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Hi I'm Randy

I'm a big brother, an athlete, a Texas roughneck, and a future missionary in Spain and student at Utah State. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am known in my family as "Bubba," which in Texas means "Big Brother." My two younger brothers and I are very close. We have had a lawn mowing business together, and we have learned to work hard as a team. We also have a lot of fun. We are constantly "cutting up," which in Texas means just having a real good time laughing and giving each other a hard time. I also have sisters, and they are a special part of my life, too. I recently graduated from high school, where I enjoyed wrestling and playing football. I am getting ready to serve as a volunteer missionary in Madrid, Spain for two years, and to save up, I am working out in the oil fields as a roughneck (oil production worker). I am actually called a roustabout. It is hard work, but it feels great to be earning my own living and saving for missionary service. I plan on studying finance or geology at Utah State University once I return from my mission. But I'll always be a Texan. I have many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins here, and they are a very important part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. As I have grown up in the LDS church, I have received a love for the love that is shared in it, and the service that others give to each other. I have had very many meaningful relationships and I feel like the church is a family that helps you when you need help and inspires you to do better. The reason I am going on my mission is because I know that the gospel is true and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God just like the Bible. I want to go because I want to share the happiness I have felt in my life with others that need that same happiness.

How I live my faith

My faith is also an important part of my life. I go to church every Sunday. A big part of what I do is service. Most Sundays, I will go along with my dad or one of my brothers or a friend to visit people who are unable to come to church. We will serve them sacrament or just find out what we can do to help them. Our church has a program for young men which helps us in our development. A big part of this is the scouting program. We are encouraged to earn our Eagle Scout award and Duty to God award through many activities and camp-outs. As I worked toward earning these awards, I learned from the examples of many great leaders, and I have felt very motivated to follow in their footsteps. I really enjoy spending time with my family when I'm not working, which I think is a huge part of my religion, because we are taught that building a strong family is one of our most important responsibilities. I try to set a good example for my brothers, to show love to my sisters, and to follow counsel from my parents. I have been preparing for my mission for many years by reading scriptures and applying these scriptures to my life through journal-writing. I am excited to learn to speak Spanish on my mission, because there are many opportunities in Texas, at work and at church, to serve people who speak Spanish.