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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a corporate learning scientist, a professional tennis instructor, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Dear Reader, My life has been pretty cushy so far. I have a family that loves me. I’ve been blessed with only a “normal” portion of trials to work through. (I.e., no hardship doggy-piles.) I can't help but think that my perceived good fortune may, at least in part, have something to do with my values system. I learned at an early age that following God's teachings and commandments makes life easier. And for those hardships we have no control over, Christ can make lighter. Therefore, ne of my core values is to learn and follow God's will in my life. I was raised in a home where love and obedience were honored. Growing up, I had the luxury of pursuing whatever interested me. (E.g., athletics, video games, & scouting.) After high school, I served a 2-year mission for my church, am currently working on my 3rd degree & am training to be a top-notch instructional designer, all the while, making great friends in young, LDS communities. Despite the relentless support I feel from my family, friends, and church leaders—all advocating marriage—I am still single. Until recently, fear and shame of not being perfect have prevented me from pursuing a more-serious relationship. However, as I open my heart to the Lord, I know that He will fill it with faith and help me become the husband & father I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose most of you reading this haven't had a singular experience that has served as a the foundation for your spiritual beliefs--but I have. I didn't have a near-death experience or witness a great miracle, other than the miracle of being able to feel and recognize the witness of the Holy Ghost at a young age. Here's my story... I was eight-years-old when I decided to become a baptized member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly thereafter, I sat in on a lesson my father was teaching, in our home, to three, 18-year-old "men" who were preparing to serve full-time missions for the Church. As my father depicted God's Plan of Happiness on our chalkboard easel, I felt pure knowledge pouring directing into my head. I somehow KNEW the things my father was explaining were true. I still remember feeling comforting sensations of peaceful exhilaration. It was as if I had been taught these things before, but I couldn't recall them until my father and the Holy Spirit confirmed them to me in that room. Since that experience, I have continue to ask questions, search the words of the prophets, and have relied heavily on the Gift of the Holy Ghost in order to fill in the gaps in my understanding regarding the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this iterative process, I have come to accept the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the only true and living church on earth. I know God called a modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith, and continues to call prophets to direct His work today. My testimony of this gospel is augmented and multiplied each time I exercise faith and choose to follow the living prophet--the outcome is always positive. The decision to truly BE a Mormon has taught me one great truth--those who follow Christ, through his modern-day prophets, are happy, while those who choose to take their own paths live much more difficult lives.

How I live my faith

I confess. Sometimes I skip days [read: weeks] of scripture study. My prayers could often be more heart felt. I could definitely be less selfish. But despite my many shortcomings, I am improving my character over time. My love and understanding of God are increasing. And I am really trying to subdue my selfish nature. Although I may fail at times, I know, through prayerful communication, that Heavenly Father is pleased with my progression. I am becoming who He wants me to ultimately be. Whether I am cooking, running, playing volleyball, surfing online, at a book club, shopping, watching a movie with friends, or attending church meetings, my daily prayer is to be able to recognize moments when and how I might serve another. As a human being, I know that I am not a perfect disciple of Christ. I don't claim to have all the answers or be able to understand others' problems. But the Savior, Jesus Christ, does. He has re-established His Church on the earth, which He leads through authorized Prophets and Apostles. And, each day, I do my best to be a window to His love.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Bryan
Physical things are seen with one's physical eyes, but spiritual things must be seen with spiritual eyes. --unknown If I'm really burning to know if something is true, I trust in the Savior's promise to "manifest the truth of it unto me, by the power of the Holy Ghost," if I will but study it out and sincerely ask God if my conclusions are correct. It is by this same divine power that all of God's children can know the truth of all things. To me, asking God with a "sincere heart" means being willing to believe and experiment upon His word. The Bible clearly states how to increase faith in Christ "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." John 7 17 Show more Show less