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Hi I'm Bryan

I grew up in Oregon. I'm a college student. I was a missionary in Tacoma, Washington and I love my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a twenty-something college student trying to figure out what life has in store for me. I love sports and am often glued to ESPN for college football on Saturdays. In high school, I played soccer and basketball and was on a state champion soccer team. I am a sociology major who is interested in making a difference in the community. I am particularly interested in a career in teaching, specifically at a university level. I served as a missionary in Tacoma, Washington for two years teaching people about the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and His power to heal and transform lives. I am passionate about my family, of which I am the youngest of six kids. I love hiking and being in the outdoors and I love traveling. I suffer from anxiety and depression, but I find continual comfort in the strengthening and enabling power of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon in an active LDS family. I always believed and found comfort in the teachings of the LDS church, but at a young age I was mostly going because I didn't know any different. However, after high school as I moved out on my own, I experienced the freedom and independence of college and found no one would know whether or not I held to my beliefs or participated in church. I began to go to church less and less, and eventually not at all. I chose to distance myself from Christ and from the things I was raised to believe. As I did this, I became increasingly unhappy. I felt empty inside and filled with apathy in every aspect of my life. I dropped out of school and began working dead end jobs. I knew that I was unhappy so I tried to remedy my misery through answers the world commonly provides: a better job, more money, new clothes, a new girlfriend, different friends, etc. The more I searched for happiness in these avenues, the more it eluded me. All along I knew where happiness could be found, yet I refused to turn down the road Christ offered for fear of it being too hard, too strict, and too limiting. As I realized that I needed to at least get back into school, I met with a now trusted friend and mentor at my college. He sat me down and urged me to consider the direction my life was going. As I met with him, the Holy Spirit touched my heart in a way I hadn't felt since my youth. I immediately prayed and asked God for forgiveness and to help me change who I was. God helped me to repent and be made whole through Christ's sacrifice. As Christ entered my life, an indescribable joy came and I was blessed with a feeling of completeness that the world cannot offer. Christ has healed my wounded soul and filled my empty life. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible teach of Christ and invite all to come unto Him and be healed. That is a small part of why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in service to God. Although I have many, many places to improve, I am inspired by the words of James in the New Testament. He stated, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widow in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." I am a supervisor in a program intended to watch over every member of a congregation. At least once a month, every member or family in a congregation all throughout the LDS church worldwide is visited by different members in the church to assist and strengthen the individual or family. Friendships are formed and strengthened, comfort is given, help is provided, and an uplifting message from the Lord is shared in order to bless and unify the Lord's children in our congregation. As a supervisor, I assist in helping certain members fulfill this assignment. It has allowed me to grow closer to my brothers and sisters on God's earth and provided the opportunity to exercise love, compassion, friendship and comfort, all areas that I am lacking and in desperate need of Godly improvement. And in turn, every month others visit me and my roommates to ensure we are doing well.