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Hi I'm Bryan

I build websites. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas, one of 6 children. When I was 11, my family moved to Washington. This is where I went through high school, got my first job, and spent endless summers with friends. I like trying new things. I've been a runner, actor, singer, fast food employee, skateboarder, filmmaker, guitar player, mentor, programmer, designer and painter. Now, I'm a husband and father. I work with technology full-time, building online apps and websites.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because it brings me security. I am secure in knowing who God is, and how to talk to him. Through this church I find guidance from him, which helps me improve myself, help others, and learn how to be a better husband and father.

How I live my faith

I seek to develop Christlike attributes, so I can be a positive influence to all around me. Christ taught that he who seeks to save his life, will lose it, but those who lose their lives in selflessness will find themselves. In all I do, I strive to serve others, assisting in whatever form I can.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Bryan
The Mormon missionaries visit to help people find answers to their questions. They come and listen to your experiences, willing to explain how they have found answers to life's hardest questions. They aren't there to lecture, or to prove people wrong. Meeting with the missionaries doesn't mean you want to join their church. It's not a big deal. It's just a chance to ask a real Mormon what he or she believes. If you don't have any questions for the missionaries, they do have a message they like to share. How did we get thousands of churches these days, each teaching different things but claiming to be the right one? With all this confusion, how can anyone be confident about religious things? They'll tell you what a regular person like you and I can do to find peace in times like these. Mormon missionaries are regular people. They don't go through tons of training, and they aren't studying to be pastors. They are volunteers, with families, experiences, and trials just like you. You'll find that they don't try to unload a bunch of church doctrine on you. Mostly, they talk about life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Bryan
If a Christian is somebody who believes in Jesus Christ, that he was the son of God, sent to this earth to redeem fallen mankind from death and sin, and that he rose from the grave a resurrected being, the one and only Savior of mankind, then yes, Mormons are definitely Christians. I believe Jesus Christ did these very things and I strive to have a personal relationship with him. I have met people who don't consider Mormons as Christians, simply because "Mormonism" is somewhat different than much of the mainstream Christianity we see today. They have a point! It is true that we have differences, like our acceptance of an open canon of scripture, belief in living Prophets and Apostles, and use of temples as part of our worship. But, these differences do not change the fact that Christ is our focus and the foundation of our beliefs. One only needs to visit a Mormon church on Sunday or watch one of our General Conferences to see how deep our love of Jesus Christ actually is. Show more Show less