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Hi I'm Bryce

Father, husband, dentist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in southeast Idaho. My parents divorced when I was young and I spent summers with my mom in California and Georgia. I spent most of the year with my dad in Idaho. Here is where I developed a love of the outdoors and where I came to God. I had great friends growing up and it was through their example and through the example of my parents where I learned what it meant to be a Christian and a Mormon. It was their examples and love that led me to serve a 2 year mission in the Philippines. I became fluent in 2 of the local dialects and further deepened my understanding of the gospel and of the mission of Jesus Christ. When I returned from my mission I enrolled in college where I met my lovely wife. After an 8 month courtship we were married. I continued my education and eventually decided to become a dentist. I loved working with my hands and fixing things (a talent developed from my years on the farm) and decided that dentistry was a perfect fit. I graduated dental school in 2008 and now own my own dental practice in Georgia. We have 5 children now ranging in age from newborn-9 years old. We spend as much time outdoors as possible. As a family we love going on walks and bike rides, playing baseball, football, roller skating, and especially camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon today because I have witnessed the Savior's hand in my life and in the lives of my family. It hasn't always been that way though. I was born into a Mormon family but we didn't always attend. As I got older I began to question why we even went at all. At one point I fell in with a group of kids that were on a much different path. I began hanging out with them and my attitude changed. I began heading down a path that I had always been taught was wrong. I don't know what prompted me but, I distinctly remember one day when I was 16 years old, thinking to myself, "If the gospel is true and Jesus truly lives I can't keep going down this road." I decided to ask God if it was true. It was easy for me because I told myself, "If he answers then I will change. If he doesn't then I won't need to." I began daily scripture study and daily prayer. I really wanted to know for myself if this gospel was true. My answer didn't come immediately. As I prayed and read, I noticed that little by little I was changing. I didn't just decide one day to find new friends, I gradually grew apart from them because I was losing the desire to participate in their activities. After a month, 2 months, 4 months of reading and praying I started seeing the happiness in my life grow. It was like a sunrise. It didn't happen all at once but when I looked back on it, I realized how far I had come and my heart had truly been turned to the Savior. The joy in my life was as tangible as the shirt on my back. I knew where my happiness had come from and I wanted nothing more than to give back to the Savior for the peace and happiness he had given me. I recalled the scripture, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." That was my new aspiration. The knowledge of the Savior has affected every aspect of my life. It affected my decision to serve a mission, where to attend college, what profession to choose, and who to marry. I know it is true. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. The first I suppose is through my work. I have enjoyed being a small business owner because it allows to control my work conditions and allows me to treat my patients with the care and concern that they deserve. The gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me develop compassion for my fellow man and my dental practice gives me the opportunity to express that compassion everyday. I try to spend time with my patients and talk with them and get to know and have them get to know me. I believe that through our examples people can see reflections of the Savior. I want nothing more than to bring people unto Christ but, I don't want to push it on them. I would rather live good life and trust that people will appreciate that Christ is the reason for the good decisions I make and for the person that I am. The second way I live my faith is in my family. We devote as much time as possible to our family. I believe that one of the great purposes of our life on this earth is to raise righteous children unto the Lord. My wife and I love our children. They are a tremendous blessing to us. There is nothing in this life more fulfilling than to watch your children grow and develop into the kind of people that Christ would have them be. It is the little things that make me truly grateful for my children. Seeing them catch a ball in their baseball games, or smile when they make it around the roller rink without falling, or seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new, I am reminded that no worldly possession or accomplishment can even approach the level of satisfaction that my children give me. It is for this reason that I strive everyday to be worthy to be called their father. The only way to truly repay God and Jesus Christ for this blessing in my life is to continue to teach and serve and righteously raise these little ones. There are many ways I try to live my faith but, in the end, the fact that I try is the important thing.