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Hi I'm Randy

I've taught musical theatre at Brigham Young University since 1976. My students and I have toured in 45 countries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of seven children in southern Idaho, Utah and Oregon. There was always music in our home. We loved to gather around the piano after supper and sing. Grandpa played mandolin, banjo and accordion and grandma played the organ and piano. My grandpa on dad's side was an amazing harmonica player. We sang as we washed the dishes. All nine of us sang as we traveled together in the family station wagon on long trips. I began formal piano study at age five. After serving a two-year LDS mission in Frankfurt, Germany, it was no surprise to my folks when I pursued a music degree while attending BYU-Hawaii. In 1976 as I pursued graduate study back in Utah, I was invited to direct a musical theatre performance company at the university. Thirty-eight years later, I have traveled extensively with my students, performing live and on television in 45 countries. With music and dance as our medium of expression, friendship has always been our message. I have learned much about life from international friends on tours. In 1980, I met a beautiful girl who would not only become my wife but who would also motivate me to succeed in life's most important priorities. Our three children have been our primary focus through the past 36 years. Raising children of character requires significant time. Our children have been and continue to be our greatest joy. Now that three amazing spouses and almost nine grandchildren have joined our family circle, life is better than ever before.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me by example. As a child, they taught me and my siblings to love and serve one another. As we grew up, I watched my dad get up early every morning to study the scriptures. Even now, at age 87, he still feasts on the words of Christ every day. I followed his example and have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. Many years ago my Heavenly Father answered my prayers. By the power of the Holy Ghost, God witnessed to me that this ancient record is an authentic witness of Jesus Christ. After a lifetime of Gospel living, I can say that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that our living prophet speaks the will of the Lord. Revelation from God to our prophets has been continual since the restoration of the Gospel in the early 19th century. I have found that the teachings of our living prophets, when applied consistently, have the capacity to improve the quality of my life. I have witnessed miracles in my life. I am alive today because of the faith of my wonderful parents as I experienced a miracle at age 7. Medical professionals sadly informed my parents that I had three months to live because my lungs had lost most of their elasticity with advanced stages of emphysema. The Spirit prompted my dad to give me a priesthood blessing in which I was promised that I would recover and live a full life. Now, at age 65, I often reflect on that simple blessing by my faithful father. Over and over again, I have felt my Heavenly Father's love. Perhaps my most compelling reason for being a Mormon is the prophetically revealed knowledge that my family can be forever. Through the sealing power of the Priesthood, the sacred ordinance of eternal marriage ensures that if we keep our sacred covenants, our family circle can extend throughout all eternity. My wife and I have been sealed by Priesthood power in the temple. Now it is our responsibility to live worthy of those promised blessings of a forever family!

How I live my faith

Service to other people is a major focus for both my wife and me. We endeavor to serve others in simple ways. What we may lack in money and resources, we try to make up for in time and genuine interest in each of our Heavenly Father's children. As a committed disciple of Jesus Christ, my desire is to follow Him and to love my fellow men as He loved when he walked the hills of Galilee and ministered to "his other sheep" on the American continent shortly after his resurrection in Jerusalem. I know that this Jesus Christ, whom I have come to love not only through my study of His life in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, but also through my personal practice of principles which He taught during his mortal ministry, is my Savior. His words have motivated me to pray regularly to my Heavenly Father. I also feast on His words regularly in the scriptures and try to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit as I read. As life unfolds, or in some cases, "unravels" each day, I have discovered that I have a daily need to repent. There are so many imperfections in my life that need improvement. So I have many opportunities to make course corrections in the details of my life. Living "with faith in every footstep" along life's journey is possible only through the sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for His redeeming love. I enjoy the people Heavenly Father has placed in my life. There is nowhere in this world that I would rather be than with our family. I have served in many capacities in our local church congregations, but through the years, my favorite callings have always been with the youth of our Church. They are devoted to Jesus Christ and His teachings, and their example of unselfish service and kindness motivate me to try to live as He lived! Although there is still much in this life about which I am uncertain, this much I do know, that Jesus Christ lives. I am a member of His church, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.