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Hi I'm Randal

I am a husband & father. I'm in the Foreign Service. I enjoy learning, hiking, cycling, and riding fast horses. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to an incredible wife who is my best friend, and we are parents of four very special children. It’s a wonderful life. I grew up working on my Dad’s large ranch in Manassa, Colorado and still enjoy enjoy going back to help as often as possible. My dad taught me the values of hard work, selfless service, and integrity. My mother read to me and instilled in me a love of learning. Both taught me the gospel by word and example. At age 19 I served as a missionary for the church for two years in Hong Kong. It was awesome. Later I earned a B.S. in agronomy at BYU and an MBA in International Business from Concordia University Wisconsin. My favorite subjects in school were physics and economics. I also enjoy learning foreign languages and living in foreign countries. My family and I had the great experience of living in China from 2007-2010, and now we are living here again. I enjoy my job at the embassy, in which I get to speak Chinese with many people each day. While in the army for five years I learned to enjoy distance running, and in 2010 I ran the Great Wall Marathon. I love reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction. I love playing with my kids and chatting with my wife. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has brought so many blessings into my life. Being a good parent is the most humbling and challenging thing I have ever attempted, but I know it is helping me grow and develop.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, and choose to continue to be a Mormon, because the church gives me the guidance I need in life and reminds me of God’s love for me. Jesus Christ restored his church and the fullness of his gospel through his chosen servant Joseph Smith. We have a living prophet on earth today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the answers to life’s most important questions (Who am I? Why did God create the earth? Why am I here? Does how I live matter? Is there life after death? Can marriage and family relationships last forever? How can Christ’s atonement bring peace and happiness to my life?). Mormons are Christians. Mormon is simply a nickname for members of Jesus Christ’s church in the latter days. We study the Bible and know it contains the word of God. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Both books, along with continuing revelation through living prophets and apostles, help us correctly understand the gospel and how to apply it in our own lives. How do I know these things are true? One way is through the power of the Holy Spirit. On many occasions and in many different settings, the Holy Ghost has told me in my mind and heart. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, my prayers have been answered. I have felt the Holy Ghost as I have listened to sermons by our prophet and apostles. I have felt the Holy Ghost helping me as I serve in the church. Another way I know is that it just makes sense, and it works for me in my life and family. Listen to the recent sermons of our prophet and apostles (see “general conference” on www.lds.org). The Book of Mormon was written for our day. The historical accounts it contains provide a pattern for our time, showing clearly what happens to civilizations when the majority forget God and turn to immorality. Wickedness never was happiness and never will be. True happiness will never be found in things like pornography, substance abuse, or focus on wealth.

How I live my faith

I try my best to be a good Christian and neighbor, and to be a kind husband and father. I abstain from addictive substances, and avoid TV programs and other media that present profanity and immoral behavior. I serve in the church by teaching lessons and visiting the homes of other church members. I currently serve as a counselor in our ward's sunday school presidency. I enjoy helping people move. I teach my children the gospel at home. We pray and read the scriptures together. I contribute to the perpetual education fund, which has helped bring thousands out of poverty. This gospel really is a great way of life. I am so thankful for it. At first glance there might be a few things that do not seem to make sense to someone starting to learn about the church. There are still some things I don’t understand. But after everything I have experienced I could never turn away from this church. There is so much goodness and spiritual strength here. If you look at the leadership of this church, you will see people who have sacrificed so much throughout their lives to answer the call to serve. I hope I can do a better job of sharing this gospel with others.