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Hi I'm Bryan

I grew up and still live in Eastern Washington, I'm growing a black walnut orchard and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the dad of 10 amazing children and 13 fantastic grandchildren. My wife and I have very happy and busy lives that are filled with many activities and projects. One of my favorite activities is trying to create an orchard from the ground up. Being able to be outdoors and seeing things growing and thriving is a very rewarding experience. Sometimes people look at me strange because I actually get excited when it rains! My wife and I are also taking online classes after being out of school for a very long time. We will both earn our Bachelor's Degree in just about 2 more years. We are both very excited to be in college. I am a huge sports fan and my favorite teams are the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the Church. I have a very personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ and know that the Church is true. Heavenly Father has blessed me in so many ways that I could never deny His tender mercies. He knows of my weaknesses and mistakes and even through some of my rebellious times He has welcomed me back with open arms. I have been fortunate to witness personally His forgiving powers and I know that He loves me as much as He loves any of His children. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind and that He took upon Himself the sins of everyone. Because of His atoning sacrifice we can all be forgiven of our sins and be baptized into His kingdom. I also love knowing the truth about celestial marriage. To know that I will be married for time and for all eternity to my wonderful wife is a joy and a comfort that is almost impossible to explain. Being sealed to my children and to my parents brings such a sense of pleasure that it makes me want to do everything I can to always do my best. I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it is the most important part of my life.

How I live my faith

I am a very vocal Mormon. I love my faith and am always willing to share my testimony with anyone I meet. I love the missionary aspects of the Church and especially the willing efforts that are made to share the gospel all over the world with everyone that wants to know more. I currently serve as a Ward Mission Leader in my ward. A Ward Mission Leader is a member of the Church that works with other members or those that are being introduced to the Church to share with them our teachings and beliefs. I love seeing people as they begin to feel deep inside that what they are being taught is true. My wife and I are just normal people with jobs and responsibilites just like anybody else. But one thing we have that so many are missing is the support of a sprititual life that allows us to feel Heavenly Father's hand in support of all of the good things we are doing. I think one of the greatest compliments that we can be given is to have someone that we don't know approach us as say things to us like: "You're a Mormon aren't you?" I always take that question as a compliment and as a testimony of how other Mormon's have lived their lives. The examples of others mingled with our examples are excellent mirrors for others to watch. I hope our example and our lifestyle can lead others to want to know more about our faith, while at the same time reminding them that we are just a couple of the millions that are just like us. I live my faith centered on a testimony that Jesus Christ is my redeemer. I live my faith with an eye that is totally focused on love and goodness. I live my faith knowing that Heavenly Father created a Plan of Happiness that was designed with someone like me and you in mind. I live my faith with complete confidence that you will find the truth you seek and will love the testimony that you develop.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

As a Mormon there are some very key parts to our testimony. First, that we testify that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Second, we have a testimony that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and third, we have gained a testimony that The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ is scripture. If you can gain a testimony of those three basic beliefs then everything else that we teach will be added to your testimony as you search, ponder and pray about all of the teachings of the Church. Show more Show less