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Hi I'm Bryan

Married with one child and three on the way. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am 31 years old and I work in the telecommunications industry. I work mainly with fiber optics. I am married and we have one daughter. My wife is pregnant with triplets. We are very excited about our additions to our family. The additions to our family are such a blessing. We had struggled with this for many years. We have had many trials and know that we have many more to overcome and our grateful to have a testimony in our savior Jesus Christ.  

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church seven years ago. My conversion story is nothing exciting but it does help me understand that heavenly father has a plan for each of us. My dad was a member of the church until he was twelve then fell away. When I moved away from my family in Florida and moved to Washington I moved closer to my extended family which were active members of the church. They played a big influence in my conversion by their examples and inviting me to spend time with them. I met my wife when I went to one of their daughter's weddings. Julia and I started to hang out. Then she asked if I would be interested in attending church. I told her yes but insisted that we go to the young single adult ward in our area. After attending church for 9 months I approached the Elders and asked to take the missionary discussions. When we got to the second discussion I already new that I wanted to be baptized. The elders asked me to pray so I did and received my conformation that the church was true. I was baptized one week later and was ordained a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. One year later I was ordained a Melchizedek Priesthood holder and was sealed to my wife in the Portland temple. Since the first time I prayed to know if the church was true I have never doubted my faith. I have a strong testimony and it continues to grow every day. 

How I live my faith

I am currently called as the Young Men's President in my ward. My main duty is to be an adviser to the Bishop. I help the young men plan and prepare activities each week. I also teach them on Sundays in our Priest Quorum. Part of my calling is also to be a leader in the Young Men's Venturing group. This is a programed that was created by Boy Scouts of America. The Venturing group is designed for boys age 16-18 to go to the next level in scouting. It offers many opportunities for the boys to do some high adventure activities and also to serve their community. I believe that the biggest thing that I am helping these young men learn is to be leaders. I love serving in this calling it holds so many blessings. The young men of the church are such an inspiration to my family and me. These young men should be examples to all of us with their willingness to serve and care for each other.  

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Bryan
Fourth Article of Faith We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ second, Repentance third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Before I was a member of the church I had been previously baptized by another religion of christian faith. When the missionaries had taught me about Joesph Smith I learned that he was given the keys and the authority to preform the ordinance. I then questioned if the person that baptized me had the authority to do this. After some thought and prayer I received my answer that they could of not had the keys. I knew in my heart that I needed to be baptized by some one who had the authority to do so. When being baptized I came out of the water knowing with out a doubt that I was forgiven for all of my sins and that I had taken my first steps to returning to live with God again.     Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Bryan
Mormon lifestyle is not any different from most family's lives. The major thing that changed in my life was that I started to live life with a purpose. I finally knew why we are here on earth. knowing this and were we are going makes all of the other things insignificant. I would have to say that I do more enjoyable things than I did when I was not a member. Show more Show less