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Hi I'm A. J. Reall

I'm a happy husband and father. I'm a survivor. I'm an athelete. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up only focused on athletics. I loved basketball, football, and hockey mostly, but loved to play about any sport I could when an opportunity arose. Though I greatly loved these activities, I chose not to pursue them in high school and beyond because I felt they required too many sacrifices of my values (e.g. Sabbath worship, importance of family, etc.). Following high school I served a mission for the church in Eugene Oregon, learned to love people and found a passion for teaching other gospel principles from life lessons. At the age of 22 I was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis, causing me to undergo extensive and extended treatments. After extensive treatments (which caused a need for bi-lateral hip replacements), I was able to return to normal life. But later, the disease returned, causing blindness in both eyes. Thanks to the blessings of our Heavenly Father, and the miracles in modern medicine, my sight returned and I am able to go about all aspects of my life, including sports, without an issues. Through all of this, I gained a greater appreciation for life, and the blessings we live with every day. It also helped motivate me to change my career path into healthcare, using the training, skills, and most importantly human compassion I have gained from my experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon (or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) because I have grown closer to my Savior Jesus Christ by being a member. In the LDS Church there is no claim that knowledge of the Savior, his doctrine, and his will are limited, rather we are told that continued revelation from heaven is available to all mankind. In addition to the bountious revelations we receive in the Bible, we are able to study additional scripture in the Book of Mormon, and receive continued revelation from those who have been called by God to serve as Apostles and Prophets. All truth is of God, and this is one of the greatest principles I have learned from the LDS Church. In my educational and professional experiences I have learned a great deal, and all of these principles can relate with doctrines of the gospel. The more I learn, the more I realize the magnatude of wisdom there is to learn. Though I may feel that I have learned a great deal, there is so much more knowledge and wisdom available to those who are willing to knock, and listen to the revelations of God the Father. I am also a Mormon, because all of this is available to all mankind. It is not limited to those who accept it in this life. Whether by law or other circumstance, there will be those who are not able to accept the doctrines of Christ, but it would not be in accordance with the justice of God to condemn these individuals. Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ have made the blessings of His Gospel available to all of His children through the temples built by the church. I am a Mormon because of the changes it makes in my life and the lives of others. I have been molded and fashioned into a more patient, kind, knowledgable, teachable, and hard working person because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am driven to be better in all my dealing with those around me, and driven to try to serve them any way I can. I am a Mormon because, above all, I am motivate to become like my Savior.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about being a part of this church has been the opportunity to serve others. I have had the opportunity to supervise missionary work throughout the state of Oregon. I have been a part of planning large youth conferences, planning transportation, activities, food, etc. for 300-400 participants. I currently am working in the leadership of adult members in helping them meet their temporal and spiritual needs. I have worked with many types of people from toddlers to many wonderful people in retirement communities. I have also had the opportunity to go to many families homes, to talk with them about the difficulties and joys of life, and how they help us become more like our Savior. It makes me happy to see their spirits lifted and lives changed for the better. As I have lived some of what can be seen as restrictive principles of the Gospel (e.g. Sabbath observance, no alcoholic beverages, no coffee, no tea) I have felt my discipline increase, and in turn my ability to follow all the doctrince of the Savior improve. Though I am in no way a hermit, or an anti-social person, these principles help me to know how to have fun, be myself, but be in complete control of my body in the process.