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Hi I'm Randy Godard

I love to motorcycle. But, more than that, I love to spend time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family in which my ancestors from Wales, England, Scotland and Denmark joined the church no less than three generations ago. I attended elementary school in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and high school in California. In 1972 to 1974, I served a two-year mission for the church in the Brazil South Central Mission. My wife and I became engaged 5 days after we met at Brigham Young University (we told our friends who couldn't believe it was true-love, that "you can't stop a tidal wave") and have been married for 39 years. We are parents of 5 children and grandparents of 15 grandchildren. Professionally, I am an attorney for a well-known healthcare company, with my work principally centered in Latin America. During my career I have advised in international transactions, dispute resolution and trade in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea. My employment has allowed us to live in Texas, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and now Florida. I motorcycle, fly-fish, do woodworking and carving, play harmonica, canoe & kayak, work on genealogy, and read history, philosophy, and psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in an LDS family, I have always tried to understand other religions. For example, I attended Catechism and read the history of the Catholic church (so that I could date a particular Catholic girl), attended the Episcopalian and Methodist churches, studied the Baptist history and doctrine, and read the Koran and comparative religion books. No other doctrine or belief has produced in me the confirmation that God our Heavenly Father is literally our Father, that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and that the Holy Ghost does testify of the truth of all things. That confirmation came when I was 18 years old and has been strengthened many times since. In addition to reading of other religions, I have read and studied the Book of Mormon 62 times (a commitment I made while on my mission to read it once for every year of my life). Each time I read the Book of Mormon, the Holy Ghost testifies of a new truth that I had previous not noticed. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of our Savior's gospel and that it is the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was called by God to restore the fullness of the Savior's gospel with all the truths and authority needed to help us return to your Heavenly Father's presence. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church and organization that Jesus Christ restored to the earth in preparation for His marvelous Second Coming, when He will rule personally on the earth. I know, from countless experiences, that if you will exercise your faith, become baptized and then continue to live in accordance with our Savior's example and commandments, you will be blessed with knowledge, understanding, insights and wisdom that will bless your life and the lives of your family members and friends. This church contains our Heavenly Father's plan for His children, of which you are one. I testify of these truths in the Savior's name, Amen.

How I live my faith

I enjoy talking with others about our Heavenly Father's plan for happiness, based on eternal family connections, service to one another and obedience to our Heavenly Father's commandments. Living in South Florida, I have taught and continue to teach our neighbors how to become self-reliant and prepared for natural disasters. I have worked with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years in unit, District and Council positions. I have served twice as a bishop (which is the presiding officer of a unit similar to a parish), as a counselor in the Stake Presidency (which is the presiding council in a unit similar to a diocese), in three high councils (which is a council of 12 that assists the Stake Presidency), on five stake missions (which are proselyting missions at a local level), in several Young Men's presidencies (which is the organization that assists the youth), as a Seminary Teacher (which is a daily religious class for high school students), and as an instructor in various Sunday classes. My current church callings are as the Executive Secretary to a member of the Area Seventy, and as a Temple Worker in the Florida Fort Lauderdale Temple.