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Hi I'm Bryton

I'm a son, brother, friend and half Ecuadorian at heart. I sing, study, and longboard. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a pretty independent person, for better or worse (probably worse). I'm a do-it-your-selfer who works really hard to make my dreams a reality and can happily say that God has made my efforts to prosper (and then some). Ecuador was my home for two years and I'll forever love the people of that country (as well as their language, which I'm trying to hold on to). I'm happiest when I'm working at my job which I love, singing uplifting music in a university choir, reading about American history, taking pictures of my baby nephews and neices with my Canon 40D, or longboarding down Provo Canyon.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes I'm more Mormon than other times, by which I mean that sometimes I do better at living what I believe than other times. And I can say categorically that I am most happy when I am most Mormon. As a Mormon—which is just an affectionate way to refer to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—I feel empowered to come unto Jesus, and I've made progress in that respect that I could not have made otherwise. I want Christ to be the center of my life, and I could not succeed if I tried to live without what I have learned as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I gratefully credit my parents for teaching me habits of daily prayer and scripture study. Yet, I don't think that those habits are the truest expression of my faith because they are habits and require little effort. More difficult for me is using those daily experiences as a springboard when I leave my apartment to think less of myself and more of others. I never run out of reasons to worry about myself, my future, getting ahead, bettering my situation, etc.; but when I truly desire it, God empowers me to love others enough that I forget myself entirely. That is when I am the happiest and when I feel I am most authentically living my faith.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We are not simply an evolved group of cells that have become sophisticatedly organized into a human being. We are the creation of God who fathered our spirits. We belong to the family of God. For that reason, each of our lives is incalcuably important. (That's why life is sacred, and that's why no individual or institution has the authority to measure it's value.) We are our Heavenly Father's pride and joy. Like any good father, He wants to be with us and He's not satisified with a simply symbolic or figurative closeness; He wants us to be where He is. Only those who love Him will ever want to be with Him. And we can reason that those who don't love whom He loves don't truly love Him. It follows then that only those that love one another will love God enough to return to Him, which is the ultimate purpose of life. Therefore, God has given us the duty as well as the delight of sharing His love for one another. That should be our life's work. Show more Show less