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Hi I'm Randy

Indiana raised, criss-crossed the country, but returned to raise my family as corn fed "hosiers." I'm an accountant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Years ago, I lived in some exciting places: Philippines, Tahiti, and rural Alaska. It was never long enough, but yet influenced me greatly. I love the pureness of native cultures and small communities that teach its people to serve one another. I have always hoped to "run away" from modern complexities, back to the simplicity of the pacific islands or to rural Alaskan villages. I have come to learn, however, that the best choice is to project the simplicity of self and family values while living in the frey of the modern world. My wife is the best Mom I know. With three children in or near high school age, we felt led to apply to be adoptive parents. After a year of ups and downs, we received a call from an expecting young women. From that day to today, six years later, our son's birth mother has stood by her spirit-directed choice. We gather together often as an extended family. Our son has twice as many grandmothers as most, and that makes him well loved and spoiled. Our vacations are always spent as a family, camping and biking in national/state parks. We try our best to get far away from the lights and sounds of the world. For me, the greatest moments alone are those when I can stare up at the stars and thank my Heavenly Father for all of my blessings. For better than 30 years, I've looked up to speak and paused to listen to Him. My vantage point on earth and life has changed, His has always been the same - He Loves Me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because, as a father, I need the teachings of the prophets (from ancient times and from those that live today) to help me know how to best lead and love my family through troubled times. The teachings found in the doctrines of the church have always represented a solid foundation, for God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He loves all his children, just as I love all of mine. His greatest desire is for each to have the desire and make the choices necessary to be able to return to live with Him in eternity. Our family motto is "work hard, study hard, pray hard, serve hard, and play hard." For my wife and I, our greatest efforts are directed toward our children and helping them come to learn that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and he sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to lift our burdents. We pray each day that each child will come to know that for themselves and to teach it to their children. I know the Book of Mormon to be words inspired by God and written by prophets who lived anciently on the American continent. The book represents the lives and testimonies of people not far different from us today. While we may be in modern times, our trials and concerns are no different than theirs. By reading the Book of Mormon each day, I have found answers to my questions in life and added strength to be a better person and a better father. At the core of every trial these people faced is lessons of the importance of gratitude, humility, repentance, forgiveness, hope, faith the Jesus Christ and his atonement, obedience, charity, and enduring to the end. As I have faced my own personal trials, I have the examples of Lehi, Nephi, Abinadi, Alma, Moroni, and others to turn to. I don't have to figure it out on my own, the Lord has given me their words, testimonies, and examples.

How I live my faith

I have had many different opportunities to be of service in the church. When I was younger, I spent many years working with scouting and other activities for young men (12-18 yrs old). Some of those times I will never forget. For example, when I first moved to Alaska I was asked to be an assistant scout leader. One Wednesday night before a weekend camp out, the 12-14 year-old scouts were planning the menu. I thought they were kidding me when they planned to serve bear stew, I went along with the idea. Sure enough, they brought their shot guns and within a few hours, bear stew was cooking over the fire. My favorite callings include teaching, because it forces me to be more regimented in my gospel studies. For a number of years I worked for an organization that provides day and residential services for the developmentally disabled. Each day I was able to work alongside some of our Heavenly Fathers most choice sons and daughters. I am grateful for the knowledge of the gospel that teaches us that these friends are the strongest and most faithful. While the rest of us are here to be tested and our faith tried, they are here to receive a body and to be a blessing to us. They will receive the greatest rewards in eternity, a life with living in the presence of our Heavenly Father. As I have attended funerals of some of these great ones, I find joy in thinking how wonderful they must feel on the others side - having all of their faculties restored and being able to communicate once again. I have spent time working as a board member with a local Food Bank. There are many around us who are food insecure. Our Heavenly Father has given us a charge to ensure that all are cared for with the basic needs. While we can't personally impact all the poverty of the world, we can certainly reach out to those in our own communities as do as the Savior did.