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Hi I'm Randy

I am a grandfather, an engineer, a car guy and I'm a serious Mormon

About Me

I am a retired engineer. My wife and I have been married for 43 years, we have 4 married children and 11 grandchildren. I refer to the assembled group of grandkids as the electron cloud. I am the assistant gardener to my wife, but I do get to be the first string mechanic in our family. I have worked on cars since I was 15, and have learned a great deal, my professional specialty is high pressure rock mechanics.

Why I am a Mormon

I was religiously ambivalent, or at least confused and non-committal until I reached the age of 20. It became clear to me that I needed to decide where I was heading. If there was nothing to church, it was a lot of trouble and would interfere with sports car hobbies on Sunday. If, on the other hand, there was something to it, and it would affect the rest of eternity, I had better get it right - as Hamlet put it, to sleep, perchance to dream. It was important then, but I had no idea how profound my decision would be. As we raised children in a difficult world, and faced all of the normal everyday problems that confront us, I don't know what I would have done, or where I would have been without the Gospel in my life. It is my life.

How I live my faith

As the politicians say these days, my religion informs all aspects of my life. Except, that unlike the politicians, I really mean that. Everything I do is influenced strongly by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe the intent of this life is to get back to the Kingdom of Heaven with as many family members and friends along as possible - some will be leading the way, some of us will follow, but the goal is to get there. On a day to day basis, perhaps one of the most important parts of life are all of the people that I know, that I would not have known had I not been a Mormon. I think often about the parable of the laborers, where, everyone gets paid the same, no matter how long you spent in the field that day. I believe the implication is clear, doing good and helping others is its own reward. It certainly has been in my life. My training as an engineer has allowed me to assist others with fighting floods but usually, the only requirement is being willing to help. Being kind in the process is part of the deal, in a memorable address a church leader (who was being given emeritus status) said "you have to be nice". That is about as complicated as it is.