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet who guides this church today under the direction of Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone of our faith. And that is just a few of the reasons I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in my church, but my current calling, working with the college age youth in a University setting has been as challenging as it is rewarding. What a contrast these active youth are to the rest of the world. They all face daily struggles and challenges to their faith each day, but they help each other stay strong and when someone falls they are there to help them up. They are making choices each day that will impact them forever. They have school and career choices to make, as well as finding a worthy companion to marry, yet most of them pay their tithes and offering each Sunday, read scriptures and pray daily, and find time to serve others. I help make appointments for them to see and talk to the Bishop of the ward. I see many of them come in weighed down problems and worries. But then I also see them leave with a special determination to make amends, forgive others and mover forward with their lives growing from these experiences. This would not be possible without the Jesus Christ as a central figure in their lives. With Christ all things are possible.