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Hi I'm Bryce

Born and raised in Idaho, I have a great appreciation for the world God created. I know He loves us. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to be a dad. I found a lot of occupations interesting and was never sure what job I wanted to have, but one thing I knew about my future was that I wanted to be a dad. Now I have children and they help me to grow myself and to bring me joy. I've never really felt like I was a "regular" guy. I've always been at the fringe of the crowd, often unsure if I fit in or not. The one part of that I have found really freeing as an adult is that I generally do what I want to do rather than worrying about what the crowd thinks. I want people to think I'm a good person, but I don't worry about whether they think I should dress one way or act another. I focus on what I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to LDS parents and I suppose that many people would expect that I am a Mormon because my parents are. And there is some truth in that- because of my parents, I had opportunities (like Primary, Sunday School, and Seminary) that caused me to learn about our Heavenly Father. My parents freely answered my questions about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and why we live in this world. They always took my questions seriously. But all of that wasn't enough. As my freshman year of high school came to a close, I remember getting a little piece of wisdom from a non-LDS student that was in several of my classes, including debate. As a result, he had heard me express myself on many topics. "You have strong beliefs. Just make sure they are your beliefs." All year in early morning seminary, I had been told to seek my own testimony of the gospel and to become independent of the testimonies of others, but that advice never struck me like this classmate's remark. It did help me know what to do. After school, I went down to my room and gave a prayer unlike any I had given before. It was very simple- "God, are you out there? Do you care about me?" The answer was both a warm, comforting feeling and a word in my own mind- "Yes". Then I asked, "Is what I have been taught about You and the Book of Mormon true?" The feeling came again with the answer- "You know it is." I realized that was true- I did know it, but I needed the confirmation. I said something like that, and I felt that my request was understood. I haven't lived a perfect life. I feel like Joseph Smith Jr, who expressed that, especially during his teenage years, he had natural foibles and mistakes and that he did not always live up to the knowledge he had received. But I have always known that Heavenly Father loved me and that He is interested in my life. I know that He wants us to be happy, even though sometimes that requires that we overcome trials.

How I live my faith

I love visiting other families. I enjoy talking to them about their trials, their successes, and what helps them to be happy. I enjoy sharing my testimony with them, especially about how my understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan helps me to be happy, even when I am struggling with a problem. Home Teaching provides a wonderful a opportunity for these visits, but I like to visit to watch football games or play games as well.