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Hi I'm Randy Hoffman

I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Germany Berlin Mission.

About Me

As a missionary for the Church, I have been called to serve to preach the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to Heavenly Father's children. I am developing a love for all of God's children. We all have a story and, by sharing them, we can help uplift and edify one another.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. Missionaries helped my Great Grandparents when their house burned down. I am very grateful for whoever they were. My family had since fallen away from the Church. The friends I made in elementary school were such great kids. I wanted to be like them. I came to fall in love with the basic, simple beliefs of the Church. I know that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prohet, called of God - and that we have prophets here on Earth today. I believe that, with the Church as our foundation, we can conquer even our greatest roadblocks.

How I live my faith

In the Church, we are taught to wear our heart on our sleeve. Being an example of the Faith is what I try to do everyday. As a member, I am also a representative of the Church. People look to us to make appropriate decisions because they know our standards. I know the standards - or rules by which we live - are divinely inspired. If we follow them, we will be successful in all that we do and be truly blessed.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Randy Hoffman
Testimony sharing is my favorite part of the Church. We share our testimony - or bare our testimony - when we want to share a truth that we have come to know so well. It is the Holy Ghost that helps us reach out to others and know just what to say at that moment. It usually begings with "I know" or "I believe." When we read the Book of Mormon, pray about its truthfulness, and find out for ourselves whether it is true or not, we gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. The Church allows members to choose for themselves how to live the Gospel and to find out which parts are true at their own time. I love that the members of the Church seek to find out why they know the Church is true. Show more Show less

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

Randy Hoffman
The Law of the Tithe is an ancient commandment. This commandment helps the Church progress and move foward; the money and resources donated to the Church help build Temples, meeting houses, help missionaries and the sick and elderly, provide for the poor, and so much more. The commandment comes out the idea that we should consecrate - or dedicate or handover - all that we have (including our skills and talents) to the Church, and receive only what we need in return. How generous is Heavenly Father for only requiring us to pay 10% of our income? When we pay our tithing, we are paying into our "Blessings Insurance;" by following this commandment we ensure that we will be covered financially during hard times as well. For me, when I pay my tithing each month, I think all the possibilities of what it could be used for: will it buy food for a struggling Church member, help send a missionary on the Lord's Errand, put a Moroni statue on top of a Temple, or maybe even come back to me somehow? I gained a testimony of this commandment while at school at Brigham Young University - Idaho (one of the Church's Universities). It is very inexpensive because the Church helps to keep costs down. I feel like I need to work even harder now that I know millions of people have paid for me to be here. They love and I love them for that. That is what the Church does, we help each other even if we do not know each other. We are God's children, commanded to love one another. Show more Show less