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Hi I'm Bryce

I grew up in Idaho. I love spending time outdoors, specifically the mountains with my friends and family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Spending time with friends and family is probably one of the most important things in my life. I go four-wheeling, boating, hiking, and camping most of the summer. My winters are filled with Snowboarding, Snow-machining, and having hot chocolate with loved ones. I am currently preparing to leave all of this behind for two years and serve our Heavenly Father in Oklahoma. He has seen fit for me to be an instrument in his hands and meet many people in an area of the USA that I have never been too. Although I won't be able to have all the fun I'm currently used too, I know through my faith and diligence that I will be blessed, and can have fun with my friends and family when I return.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been a Mormon all of my life. However, there was a time a few years ago that I would have claimed differently. I wanted to live the seemingly lavish lifestyle that the world deems as ideal, however, as I began living that lifestyle I started to feel lost, alone, and depressed. Instead of turning to the Lord as I had always been taught, I instead turned from the Lord and got more involved in the world. The feelings I experienced only intensified. It was not for several years that I discovered I felt this way because I'd lost something I had been taking for granted my whole life. Having grown up in a predominantly "Mormon" community, I never learned to recognize the good feeling that you experience when you are living the way Heavenly Father asks us to. After several months of struggling to decide what I wanted to do with my life, a very good friend came back into my life. This friend accepted me back for who I had become and started inviting me to attend church, activities, and simply just to hang out with my old friends again. I started to have that good feeling again and quickly discovered, my friends hadn't left me, I'd left them. They all invited and encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon again, and I am so glad I did because I discovered it was true! Long story short, with their help I was able to know I had good friends, and furthermore, I was able to feel the happy feeling I had been missing for so long. I will eternally be grateful for the amazing example these friends were and still are to me. I know that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ I am able to be an example to others as my friends were to me. I also know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture and that all people will come closer to our Heavenly Father by reading it and abiding by its teachings. I am proud to say that I am a Mormon and through my Faith on Jesus Christ, I will not deny that fact again.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve on a committee that gets my branch (church group) together every Monday for a spiritual message and a fun activity outside of our normal church meetings. As I am attending church with a group of Single Members, and many of them do not have families of their own in the area, the activities I help plan and carry out assist the other members in getting to spend time with people they care about. Most recently I assisted with a Paint War where we took buckets of water, poured paint in them, and then had a water fight, I was covered from head to toe in blue, green, red, yellow, and many other colors. We all looked like a tie-died shirt gone wrong. My favorite thing about being on this committee though is planning events, such as the one described above, and then encouraging the other members to invite their less active and non-member friends. We don't try to solicit or push religion on anyone but know that they could have a good time with people their own age playing games. I truly do enjoy seeing a large group show up for our activities. However, now that I am preparing to leave all of these things behind for the next few years, I won't be able to plan "paint wars" or "life-size battleship" and "water volleyball" for activities. I will instead be serving our Heavenly Father in reaching out to those who are willing to accept us and hear what we have to say about the gospel. Perhaps when I return in a few years, I'll once again participate in planning these activities, or perhaps, I will be asked to serve in a different capacity such as a teacher to those around me, a friend to those who feel left out, or in any other capacity the Lord see's fit.