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Hi I'm Samuel Reyes

I'm from Texas, and am going to school to be a university religion teacher. I am LDS, and a disciple of the Lord.

About Me

I'm about to finish my BA degree. Once I graduate I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in Hebrew. I want to be a religion teacher. I want to spend my life helping people to draw closer to Christ, no matter how familiar with Him they may already be. I feel we can all continue to grow closer to Jesus Christ, and not only know about Him, and about His gospel, but to KNOW Him, and His gospel with all our hearts.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it makes sense to me. How man was made means nothing to me. Let people believe in creationism, evolution, or whatever means they will. An all powerful creator could have chosen whatever path He would. (I do believe in Adam and Eve though.) But that man should end at death, that life should be so pointless; that means nothing to me. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the promise of eternity, because it promises the most out of eternity if I will do my part. To live with my Father in heaven, and my Savior Jesus Christ, and to learn and grow from them forever and take on their qualities and to learn to be like them. This is what Jesus' suffering and dying for my sins has opened for me, if I will but do my best to keep His commandments and to try to live as He would have lived, in obedience to my Father. I do know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that modern revelation is a true principal. And that starting with Joseph Smith, He has called modern seers and prophets to communicate again with His children. I do not feel a loving, caring God would every close the heavens permanently to those that truly seek Him. And I know that God is a God of patterns, and so He has restored His church in that same pattern, and it moves forward again.

How I live my faith

It's not always easy, but I try. I start with the simple words of the Savior when He said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." My goal is to learn to do that. He also taught, "Be ye perfect, even as I, or your Father who is in Heaven is perfect." I've decided to make this my life's pursuit. I think honestly I want to get the beam out of my own eye, so I can be worthy to help people find their own motes. Again, I want to spend my life teaching the Gospel, within and without the church. I live my faith by learning it, and then trying my best to do it, and to understand why I do what I do. I trust my Father to help me understand why I do these things, and to understand His will. I love to try and lift people up. When someone is having a hard day, I like to try to be there to help lift them up if they will let me. It has been said, "Do not walk faster than you can run," but so many people try to do so anyways. So I find peace in helping them stand back up once they trip from moving to fast, and helping them get back on their feet and start moving forward again at a healthier pace. I love sharing with people why I believe what I do, and I love watching a persons eyes light up when you see the understanding open inside their minds. I want to be like my Father in heaven, and as His Son, Jesus Christ. I ask Him to teach me how to do this, and although very imperfect I do my best to accomplish this task, and I would like to think I am moving a little closer day by day. I feel I need to live my beliefs, and to take the doctrines and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of His modern prophets very seriously, because if I do not how can I expect others to take it seriously when I try to share it with them? I would rather be counted a little to serious and be able to stand with clear conscience before my Father and say, "I tried my best and did all I could to do what you wanted me to do," rather than to say, "I could have done so much more, and I did not." (Matt 6:21)

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Samuel Reyes
There is, in the Book of Mormon (Mormon 7: 8 -9) which reads, " 8 Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you. 9 For behold, this is written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them." The Book of Mormon was written for the intent that we would believe in the Bible, that is came from the Jews and their ancestors (which are largely ours as well if you go back far enough), and that is teachers about the life of Jesus Christ, and that it is the word of God. The Book of Mormon was never meant to replace the Bible. It was meant to bear witness that Jesus is truly the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all humankind, and that the Bible is true. The Bible is the core of Christianity. The Book of Mormon servers to bear witness of Christ that His truth may be established "in the mouth of two or more witnesses." It is true. Read it with the intent to discover whether or not it is what I have said it is, written for the intent that the Bible may be believed, and to bear witness that Jesus is the Son of God. If you are sincere, you will know it's truth by His Holy spirit. Show more Show less