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Hi I'm Byron

I was raised LDS by good and faithful parents who saw that I was well instructed in the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm a middle-aged man who took far too long to figure out what's truely important in life. When I should have been gaining an education, determining my career path and starting a family, I chose to focus primarily on having a good time. While my lifestyle may not have been extreme or unusual by worldly standards, it was very inconsistent with what I had been taught, and deep down knew to be true. Having a job in construction management, working on contracts on various military bases, I spent many years living in different parts of the world and had many wonderful experiences. However, I now realize that I also missed the opportunity for other experiences that would have provided far greater happiness in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

After being estranged from the LDS church for many years, I finally took the opportunity to spend some time thinking about my life, where I was headed and what I really wanted. It was then that I realized that I wanted a companion and a family. I wanted to get off of the path I was on, and on the path that would lead to real happiness, and ultimately back to the presence of our heavenly Father. I knew in my heart that the things I'd been taught in my youth were true, and I finally began to understand that I needed the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I started attending church for the first time in 17 years, and made an appointment to meet with my bishop to discuss the mistakes I had made throughout those many years. As some of those mistakes were very serious according to church standards, I fully expected that the first step in my reconcilation with God and the church would be excommunication from that church. I was prepared to accept that and do whatever was necessary to pay for my mistakes and have my church membership restored. After listening patiently and lovingly to all I had to confess, my bishop smiled and said "well, that's why we have the atonement of the Savior". Happily, I was not excommunicated, but welcomed back with love and kindness and understanding. I am a "Mormon" because I know with every fiber of my being that the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ, which was lost to the earth through apostasy and corruption shortly after His crucifixion and resurrection, but has again been restored to the earth, in its fulness, in these latter days. I know that our heavenly Father loves His children and wishes for each of us to be able to return to His presence. Because of this He has provided a Savior in His Son Jesus Christ. He has provided us with living Prophets to guide us home. He has restored priesthood authority and the ordinances of salvation. And He has provided the Holy Ghost to testify of all truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church meetings; by listening to the teachings and counsels of church leaders; through daily scripture study and prayer; through receiving and accepting various church callings and assignments; by attending the temple regularly; by recognizing my need for the atonement of Jesus Christ and by making a renewed effort each day to recognize and overcome my faults. I do not always find these things to be easy. Like everyone, I have trials and struggles, but I find great strength and comfort in knowing that the atonement of Jesus Christ is a continuous atonement. I need it every day of my life, and it is there for me every day of my life, and day by day, step by step I strive to draw closer to God through obedience and service, and I am blessed to know through feelings of the Spirit that He loves me, and that through the infinite grace and power of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ I, and all of my family, will one day be able to return to Him.