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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a student. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah in a family with six kids. I love playing sports, whether it's basketball, football, or ultimate frisbee. I also play the piano. Right now I'm going to college, studying accounting, which many people would argue is boring, but I beg to differ. I also love just going for a run to help clear my mind and I'm getting ready to run my second marathon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but I think there comes a time in everyone's life when they start to question what they believe in. For me, that time came as I was finishing high school and going to college. As I questioned my own beliefs, I prayed more sincerely, asking God to help me know what is true. I paid more attention as I read from the scriptures and as I did this, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that this church really is true. That confirmation wasn't an overwhelming feeling, but rather a quite assurance I felt as I read the scriptures and prayed. I feel now that the teachings of this church help me to know the purpose of my life. They help me to set goals and plan what I'd like to accomplish in my life.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm in charge of organizing a weekly "family night" with a group of students who live in my area. This is usually done in families, but since we're all students living away from home, a small group of us get together every week instead. We will usually sing and pray together, have a short spiritual message, and have some sort of fun activity. Outside of that, I enjoy talking with friends about how they are trying to live Christ-like lives. Hearing what they do gives me ideas of how I can improve, and it's also refreshing to see that there are others who are always trying to become better.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

There's a scripture in the Book of Mormon that I think answers this question very concisely: The second half of 2 Nephi 25:23 says "we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Often times, I think there is a misconception of us as Mormons that we believe that we are saved by our works, but this isn't entirely true. We believe in doing all that we can do, while realizing that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. Christ's sacrifice made it possible for us to be saved and return to live with God, but in order for that to happen, we need to exercise faith in Him by obeying his commandments and doing "all that we can do." Show more Show less