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Hi I'm Reid

A diletante, I paint, write, love music: all poorly. At work, I'm only a grunt. But I'm happy. Because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn and grow myself. I have learned in my life to perform most tasks required to build and maintain a house. I can paint well enough that many people love my work, but will never appear in a museum. I write well, but will never be published. I am a burned-out computer programmer, now working as a simple maintenance worker and loving it. I am an avid follower of science, a passionate lover of music, an enthusiastic gardener. Basically, I just want to stretch myself and learn anything of which I am capable; do anything I can do with any skill whatever. My greatest joy in life is learning something today I didn't know yesterday.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for the simple reason that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ answers all my most important questions. Nothing else does, nor tries. Most philosphies say such questions as "Why are we here" are ultimately unknowable. Yet, without that basic knowledge, life itself is pointless. What would the Good Lord leave us in such darkness. And in the LDS church, I find those answers.

How I live my faith

An older man, working with largely younger men and women at my job, I try to be an example of what values once meant but seem to less these days. In some measure, it works. My coworkers, for example, use less profanity than they used--even apologize sometimes when they use it in my presence. I'll never change their views on commitment-free relationships, but they tend to be a bit less graphic on that subject around me. I attribute this to the fact that I make clear my values, but never condemn theirs. I don't preach to them--that would be pointless--but do answer questions about my faith when they are asked (as, amazingly, they are). In a very worldly world, I believe my best "sermons" come from my best efforts to be all I can be. When my coworkers fret about their debts, and see me serene because I have none; when they complain about the horrors of their relationship, and see me happy because I escape those horrors; when they backbite other employees and I point out those peoples' good points--all these things, I hope and believe, may slowly sink in and show them that there IS a better way to live. That true happiness IS achievable. And they can share in it, if they but will.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Every day of my life I work with people who believe in commitment-free relationships. Easy sex; weekend "flings"; marriage--if it happens at all--is for sensual pleasure. And all--literally every one--of these people have had failed marriages, turmoil in courts over child support and/or custody, terrible scenes of betrayal and violated trust. I alone, in my department, see the direct cause-and-effect between the violation of God's law, and these horrors. And none of this need be, nor would be, if the Law of Chastity were followed. Constantly am I amazed that this oh-so-simple truth is so widely flouted, and yet none understand why happiness eludes them. Show more Show less