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Hi I'm Jayson Reed

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a getting a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology, and am working towards becoming a professor at the university level. In our free time my wife and I love to do anything outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, skiing, swimming, cliff jumping. We also love music. She plays the piano and sings while I listen (I love music, but am not musically talented like she is, so I take advantage of her talent).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because of the many little experiences that I have had where God has told this is the only true church of Christ. I have prayed many times asking God if this is the truth, and several times He has comforted me, and let me know through peaceful feelings, and enlightening thoughts that this is in the true church. There has not been one huge experience where I have known right then and there that this is the truth, but there have been tons of little experiences that have strengthened my trust and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I guess what I am trying to say is that my faith did not come all at once, but it came little by little, in the form of growth. Feelings of peace as I have prayed, and read the scriptures, moments of joy when I have done good things, and feelings of forgiveness as I have repented have all led to my surety of faith. Again, just like exercising, you cannot get strong after one workout, it takes time to develop a testimony of the truth. In the same way that you cannot really notice your muscles growing as you work out, you probably won't notice your testimony getting stronger as you spiritually work out, but you will notice the difference when you are faced with a challenge and have to lift or endure something heavier than you have before.

How I live my faith

Being a true Christian, a true follower of Jesus Christ, is not something that you do on Sundays, it is something that you do everyday-It really is a way of life. This may seem like a lot of work, but the blessings that come from dedicating your life to following Jesus are so great that it is all worth it. Because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an every day thing, you are blessed every day. You do not only feel peace when you go to church and hear the sermons, but you feel peace throughout the week as you strive to follow Christ everyday. A typical week for me starts with church on Sunday. At church we partake of the sacrament (the Lord's Supper) and promise with God to remember Christ. After we have the sacrament we attend Sunday School where we learn more about how to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of the current prophets and apostles. During the week I try to read the scriptures everyday. This brings me so much peace, and fortifies me for the challenges of the day. I also pray often, morning and night. At night, before we go to bed, my wife and I kneel down and pray together. This is such a great thing for us. In our prayers we thank God for the blessings of the day, and express gratitude and love for the blessing of marriage. Praying together unites us in God, and strengthens our marriage. As part of my church responsibilities I teach 8-year-old boys about cub scouting. For an hour each week we talk about how to do good things for others, and how to be more self-reliant, and responsible. I teach them how to fix their bicycles, we go on hikes, we do service projects where we help out the needy. It is a great blessing in my life. I love teaching these boys how to serve others just like Christ does. I find the gospel refreshing and revitalizing. I love that I can do things every day to draw nearer to God. I find it such a blessing. Being the exercise physiologist that I am, I think of living the Gospel as being like exercising...Going to church once in a while, like exercising, is good, and feels good while you do it, but living the Gospel everyday, like exercising everyday, will strengthen you, improve your fitness (spiritual), change your life and help you to feel good all of the time.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jayson Reed
Mormons are truly Christians. The church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that Christ is our Savior. We depend on Him and follow Him for our salvation. We know that He is the Son of God. We believe that He was born of Mary, a virgin. We preach and affirm that Salvation comes through no other means, but through Christ (Mosiah 3:17 of Book of Mormon). Some question our Christianity because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ, it does not detract from the Bible, it supports it. It is true scripture recorded by prophets of God testifying of Jesus Christ. You will come to know Christ more by reading it, and living the principles taught in it. Some others mistakenly believe that we hold Joseph Smith (a prophet) in higher regard than Jesus Christ. This is not true. Joseph Smith, as all of the prophets of the Bible, was a servant of Christ. He testified of Christ, and served Christ as a prophet. We revere Joseph Smith as we do all other prophets, but we revere him because of what he did as an instrument in the hands of God as a servant of Christ. In short, Mormons are definitely Christians. We believe in Christ, we love Christ, we depend on Christ, we trust Christ, we go about serving others as Christ did. We are Christians. Show more Show less