Through a series of experiences, Elder Randy Dennis Funk, who was sustained
April 6 to the Second Quorum of the Seventy, gained a lasting testimony of the love of God. He firmly
believes the gospel principle: "Trust in the Lord and His goodness."
Born Aug. 1, 1952, to C. Dennis and Rebecca Funk, he grew up in Manti, Utah;
Madison, Wisc.; and Smithfield, Utah. As a young man, he would go with his father, who was a great
example of a faithful priesthood holder. He remembers his father teaching the importance of fulfilling
priesthood responsibilities. "I was taught you need to be where you are supposed to be, doing what
you're supposed to do," said Elder Funk. "Through my father's example and good teaching, I learned a
lot about the priesthood and fulfilling callings. When I later received callings, I strived to do what
I was supposed to do because of the example he set."
From 1971 to 1973, Elder Funk served as a missionary in the country of Indonesia,
which at that time was part of the Southeast Asia Mission, which covered much of the current Asia Area,
where he will serve in the Area Presidency. "My mission was a growing, stretching experience," said
Elder Funk. "To be one of the early missionaries in that country was a great opportunity."
After returning from his mission, Elder Funk received some important counsel
from his father. "Randy, you are going to have opportunities to serve in the Church," Elder Funk
recalled. "As a Church leader, I have seen good men who were capable of serving but not able to do
so because they did not have the support of their wife. As you consider someone to marry, select
someone that will be supportive and helpful in your Church service."
Following that counsel, Elder Funk began college at Utah State University and
married Andrea Clyde on May 29, 1976, in the Logan Utah Temple, a week before he graduated from Utah
State University. They then moved to Salt Lake City where he attended the University of Utah Law School.
He described his wife as having "so many great qualities. She has been so
helpful and supportive and a wonderful companion through all of these Church assignments. She is an
excellent teacher of the gospel."
"My husband really tries to do what the Lord wants him to do," said Sister
Funk. "In our marriage he is always willing to change, say he is sorry and try to improve. I've told
my children that their father has loved me completely."
Following the counsel of prophets and
apostles, the Funks didn't delay having a family. Elder Funk said, "We were taught to have children
and move forward with our lives. By the time we graduated from law school, we had two children, even
though it was a significant struggle to do so with almost no income. We paid our tithing. While we
were in school, we had very few expenses. Our old car just ran and ran and ran and never broke down."
Sister Funk added, "We were blessed according to our need."
Near the beginning of his third year of law school, Elder Funk had a memorable
faith-building experience. His wife was pregnant with their second child, and he was an associate
editor of the law review when the call came to serve as elders quorum president. "At this challenging
time I accepted the call and prayed to Heavenly Father to make up the difference," he said. "I needed
help to fulfill my calling, successfully complete my education, find employment and care for my young
family. The blessings we received were far beyond what we deserved. That experience gave me great faith
in the goodness of the Lord and His blessings upon those who earnestly strive to serve Him."
Listening to the Spirit was also a priority for the Funks. As Elder Funk was
finishing law school, several opportunities for employment opened up. They felt strongly that Denver,
Colo., was where they needed to go even though the starting salary was not as high as some of the
other options. So that's what they did. Only three years later, as a relatively young attorney, he
was called to assist with the acquisition and zoning of the site for the Denver Colorado Temple.
Later, with a growing family, they again relied on the Spirit to help them find a bigger home. "We
were looking for a home in another part of the city that was in a different stake, but we felt
strongly that we needed to stay in our current ward boundaries," said Elder Funk. "I remember the
real estate agent responding to our request that we wanted a home within a certain geographic
boundary," said Sister Funk. "The agent said, 'Well, that's a dumb way to pick a home.'?" Two days
before they purchased a new home, Elder Funk was called to be bishop.
The Funks tried to make decisions that would bless their children. For example,
in the backyard of their home there were no trees so their children could enjoy sports and play in
the yard. Elder Funk said, "One time I suggested we plant some trees back there, and my wife reminded
me that we were raising children and not trees."
In 2010, Elder Funk received a call to serve as a mission president. He and his
wife would serve in the India Bangalore Mission. With this news weighing on her mind, Sister Funk had
a special experience.
"I went to sacrament meeting on the Sunday after receiving our assignment and
the closing hymn was, 'Lord, I Would Follow Thee,'?" she said. "When I sang the words, 'Savior, may
I love my brother as I know thou lovest me,' I suddenly had an overwhelming feeling of love for the
people of India and Sri Lanka that has remained with me to this day."
"When we accepted the call to go to India, we sold our family home, left my
employment and prepared to serve," said Elder Funk. "We had faith in the Savior's words: 'And again,
I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the Twelve,
duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any
nation whithersoever ye shall send them' (Doctrine and Covenants 112:21). We loved our experience of
living and serving among the wonderful people of India and Sri Lanka."
As Elder and Sister Funk have lived their lives, they have tried to be where
the Lord has wanted them to serve. By following the prophet and the Spirit of God, they have had
opportunities to move the work forward. "That gives us a lot of comfort as we accept this new and
very overwhelming assignment," said Elder Funk. "We believe we will be blessed and guided and that
our family will be blessed."