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Hi I'm Reid

I am a father of five, a business owner, very involved in my community and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Husband, father of five, community leader with the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, and United Way and I am a small business owner in Olympia, WA.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and have been blessed with pioneer ancestors that embraced the restored gospel, endured persecution and went west to Utah with Brigham Young. Yet, I needed to know for myself if this was true and so after heading off to college and being on my own, I found myself more intently studying the Book of Mormon and earnestly praying to gain a personal witness that it was a true account of God's dealings with His children on the American continent. The answer came as a witness of the Holy Spirit that the Book of Mormon is true and was translated by a prophet and Seer, Joseph Smith. Having a personal testimony has blessed me in countless ways as a husband, father, priesthood holder, business person and friend. Most importantly, the restored gospel found in the Mormon Church has brought me closer to my savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my community by serving in a number of ways. I strive to live an example of a member of the church and a holder of the priesthood in the Olympia community. Most people who know me know I am LDS. I can't say that I am constantly sharing the gospel through invitations and such but I believe most people see me as a sincere person, devoted to my family and my church, and striving to make the world a better place by helping my fellow man as the Savior would want me to do. The teachings of the church provide an outstanding framework for me to be a better husband and father. "No success can compensate for failure in the home" said a past president of the church and I believe that to be true and it provides a check and balance for me. I have had plenty of opportunities to serve in the church and while that takes time away from work and home, it strengthens me more by what I learn and by who I am priviledged to know.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Missionary service is primarily a priesthood duty and we believe that the Lord expects every worthy male priesthood holder to suspend his personal education and employment and serve Him as a missionary and inviting all to come to Christ. A large percentage of young men serve. Some do not serve because of health, or other issues, despite their desires to serve. A growing number of young women over 21 years of age choose to serve. My two daughtes have both served as did my oldest son and the three of them have benefited from the experiences in spiritual, physical, emotional, and educational ways. I served 30 years ago and the experience has shaped me in ways that would not have been possible by any other means. Show more Show less