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Hi I'm Reid

I grew up in Utah. I love music. I play piano, guitar, percussion, and I sing. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three sisters (one older and two younger) and one older brother. I'm currently going to college and trying to decide what to do. I like going running and playing sports like basketball, football, and almost every other sport with my friends and family. Music is a large part of my life. My mom started all of us playing the piano around the age of 5 or 6. I also started playing the guitar when I was 7 and started percussion when I was 13.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Gospel, so I've been taught about the Church my whole life. One day I realized that I didn't really know for myself that the Church was true. So I put it to the test. I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed about it. I asked God to let me know if it was true. I got an answer. It didn't come in a vision or anything big. It came as a feeling of peace and comfort. I now know that the Church is true and that the Gospel has been restored to the earth today.

How I live my faith

I go to church every single week. I was the accompanist for my ward's choir for a few years before I left for college. I'm currently serving a mission for the Church. A mission is where you devote 2 years of your life to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.

What is the First Vision?

Reid
When Joseph Smith was a boy, there was a lot of religious excitement where he lived. All of the different churches proclaimed to be the only true church and if anyone joined any other church, they would go to Hell. Joseph Smith researched all of these churches and read the Bible as well. One day, he was reading in James 1:5 which says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." So Joseph decided to do just that. He went into a grove of trees that was near his house and knelt down and prayed. When he prayed, he saw two people descend down from Heaven. He said that, "[Their] brightness and glory [defied] 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!" Joseph Smith say Heavenly Father an Jesus Christ. They told him that none of the churches were the correct church and that They would establish the correct church again on the earth through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Reid
The Book of Mormon is similar to the Bible. It also contains the teachings of Jesus Christ and the teachings of prophets of God. The Book of Mormon prophets and peoples lived in ancient America. It is a testament that God speaks to all of His children and not just one select group. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Reid
When someone says that they have a testimony of something, they mean that they know that it is true. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Reid
No one is required to serve a mission. The young men are encouraged to serve a mission. They can now start serving a mission as soon as they turn 18 years old and are out of high school. The young women can serve missions as well, if they want to. They can start serving once they turn 19 years old. The young men usually serve for 2 years while the young women usually serve for 18 months. Missionary work is completely voluntary and missionaries do not get paid for serving. Show more Show less

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

Reid
The missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and how He made it possible for everyone to return back to God and live with him forever. They will also answer any questions that you have to the best of their ability. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Reid
Some people call Mormonism a cult because they don't understand it. Most people that call Mormonism a cult think that Mormons worship Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon or think that we aren't Christians. None of that is true. We don't worship Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon and we are definitely Christians (the full name of the church is actually The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Once they understand that our beliefs actually aren't that different from their beliefs, their whole perception changes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Reid
Once Jesus Christ comes again, everyone that has ever lived becomes resurrected (their spirits reunite with their physical bodies and they never die again). We are then brought before God to be judged according to our thoughts, words, and deeds. Those who are found worthy receive eternal life. Eternal life is where we return to live with Heavenly Father and with our families. It is eternal happiness. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Reid
Simple answer: God. Longer answer: When the prophet dies, we have 14 Apostles left (the counselors of the prophet and the men in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). The one that has been an Apostle for longer then gets called as the new prophet. He then chooses two other men to be his counselors and another Apostle is chosen to complete the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Show more Show less