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Hi I'm Bryan!

I'm an oldest brother, an avid musician, an outdoor enthusiast, and I love ballin'. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children, I have three brothers and one sister. I love them to death. I was raised in Nampa, Idaho. I dig Idaho, it's a great place for anyone with an outdoors obsession. I love hiking and backpacking and just about anything I can do in a mountain or canyon. Many of my favorite memories are of my family and I spending time in nature. Music is my jam. Whether I'm singing along to Les Mis or jamming on my bass guitar with my band, I feel relaxed and connected to something bigger than myself. Music is emotion put to sound, and I love experiencing the clarity of feeling I have when I'm immersed in a song. Basketball, reading, drawing crazy pictures, and cooking (Thai and Indian are my favorite) are other major passions of mine as well. I served as a missionary in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by my parents, but what has kept me strong and active in my faith are the experiences I have had with my Savior and moments of inspiration through the Holy Ghost in my life. I have felt a divine presence give me direction, enlighten my mind, alleviate my pain, and enable me above my weakness. I know I've been blessed by this as I've been an active participant in the church and lived by the doctrine we believe, and this has kept me in it.

How I live my faith

As his life was soon to reach its conclusion, King Benjamin of the Book of Mormon desired to speak his last words of wisdom and counsel to his nation before his eminent death. Among his many great final words are these: "I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice,and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another - I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another - I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants. And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments." (Mosiah 2:20-22) Here he asserts that truly if we were to perfectly express our gratitude toward God and serve with with infinite diligence, our efforts would be far from profitable compared with the power and works of our Father in Heaven. But we also learn from King Benjamin's words that we aren't expected to do so. We are expected to obey to the best we imperfectly can. He wishes for us not only to not break commandments, but desires us to be "anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of [our] own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness." (Doctrine and Covenants 58:27). I love what we learn here, I love the Savior, and I try to live my faith by living the commandments of God and by trying to be anxiously engaged in service.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We learn from the apostle Paul that we through our works cannot save ourselves: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) We are saved by grace – divine aid and the saving power of God through the atonement – suffering, death, and resurrection – of His Son, Jesus Christ. We as imperfect men and women “… are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God” (1 Nephi 10:21) Our only hope for salvation is to be cleansed and forgiven of our wrongdoings “through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:8). In order to qualify for and truly accept the never-ending, free-flowing stream of grace from heaven we must change ourselves and follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “…we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” (2 Nephi 25:23) As we strive to do all that we can, the sufficient saving grace of God makes up the difference. Grace not only saves us in the end, but grace helps us accomplish things in our lives right now that we cannot do on our own. Paul testifies of grace to this end: "But by the grace of God I am what I am... not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1 Cor. 15:10). I know that as we repent and change, grace transforms from merely an abstract principle to a definite, concrete reality. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ includes His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His suffering and death by crucifixion, and His resurrection. We are all subject to physical death, the separation of our spirits from our mortal bodies, and spiritual death, separation from God through our disobedience. In order to live with God as He is, we must have a physical, glorified, perfected body as He does (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) and we must be free and cleansed from all sin (see Alma 40:26). Christ overcame the bonds of death when His body rose from the grave and was reunited with His spirit in its perfect form. Because He did so every one of us will also be given a physically perfected body after death. While in the garden, Jesus overcame spiritual death as He took upon Himself the pains, sorrows, afflictions, and sins of us all (see Alma 7:11, 2 Nephi 9:21).The law of justice demands that when a law is broken a punishment must be affixed (2 Nephi 2:5-7), and therefore all mankind is unable to live in the presence of God. But when Christ suffered for our sins He paid the penalty for us. The debt to justice is already paid. For all the penitent who believe in Christ, enter into the covenant of baptism, receive the Holy Ghost, and then endure and persevere in righteousness until the end of their mortal lives, mercy overpowers justice. Obedience is how we show true gratitude to our Savior for His almost unfathomable act of charity and love which is His atonement. Show more Show less