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Hi I'm Bryson

I'm an information security analyst, a loving husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a part-time student working full-time as an information security analyst. I work to provide for my loving wife and son and I enjoy spending my free time with them. I played the violin in school orchestras from the fifth grade until I graduated high school and enjoy playing and listening to uplifting music. I've also taught myself to play the piano, which I enjoy playing for family and friends, and as a way to relieve the stress of daily life. I love reading, especially fantasy and science fiction novels. I really like to lose myself in other worlds and times, and I like comparing my experiences with the lives of the characters. I also served a full-time mission preaching the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Nicaragua. I loved my time there and dearly miss many of the wonderful people I met there. Someday I hope to return and visit with them again and to enjoy a traditional meal with friends and family there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by two loving parents. I grew up reading the Book of Mormon, being taught the commandments of God, going to church and preparing to preach the Gospel by serving a mission. During my youth I trusted in the testimony of my parents. The time always comes, however, when we must learn of ourselves if the things that we have been taught are true. Some people may have a single experience after which they know the truthfulness of the Gospel and of the Church. I did not receive such an experience. My faith comes a little bit at a time, like drops of oil into the lamp of my faith (see Matthew 25:1-10). Every day I continue to learn to rely upon the Lord both during good times and difficult times. During difficult times, it is easy to overlook all of the blessings which God has given; however, one of my friend's favorite scriptures often comes to mind during these times. The scripture is Isaiah 41:10 in which the Lord says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." The Lord loves us and will never abandon us, even and especially when we feel that we least deserve His love. I know that He loves each and every one of us so much that he sent His son, Jesus Christ to suffer and die for our sins. He loves us so much that He called the prophet Joseph Smith to be His prophet and restore the Church of Jesus Christ which had been lost from the earth for more than a millenium. I know that through Joseph Smith and other chosen men He restored the fullness of His Gospel and the authority to act in His name, also known as the Priesthood. I know that it is through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that we may be prepared to enter His kingdom and be together with our families forever through the merits of Christ. I know these things are true. Ask Him. "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you."

How I live my faith

Recently, I was given the assignment to manage our stake's A/V technology. A stake is a group of smaller congregations (called wards), similar to a Catholic diocese. I love technology and have enjoyed being able to learn more about sound and video mixing as I have carried out this responsibility. I am also a husband and father. As such, I strive to be a spiritual leader in my home with my loving wife by my side. God has given my wife and I a son, and another child who's on the way. My wife and I take very seriously the responsibility that God gives parents to raise their children in righteousness and to teach them to follow Him, love Him and serve Him. We strive to fulfill this responsibility by being "example[s] of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). To be an example of the believers, I pray daily that I may walk with Christ and accept His grace, mercy, and love that He might be glorified and His children blessed. I also seek to be a true friend to those around me, and to serve them, for "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17).

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Redeemer of the world. Whereas the Bible is the record of God's children in the Old World, the Book of Mormon is a record of God's children who lived on the American continent millennia ago. The Book of Mormon is a collection of many writing of the ancient prophets of the American continent, spanning from shortly after the Tower of Babel through a few hundred years after the birth of Jesus Christ. The book is named after Mormon, who was a prophet and historian who compiled all of the records of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas into one book. The Lord brought forth the Book of Mormon as part of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The prophet Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God and the first edition was printed in 1830. For more information, see the Introduction to the Book of Mormon found at lds.org/scriptures/bofm/introduction. Show more Show less