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Hi I'm Reid Gibbs

I am 6'8" tall. I love football history, and pretty much every sport like it! And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 years old and serving an LDS Mission in the Canada Halifax area. I enjoy your average young-adult stuff such as video games, football, basketball, all-you-can-eat buffets, and spending time with my family! I am the middle of 5 children (pictured with me above is my youngest sister Chloe, age 6). I am the tallest person in my family by about two inches, which results in hitting my head fairly often on door frames. No, seriously. That kind of thing actually happens. It's a problem, I tell you!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, the answer really isn't that profound: Because my parents are members. I've grown up in this church my whole life. I think a better question would be "Why do I continue to practice?" Simply put, the reason I continue to be a Mormon is because it's true. Yes, I was born in this gospel, but I didn't really know it was true. I decided early on, thanks to parents and youth leaders that I would serve a mission, which was something that was ALWAYS in the cards. No matter where I was at in my belief of God, a mission was still going to happen. I finally did leave for the MTC on July 5th, 2012 and God decided that that would be the best time to start breaking me in. Knowledge of the gospel up until that point had been fueled by Primary Book of Mormon story books and a lot of talks that my loving bishop had me write when I was getting close to leaving. I felt inadequate where I was, and then I left for the mission field. I was in the first three months of my mission when I decided I had to know and I prayed sincerely to know. What I got was almost a shock. Instantaneous and unmistakable. I know God lives and that he answers prayers. I cannot be satisfied with any other explanation of how I felt at that time, and at this time as I have followed that prompting. I am close to the end of my mission now, and I would never redact any statement I made regarding the truthfulness of God, His Son, and His Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to be an example to everyone of what Christ has done for me. I try to show the joy He gives me daily and I treat everyone with love and compassion. I currently serve as a full-time missionary to help others recognize the peace they can find through the Gospel. I attend my church meetings faithfully, visit the sick, and do what Christ would do in those situations. I also read the scriptures to strengthen my faith in Him and know what His words truly say, and I shape my life the best way I can to match His teachings.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Reid Gibbs
If you want to know if Mormonism is true, you would have to do what any scientist would do - Test it! Read the Book of Mormon, studying it in a way that you will understand the impact of what it teaches. Write the things you learn about and ask God, the source of all truth, if what you have come across is truth. The hardest part is then to listen - We often think that we are already right, and when we do we are not open to the truth, so have an open heart to what God might say and be willing to do what you FEEL is right! The feelings you will feel are love, peace, joy, meekness, temperance, and every other feeling that invites you to believe in Christ! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Reid Gibbs
Did the children of Israel worship Moses? No? Didn't think so. Prophets are nothing more than God's mouthpiece. Joseph Smith, while a very noteworthy man for what he helped to bring to pass, was just a man, and nothing more. Mormons worship God the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Ghost. Prophets of old weren't worshiped, and the same continues today. Show more Show less