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Hi I'm Bryce

I'm pretty awesome.

About Me

I am the youngest of nine kids. That makes family gatherings very chaotic, but it's chaos I love! I enjoy listening to music, singing, playing the piano, running, eating, being with my family and friends, and basically anything fun! I'm currently going to college at BYU-I, majoring in Nursing and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a desire to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Gospel of Christ is the only way to find eternal, lasting happiness. I gained that knowledge through sincere, constant prayer and studying of the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. Prior to gaining that knowledge, a few habits and events in my life were not in harmony with the teachings of the church. I was raised into the church and had been taught Christ's restored gospel since I was small, but I thought that I was much smarter than the people at church. I found the gospel to be somewhat restrictive and shallow. I still went to church every Sunday, but Jesus Christ's gospel was not active in my life. As I continued in my rebellion, I found that I was not happy at all- I was actually quite miserable! It was at that point where I sincerely wanted to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was in fact the only true and living church on the earth, if Jesus Christ Himself was at the head of that church, and if the men who oversaw the church were in fact prophets, seers, and revelators. It took a lot of faith, prayer, and study, but it was through my sincere efforts that I came to know that the church indeed is true. More importantly, I learned that Jesus Christ's gospel is not restrictive or shallow- it is simple, beautiful, and it literally protects us from eternal misery. Today, I am active- both in the church and in Christ's gospel. I know that the church is indeed true, and it teaches the true gospel of Christ in its fulness. I know that we are led and guided today by a true prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and that he will never lead us astray- nor will his councilors, or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I love the Book of Mormon, and I know that it, along with the Bible, provides us with a full and complete understanding of Jesus Christ- who he was, why he atoned for our sins, and what he expects of us as his disciples.

How I live my faith

I feel that the main way I live my faith is by trying to live my life in a way that others can look to me as a positive example. Something that influenced my decision to try and life my life in that way was an earlier decision I made. That decision was to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was able to teach people more about the Book of Mormon, about Joseph Smith, and especially about Jesus Christ, in New York City! In those two years that I served, I was able to experience firsthand the blessings that come from having faith in Jesus Christ and following His example. On that foundation, I am always trying to reach out to others and help them in whatever way they need. In turn, I also strive to follow the council of my church leaders and learn from them.

In whom should we have faith?

Bryce
Faith should always be centered on Jesus Christ. Having faith is more than just believing in Christ- it is trusting him, loving him, and trying to follow him. Why? Because He is all-powerful and all-knowing. More importantly, he's constant and unchanging, as are His teachings. Show more Show less

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.

Bryce
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has 12 apostles for a couple of notable reasons: First, on a doctrinal note, Christ's church in New Testament times was founded on a foundation of apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2: 19-20). Because Christ called 12 Apostles in New Testament times, and because he's the same yesterday, today and forever, he continues to call 12 Apostles today. And, when an apostle dies, another is called through inspiration and revelation. Secondly, on a practical note, Christ called 12 Apostles because He needed a way for his Church to function and his gospel to be taught after he left the earth. When they were on earth, doctrinal purity was maintained and Christ's gospel was organized. And, we enjoy those blessings today because we have 12 apostles on earth again. Without those 12 apostles, there would be no organization in the church and error would creep into doctrine. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Bryce
I think many people consider Mormonism a cult simply because they don't understand the perspectives or beliefs of members of the church. That lack of understanding may come from inaccurate information via technology or word of mouth. Inaccurate information may puzzle or even frighten people, who then use "cult" as a hasty label rather than an apt description. Also, people don't always understand what a "cult" really is. Many people fail to realize is that a "cult" is not always negative. Rather, the word "cult" can refer to ANY system of devoted religious practice, whether that system is good or bad. So, Mormonism technically is a cult, but so is every other religion in the world. The majority of these "cults" focus on helping its members to better themselves, to reach out to others in love and care and to ultimately follow the example of Jesus Christ. And yet so many people unfairly assume that these "cults" are evil and focus on the devil. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bryce
Something that I have always loved about the Mormon church is that they have a very no-nonsense approach to discovering truth, which can be found in the last two paragraphs of the Book of Mormon, as well as in Moroni 10: 3-5. This approach can be summarized with three words: 1) Search; 2) Ponder and 3) Pray. 1) Search: To "Search" is to test out any challenges issued to discover truth. This can include reading from the Book of Mormon, or studying about the Restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. 2) Ponder: To "Ponder" is to think about what you've read, to see if it makes sense, and above all, to assess the feelings that you've had as you've "Searched." Were they positive feelings? Do you feel like you've started to find answers to questions you've been having? What did the things that you read mean to you? 3) Pray: This step is straightforward: pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him for specific blessings and to help answer specific questions. Don't be afraid to ask Him to help you recognize and understand truth. You can even specifically ask him if the LDS church is teaching the truth, if the Book of Mormon is true, and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. As you do these things, you may not see immediate results, but I can promise you that if you are sincere and consistent, God will recognize your efforts and desires, and he will help you to discover for yourself if Mormonism is true. I have tried these steps, and because of them I know that Mormonism is true. Show more Show less