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Hi I'm Reed Merrill

I'm about to leave on a mission. I love to climb, hike, and go camping. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and for the last year and a bit I have been saving money and preparing to serve a mission. I had two jobs this past year, one as a cook at a restaurant near my house, and another as a climbing instructor at a wall that focuses on teaching little kids. I love being active and I really enjoy getting outside and into nature, whether its to go rock climbing, hiking, canoeing or camping. I don't have any solid ideas about what I would like to do after I get home from my mission, and my plans and ideas change all of the time, but I know it will work out. In meantime I look forward to sharing the Gospel full time and I know it will be a truly rewarding experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I felt truly converted when I realized that everything that the church promotes and all the things that it tells me I should do are for my own good. When I follow the commandments, try to live closer to God, and be more Christlike my life goes well, I am happy and I feel like I have a purpose. Commandments are not restrictive, in my opinion they have set me free, I know the way to live so that I can avoid regret and so many of the sorrows that a lot of the world faces these days. When I pray I know that I am communicating with God and that by reading the scriptures and more particularly the Book of Mormon, that I am inviting him to communicate with me as well. I have had so many of my prayers answered and it has been shown to me time and time again that there is a God and that he knows me and loves me. Jesus Christ is our way back to Heavenly Father and I love him and am thankful to him for his sacrifice on my behalf and on behalf of all of God's children. To put it simply, I am a Mormon because being one feels right.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every sunday and then trying to apply the things that I learned there throughout my week. If I do this I can feel the way I did at church all of the time. For the past year I have been a family history consultant. For members of the Church family history research is very important because we believe that families are eternal and that we can be linked to our ancestors through sacred work done in our Temples. My job was to help inspire people to seek out their ancestors and show them how to get started. It has been a great blessing in my life to be able to give service in this way because the people that I help are always so gracious and I can really tell that they appreciate the help I give them, even if sometimes I don't know how to fix the problems that they have. By doing family history research and the corresponding temple work I have felt closer to my ancestors and to Heavenly Father. I also love to teach in the church, and in the last year have been asked more than a few times to substitute in someone else's sunday school classroom. I am thankful every time that an opportunity like this comes to me because I learn so much by teaching and I feel happy and fulfilled when I teach about the Gospel. I know that is because what I am doing is right and is pleasing to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.