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Hi I'm Randi

Daughter of God, military wife, and mother of 6.

About Me

I'm a mother and a wife. Kisser of boo-boos; Crusher of bugs; Purveyor of laughter, snuggles, and smiles; Master Chef of Chez Anderson; Cleaning Lady; Crafter; Repair-woman; Transportation Specialist; Education Specialist; Cheerleader; and sweetheart to my husband. Sure, I'm a writer, a poet, an artist, but this season of my life is about those little people running around and wreaking general havoc in my home. As David O. McKay taught, "No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home." Raising children into good, compassionate adults is a calling I both love and am humbled by.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer: I was raised in the church. The long-ish answer: When I was a teenager, I misunderstood the atonement. I thought I had to be perfect in order to repent. I knew I wasn't capable of that, so I was ready to quit church, despite still having a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I decided out of respect for my parents, I would continue attending my meetings until I was off to college--then I would slip quietly into inactivity. Heavenly Father had other plans. I dated a nice guy who wasn't LDS but had similar standards. Out of the blue, he decided he wanted to know more about my church. I thought, "Well, shucks. I'd better figure out if I'm in or out." So, as I had been taught by my goodly parents, I prayed about it. I was in. As I told a friend once when talking about the sad state of this world, my faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope, brings me peace no matter what the world throws at me. There's a quote I love: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." This life isn't all we have; it's only a small blip on our radar--the most difficult blip. We are never alone. I have learned that time and again.

How I live my faith

I love the Savior's words: "And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." (John 8:29) I endeavor to do that which would make my Father in Heaven proud. A simplistic answer, but it is my greatest desire. I sacrifice my own selfish wants for the sake of my husband and children. I strive to serve others compassionately, to love unconditionally, to let virtue garnish my thoughts, to seek after truth and light and goodness. And when I fall short of the mark--which I often do--I dust myself off, repent, and try again.