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Hi I'm J. Randall

I'm a father of six, an attorney, and a Mormon bishop.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm and learned some key values to live by: hard work, cooperation, honesty, commitment, determination. Shortly after serving a full-time mission in the midwest, I got married at age 21. I pursued my interest in technology and design by studying mechanical engineering in college. We didn't wait long to start our family - two little girls joined us before finishing undergraduate studies. An opportunity came up during college to study an area of law where I could use my engineering training. I became a patent attorney. Now, every day I get to learn about new inventions and work with engineers, scientists, and crazy garage inventors. We now have six children - four girls and two boys. Your oldest is fourteen and our youngest is two. Life is crazy busy between a demanding career, endless activities with the children, and wonderful opportunities to serve our neighbors through church-related responsibilities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon by parents who had also been raised as Mormons. In fact, both sides of my family have long histories with the Mormon church. Even with that history, I had to figure out for myself whether this religion was right for me and what I should accept as my religion. As a young person I spent many, many hours in study and prayer trying to figure that out. I wanted to be a full-time missionary when I was old enough. I had to know that being a Mormon was something I had independently decided with some good reasons to back it up if I was to be able to teach others about it with conviction. The answers to my search came over and over again - answers in the form of feelings, promptings, and peace - that being a Mormon wasn't just a good thing to do, it was what God wanted me to be. The Gospel of Jesus Christ taught in the Mormon religion is amazing! I find great happiness and perspective in my life as strive to live the principles of the Gospel every day. I am a much better husband, father, son, brother, co-worker, neighbor and friend because of my knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ developed through the teaching of this religion.

How I live my faith

My faith or religion is far from being just a Sunday show I put on once a week. My religion is my life. From the moment I wake up until I fall asleep at night, it influences and guides my every action. I strive to have a constant prayer in my heart. I have personal daily goals to work on Christ-like attributes that help be draw closer to my Savior. I repent consistently knowing that I can be a better person as I make efforts to master my weaknesses and apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Serving as a bishop for the past year has been a tremendous blessing for me personally and for our family. It seems that the more we give of our time and energy, the more we are uplifted and strengthened by God. I won't deny I feel stretched to the limit much of the time, but I never feel alone when I am giving my all in God's work. I feel His power and strength in every aspect of my life.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

J. Randall
Mormons strongly believe that the Bible is an inspired book written by prophets, the mouthpieces of God. The Bible is accepted as holy scripture and the word of God to the people of ancient Isreal. Mormons teach that the writings of the Bible were preserved and made available to the world by the power of God. We are grateful to have this wonderful book of scripture to give guidance for our lives. Show more Show less