What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bryn

I'm a father and husband. I'm a creative thinker. I grew up in Wyoming and lived in Texas and Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have four wonderful, exciting, strong-willed children. I'm pretty strong willed myself. I don't commit to too many things, but I usually put high energy and creativity into those things I choose to do. For example, I never liked running much, but decided to train for an ultramarathon in 2010. I found a training schedule and stuck with it. I finished the 50 mile trail run in 14 hours. It's not a great finish time, but my goal was to finish! Oddly enough, I now enjoy running. I've written songs, short comic plays and am re-learning to play the piano. I grew up in Wyoming and attended college there and graduate school in Texas. I pay the bills by working as an emerging companies lawyer. A enjoy mountain biking (favorite places are Fruita and some great trails here in Boulder/Superior), hiking (I've done one 14er and want to do more), recreational sports and college football and basketball. I really like all kinds of sports -- probably a bit too much if you ask my wife. We also enjoy traveling in the U.S. and abroad. I'm really into my kids. With four kids, we stay busy. I grew up in a family of five kids and really love and appreciate the benefits of a large sibling group as I have grown to adulthood. So I really wanted to give my kids the same opportunity. I love wrestling with them, going to their soccer games and dance recitals and reading to them. With strong personalities, we have to know how to say sorry, but it's never dull!

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason is because I know that what the Church of Jesus Christ teaches is true, and it answers the fundamental questions of life. When I was seventeen, I started looking in the mirror, and not really liking what I saw there. I suppose I had a bit of a crisis of sorts. I wanted to sort through what everyone was telling me about what was right and wrong; what was real and what was not. I wanted to decide whether I needed to live some kind of moral code, or whether I should just chase life and forget about whether or not there was some deeper purpose. At the same time, I had watched a close friend (who is now my wife) learn about the Church of Jesus Christ and embrace it wholeheartedly. So I decided to really seek answers. That spring and summer right before and after graduation from high school, I read the Book of Mormon, and began to sincerely pray about it. The book resonated deeply with me. I continue to try to follow that pattern. I find a question, and learn about it and think about it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives me answers that feel right on big questions. It just makes sense to me that we are children of God, and that he has put us here to learn to be like him. And also that we can live together as families forever after this life. I feel deeply that Jesus Christ is my savior. I must give it my all, but it is through his sacrifice that I am saved. I also very much appreciate the support that the church gives to my family, and the interesting friends I have made through the church. From the youth groups, to the sunday school program, to the men's groups, it helps us learn to be better people. I have found one of my true joys in life through learning to serve and help others, and the church gives me many great ways to do that.

How I live my faith

One of the most important ways I live my faith is as a husband and father. I believe that I have a God-given responsibility to stand together with my wife to lead our family and to provide for, teach and protect our children. We read and discuss the scriptures as a family almost every night. Most weeks we have a family home evening on one night, where we set aside time to teach lessons, read scriptures, play games (and the kids' favorit part -- eat treats). I try to take an hour or two of alone time with each child once every other month, so we can talk and develop our relationship. I give my family blessings of health or comfort when they ask for them. And my wife and I try to get a date night occasionaly to spend time as a couple. I also live my faith by trying to learn and grow personally. I've got as many shortcomings as the next guy. But I feel like by effort and faith in Jesus Christ, I can become an incrementally better person each day and each year. I also really benefit from being able to attend the temple sometimes. The temple is a place of so much peace, it's really hard to describe. It's a refuge from everyday cares. I'm currently the president of one of the men's groups in our congregation. This involves looking out for the well being of all the families, coordinating the instruction and social activities for the men's group, and serving as a friend and counselor to other men in the congregation. I also serve as a home teacher to four families in our congregation, which means I visit them regularly, prepare gospel centered lessons and encourage them in their spiritual growth. I also get to know them and support them in any of their needs. When someone loses a job, we put our heads together and help them make a plan to find new employment. When one of them accomplishes something, I reach out and congratulate them. When someone is struggling with a problem, I try to help counsel them and encourage them to keep moving forward.