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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family man, blessed with a patient wife and four lovely children. Sealed in a temple. Served a mission. Active in my ward. Have lived in several spots across the United States. Traveled outside of US to UK, Sweden, Canada. Grateful. Completed masters degree in my field. Enjoy photography, soccer, Stanley Turrentine, and moral agency.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family actively practicing the faith, in the Midwest. This got me "in the door", so to speak - offering a foundation and a road sign. I am humbled and in awe of those who find the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without this huge help. Building on this foundation, I have been blessed with opportunities to learn of the Gospel, and to seek and receive spiritual confirmation from our loving Father in Heaven. Most recently, my life passed through a period of significant personal challenge. As I struggled to come to terms with those circumstances, the tenants of my faith came under review. I rediscovered my conviction of the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I rediscovered my recognition that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Through prayer and meditation, the Spirit re-confirmed to me that Joseph Smith acted under the direction of our Father to restore the priesthood and the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I also received insight into the value of the challenges, and was reminded of the great love that our Father has for each of us. The prophet Joseph Smith revealed the plan for which Heavenly Father has for each of us, and it became clear to me that the commandments given, and the covenants required of us, are intended to guide us through this life in a way to learn what we need from this mortal experience as a stepping stone to return to our Father. Read, study, pray, act/serve, and then listen to your heart and mind to receive your personal direction from our Heavenly Father. This will make all of the difference. I write these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

Membership in the Church is an opportunity to learn of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through study and worship, to meet others seeking to learn, to learn from the examples of others in that pursuit, and to discover opportunities to apply the principles of the Gospel through service and fellowship. As with any community, to get the most out of it, you've got to jump in and find ways to participate. Several years ago, I had just moved into a new community. The congregation gave me the assignment to coordinate service projects, especially focusing on helping members move into, and out of their respective homes. I knew very few people, and I am shy. It was a daunting task to call people I didn't know to ask them to give up a Saturday to help another family with a moving project. However, I accepted the assignment. I jumped in, as best as I could, and was blessed with about 8 moves in the first 12 weeks. Through this, I was blessed to help someone else, but I was also blessed with the opportunity to meet many people in my congregation, and to stand side-by-side with them in service. I was frequently reminded of the love that our Father has for each of us. I was also reminded that each of us can bring our Father's blessing to our brothers and sisters, if we simply go and do. It is a marvelous experience. Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. I have much in which to improve, and much to learn. Actively participating in my congregation blesses me with essential opportunities to improve and to learn.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Bryan
Come and see. Attendance at a church is open to anyone, and might include Sunday worship services or Sunday school. It might include a weeknight youth activity at the church building. It might include a weeknight religious studies class. One of the most sacred meetings in a Mormon's practice occurrs on Sunday during the worship service called Sacrament Meeting. Members have the opportunity to renew their covenant with Heavenly Father to follow His commandments and His Son. Attendance in the temple requires significant preparation. The temple is a unique point in space and time - it is the House of the Lord. Here one can come very close to our Father. Reverence, as well as preparation of mind and spirit are critical to facilitating that personal experience of being close to Heavenly Father, as well as impacting the experience of the other attendees of the temple. The services in the temple generally center around events that occurr once in a lifetime - and so, it is not generally a place where regular worship services are held, as in a church. All of Heavenly Father's children are encouraged to attend the temple - meaning that we are all encouraged to prepare ourselves and to seek out that opportunity. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Bryan
They want to know what you believe, and to what you aspire. They want to understand what is important to you. They will ask questions to sincerely pursue that understanding. At the same time, they will take opportunity to share the principles that are core to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will strive to introduce ideas, which might be new for you, to build upon the true principles already found within your personal beliefs; or, if not new, they will seek to clarify and answer questions you might have about the Mormon beliefs so that you may recognize the truth in them. They will share ideas in how to strengthen a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven, because ultimately, your conviction results from your personal relationship with Him. They want to help you make that connection to Heavenly Father as clear and strong as possible, so that you will feel and recognize His Spirit which will provide the way by which you can know of the truthfulness of all things - including the things in the messages shared by the missionaries. Show more Show less