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Hi I'm Reed

I have felt the power and influence of God in my life. I have been a musician for 16 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old. I have been playing the piano for 15 years and singing for 13. I love any genre of clean music, from Bach to Gershwin to Disney. I am an avid reader, particularly historical fiction, plays or religious writings ( I LOVE C. S. Lewis, Shakespeare and Milton!). I returned a year ago from the Philippines Tacloban Mission, where I was privileged to serve the Filipino people. I am now at Utah State University, studying History and Museum Science.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt Jesus Christ's power and influence in my life. I was born in the faith, and through that blessing, I have come to know of his love for me. I follow his commandments because they bring peace in my life, and I know that they will bring peace to yours. This church truly is God's church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the way I act in my life. I want to live a life that is pleasing to God. I also listen to the words of ancient prophets ( through study of the Standard Works: Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl Of Great Price) and modern prophets (through study of the General Conference addresses given each October and April).

What is the Book of Mormon?

Reed
The Book of Mormon is another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It contains the writings and history of the people of Lehi. God commanded the prophet Lehi to leave Jerusalem in 600 BC during the reign of King Zedekiah. He and his family, which included Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi, were led to the New World. After Lehi died, his sons divided. The two older sons and their posterity were called Lamanites, while Nephi and Sam's people were called Nephites. Nephi made metal plates and recorded the things that the Lord commanded him to write. These writings were passed down from prophet to prophet. Each prophet added what the Lord commanded him to, until Mormon compiled the record and gave them to his son Moroni, who buried them. The principal event of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus Christ reveals himself unto the Nephites shortly after His Resurrection. He sets up his church among them and gives them the fulness of His gospel. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Reed
The 4 main writers of the Book of Mormon are Nephi, a son of Lehi (see above); Jacob, Nephi's brother; Mormon, a descendant of Nephi who compiled all of the writings that make up the Book of Mormon around 400 AD; and his son Moroni, who buried the records. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Reed
We believe that the Bible is the word of God as long as it is translated correctly. If it is not translated correctly, then its meaning can be twisted to defend wicked practices. The version of the Bible that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints uses is the King James Version of the Bible. We believe that translation is the most correct one. We also use the Joseph Smith Translation, which Joseph was inspired to write because many "plain and precious truths" were taken out of the translations that were used to write the KJV. We also regard the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price to be Holy Scriptures. These books of scripture are what we call the "Standard Works." They testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of the necessity of his coming down to earth. They also reveal the entirety of his gospel. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Reed
The Book of Mormon fulfills some of the prophecies that are found in the Bible (see Ezekiel 37:15-17, where the Book of Mormon is referred to as the "stick of Ephraim" and the Bible is referred to as the "stick of Judah") Joseph Smith received them from the angel Moroni, who buried them around 430 AD. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Reed
No. Although it is a responsibility of all priesthood bearers who are able and worthy to serve a mission, the Church does not force people to serve missions. To do so would violate the Lord's law of agency. It is ultimately our choice whether or not to serve a mission. Men can now serve as early as 18 years of age, and women can serve as early as 19 years of age, although they do not have the same mandate as men do. Also availabe are senior missions, where a husband and wife can serve together. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Reed
The missionaries will tell you about God's great plan of salvation and happiness that He has prepared for all of His children. Central to this plan is the Life, Teachings and Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through this plan, all of us can return to live with God, no matter what we have done in the past. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Reed
We proselyte because we can't keep this great knowledge to ourselves! We are doing everything we can to spread the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Joseph Smith, our first president and the prophet of the Restoration, said, “A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Reed
The Atonement, which is the most pivotal moment in the history of the Earth, consists of the Lord's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His crucifixion on Calvary, and His Resurrection on the third day. Jesus' death was necessary because He had to die to conquer death, and only through conquering death could He liberate us from the effects of the Fall. Only He could do this. We do not know how He did this, we only know that because He did it, we can rejoice. Also, the Atonement is not just for sinners. Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, states, "And He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith He will take upon Him the pains and the sicknesses of His people. And He will take upon Him death, that He may loose the bands of death which bind His people; and He will take upon Him their infirmities, that His bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that He may know according to the flesh how to succor His people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that He might take upon Him the sins of his people, that He might blot out their transgressions according to the power of His deliverance." The Atonement not only frees us from sin, but helps us endure through the hardships of life! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Reed
The First Vision of Joseph Smith is the event that started the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Joseph lived in New York during the time called the "Second Great Awakening", a time of great religious revival. This contention between all the churches confused him, and he went to the only source of pure truth that he could find: the Bible. In James 1:5, he read, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." He decided to follow this counsel. On a spring day in 1820, he went into a grove of trees near his home to pray. What happened next changed the world forever. In his own words, he writes, "I saw a pillar of light, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. ... When the light rested upon me, I saw two Personages, whose Brightness and Glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other - 'This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!'" Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Reed
Only members of the Church who live the highest standards of morality may enter temples, because of the sacred nature of the work that takes place there. Instead of the word "secret", "sacred" would be a more appropriate term. Inside the temple, members of the Church learn about the Creation of the earth, the Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. These three things are the most important events in the history of earth. We learn how to progress in our lives. Also, we perform proxy baptisms for the dead who have not received the gospel of Jesus Christ. This practice is spoken of in 1 Corinthians 15:29: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" The third thing we do in temples is sealings, in which we seal husbands and wives together and children to their parents, both of which will last through time and all eternity, depending on the faithfulness of those being sealed. Sealing and endowment ordinances can be done in proxy for deceased persons as well. All these things are to ensure the progression of the family, which is the central unit in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Reed
We believe that "homosexual and lesbian behavior is a serious sin" (For the Strength of Youth). However, those who have this tendency are not terrible people. We love them. If they do not act upon their attraction to members of their same gender, then they can progress. However, if they actively strive to support and uphold same-sex marriage, they will not be able to progress eternally. They will be subject to Church discipline, just as others who commit other types of serious sins are. We wish all people to understand that we do not mean anyone harm. We want to help people, no matter what their shortcomings are, but we cannot permit sin and we refuse alter God's laws to meet the world's opinions. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Reed
The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit. He, along with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, loves us and wants to help us. The Holy Ghost comforts us, testifies of truth, warns of physical and spiritual danger, and gives us spiritual power. In fact, without the Holy Spirit, nothing of eternal significance can be done. Miracles, ordinances, teaching, all must be done through the power of the Holy Ghost in order to be accepted by God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Reed
God Himself used to be the same as we are, and had to progress as we do. Through obedience to eternal laws, He became a God, and wants the same for us. God is now an exalted, glorified being. He is our Father and our Creator. He has a body of flesh and bone, and He has a plan for us to return to live in His presence. He has all Knowledge, all Power, and uses these for our eternal benefit! He knows and loves us individually, and is completely willing to help us. Show more Show less