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Hi I'm Randal

I prefer my bicycle to a car. I play tennis, drums, and the 5-string banjo. I'm a kidney donor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I speak Japanese, and have lived and worked in Tokyo. I've been an international marketing manager with a major software company, but now I lead drum-circles for children. My wife and I once took a year off to back-pack travel around the world, mostly through Southeast Asia, during which time we taught English at a vocational college in China, helped build a school-house in Vietnam, and tutored elementary kids in Indonesia. While we never got the blessing of having our own children in this lifetime, we love kids, and feel privileged to have lots of them within our sphere of influence (including some pretty wonderful nieces and nephews). My wife and I play tennis whenever it's not drizzling in this rainy city of ours. She has never yet beaten me; but she is getting close--dangerously close!

Why I am a Mormon

Several of my great, great grandparents were Mormon pioneers, who crossed the plains at great sacrifice to be able to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. And while I'm grateful and inspired by such courageous and faithful fore-bearers, I needed to find out for myself, to discover my own testimony of the truthfulness of this Church of Jesus Christ, and of His Gospel. I found this testimony in the Book of Mormon. If ever I find myself drifting from the Gospel moorings established by those devoted pioneer ancestors, I need only return to the words of that Book. They speak peace to my soul, and I know in my heart, as I read and ponder them, that they are, indeed, the very words of Christ. As a bonus, I find it both a worthy challenge and an edifying example to associate with a people who "believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men." This Church, with it's Christ-centered message, molds me into a much better person than I could ever be without it.

How I live my faith

Among my many duties in this Church, I get the extreme privilege of helping to lead and mentor some of the most wonderful and delightful and amazing young people on the planet. We've biked and hiked together; we've plunged into freezing glacial lakes together; we've camped together; we've laid in the grass beneath the night sky and marveled together at God's Wonders and Splendors; and we've talked together of the things of the Eternities: Where did we came from? Why are we here? And where are we going after this life? I find ample opportunity to help bear the burdens of others, both in my church community and in my neighborhood, and to help comfort those who stand in need of comfort; and, in beautiful reciprocity, I've felt the solace, on many occasions, of others of our faith helping to comfort me. We are God's Hands here on this earth. Mormons truly believe that; they try to practice that. I'm trying, too.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Randal
I've had friends, and even family members, outside the Church, who think I am being "fleeced" out of 10% of my income every year. But don't you believe this for a second. Tithing was instituted by God Himself (it's mentioned as far back as the third chapter in the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament), and for a very worthy cause. I have seen, firsthand, what the Lord, through his inspired servants, is able to do with my 10% tithes, together with the tithing of all faithful Church members. These sacred funds bless innumerable lives, and provide the means for meeting-houses and holy temples to be built around the world. And these wonderful edifices are then dedicated to the Lord for the furthering of His work on this earth, and within which, the saving ordinaces of His Gospel are being performed each week across this vast globe. What's more, by paying our tithing, my wife and I are claiming those promised blessings of a loving God toward his faithful children: "...prove me now herewith, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Show more Show less