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Hi I'm Brynlee

I'm Brynlee Oman. I'm small town girl. I'm a photographer. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 16 one of my high school teacher handed me a camera and told me to use it. I had never held a real camera before, but from that moment on I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I never feel happier than I do with a camera in my hands. For me photography is about finding beauty in all things. When you see things in the right light, all things become beautiful My home town is so small we don't have a traffic light. It's surrounded by mountains that have snow on them all year round. It's hot and dry in the summer. During the winter it's so cold it hurts. In the winter the trees and grasses are covered in ice and frost. In the summer the grass grows as high as your waist. My family has lived there for nearly a hundred years and will probably live there for another hundred more. Growing up I loved to wander through the fields that surround my home. I loved being in nature and when I became a teenager I began taking my camera with me as I walked and taking pictures for hours at a time. You can walk for hours without ever seeing another person. When I turned 21 I left my home, my family, and my camera behind so I could tell people about the things I believed. I believe in Christ and His teachings. Those teachings have helped me feel happier. I wanted others to be happy too. My Church leaders asked me to come to Japan. I didn't speak a word of Japanese, but I knew this is where the Lord wanted me to come, so I came.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has gone to church since before I was born. I started thinking about really deep questions when I was really young. I wanted to know who I was, why I was here, and where I would go after I died. I think I always believed that God was there, but I wanted to know what type of person He was and what sort of relationship I had with Him. I wanted answers to these questions. In order to find those answers, I read a book. That Book was the Book of Mormon. I read it cover to cover when I was 12 years old. It answered the questions I had, but I still wasn't satified. I needed to know whether or not it was true. I had grown up hearing that if you read this book, prayed, and asked God whether or not it was true, God would answer. I decided the only way that I could know for sure was to pray and ask God. So I did. And I got an answer. When I prayed, I felt an amazing sense of peace. Even now, ten years later, I can't completely describe how I felt, but I knew without a doubt that God was there. That He loved me. And the Book of Mormon was His word. I didn't doubt it then. I don't doubt it now. Ever since then I have been trying to be the type of person that God would want me to be. I'm not perfect. I make a lot of mistakes, but I am doing my best and I know that God will help me with the things that I can't do. As a missionary I have worked hard so that other people can know these things too. I want to help so that other people can feel the same joy that I fel then and still feel now.

How I live my faith

For the past year and a half, I have been serving as volunteer missionary in the Japan Tohoku region. I spend everyday talking to people about God and His love for us. This time has been when of the most challenging times of my life, but it has also been the most rewarding. When I came to Japan, I didn't speak a word of Japanese (I didn't even know that Sayonara was Japanese word!), but I knew that God would help me so that I could learn teach His children in Japan about Him in their own language. I have received a lot of blessings from God. I know I can never repay Him for all the things that He has done for me, but I want to help others so that they can know their God the same way that I know Him. In the Book of Mormon there is a scripture that says: "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of you God." (Mosiah 2:17). I believe the best way to serve God is to serve other people. God loves us so much that when we cry, He cries with us. And when we help another one of His Children, He is happy with us as well.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Brynlee
We have 12 Apostles, because when Christ established His Church in New Testament times, He called 12 Apostles. After Judas's suicide, the remaining 11 Apostles chose Matthias as the new Apostle. Later, Paul alos became an Apostle. In Ephesians 2:19-20, Paul says that the Church is built upon the foundation of Apostles and Prophets. Today, Christ's Church is still built upon a foundation of Apostles and Prophets. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brynlee
The Word of Wisdom is a health code that God gave to us so we can live healthier lives. We don't always understand why some things are bad for us, but I believe that God knows better than we do. For example: who hasn't taken something out of a baby or toddler's mouth that they shouldn't be eating (a rock, toys, etc. and told them it was "yucky"? The baby may not understand why they shouldn't eat the rock, but parents do. To me that is what the Word of Wisdom is like. I don't necessarily know why something like tea is bad for me, but I do know that God is my Father and that He loves me and knows what's best for me. I trust He knows best. Show more Show less