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Hi I'm Bryce

I grew up in Southern California. I'm studying at Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second of four brothers. My brothers are my best friends. I have a 100-pound dog named Buddy. He is a Golden Doodle, and one of my favorite things to do is take him on walks. I am currently studying at BYU, and I am trying to figure out what I want to major in. I plan to serve a mission after winter semester. I like to listen to music, my favorite genre is probably classic rock. I love and respect my parents, and I am grateful for everything they've done to raise and care for me. I like Southern California because the weather is always nice. I am a little shy, and I have a hard time getting to know others. I am very particular about the quality of my friendships. It is really important to me that I have at least one friend who I can trust and depend on completely; somebody who is interested in me for who I am, and enjoys being around me. I've been going to BYU for about two and a half months, and I feel I am doing better at making friends than I did in high school. I still get lonely and anxious sometimes because I feel like I have several friendships, but no really close friends. I am working on this, and I am definitely hopeful. Overall, my experience at BYU is definitely a positive one, and I am glad I decided to come here. I love my family and I thank them for all the support they have given me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my church. The more I learn about the gospel, the stronger my testimony grows. The church has always been a source of strength for me. I am grateful for the example my parents have shown by faithfully living the principles of the gospel. I have grown up attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and for this I am thankful. There are a lot of standards I have had to keep relative to my peers at school, but I think these have been a benefit to me rather than a restriction of my free will. Obedience is a quality that I strive to develop. I have found that when I am obedient to the principles of the gospel, I am happier. I have more peace of mind, it is easier for me to think of others, and I can understand why the standards exist as I keep them. The gospel standards help me to be the best person I can be. As I grow in the gospel I am able to deal more effectively with my personal problems. This gives me the self-confidence and experience necessary to serve others. I feel like giving my time to help people who are in need is the most fulfilling and worthwhile way I can live my life. I honestly believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the true and restored gospel. I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God. The more I study the Book of Mormon, the greater my understanding and the stronger my testimony. I believe that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet who receives revelation from our Heavenly Father. I believe that families can be together forever through the ordinances performed in temples. I believe that the savior, Jesus Christ, suffered through the atonement so that I could be redeemed and return to live in the presence of God. The gospel is an inseparable aspect of my life that I value very highly.

How I live my faith

My parents have set a very good example for my brothers and me. Growing up, my family made an effort to attend every church activity, service project, and fireside that we could. My parents have taught me the importance of obedience and commitment- how the gospel can bless my life if I make the effort to live it. My parents go to the temple often, which is hard sometimes because the nearest temple is hours away and makes attendance an all-day experience. In my BYU ward, I am currently on the service community. I find service to be very fulfilling, and I take advantage of many opportunities to serve here at BYU. I am very committed to the gospel. In California, I attended early-morning seminary regularly for four years during high school. My high school was very intense, and I had a heavy workload most of the time. I stayed up late doing homework most nights, but I never let this affect my seminary attendance. I still woke up at 5:30 to learn about the gospel, and I do not regret it at all. During my senior year, I offered voluntary service at a retirement home near my school. I would visit about twice a week to spend time with the residents. I was very stressed out in high school. I lived between my church and my school, so I had two different groups of friends. It was hard on me because I don't feel like I got to know either group as much as I would have liked. I was lonely, and my schedule was very tight. I feel like the gospel gave me a source of refuge. When I made time to study the scriptures or offer a prayer, I felt my load became easier to bear, and like I wasn't alone in my efforts. I know the savior helps bear my burdens when I turn to him. I am thankful for all of the positive influences the gospel has in my life, and I know that that the blessings I receive for my diligence are more than worth the effort. Living the gospel is fulfilling and it is helping me to grow into the kind of person I want to be.