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Hi I'm Bryce

I'm a Social Work Grad Student, a Runner, and a World Traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying sociology. I plan on going into social work and urban education. I want to make a difference in the world. I have had the incredible opportunities of working in a Romanian orphanage and a Mexican village, and am currently working on my Master's in Social Work. I am determined to make a difference in the world. Some people love business, chemical engineering, or law. My love is service. I feel like my lot in life is to work for and with the poor, disadvantaged, and downtrodden. I can't imagine doing anything else. When my life gets out of control, I turn to my love of music to calm me down and clear my mind. I find the greatest peace as I play the piano, organ, or trombone. Music is my escape from the world. Call me crazy, but I love politics. I'm a political minority, and I love it. My faith has influenced the way I see public policy. My Mormon faith has led me to the interests and pursuits I have today. I owe a lot to being a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I grew up in an LDS family, so in a very real way, I am a Mormon because I was born one. I was baptized when I was eight years old. But, that isn't why I am still a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I found my own witness that the things I learned as a child were true. I am a Mormon because I find in Mormonism a happiness that I cannot find anywhere else. I am a Mormon because it has given me moral standards in a time of moral uncertainty. I am a Mormon because I believe that families can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I saw miraculous changes occur in the lives of ordinary people as I taught them the Gospel as a missionary. I am a Mormon today because it gives me a hope that I can be more than I am. I am a Mormon because I believe it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help and serve other people. The mission of Christ was one of ultimate love and ultimate service. I am trying to emulate that. The teachings of Christ teach me the importance of serving the people around me. Christ ministered among those whom were rejected by society, looked down upon because of their health, social status, or family background. One of my favorite Mormon children's songs teaches, "I'm trying to be like Jesus. I'm following in His ways." That's what I want. I live my faith by helping those that Christ would help if He were here. Service helps me live and strengthen my faith. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God." When I am serving others, I can feel my faith getting stronger. I can feel the love of God for me and for those I am serving. That's the coolest feeling in the world.

What is being a Mormon like?

Bryce
Being a Mormon is like being a part of a huge family. No matter where I go, there are members of the Church who have the same standards, hopes, and faith that I have. I've lived in Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, and across Europe. No matter where I've lived, the members of the Church embrace and love you as if they have know you forever. The Church is a community. We take care of and watch out for each other. That's what it's like. Being a Mormon is hard sometimes. It can be hard to stick to the standards when no one around you is doing the same. It is hard when people mock your faith. But, out of the difficulties arise opportunities for growth. Being a Mormon is about becoming better today than you were yesterday. I'm still not very good at that, but I'm trying. You don't have to be perfect to be a Mormon. Trust me. You just have to keep trying. Being a Mormon means I live by certain rules. A lot of people know that Mormons don't drink or smoke. That's one of commandments God that I promised to live by when I was baptized. A lot of people see Mormons and their faith as restrictive. I don't feel that way at all. Rules are instituted to keep us safe, even if we feel they don't make total sense. When I exercise faith to keep these commandments, I feel the love of God more in my life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Bryce
Nope. You'll find people of all political persuasions in the Church, but the Church does not endorse any one political party. Members are encouraged to participate in their local and national governments. A fundamental tenant of our faith is supporting those who govern us. I grew up in a family that always prayed for the leaders of the country, no matter their political affiliation. I consider myself to be somewhat liberal. My parents are pretty conservative. Being a Mormon doesn't mean you have to subscribe to a certain political ideology. I found my political ideology in my Mormon faith. I am liberal because I am a Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Bryce
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. He suffered and died for each of us so that we may have the opportunity to repent and return to Him and our Heavenly Father. He loves us and is mindful of us. He knows you and me intimately. He was resurrected and because of that, we will all be resurrected.   Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. His loving sacrifice gives me the opportunity to better my life and correct the poor decisions I make in my life. I can feel of His love as I read His teachings and as I pray. Christ's sacrifice allows us to become clean from our mistakes. I know that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, my friend and advocate, and my Lord. Side Note: If you want to see what Mormons believe about Jesus Christ, check out The Living Christ! You can find it on the website! Show more Show less