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Hi I'm Randy

I'm a Mormon. I was born in southern Oregon. I am a third generation Oregonian and a convert of the Church.

About Me

I was born in 1954 in southern Oregon. My father was employed as a logger while my mother was a homemaker. I am the third oldest of seven children. My childhood was, for the most part, enjoyable. I developed a love of reading and learning and developed into a good student. I began to play the game of basketball at a young age and grew to love the game. It helped me through some tough times growing up; it was my escape. We moved around a lot in my childhood but always in southern Oregon. I attended three elementary schools and two junior high schools and two high schools. For some reason I always fell in with a good crowd. After high school I went to work as a logger with my dad. A mere six months later, while on the job just three days after Christmas, my father was killed in a logging accident. I was with him at the time; it changed my life! Just fifteen months later I lost my very best friend, Neil, in a tragic car accident. These two life-changing experiences have had a powerful impact on my life since they occurred. I am now happily married to one of the most wonderful women to ever walk the face of the earth. She has been and continues to be an inspiration and pillar of strength in my life. We are the parents of four wonderful children. I recently retired after 31 years as a high school history teacher and track and field coach. Kathleen and I recently sold our home in Glide, Oregon and moved to Aumsville, Oregon, which is 10 miles east of Salem, the state capitol.

Why I am a Mormon

After the untimely and unfortunate deaths of my father and best friend (mentioned above) I took a trip to Utah to visit three dear friends (sisters), all of whom happened to be lovely young women. These girls and their family had befriended me in high school and had set excellent examples of living strong moral lives at the same time they were having fun with friends. Their family moved back to Idaho my last year of high school. The girls were working in Utah when I visited them. Among other things they took me to Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I will NEVER forget the powerful feelings I had as I walked through the visitors center there and had the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ presented to me in a manner that was clear and plain and beautiful. My questions about my father and my best friend were answered. I knew at that moment that I would become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I signed my name to one of the visitor rolls and continued on my trip. About three months later I was introduced to two LDS missionaries. We spent about a month going over doctrine, commandments, the principles of salvation, the Joseph Smith story and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. I read, studied, prayed and went to Church. I decided to be baptized. Soon after my baptism members of my family and a few friends were not happy with my decision and told me I was not welcome in their home or lives. Many years have passed since that time and I can thankfully say I am welcome in their homes again. Three years after joining the Church I was called to serve a mission in Italy. What a grand, enriching experience that was as it solidified my testimony of the Savior's atonement and allowed me to share the message of the Restoration with many people. My mission gave me a solid foundation from which I could build the rest of my life on true principles and true happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others, first and foremost in my family. I serve to the best of my abilities and wherever I am asked in the Church. I have served as a teacher, a youth adviser, a bishop, a home teacher, and in numerous Stake and Ward positions. I serve in my community by being a good neighbor and in worthwhile causes. I do my best to keep the commandments and honor covenants and promises I have made to live a wholesome and productive life. I try to be a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Service is the essence of life; it helps us forget our own "problems" and assist others in overcoming theirs. I am not a perfect person, as my family and friends will attest to, but I do try to lead an exemplary and productive life by being positive and treating others with respect.