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Hi I'm Reed

I've lived half my life on the east coast and half on the west coast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a member of the LDS church all my life. I grew up on the east coast living right outside of Washington, D.C. In Alexandria, Va. I served a mission for the church in Peru from 1974 till 1976. I loved Peru and it's people and will return one day to this beautiful country, especially to witness the growth of the church over the past few decades. I have 5 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren, but I am certain that number will continue to grow.  For most of my adult life I have lived in various parts of Southern California including Burbank, Garden Grove, Orange, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills and now Camarillo. I love my east coast upbringing and have a special place in my heart for the Washington D.C. area, but I also love California. Outside of Virginia and California I have lived for very brief stints in Arizona and Michigan. 

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to live the "Mormon" lifestyle because it has brought me great happiness and balance. While those are blessings of being a practicing Mormon, the real reason why I am a Mormon is because I have received a spiritual witness of the divine purpose of this life and how I fit into the eternal plan of a loving Heavenly Father.  For all of us, life can bring difficult challenges. I too have experienced setbacks and difficulties, like everyone. However, my faith has been an anchor to me and I feel that the teachings of Christ that form the basis of LDS faith have provided the foundational support that have seen me through these challenges

How I live my faith

 I adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ by trying daily to treat others as I hope to be treated. Selfishness is at the core of many trials today and I believe it is important to give back and to act with honor and integrity. I am fortunate to be married to a wonderful woman and I try to make sure she knows each day that she is an inspiration to me. I believe that we learn the greatest lessons of life in the home and being a good husband and father are the most critical responsibilities I shoulder. I love my family and believe that I can be with them for the eternities so my thoughts, words and deeds while here on earth need to reflect the love I feel for each of them. To spouses, children and grandchildren, love is measured by the TIME we spend with them. I try to focus time and attention on each of them that I can to make sure they know of my love for them. 

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

You can probably find one of our L.D.S. chapels in your own town as we are a worldwide church. However, in addition to our many church buildings, we have thousands of missionaries out in the world serving two by two. Many of them can be seen riding their bikes in your town. Their missionary "calling" is to help answer your questions about our faith. Show more Show less