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3 stories behind 3 mormon.org profiles

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

As a normally private person, LeSeur said she was reluctant to talk about some very personal topics in her profile. At the time of the filming, she didn’t tell any of her friends and family about it, because she assumed it was mostly for a non-Mormon audience and no one she knew would see it. She was surprised later on to hear about it from her friends, but their reactions were positive.

One reaction that was particularly satisfying was a friend of her husband’s who sent her a message on Facebook after he saw her mormon.org profile. He also had difficult health problems and understood what she had gone through and had been uplifted by her video.

LeSeur said overall it was an uplifting experience. She said one thing that stuck with her was something a member of the filming crew told her to help her open up during the filming.

“He said, ‘When we’re doing these videos, we’re not here to put judgment on your decisions,’” she said. “‘This is just to show people that you’re here and you’re Mormon.’”

Gabe Reid, retired NFL player

Gabe Reid played football for Brigham Young University before moving on to the NFL, first with the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets, then finally the Chicago Bears, where he ended his career.

Reid said the producer of mormon.org approached him about filming a profile after Reid had given a fireside.

“At first I was a little hesitant because I’m not the type of person who really likes to talk about my life out there in the public eye,” he said.

Eight months later they called him back and he decided to do it because he knew the good it could do.

“If my story could benefit someone, then I should do it,” he said, “and I should do anything to help build the kingdom.”

Reid said his wife has his same mindset, and his four younger kids got pretty excited.

The film crew came and spent the whole day at his house. Reid said he hadn’t realized it would actually take the entire day, but he and his family had “tons of fun.”

Reid said it was humbling to be asked to film his profile, from the millions of other deserving members of the LDS Church. He felt very intimidated and inadequate, but that it was a great experience.

“I’ve have some really good experiences with people coming back from their missions and saying how my story helped one of their investigators,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. That was the goal. If I can help one person learn more about the gospel, then it was worth it.”

One other thing Reid learned is that we all have a story and we all need to share it.

“Especially people of our faith need to open their mouths,” he said. “You never know who you’re going to touch and how your story will bring someone closer to Christ.”

Email: mgarrett@desnews.com

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