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Hi I'm Casey Redd

About Me

I am a PhD student in Germany. We lived in France for a year and Germany for a year before that. I am married and have four children. Many people here are quite surprised that I am 30 and already have four kids, but it is the greatest thing in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, as my parents were members. I have roots going back to the beginnings of the Restoration. However, I am not just a member because my parents were. Before I left to Japan to serve as a missionary for the church, I had to make sure that I was going it for the right reason, that I believed the church to be true. Well, there's no doubt in my mind or heart that it is true. I came to that knowledge for myself.

How I live my faith

Besides going to church each week, I make sure I spend time with my family, especially on Monday nights for Family Home Evening. I also teach the youth on Sundays, visit other members of my church, and read scriptures and pray daily.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Casey Redd
The first thing that was asked about my religion in Germany was about polygamy. We do not practice polygamy now, and haven't for some time, but there was a time when certain members of the church did. Besides being something that was allowed in ancient times (as we read about in the Bible), polygamy served a very important purpose in the beginning of the church. This is my opinion and is not official church doctrine, but when polygamy was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith to be restored again, he didn't institute it right away for obvious reasons. Many people left the church because of it, so why keep it? There came a time when persecutions against the church were so strong that the members had to move west to Utah to escape the persecutions and establish their own community. In order to establish a community which has the kind of people who will truly live their religion and stay faithful, they had to go through some tests. Walking across the plains was one of them. In my opinion, polygamy, for many, was another one of those things. Just as the members who had to cross the plains (many died along the way), those that stayed in the church despite knowing that polygamy was practiced really, really had to know that it was true. To end my comment, those that practiced polygamy had to be called to do so, not just anyone could do it, so it wasn't just a free-for-all. It was necessary for those who needed help to be taken care of, like women with children who lost their husbands, etc. I hope that helps! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Casey Redd
We view homosexual individuals with the same regard as everyone: we are all children of our Heavenly Father and He loves us--all of us. People are defined more than just by their sexual preference. Homosexuals are held to the same standard that everyone else is, which includes no pre-marital sex or cohabitation, and complete fidelity once married. The big dividing line in is that marriage, as defined, is between a man and a woman. Marriage is traditinally and theologically a religious institution which has been adopted and upheld by governments as an institution to be respected, and it is something held especially sacred by our people. It's not that two people of the same gender cannot have a prosperous family. It's not that two people of the same gender don't have strong feelings of love for each other. We simply ask that marriage as defind not be changed, just as we would ask all of our other doctrines and sacred beliefs not be changed because whatever the popular sentiment may be. I fully realize what the current events are and what the history is. Homosexuals have been treated with disdain from many, and final judgement which looks upon acts and upon the heart belong to God alone, not to us. Yet we also must defend the institution of marriage as defined, and it was defined by God, as husband and wife. Show more Show less