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Hi I'm Randy

I like to workout, I run my own landscape company, and I think being a Grandpa is the best thing ever. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a landscape business owner who is in business in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I enjoy creating beauty and found landscaping was a great way to accomplish that. I especially like to re-create the Sonoran desert on a smaller scale. I am a father of five children, and I have a close wonderful relationship with each one of them. As a father while my kids were growing up I would frequently ask, especially at dinner time, what each child did that day to serve their Mother. I would tell my kids as soon as they woke up their first thought of the day should be what they could do to help out their Mom. As a father I may have made many mistakes, but the one thing I did well was love my wife. I am the recipient of the greatest of all gifts a Father could give a son-a model of how a man should treat his wife. I witnessed first hand my Dad treat my Mom like a Queen every day of their married life. So, here I am now, and have been married 30 years and I love my wife and can not wait for whatever the future may hold.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but did not gain conviction with any of my religious choices until I realized that I could no longer not know whether or not the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I was 24 living in Claremont, California in a small apartment. It was a warm sunny afternoon. I had been reading the Book of Mormon, and I wanted to know for myself if it were true. I had heard many people who I respected testify of its truthfulness, but I did not know for myself. I was afraid to know. If I knew it was true then I would have to change my life style. Additionally, I knew my friends would not accept this change, and I would be left alone. Well, despite these circumstances I left the apartment and walked across a large grass playing field and found a secluded spot behind a small grove of Magnolia trees. I can remember stepping on the large dry Magnolia leaves and hearing them crack and break under my feet as the weather had been so dry. I remember worrying what I thought was the loud sound I was creating would disturb someone and that would call attention to myself. Well, I waited a few minutes to see if anyone was coming and looking for me, but no one came. I realized I needed to kneel down and pray. I wanted to know. I could not stand the uncertainty I lived with any longer. I knelt down and started my prayer. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father whether the Book of Mormon was true, and almost as soon as the words came out of my mind I knew almost instantly the Book of Mormon was true. I felt like jumping as my joy was so great. I knew! I knew! The Lord revealed something to me. I was anxious to go to Church on Sunday. I found the meeting house and arrived a little late, and had to sit in the next to last row. Immediately as soon as I sat down I started to weep. I had never wept before. It was almost as if tears were flowing out of my eyes. I was a little embarrassed, but then I realized I had finally come home. I have been home ever since.

How I live my faith

Everything I do is a demonstration of my beliefs. I try not to contend or argue with others. I have worked to develop self control. My life improved greatly when I learned how important for me as the head of the family to not be contentious. By learning to not participate in contentious situations all of my family members begun liking me more. It has been wonderful. So now, I have had many wonderful opportunities to serve in our Church. Perhaps the best service experience I have had is what my wife and I do together now in our Prison Ministry calling. Once each month we go to a nearby state penitentiary and visit with one of our church members who we have been assigned. He is a great individual who both my wife and I love, mostly because he teaches us about rising above circumstances and doing what is right. His desire to try to do what is right is contagious.