Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid Hosts Mormon Symposium At LDS Chapel In Broomall, Pennsylvania, Answers Questions About The Faith

Although Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is prominent and powerful, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he's not too good to seize upon opportunities to share the Gospel when they arise. In keeping with this philosophy, Reid hosted a symposium on Mormonism held at the LDS chapel in Broomall, Pennsylvania on June 3rd, 2012. The event also included a guest speaker, Ahmad S. Corbitt, who is the director of the New York Office of Public and International Affairs for the LDS Church and the president of the Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake, and a special musical performance by Jack Livigni, a tenor at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Topics discussed included whether Mormons believe in God and in Jesus Christ. The purpose was on bringing awareness and clarifying what the religion was about moreso than proselytization. He also talked up the new Philadelphia Temple, saying "It’s a great honor. ... For all the members of the church, it’s a great thing to be able to do the Lord’s work and enjoy the reverence that takes place in the temple." NBC10 news video embedded below:

Andy Reid is a convert. He grew up as a Lutheran, joining the LDS Church while playing football for Brigham Young University in Provo. Reid was attracted by the way Mormons keep themslves physically and mentally fit, offering sports programs for all ages. Reid also enjoyed studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon. His wife, Tammy, was also influential in his decision to join the Church, since she was also a member.

Reid has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999 and the executive vice-president of football operations since 2001. Only twice have they finished below .500 during that period. They've made the playoffs nine times, and in 2004, represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots 24-21.

FamousMormons.net provides a list of known Mormons in professional sports.

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