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Hi I'm Reed

I'm a Virginia grown dreamer who works to improve our world through entrepreneurship. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While growing up in Virginia, I grew a love for rowing, Washington DC, Pokemon cards, the trombone, friends, playing games and sports, backpacking, goofing off, and the occasional trip down to the Outer Banks of NC. I left for a full-time mission in 2008 where I taught the people of Sacramento about my sincere belief in Jesus Christ. I experienced so many miracles there and grew a lot. Since then I finished college and now work toward my dream of improving our world through entrepreneurship. I absolutely love my life; from the most challenging of days to the most rewarding of experiences, it's all beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

Since a very young age, I felt the influence of God's love in my life. I experienced it in my family, with my parents, and among others who cared for my family. I'd also had the opportunity to learn simple teachings about many of life's most profound questions, such as "Did I exist before I was born?", or "What is the purpose of our lives?" The combined presence of love in my life, with simple teachings that rang true to my heart, captured my attention and opened my eyes enough to listen, and to seek in sincerity to know if God was real, and if so, what implications this had for my life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church) claims to be Christ’s church, an organization established by God Himself, restored in its purity again upon the earth in our modern era. In opening my heart to sincere searching, I humbly looked to God to know if He really lived, and if these claims were true. Peace and warmth filled my heart, in a very real, and almost tangible manner, unparalleled by the contrasting emotions I often feel from day to day. Confidence swept over me, with an assurance that the things I'd been taught were indeed true. Since then, I’ve continued to receive further witnesses of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, confirming to me that this is God’s established church on the earth, and that He's called and chosen a genuine Prophet on the earth again today. Throughout my life, powerful spiritual evidence of these truths has revealed itself in ways that I can't fully express here. But it causes me to wish deeply that everyone could feel what I've felt, and know what I know. Fortunately, all of us can seek and receive personal inspiration from God as we search sincerely in faith, with a willingness to believe in and act upon revealed truth. God's given us the freedom to choose, and it's up to us to search, and to ask. As we do, He'll grant us peace and confidence concerning what we should do.

How I live my faith

I've come to learn that living our faith means striving to find and create heaven on earth, for ourselves, our families, and our world as a whole. In so doing, our souls change, and gradually over time, we become more pure and divine. We won't be perfect in this life, but we can become daily brim with joy, and blessed with strength to overcome challenges and sin. Our purified souls continue on into the next life, so that the heavenly blessings received, here, continue with us. I've found that as I've sought daily to live my faith with this attitude, life has become more meaningful. Life can feel so empty when all we think about is ourselves, and what pleasures we think we need. I'm not immune to that influence, but by living my faith, I am gradually pointed in a better direction, which fills me with peace. In living my faith, I have felt my desires transformed, my vision enhanced, and my abilities to do good and live with continual peace fortified. It's by Jesus Christ that we are enabled to pursue limitless progress. We have an immense potential to grow, to possess and act in love, to surmount obstacles, and to live purely.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Reed
Yes! We believe all family relationships can last, even beyond this life. Jesus Christ gave authority and power to His disciples to seal families together for eternity. In Matthew 16:19, He said, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." God has revealed to modern Prophets that the "same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory." Today, that authority and power is again upon the earth, having been restored through the power of God. Sealing ordinances are performed in God's holy temples throughout the world, by which spouses can be sealed for time and all eternity, and also by which entire families can be sealed together forever. Thankfully, I am sealed to my family and look forward to one day being sealed to the woman I marry, to form an eternal family that will endure beyond this life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Reed
Jesus Christ himself, though sinless, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and show an example for all mankind. This is because baptism is essential for salvation in God's kingdom. We learn in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 15:29) that baptisms for the dead were conducted in New Testament times: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" With the restoration of Christ's church upon the Earth in our latter-day, this practice was also restored. The Prophet Joseph Smith first taught about baptisms for the dead in August 1840, adding the instruction that "the plan of salvation was calculated to save all who were willing to obey the requirements of the law of God." Billions have died without having the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ, or to be baptized by proper authority. We don't believe these individuals are eternally excluded from salvation, but rather that each should have the opportunity to accept Christ and baptism after death. Hence the performance of baptisms for the dead, in which living persons are baptized in behalf of deceased persons. Baptisms for the dead are performed by Church members in temples throughout the world, and are conducted as living people are baptized in the names of deceased individuals. We believe that deceased persons, as they now dwell as Spirits without a body, may each personally accept or deny their proxy baptism, as they choose. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Reed
Baptism is an ordinance revealed to man of God, by which we express our commitment to Him, and our willingness to serve others and live the commandments He's given us. As we're baptized with faith in Jesus Christ, in sincere repentance, and by the proper authority, we receive the blessings of salvation and a remission of our sins. These and other complementing LDS doctrines surrounding baptism have proven meaningful to me as they are consistent with God's mercy and love for all His children. For example, we believe that little children are innocent and not capable of sin, and thus are not consigned to eternal torment if they die without baptism. We believe the same for those in other circumstances where they may be innocent, such as those with mental disability, or other conditions known to God. He is the perfect judge, full of love, mercy, and justice. Furthermore, we believe that baptism is a personal decision that each individual should make for themselves, at an age and condition by which they are personally accountable for that decision. So for this and the previously mentioned reasons, the church does not perform baptisms for those under the age of 8. This is a small example of the many simple truths taught within the LDS church, which ring true to me, as they speak wonders of God's love, mercy, and desire to bless us as His children. Show more Show less