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Hi I'm Bryan.

I'm a Mormon and I love it!

About Me

I am married and have three young children. We are a military family. I am in the Army and my wife and children support me in this. I've been truly blessed in my career with the opportunities that have been afforded me. Currently, the Army is allowing me to get my Masters Degree in Computer Engineering and Information Assurance. Yeah...I'm a geek - and I LOVE it! Being a full-time student has its advantages, like not having to get deployed for 18 months, but who knew it was going to be so difficult and time consuming?

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my friend invited me to attend church one day while we were in Iraq. The very first time that I attended a Sacrament service was there in Iraq (complete with camouflage uniforms, pistols, and rifles). Despite this, I was drawn in by the Spirit. My heart burned so much and I knew that I was in the right place. Instead of trying to find ways to get out of going to church from this point on, I was looking for ways TO go to church. Everyone welcomed me in as if I were already a member. For the next 9 or so months, they would teach me the missionary discussions (as they were called then). I was invited to pray, read from the Book of Mormon, and be baptized. I accepted the first two without hesitation. The third however I was not ready for. To me, baptism was a very big permanent decision that I was not going to take lightly. And I didn't. However, I continued to pray, read from Book of Mormon, and go to church. My biggest hangup on being baptized was this...Everything that was told to me I believed and knew to be true. Everything that I read I believed and knew to be true. However, since I'm a slow reader, I hadn't read the entire Book of Mormon. And because I hadn't read the entire Book of Mormon, I couldn't say with a true conviction that I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. This attitude continued even after I left Iraq for a few weeks. Then one night, I was thinking to myself, "You've never read the entire Old Testament, yet you know that it is true." That was enough to convince me that the Book of Mormon is true and that I should commit to being baptized. That is exactly what I did! The next day at church, I asked to be baptized and did so within the next couple weeks. There was never a question or doubt in my mind after this. Being military, I move around a lot. The longest that I have been in a ward or branch (A.K.A. congregation) has been 15 months. In each of these locations, I have felt the open and warm arms of the members there. It is more than just a 1 hour on Sunday thing. We are a large family. Whereas before, I may have been guilty of sliding into church just after the bell tolled and skipping out immediately after the final "Amen," it is different now. I long to be around my brothers and sisters. I do not see this church as a place to be "married and buried" or just to be a C & E person (Christmas and Easter). It is a way of life that extends beyond the four walls and church service. I am a Mormon because I know it to be the right thing to do. I am a Mormon because I have been blessed by being a member. I am a Mormon because I would have it no other way!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living the commandments and heeding the counsel of the Lord and his Prophets. I do this by attending church, reading my scriptures, and praying. Also, now that I am a father, I try to instill these atributes in my children by setting a positive example. Besides this, I also assist ward families and members wherever there is a need. Such as installing refrigerators and stoves, fixing computers, helping people move, and helping build cabins just to name a few. As I said previously, we are a family and as such we are here to help one another.