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About randy

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  • Birthday 07/12/1957

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  1. MorningStar, I want to thank you and your Husband for raising a Son who is willing and eager to serve his Country! On behalf of my Wife, 6 Kids and 24 Grandchildren...we ALL thank your family for your selflessness and service in keeping us, and our Country FREE and SAFE! He will be joining a "Band of Brothers" that will last forever! That Brotherhood and Bond survives through all generations, through all cultures...it is truly unbreakable. As a USAF Veteran...I salute your Son and your family! Welcome to the Family! We love you! Your Son will be took care of well! Thank You!
  2. Since I was born and raised in Independence, I see this being the much more likely scenario. Of course, there are tons of wonderful people found in all the Restoration flavors represented in Independence...but generally speaking...all of their membership is older....or very old! Most, if not all the Restoration groups are barely hanging on. Attendance is spotty at best...financially, most if not all are struggling very hard to make ends meet. At this point, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only viable game in town.
  3. This Conference was, for me...everything I had hoped for and anticipated it would be. Regarding the new Proclamation, if the World didn't know what the message of the Church was before, it certainly does now! A bold, unapologetic, unhesitating, unashamed, powerful and straightforward declaration. The line of demaracation is clear and bright, if it wasn't already, it is now. Like SMAC said....."WOW"! Also, I was deeply moved by Pres. Nelson's apostolic blessing for us all. I noticed, that just barely visible at the bottom of the TV screen...I noticed as he began his blessing...that he
  4. This Conference was, for me...everything I had hoped for and anticipated it would be. Regarding the new Proclamation, if the World didn't know what the message of the Church was before, it certainly does now! A bold, unapologetic, unhesitating, unashamed, powerful and straightforward declaration. The line of demaracation is clear and bright, if it wasn't already, it is now. Like SMAC said....."WOW"! Also, I was deeply moved by Pres. Nelson's apostolic blessing for us all. I noticed, that just barely visible at the bottom of the TV screen...I noticed as he began his blessing...that he
  5. Haha...I must confess....that prior to the first Sunday we were given permission to administer the sacrament in our home, I emailed my wife..and as officially sounding as I could, I extended to her the opportunity to give the opening prayer, lead the music and give a short 5 minute talk. I thought it was pretty witty on my part. She on the other did not find it nearly as witty or as humorous as I did. Needless to say, I ended up rearranging our little sacrament service. But seriously, we did have a wonderful experience together, for us...it was a very special and humbling exper
  6. I can offer this thought from my side of the fence. The opportunity and blessing to go into the homes of the Saints and administer the sacrament for them has already had a marvelous and wonderful impact on me personally...and our Ward. I'm hearing of all sorts of simple yet powerful experiences that are being had. My wife and I have drawn closer together in ways that are kinda hard for me to articulate....but I know we have. I think just the setting alone is powerful...it's just the two of us, it's just a very humble and humbling experience. I believe that due to this pandemic....the S
  7. randy

    My Daughter

    Dear Sister Jeanne, I cannot fathom the depth of sorrow you're experiencing. I'm so so sorry for your loss. But, I know you are a woman of faith and strength. Lean on, and reach out to your Savior for the peace and assurance that only he can give in these most trying and difficult moments in life. Love you....your brother, Randy
  8. mgy401.....EXACTLY !!! game.....set.....MATCH !
  9. I could not agree more. I love that hymn! I believe it is quite appropriate to sing in our Sacrament meetings. When I sing those words, in my minds eye I see the Savior "communing" with the Prophet Joseph in the Sacred Grove, in the Kirtland Temple, in Liberty Jail...and in the Jailers Room at Carthage Jail. When I sing and ponder over the message of that hymn...I am given to know that I too...can "commune with Jehovah"! That hymn strengthens and solidifies my hope in and my testimony of...my Savior. I LOVE IT!
  10. Fair enough my good Sir!!!! Thank you...and so you know...I LOVE to listen to stories!!!
  11. Navidad, I truly do not see anything close to comparable between an honest man such as Alexander Doniphan...who had character and integrity, and Mr. Ridenhour….who did not, at least as it pertains to his interactions with the Church. There is no honor in lying and using sincere people, or in being deceitful to Church leaders, simply to promote ones self interests. He used the Saints good will and the good name of the Church for selfish motives. The very least he could do was to come clean on his motives and to issue a sincere apology. To be clear, I was seeing a comparison being
  12. My issue with Mr. Ridenhour is that he continually lied and was deceitful in his purposes and in his intent to join the LDS church. We know what the baptismal questions are. It would have been impossible for him to have answered them honestly and still be baptized. Yes, he found a "niche". As I say...this was/is his way of making a living. Again, I have serious issues with someone lying and being deceitful to good people....to promote his latest gimmick. Zero credibility. Star...I understand your sentiment....but in my heart and mind...I cannot believe the Lord would condone
  13. It was, is and always will be just a ploy to draw members of the Church into his domain, web if you will. Bottom line...I told him this..."Lynn...you lied to the Missionaries, you lied to your Bishop, you lied to your Brothers and Sisters in your Ward...you lied to the Lord. He has ZERO credibility with me, and my position is that he and whatever he's promoting at the time...should be shunned. He joined the Church in my Stake. I know his former Bishop. He used us. I took that quite personally. So, anytime his name pops up....I confess, I get a wee bit agitated. He's a slick operat
  14. Everything isn't always as it appears sometimes! In the past I had quite a bit of interaction with Mr. Ridenhour, not on this website however. In short, take EVERYTHING he says with a HUGE grain of salt!! In fact, Mr. Ridenhour DID JOIN the LDS Church several years ago. He did in fact resign his membership because he was not given the "leeway" to do what he wanted with respect to his "bridge building" program. In a "nutshell" Mr. Ridenhour lied to the Missionaries who taught him, lied about his testimony of the Church.....simply to gain access to the membership of the Church to promote h
  15. Stem, I can offer this from my side of the fence. I got married young, very young. My first job in 1973 (already married with child) was 3.45 hr as a stockboy at JC Penny. We paid our tithing. I worked hard, tried my best to put myself into a position to win, but my Church family (all of you) helped me with rent, utilities, food and even two cars (fixer uppers from the EQ) also included....sofa's, washing machines and dryers, bedroom sets and all manner of things to furnish a home (from generosity of members). This is not to mention numerous anonymous envelopes of cash to help us get by
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