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Hi I'm Bryce

I'm an unpublished poet and amateur rocketeer with a love for all things beautiful. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 20-something farm boy from Kansas who loves learning everything about everything. I enjoy making music with the trumpet and my voice. I enjoy an occasional round of golf. I write and like to read the wholesome literature of the world. I love working with my hands and building things that allow me to express my creativity. I build rockets, airplanes, boomerangs, and other things that fly. I craft Native American style hunting bows from wood that I harvest from the land. Osage Orange is the best wood to use, by the way. I enjoy fabricating small machines like steam engines. I like being alone in the wooded areas of the farm on which I grew up. I hunt, fish, and camp as often as I can. I enjoy teaching others about things that I love. The most beautiful things in my life, besides my family, are the little moments of peace and calm that come from choosing to enjoy the simple things over all the noisy distractions in our busy world. I often wonder what this crazy world is going to give us next. I think about how I can contribute to the goodness of society. I am currently attending college where I am working to prepare myself in many ways to be a positive influence on my community. I want to have my own family in the future. I look forward to running my own funeral home in some small town someday. I want to be of service to all around me and feel that this occupation will enable me to do this in a meaningful way every day. I want to be a good person. I hope you do too. :-)

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18 I was preparing to begin a full-time mission. I wanted God to tell me if the Book of Mormon was true. I never thought during my life that it wasn't true, I just wanted a single great spiritual experience that I could refer to others. I went out into a nice little spot on the farm and knelt down to pray. I asked if the Book of Mormon was true. Before the prayer was over, three words entered my mind. The thought was not my own. "Read The Book." That was it. As I knelt there these simple words filled my mind. Immediately I realized that I had never read the whole Book. I felt embarassment as I thought of myself asking Heavenly Father to show me something that I had not been fully willing to seek. I quickly closed the prayer and went back to the house. I grabbed my copy and read for the rest of that day and continuously over the next 4 or 5 days. I saw the love that God gave His children throughout all time. I saw the scattering and gathering of His people. I learned about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that the same covenants they made with God can be made by anyone who is willing to follow Christ. The Book is not some interesting historical document that teaches us about the past. It is alive. The Book of Mormon brings people closer to Jesus Christ. I came to know that I was a part of the Book of Mormon. I was to be participating in the final gathering of God's people and the building of Zion. How was I supposed to do this? I was to put my life in God's hands and let Him use me as a tool to accomplish His purposes. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Priesthood authority I've been given really comes from God Himself. Every day I see this power exercised as I go about my life. This power can be traced back to Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. Therefore, Joseph Smith must have been a prophet. I have seen miracles in my life and in the lives of others because of the things taught by Joseph Smith and the other Prophets, from Adam to Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I try to keep the promises I've made to my Heavenly Father. These promises, or covenants, were made as I took steps to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Some of these were made when I was baptized. Some were made through additional ceremonies, or ordinances, later in my life as I grew in maturity. By keeping these promises to follow Christ, serve others, and build God's kingdom here on the earth, I follow the invitation of Jesus Christ to become as He is. It's not easy. And it's not an event, but a process. But it is so worth it! I try to help others to see Jesus when they look at me. When I speak, I try to say what He would say and how He would say it. When I look at others, I try to see what He sees and love them as He does. Am I perfect? Nope. But I try not to get hung up on the idea that I will never be perfect in this life. I try anyway. When I make a mistake, I fix it and move on. That's what God expects of us. As long as we're a little better today than we were yesterday, and we commit to being a little better tomorrow, we're on the path that leads back to our Father.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Apostles hold all earthly keys of the Kingdom of God. When these keys are on the earth God's priesthood authority can be exercised. Without the Apostles and the keys they hold, the Church of Jesus Christ cannot function. As a result of the death or banishment of Christ's original twelve Apostles, the keys that Christ had given them were lost from the earth. These keys were restored to the earth through Joseph Smith by Peter, James, and John. These men came down from Heaven and laid their hands on Joseph's head to confer them personally. They've been passed down to all of the Apostles that have been ordained since the time of Joseph Smith. There are twelve Apostles today for the same reasons they existed in and after the time of Christ. Apostles testify of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. They are special witnesses of Him. Their knowledge of His resurrected, bodily state is their own. They cannot be swayed by the opinions of men regarding the true nature of God. They know these things for themselves, and they teach the rest of the world what they have seen and heard--just like Peter, James, John, and all other Apostles who have walked and talked with the Savior. In the New Testament, Paul taught that the church Jesus founded can only be built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prohets, Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. Without them, the Church and its members are exposed to corruption that comes from mixing the ideas of men with the eternal truths of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

When I was 13 years old I built my own engine for a model rocket. It exploded, causing pieces of plastic and metal to pierce through my body like jagged bullets. At the moment of the explosion, I was talking to a friend who was there with me. A piece of shrapnel from the engine pierced through my chin just below my lower lip. It penetrated through my skin and hit my lower front teeth, bouncing back out of my slightly opened mouth. This was the greatest miracle in the experience. Remember that I was talking as this shrapnel hit me. My mouth was moving. If my mouth had been closed any more than it was, it would have hit lower on my chin and destroyed my jawbone. If my mouth had been open any wider than it was, the shrapnel would have missed my teeth altogether and went into the back of my throat, injuring my spine and crippling or killing me. I have often thought how this little experience taught me so much about myself and my God. What a beautiful showing of God's concern for me! I know that my life has a purpose and a plan. I am here on the earth for some reason, and as I live out my life I see little things happen all around me and in the lives of people I am around that confirm the knowledge I have that God knows me. I know that God lives and has a plan for each one of us. It's up to us to find out what it is and make the most of it. He'll help us come to know our purpose as we pray to Him, read the scriptures, and keep His commandments. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. Still you wonder why black men did not participate in the ministry until 1978. Here's some of what I see-- God always chooses those who teach and administer holy things to His children. We can look at Abraham for one example. God promised to give him knowledge of the Gospel and the rights of the Priesthood. If he and his descendents were worthy, they could hold God's authority and bless many people. Abraham's son Isaac and Isaac's son Jacob each renewed these promises. The obligation to hold the Priesthood and administer the Gospel continued with Jacob's descendents, known as the tribes of Israel. Abraham is a descendent of Noah through Noah's son Shem. People of African heritage come from Ham, one of Noah's other sons. Until 1978, when God revealed that the Priesthood was to go to all nations, it was withheld from those not of the House of Israel because these blessings were promised to Abraham and his posterity. We learn much from the scriptures about the day when all people, regardless of their lineage, may become part of the House of Israel. They do this by living the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are adopted in and made heirs to the blessings. There is no element of racism in reserving privileges to officiate in the Gospel to certain groups based on lineage. We don't know all that was behind these directions from the Lord, but we rejoice in the fact that today anyone who is worthy can participate fully in the blessings offered because of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

The practice of having more than one wife was found in the Church because God commanded it to be so. In 1843 Joseph Smith officially recorded into literature revelation he had received from God, which explained some of what was behind the commandment to practice plural marriage. You can read it in Doctrine and Covenants section 132. In 1890 it was published to the world that Wilford Woodruff, the Prophet at the time, had been told by God to withdraw from the people the priesthood keys necessary to form such marriages. You can read this for yourself in Official Declaration - 1. The doctrine held by God's people never changed before, during, or after the period of time in which plural marriage was practiced. The law of God has always been the same--that one man should marry one woman unless specifically commanded otherwise. The granting and rescinding of authority to practice plural marriage was a result of revelation from God, and not political or economic pressure, as some may mistakenly suppose. Show more Show less