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Hi I'm Bryant.

I'm a Rugby Player. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 years old, and loving life. I was born in Utah but moved to the Seattle area in Washington at a young age. I love the Northwest - there is no better place to live. At age 7 I begged my mom to let me play the violin. She promised that if took four years of regular piano lessons that she would get me a violin, thus birthing my music career. I love the piano and find that it is the most effective vehicle of communication and expression I have in my life. I also love to play sports. I come from a family of four boys and two girls respectively, which bred a spirit of competition amongst the four oldest. I learned at a young age to work hard and be diligent. I played basketball, soccer, rugby, ran track and cross-country, and wrestled. My favorite of them all? Rugby. A friend of mine went to New Zealand for a foreign exchange, came back and help to establish the first rugby team for youth in our city. I was privileged to play on that inaugural team that went undefeated and won the All-Northwest Championship. Rugby, to me, is an expression of my inner desires to succeed and overcome challenges or struggles in my life. I entered college in Washington and began studying Mechanical Engineering. I shortly transferred to a school in Arizona because my family moved to the Phoenix area. I enjoyed continuing to play Rugby and participating in many campus activities. Someday I want to help in research and design of prosthetic and artificial organs and limbs in order to improve the lifestyles of handicapped people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but that doesn't mean I didn't choose it. There comes a point in everyone's life where a choice must be made. For me it was when I moved out of the house. I was at college and had the chance finally to do whatever I wanted without even the most remote chance of my parents finding out. I always believed there was a God, but I never had any real confirmation that he was there. One day I decided to make a choice - to find out if I really believed any of this. Did God have a prophet on the Earth, should I wait to have sex until marriage, does it matter what I put into my body? I kneeled down and prayed. I asked God to tell me that he was there, to help me realize that he does hear my prayers, to tell me if the things I grew up with were true. I got my answer. I know the teachings of the church are true because God told me.

How I live my faith

I just returned from being a Mormon Missionary. I gave up two years of my life, took time off from college, gave up my rugby, to serve God. I didn't get paid, I paid my own way. I served in the Chicago-land area and talked to everyone about this message because I know that it is true. Every morning I would get up I pray and ask God to just allow me to change the life of one person for the better that day. I truly believe that one kind word, one smile, one handshake can change a life and the lives of generations to come. Above all, I believe the greatest thing I can do for someone in their life is to help them come unto our Savior Jesus Christ.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

I was on the front lines of the answer to this question. As a missionary I helped many, many people, through the programs of the church, to overcome addictions and improve the quality of their lives. It has really affected me to see the damage cigarettes, drugs, pornography and other addictions have done to destroy lives and families. I know it must be the same all over the world and the comfort I have is that the church has programs set up every where and young men like myself giving 2 years up to help those around the world. Show more Show less