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Hi I'm Reed.

Originally from Tennessee, I live in Arizona with my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father. I'm divorced and re-married. I've traveled the world and the United States as an electrician. I'm disabled. I am a full time college student. I'm a Tennessee Vols Sports Fan. I like Diamondbacks Baseball, Arizona Cardinals Football. I've been in Arizona with my wife for 10 years. I like social networking on Facebook and MySpace. I like different cultures and seeing different parts of the world. I like learning about people and their cultural backgrounds.I love my wife and spending time with her, watching movies, talking, and going to Church.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I can remember, I was raised in the Baptist Church. My parents had me there every time the doors were open, as they say in Tennessee. After graduating High School, instead of going to college, I went to work. I have worked my entire life. My parents provided a great childhood. I'm a country boy who now resides in the city. I have not made the best decisions in my life. I had car wreck in 1986 that nearly cost me my life and did of my best friend. So at 24 years old I was really busted up, but wanted to raise a family and do the things in life that every American dreams of doing. I just couldn't do it on a Social Security check of 600 dollars a month, so I was determined that I would someday return to work and did at 26. At this time, I couldn't see how God was guiding me. All I could think of was why would a loving God punish me with this broken up body. Bad decision after bad decision. I got married and had a wonderful son. Living the American dream, a house, a wife, a loving family, and a great job. What I didn't have was Jesus Christ. My wife and I came to California in 2002 as I was doing journeyman electrical work. When work ran out in California, I was not ready to go back to Tennessee. My dad had just died and I did not want to go back there. I got work in Phoenix, Arizona. I knew nothing of the Mormon religion except for the misconceptions I had heard from others growing up that were based on not knowing the facts. I became disabled shortly after we got to Phoenix. I lost everything, my vehicle, my job, all gone. My wife stayed by my side, bless her heart. A man came to see us at our hotel after we had requested help for rent. He said that he wanted to help us. He even invited us to Church. I found out it was a Mormon Church and boy was I ever skeptical. What happened next was God's plan for me. The missionaries came to visit and I became extremely fascinated. They put forth the concept that I could pray and ask God if all this was true.

How I live my faith

After gaining a Testimony that this Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God sent to usher in the restoration of the Gospel, The Book of Mormon is the true word of God and is another Testiment of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God, My Savior, who atoned for my sins by giving His life on the cross, so that one day, provided I do my best for Him, I can return to live with my Heavenly Father with all of my earthly family in His Celestial Heaven. What A Gift! I know that I have a Prophet today that steers the Church and all it's members in the way of righteousness. He is a good man, a real man of God, and for all these things I am truly greatful. I am greatful to have the blessing of a beautiful wife that loves me and I love her. We pray together and love each other moreso than ever. Today, I volunteer my time to service work whenever I am able. Not as often as I should, but it's a start. I want to make my Heavenly Father proud of me. I do not want Him to be ashamed of me. What good can I do today for someone else? I ask my wife everyday or try to how can I help her or be of any use to her. Today, I teach Sunday School to a great group of men that are my peers and what an honor that is, to stand before such a group and speak of my Savior and Heavenly Father and share experiences. I learn more from them than they ever will from me. I go with my partner and check on families and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their homes. I volunteer to work at the cannery that we have in Mesa. What a blessing to serve God. We also have a thrift store that provides clothing and home furnishings that I donate my time whenever possible. I never realized how good life can be and is. Jesus Christ makes it all possible. I am just a guy that is extremely blessed. I still do not have very many earthly possesions, but the peace of mind and heart that I have found is priceless. Best of all, it's free to all.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. And to be quite honest, I was one of those who called the Church a cult not to long ago in my life. Again, for me, I just did not know anything about the Church or it's members except for what I had heard based on my own ignorance. Today, I know that I want to live an honorable and respectable lifestyle. I want to be regarded as a friend that a friend would like to have. When I came into the Church, I had nothing. What I got was examples of love, caring, understanding, and the feeling of being worthy. The members of this Church are some of the greatest examples of how happiness is defined. I started attending a Gospel Principles class each week and picking up on how the Savior, Jesus Christ taught when He was on the earth. Soon enough, I realized that everything I had ever heard about this so called "cult" was incorrect. I have had the privilege to meet some of the best people in the world through being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. And by doing so, their example has rubbed off on me. I truly want to be of service when and where ever possible. It's a great feeling knowing that you have done something good for someone else out of love. That is what I cherish about the fellowship of the Saints. We share each others triumphs and sorrows. I am truly proud to be able to state that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

It is my personal experience and testimony that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all the world. He is the true Son of God. He lived a perfect and matchless, sinless life. He set the example for the world. He lived the way I want to live. He taught love and compassion and understanding. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He offered hope where there was none. Eventually, His gift of love to all of us in this world would cost Him His life. However, this precious gift He so freely gave and suffered great and unmeasurable pain, tortured, beaten, and crucified, all so we may one day return to live with our Heavenly Father. He overcame death. It is because of Jesus Christ that I am forgiven of my sins. I am not perfect by any means, but I never really knew peace of mind and heart until I took the advice of two of our missionaries and as humbly and sincerely as I could at the time, got down on my knees in a hotel room and ask God if all this was true. I was at a point in my life and I needed and wanted to know. I have since found my answer. Jesus Christ is my Savior and my life has changed for the better because He is working in my life. Jesus Christ was and is a truly great man. Show more Show less