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Hi I'm Bryson

I enjoy living life, gaining knowledge and experience, and finding joy in all aspects of life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There is not much to say about me, but that I love life and try to be a student of life. An annonymus quote says: "Real learning comes at the fine line where conceptual knowledge and experience meet". I truly believe that and try to couple experience with knowledge. I have been a member of the Church all my life. I have had less life experience than some, and more than others, but each life experience has given me opportunities to learn. Growing up, I participated in generic schooling and extracurricular activities, including academic, athletic, social, etc. I find peace and happiness in many things. To find happiness, I get out and get active. My personality necessitates activity and any activity that spurs progression, I am all for. To find peace, solace, and mental clarity in this life I take time to read, ponder and meditate. The ultimate source of my peace and happiness does come from the gospel of Jesus Christ though. I have worked for Best Buy selling computers, I have worked at a fun center (where I got incredibly good at laser tag working there) and even a local pizza shop.

Why I am a Mormon

One of our Prophets, David O. McKay said that "True Christianity is love in action". This is why I think so many people are drawn to Christianity, and what is great about being a Mormon is that it allows me to be the best Christian I can be. We love and respect all religious denominations, but ultimately I am a Mormon because of the "times of refreshing" and "the times of restitution of all things" (Acts 3:19-21). Mormons claim is that when Christ was on earth, He established a church by choosing and calling 12 apostles and by giving them authority (Luke 6:13; 9:1). Paul says the "saints", or, the member's of the Church of Christ, "are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20). Eventually Christ and His apostles were persecuted and killed or taken from the earth because people had turned away from God, we call this an apostasy. The scriptures prophesy of a "famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord" (Amos 8:11-12) as well as a time when people "will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). It's easy to see that this apostasy left us in a state of spiritual darkness, where because of the lack of divine authority, doctrines and ordinances were changed, a need for a Restoration was present. In His infinite love, Christ again chose a prophet to restore, or bring back, the truth that was lost. His name was Joseph Smith, and was a prophet of God, just as Moses, Noah, or Peter were prophets of God. He restored the same Priesthood authority that was lost following the death of the apostles, and called 12 apostles to help lead the church. As convincing evidence of this, God provided us with a second witness of Christ called The Book of Mormon. The Restoration is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

It seems to me that for the vast majority of people, we don't need to fret about doing big, impressive tasks to live our faith and thwart the adversary; it's the small things that do it. Consistency in striving to live the law's of heaven is what God requires and desires of us and how we live our faith. However, it is important to note that that is an overarching task that requires diligence, concentration, and sincerity. How I live my faith: I serve in my local congregation and am always looking for more opportunities to serve others. I have very personal prayers with my Father in Heaven, converting prayers, that come from my heart. I truly delight in the scriptures, therefore, making scripture study a daily habit is where I find great joy, freedom and insights. And I seek daily to learn, and grow, for we know that that is why God has given us this life. I live my faith by continuining in study and prayer to increase my faith, repent of my sins, keep my covenants (promises) that I have made with God, and strive diligently to keep the commandments until the end of my life. That is what Christ and His holy prophets have taught will bring us pure joy. I have experienced a glimpse of the pure happiness, joy, and peace that is available to all of us - that will come if we inherit the kingdom of God - by living the gospel of Christ, and feeling the sactifying power of the Spirit. I invite you to do the same.

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That's the genius of this church, activity. I think firstly we must say that we don't have paid clergy because that is the way Christ has set up His church. Aside from that though, it gives everyone opportunities to exercise their faith by contributing to their local congregation. Like James said, "by works was faith made perfect" (James 2:22), and service to our local congregations allows us to progress our faith in Christ. Show more Show less