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Hi I'm Bryce

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I enjoy playing sports and hanging out with my friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like actively volunteering for good causes and I play soccer.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, I lacked truth for a good while of my life. My mom took my sisters and I to church when we were young, but we slowly started to fall away. My dad is not a member, yet, but he didn't have much motivation until now to accept the teachings of the church. Eventually, my mom, sisters, and I were inactive. My mom and sisters would go to church occasionally, but I saw no reason to go. I thought it was just a waste of time from having fun, playing sports, and hanging out with my friends. Up until the summer of 2011, my life had no direction. I started to search for truth and wonder where exactly my life was going. I couldn't find answers anywhere or in any churches that I visited. I then just tried to make the most of a lifestyle that I had been living so long before with the hope that it could provide me with long-term satisfaction. It didn't. I came to the conclusion that the only time in my life when I knew that I was happy was when I went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. It was a time that I wanted to do the right thing, and I felt joy from everything that I did in a manner that I had long forgotten. A change in my heart took place, and I searched for the church when I was enrolled at ASU. I found the institute and eventually went to church that following Sunday. I met with the bishop, as well as the missionaries, and continued my efforts in searching for truth. I finally read the Book of Mormon for the first time, and I asked my Heavenly Father whether or not it was true. I received an incredible feeling and witnessed for myself the truthfulness of the Gospel being Restored to the Earth - and it is still little known how much the true teachings have been changed since Christ's apostles were murdered. I then realized that everything in this world points to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for an answer of truth. I am a Mormon because I know that I am a part of the true Church of Christ.

How I live my faith

I pray and read scriptures daily. I also try to spread happiness to the world.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Bryce
We know that families can be eternal. We also believe that families are the central unit for learning and growth. In our homes, it's important to establish a safe place where learning, love, and our Heavenly Father's teachings can abide. We also do our best to teach the truths we learn from our Heavenly Father when we get together for family planned events that we like to call "Family Home Evening." During this time, we teach the members of our families lessons, carry out family business, and enjoy doing wholesome activities together. Families are a privilege that we are given from our Heavenly Father, and we respect them as such. It's important for our families to stay close because they are the centralized in God's plan for all of his children to gain experience. Although we can't choose the conditions for our birth, we can still make the choice of doing our best to ensure that our families become stronger and are happier. When we have loving families that are founded upon the principles of the Gospel, we become more righteous, the members are provided for, and joy is a never ending fountain. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bryce
We are strong believers that everyone is free to choose what they do in life - agency. Although our Heavenly father has given us commandments, we can choose to follow them and experience joy. On the other hand, we can choose not to follow his commandments and experience possible short term pleasure, but neither satisfaction nor happiness. Our Heavenly Father did establish the commandment for all members of his church to spread the truths of the Gospel throughout the world and preach repentance. Nevertheless, our Heavenly Father understands that not everyone is capable of serving a full-time mission and also that some member's circumstances do not allow them to serve. Therefore, there are many ways that people provide service for sharing truths with others. For members that are honestly capable of serving a mission: they are expected to, but it is their choice for the making. We love them anyway. Furthermore, when we actually do receive a witness of the truth of our Heavenly Father bringing back the truths to his church that were changed by man, it is the utmost desire of our hearts to share it with others. Typically, we serve a mission when we are from 19 to 21 years old. Seniors, married couples, men, and women serve missions as well. It's all voluntary and missionaries do not receive payment for their service. Missionaries can come from anywhere in the world and they serve wherever the church calls them. The missionaries represent the church when they serve full time. Show more Show less