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Hi I'm Randy T.

I'm a husband, a father of 6, and a physician. I'm a "Mormon" (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

About Me

My wife and I have been blessed with five daughters and one son. We enjoy doing a variety of things together, including playing games, singing together, and almost anything else that allows us to spend time together. Our lives are usually very busy, due to family, work, school, and church activities, but each day we try to eat dinner together, laugh together, pray together, and read from the scriptures together. We have found that when we do these simple things together we are stronger and happier as individuals and as a family, even during tough times. I work as a physician, at an academic medical center as a preventive cardiologist. My work hours are long on some days, but I enjoy the opportunity of being a part of my patients' lives, and hopefully helping them improve their health in at least some small ways. It is a challenge sometimes to balance my work and home life, but my family helps me keep that balance and focus on what is most important. My personal hobbies include sports activities, playing the piano and guitar, painting, and reading. I love to learn about the people, languages, and cultures of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a "Mormon home", and was taught from a young age the importance of keeping my life focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite some of times of mild rebellion that are common in childhood, I found joy in living the gospel with my family. When I was a teenager, I had a yearning to learn more about the gospel in a more personal way. I read the scriptures, prayed to God, and tried to live the gospel principles of faith, repentance, love, obedience and service. Gradually, just as happens when the sun rises in the morning, the light of the gospel became more and more obvious to me. Through God's grace, I felt the uplifting influence of the Holy Spirit testify to me that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that he is real. Over the years since when I was a teenager, I have had many personal experiences with God that have been powerful and life-changing. I realize that I am weak when I am alone, but that I can be strong when I am close to God and receive His help. My family and I are blessed by being members of the Mormon Church in many ways. We have a living prophet who receives revelation from God in order to lead us in today's troubled world. We have a wonderful support network with other members of our church family. And we are thrilled to have been sealed together forever in one of God's temples by someone with God's true priesthood.

How I live my faith

Each day, I try to take small steps that will help me draw closer to God, and to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I start and end each day praying to God. I also pray at work--sometimes several times a day. I study and ponder the teachings of prophets from the holy scriptures--the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I attend church each week, sometimes several times a week, with my family and friends. I have responsibilities at church, as do all members of our church, and fulfilling them helps me to grow. I ask the Lord each day to guide my path so that I can be an instrument in His hands to serve Him and His children in some small way.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Randy T.
Faith is like a seed. We must take the first step and plant the seed by believing in God. Next, we must nurture the seed by doing those things that help faith to grow---prayer, scripture study, serving others, and obeying God's commandments. As we continue to take these same steps, our faith grows gradually stronger, just as a seed gradually grows into a tree. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Randy T.
"Mormon" is a nickname that was given to our church back in the early days of its history. It comes from the Book of Mormon, an inspiring book that is accepted as scripture in our church as is the Bible. The Book of Mormon contains many teachings of Jesus Christ and covers His dealings with and visit to the people of ancient America. The book was compiled by Mormon, a great leader and prophet who lived in ancient America around the year 400 A.D.. We don't worship Mormon, or any other prophet, but we do worship God. We firmly accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as the Savior of the world, our Redeemer. Members of our church--the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--usually refer to the church by its full name, or sometimes as the LDS church from the term, "latter-day saints". We're not offended by being called "Mormons", but we generally describe ourselves as being "LDS". Show more Show less