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Hi I'm Reed

I've been a student forever , and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a clinical psychology resident working for the United States Air Force. I'm a father of two little girls. I enjoy science in general and am a big fan of astronomy, running, cycling, karaoke, architecture, and eating just about anything. I've lived in Minnesota most of my life but my family current resides in Texas. I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Czech Republic.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was 18. My father died the summer after I graduated from high school. At that time I first began to wonder about things of an eternal nature and question what I had been taught growing up. A friend of mine gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and encouraged me to read it to find answers to some of my questions. I had had several encounters with members of the LDS church over the years and grew to respect their efforts to live according to their faith. After several years of preparation I made the decision to be baptized and have never regretted my decision.  

How I live my faith

I don't always make it a point to tell people that I'm a Mormon. I try to be fairly unobtrusive in my approach to sharing the gospel. The gospel gives me a lot of peace and joy, and I try to convey that as I get to know people better. Service in the church and my community tends to keep me pretty busy, but it's something that I enjoy doing with my family. Currently, I serve in a leadership capacity in my congregation. I really enjoy this role because it gives me the opportunity to develop my own personal ministry, which includes encouraging others to do the same.  

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons get asked this question a lot, which is fair, as many are unacquainted with our beliefs. However, I think it is an appropriate question to ask anyone who professes to be a Christian, regardless of their particular brand of Christianity. Like most Christians, Mormons constantly try to put Christ at the center of their lives, follow His teachings, and share His gospel. Bottom line, any person striving to live a Christ-centered life should be considered a Christian.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I think that most people would be surprised to find out that Mormons have remarkably similar beliefs with other Christians when it comes to the doctrine of grace. In the final analysis, it is only by the grace of Christ that we are redeemed. Salvation is Christ's gift to us, which he freely gave, but for which he paid an incomprehensible price. In no sense do we earn Christ's grace, it's given freely, and is not contingent upon our "works". That said, the scriptures are clear about the fact that Christ expects us to work in His kingdom, not because we merit anything by doing so, but simply because he has asked us to, and because we love him, and are immeasurably grateful for his sacrifice on our behalf. Grace not only saves us in the ultimate sense, but it saves us from day to day as well. Salvation is not something to be experienced only after this life is over, but can be experienced in the here and now.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Mormons believe that God is our literal Father. We are his children, and like most fathers, he wants the best for his children. He wants to share with us all of the blessings that he has prepared for us, which he made available through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ.   Show more Show less