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Hi I'm Randalee

I have lived in eight different states, from coast to coast. I am a mother of 6, a paralegal, a runner, a Mormon.

About Me

I was pregnant with my fifth child and on bed rest when my husband ended up in the hospital for brain surgery. A mishap during the surgery caused him to have a stroke and suffer brain damage. He came home from two months in the hospital, unable to remember peoples' names, see straight, walk without help or prioritize tasks. We were fairly helpless in caring for our four other children, and we relied heavily on aid from friends and family. When my son was born, I jumped back into gear as a wife and mother, but I feared greatly for the financial future of my family and the physical and mental health of my husband. My husband's career as a chemical engineer was at an end, and I was scared that he would never be able to work again. Plus, the change in my husband's personality left me feeling as if I didn't know the man. Ten years of marriage, five kids, and this was the outcome? I felt terrified, alone, helpless, depressed and mad. I'm thinking of writing a book someday with more details, if for no other reason than to record that God carried us through the worst time of our lives. Through this ordeal, I've learned that God understands the details of who I am and what I need. Miracles and growth happened in my life that I cannot explain in this limited space. I look back, after another ten years of marriage, and I cannot deny that God has directed my life. Because God loves me--one, tiny person in this universe--I am led to believe that God loves each of His children!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Christmas Bells," later put to music in "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." My heart sings when in the last verse, the bells ring out that "God is not dead, nor doth he sleep." Instinctively, I know that God is no respecter of persons, and that He is as concerned for my soul as He was for the people who lived during the time of the Bible. I am a Mormon because I believe that God would not abandon His people during modern times. Not only is God as real now as He was before, but He also continues to speak to the hearts of men and women today. In addition, I believe that God communicates through living modern prophets. It makes sense to me that if there were prophets before, there should be prophets now. It makes sense that if God loved and spoke to His people in Jerusalem, He would also love and speak to His people in other lands. I am a Mormon because I believe that the Book of Mormon is the scripture of ancient people from the American Continent who also looked forward to a Savior and communed with God. When I read that book, I feel inspired to be a better person. And, I am a Mormon because I believe that God speaks directly to me--that I can receive answers to prayers and instructions for my own, personal life.

How I live my faith

I believe that one of the most important things I can do during my life is to raise children who believe in God and whose actions reflect their Christian beliefs. When my six children are old enough to leave home, I want them to be equipped with charity and tolerance and love and a work ethic that will propel them to good things throughout their lives. To people who ask why I would bring so many children into this overpopulated and ever more volatile world, I reply that the world needs more good people. This is how I live my faith. In addition to being a mom, I interact with the teenage girls in my congregation. Instead of blindly believing what leaders of the Mormon church preach, members are encouraged to pray to receive personal confirmation about the principles that are taught. I love that! I try to help my girls realize that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father who knows them personally and loves them unconditionally, and they should pray to receive a personal understanding of their worth. In addition to teaching the twelve and thirteen year-olds on Sundays, I am one of the youth leaders who interacts with the girls during fun, weekday activities each week. My daughter and I just returned from a four-day Girls Camp where we went hiking and canoeing, sang lots of songs, ate delicious food, made a lot of crafts and interacted with other women and girls whose values reflect our own. The experience was bonding for my daughter and me.