Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews

Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Pillars intervew with Brother Sam Randy from Modesto, California. (What's Meet the Pillars?)

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear brother was born in Detroit, Michigan, son of Brother Mark Randy and Sister Mary Randy (née Cipponeri). Brother Sam’s father was a missionary who took his family to Muncey, Canada. This family always seemed to live away from The Church when his father was starting new missions.

Brother Sam's family left Michigan when he was 12 and moved to the beautiful California Central Valley. After much prayer, they sold their house and nearly everything they had, loaded what was left in a pick-up, and drove across country to California.

What Kind of Missionary Work Have You Been Involved With?

Growing up, Brother Sam had the opportunity to see his father and mother in action, spreading the Gospel, loving the saints, gaining a different perspective and a love for the Native Americans. “We were always breaking new ground in Canada and Northern Michigan,” states our brother of his journeyings with his family as a young boy. He recalls a testimony of his father going door to door in Port Heron, fasting and praying, but getting the door slammed in his face.

One night shortly after, Brother Sam’s father found himself on the waterfront at a little shack, and a petite Native American woman answered and invited him in. She said, “Come in, the Lord told me He was sending His servant.” That same evening, two Native American men showed up at this home, and that was the start of the mission in that area.

Later in life, Brother Sam, along with Brother Joe Ciarolla, began visiting and supporting the missions in Arizona, New Mexico, Tijuana, and several other missions in Mexico, including Pedernales, Sinaloa, and Mexico City.

Bro Sam Randy 2

Advice for Young Missionaries

“You have to realize who you are and how vulnerable we are. We must have a clear understanding that we cannot accomplish anything without God.”

How do you realize who you are?

“By experience, start somewhere and put yourself out there. Don’t get the idea that you are going to go out and move a mountain. You must start with one shovel at a time. You must be in God’s will and do what He wants you to do. It has to become part of your DNA. In other words, you have to understand the culture and be a part of the culture. You need to know how to function within the culture. Sometimes we get into the habit of doing something a certain way that doesn’t always quite fit another culture. Doesn’t mean it is outside of God’s will; they simply approach it differently.”

Bro Sam Randy 3

Advice for Young People

Do not get discouraged. Every small deed for the Lord can be used for something substantial that will one day come to fruition. Be a vehicle for the Lord by any means. Exercise your faith and do work for the Lord.

Bro Sam Randy 4

How the Lord Brought Him Through Turbulent Times

“I recall a time when I was involved in a head-on collision as I was driving a small truck. The steering column ended up going out the back window, and the floor board was all the way up against the dashboard with no room for me left in the vehicle. After the dust settled, I was standing on the side of the road without a single scratch. I remember being lifted from the vehicle and being dropped back down. I remember being taken to the hospital and being covered in glass, but they could not find anything wrong with me.”

The Lord truly protected our brother in such a turbulent moment!

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Comments (2)

  • Joann Cotellesse

    Joann Cotellesse

    22 February 2018 at 08:36 |
    Thank you Sister for this article. Do you know the years he was there? Brother Jim Cotellesse spent time in muncey with his family. Actually Brother Joe was born during that time. I really enjoyed your article. Thank you.


  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    06 March 2018 at 18:38 |
    AWESOME blog!!! Loved getting to know Brother Sam. I don't think I have ever met him but definitely a pillar. I also loved the insert of the various pictures to tell the story. Great job Sister Zarella!


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