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Hi I'm Bryce

I love the outdoors, reading, and good ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in beautiful western Washington with three brothers and a sister and a great mom and dad. We regularly did things as a family--hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, and nightly family dinners to name a few. My parents worked hard to make those activities a priority and so I have lots of great memories and experiences because of that. I studied electrical engineering at college, and somehow found time to pick up playing on the lacrosse club and rock climbing in the nearby canyons too. I met my wonderful wife there and we married soon after graduation. We traded West Coast for East Coast and lived in Boston to study biomedical engineering for a few years. Despite our initial trepidation, we learned to really enjoy life there (the ice cream--oh yeah, the history too--is fabulous). But we eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest to raise our three children. I work as a software engineer on medical devices and try to find time to cycle or play racquetball every once in a while, and sometimes fit in a good book (usually historical fiction), but what I really enjoy is spending time with the people I love--my wife and kids.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both raised as Mormons, just like my grandparents and great-grandparents. So I was raised as a Mormon too and it was my only religious background. But even though I had that home environment and influence, and my parents had high hopes and expectations that I would be faithful to the religion that they taught, I was always taught to investigate, ask questions, and find out for myself what I really believed. Honestly, what my parents taught me made a lot of sense to me as I was growing up--I could see that staying away from alcohol and drugs was a really good idea, families that supported and loved each other really did have more fun, hanging around people who swore or treated others badly never made me feel good, although helping others and making them smile always did, serving as a missionary and preaching the gospel to others really felt like the right thing to do, having additional scriptures like the Book of Mormon and a living prophet on the earth really seemed to be what a loving God would do, and living according to Christ-like principles really did bring greater happiness in general. So it did just "make sense" to me, but I also realized that I still had to get that answer straight from God before I could know that for sure. I was completely aware that many others viewed our beliefs as odd and thought (reasonably) that the only reason I believed this way was because it was all I knew. If I really wanted to be at peace with myself and continue to be a Mormon standing on my own two feet in the world, my Heavenly Father needed to confirm the truth of it. That was the only way. I studied and prayed and listened. It took some time and effort, but I did receive an answer that the Book of Mormon is a true book and that Joseph Smith was a real prophet who saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ lived and died for me, and through Him each of us can gain joy in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I really see my most important job in the world as being the best husband and father I can be. Wow, do I find that I have a lot of work still to do there! But I do try to show my wife and children that I care for them and want to spend time with them. They really are the ones that make my life. As parents, we strive to teach our kids the gospel of Jesus Christ--to help them understand they should be good to each other, serve others, be forgiving, be diligent, be strong, be true, be grateful. We talk about how Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and why we should believe in Him. Of course, sometimes we fall down and our example is not the absolute best, but hey, that's just a good opportunity to discuss personal change and God's good grace! I have the enjoyable opportunity to work with the young men in our congregation. Our church has strong ties with the Boy Scouts of America, and I am a troop leader, helping them learn outdoor skills and earn merit badges and rank advancements. I also regularly visit a couple families and try to support them in their needs. I try to be a good "example of the believers" in Christ wherever I happen to be. Yes, sure, sometimes I'm a grouch or stick my foot in my mouth or mess something up, but hopefully I usually can be found trying to be helpful or encouraging and standing up for good things. I am so grateful to my Father in Heaven for all that he has done and continues to do for me and my family. I trust in Him and in His Son, that He will fulfill of His words and promises, and that if we are continually striving to follow in His way, we can return to be with Him forever with our families.