“Randall L. Ridd,” Liahona, Nov. 2013, 128
As the son of a builder, Randall L. Ridd learned early the importance of doing a job the right way. On several occasions, young Randall would complete a task, only to hear his father, Leon Ridd, declare, “You’re not done yet.”
Such exactness left a lasting impression on the man who now serves as the second counselor in the Young Men general presidency. To this day he sometimes hears his father’s firm but loving words as he performs his professional, family, and ecclesiastical duties: “You’re not done yet; do it right.”
Brother Ridd said his family’s work ethic has been a blessing in his life. So have mentors and priesthood leaders who have sometimes nudged him along the gospel path. While many of his classmates from high school accepted mission calls at age 19, Randall opted to enroll in college and enlist in the army. He later took a job as an X-ray technician while continuing his studies at the University of Utah. A few wise men were bold enough to tell him that his place was in the mission field. He followed their direction and put in his application to serve. Soon he was sharing the gospel in the Mexico North Mission. “I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had not served a mission,” he says.
He returned home, continued his education, and married Tamina Roark in the Salt Lake Temple in 1975. The Ridds raised four children as Brother Ridd developed his professional career in commercial real estate and other business enterprises.
His love for missionary work remains. He presided over the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission from 2005 to 2008 and again witnessed the change a full-time mission can have in the life of a young man or young woman.
Brother Ridd was serving as a member of the Young Men general board when he was called to the Young Men general presidency in May 2013.