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Hi I'm Bryan Larsen

I am a native-born Texan who grew up in the gospel and has a natural love for music and scouting.

About Me

Many things in my life have been very transitory and of debatable significance. I enjoy trying things out and the challenge of solving puzzles or tinkering with things and finding out how they work. Music came as a pretty natural way to focus my scattered brain and has, so far, been the only thing that I always go back to. I play the upright(or double) bass with some skill and although I do not currently own a bass of my own, I fully intend to make it a part of my life once again upon my return from serving an honorable full-time mission for my church and the wonderful people in the communities within the boundaries of the Ogden Utah Mission. I am an Eagle Scout and proudly support my country, The United States of America, through bad times and good. I love to be outside hiking, sailing, and doing anything I can to enjoy this wonderful world I've been blessed to live on, and I feel as though music brings me to a same connection with my surroundings.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up within a family full of strong, active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I didn't really consider myself converted until the ripe age of 17. I found, as is often taught by our leaders, that I could only get by on the testimony of others(in this case, my parents) for so long. For me, this "so long" was short enough to leave me with a couple years before 17 when I didn't know where I stood. To say that I was lost seems like an understatement, but eventually I remembered the teachings of my youth that had gotten boxed away in the back of my mind and tried to find out for myself what this church is all about. My stubborn self has required a lot of convincing and eventually, while listening to a hymn during church one Sunday, I was washed over with emotion as I whispered the words that it contained: "I know that my Redeemer lives." This was something I had been struggling and praying about for years, and that day began the start of a faith that has led me to where I am now: serving a charitable mission in Ogden Utah in hopes that I can provide others the opportunity to find such a great source of happiness within a world so torn with evil.

How I live my faith

Although right now I am currently serving a full-time mission in gratitude for the many things that have been given to me, when I think of living my faith, I like to think of simpler things. Before my mission, I served as a cub scout leader for a den of about seven 8-year-old "Wolves." As an Eagle Scout myself, I am extremely grateful to be able to contribute back to the beginnings of the program that guided my development so much. Since it was only about a decade ago that I was in their rambunctious shoes, I find the cycle of student to teacher to be an ironic lesson to me for behaving like such an incredibly troublesome child back then. I suppose if I were to sum up how I live my faith, I would say that I live my faith through example. I strive to be an example of the love and patience that has been given to me, and the love and patience that God has for us as we stumble through life.