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Hi I'm Bryan

From Connecticut. I coach high-school lacrosse. I study statistics. I'm writing this after a camping trip to Moab, UT.

About Me

I'm the youngest of five siblings who are all scattered across the US (Texas, Virginia, Colorado, Manhattan). I grew up playing sports like football and lacrosse and enjoyed math and the sciences. My siblings and I would often play sports like baseball or football in my backyard. We had badminton and ping-pong tournaments. They all graduated and I got to know my parents well, spending quality one-on-one time with them. I left home and went to college where I began my studies. I met new friends, loved learning about everything in the world and decided to study statistics. I love anything outdoors, hiking, camping, drawing and and any type of sport. I've spent time coaching at a local high-school to take a break from studies and hopefully help someone else as I've been helped. I wouldn't consider my life anything out of the ordinary; I would consider my life simple, but very meaningful and rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, The Book of Mormon piqued my interest. Encouraged by leaders to read it for myself, I started turning its pages when I was nine years old. I finished the book a year later and discovered a promise found in the final chapter. The author, Moroni, wrote, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true." (Moroni 10:3-5) Something within my heart invited me to heed this challenge. An interesting thought crossed my young mind, "Why would I ask? I know this book is true." I felt I knew because my teachers and parents had told me so, and I thought, "Surely, they're right! Why, after all, would they lie to me? It must be true." I soon dismissed the thought and got ready for bed. But the thought encouraged me again, "Ask, for yourself." In my mind, I then became curious and wondered what I might feel. A ten year old boy knelt in prayer. I'm a Mormon because Mormons are encouraged to pray and ask God if that which they are taught is true. What a powerful and simple concept! If God knows all, and if He loves us and answers prayers, why wouldn't he answer a question that matters? I was ten years old when I asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon is a true book. I asked specifically, "Is this book true?". I felt then a spiritual feeling - a comforting warmth like a fire spread throughout my heart and body. I felt as if someone were hugging me. I opened my eyes and wondered if someone was there. I believe in God. I believe He exists, and that He is my Father. I believe He loves me, and wants me to be happy. I believe that He wants me to go down the right path. I am a Mormon because He has answered that one prayer and many since. I've asked Him if Joseph Smith really was a prophet, if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is really God's church on the earth. And I've received my own answer: This is His church! You too can know!

How I live my faith

I live my faith through daily observance. We've been asked by the prophet to read scriptures and say our prayers every day, and I strive to do that. Although a student, I try to keep heavily involved in the church. In just a year or so, I've been able to help organize Institute, which is a mid-week LDS class that students can get together to learn about gospel topics and afterward socialize. I've been able to teach sunday-school, lead church organizations, be a follower, be a helper, and grow as I serve. I have come to learn that serving others allows me to see the hand of God in my life. I've helped others and I've been helped. Sure, trials come to me like to anyone else, but the gospel helps put them in clear perspective. I've also realized how small and simple things over time help me grow. I had a sunday-school teacher as a 16-year-old that taught me the following lesson: "We as leaders just ask that you do hard things. Your schedule may be busy, but we ask that you prioritize and put the hard and good things first." He didn't specify exactly what, but his words impacted me. I later served as a missionary in Honduras. I saw first hand how the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught through modern prophets can change lives. I saw good men turn great, men in vice change from sinners to saints, and myself adapt a clearer vision of my purpose on earth and where I fit in this big world; all through coming to Christ and doing His will. Many have asked, "What is the purpose of my life, and what happens when it ends?" I've come to know that the purpose is to prepare to live for eternity with our parents and family forever, in Heavenly Father's presence, if we do what Heavenly Father asks of us, that is, to keep His commandments. I live my faith by obeying simple and powerful commandments that bring greater unity within my family and purpose to my life. I hope to continue each day, the rest of my life, in that pattern.