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Hi I'm Bryce Butikofer

I love to ballroom dance, I love meeting new people, I love serving the Lord, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a missionary for the Lord, sharing the gospel in Virginia and North Carolina. I love to ballroom dance, I have done it for about 9 years now and I wouldn't have picked any other hobby over it. I can't dance on my mission so that is a bit of a bummer, but it is so worth it to be serving the Lord! I love meeting new people, I love how having a good attitude and looking for the good in everyone, It makes for a lot more joy in getting to know people and a lot less complaining about who you can't change. I enjoy music a lot, I want to learn how to play a couple of instruments when I get home and maybe learn how to write music, it has always just amazed me at how people can create such immaculate sounding songs out of something so seemingly simple means. I want to go to school and study to be a physical therapist, I want to do something that will help others because I find so much joy in the service of others, and there is just a great amount of peace and confidence that comes from helping others. I also like to play tennis and go Frisbee Golfing and I am not too great at Oompa Loompa but I still like to pretend like I know how to play. I am always willing to try something new!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because all that really means is that you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Christ's restored church on the earth today, and that is kind of a big deal. I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ is so strongly manifest in the Church because it is his Church, it uplifts me strengthens me and enables me to be more than I could ever hope to be on my own. I didn't always have a testimony that the Church was true, I was raised in the Church and I understood the doctrines of the church and they made sense, but I never actually had prayed about it and had my Heavenly Father tell me, and that is really what made the difference for me. I like to say I was baptized and became a member of the Church at the age of 8, but I became a convert at 19. It wasn't until I was living the gospel, reading and praying daily, and asking Heavenly Father what was true, that I got an undeniable answer that this is God's kingdom on the earth today. I receive that witness again and again in the small and simple things, it's really the little things that make the difference, our Heavenly Father answers our prayers in little ways, not huge earth shaking things and I love that because he builds my confidence, knowledge, and capacity to love little by little to ensure that I actually understand. He didn't put us on this earth to study a huge book so that we can answer all the questions right, this earth is our study lab, he put us here to learn by experience, and he gave us the greatest study partner in the world, Jesus Christ, he has been through all that we have been through and all we are going through. He knows perfectly how to help us learn all we need to and how to find truth. I am a Mormon because it enables me to find joy and the power of Godliness is manifest so long as we open our eyes to see the evidence of that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to have faith in Christ always. This is not an easy thing to do because a lot of curve-balls get thrown in this game of life and it is really difficult to deal with some of those curve-balls, but one thing that I have learned is that our Heavenly Father knows a lot better than we do what we need. So I try and see others as Christ would see them, I try to give people a second chance, and a third and fourth and fifth chance. I try to look at the positive in life instead of the negative, which is especially hard sometimes because there is so much negative today, but on the flip-side there is so much positive, and focusing on the positive helps me press forward and trust in God. I live my faith by looking for every opportunity I can to serve and sometimes that comes in just giving someone a compliment or a smile but I tell you what, as small as those things seem, It always makes a huge difference to those that receive that small act of service and it always makes a huge difference to me, it helps me recognize that this world is bigger than just me. It helps me remember Jesus Christ who gave us the greatest service anyone ever could have asked for.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Bryce Butikofer
The blessings that reading in the Scriptures bring me are some of the greatest blessings that Heavenly Father has allowed me to partake of. When I read in the scriptures I learn about Jesus Christ and how I can become more like him and follow the perfect example that he has set for me. 2 Nephi chapter 33 verse 10 says: "And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good." That pretty much says it all, the Bible and the Book of Mormon are words of Christ and they teach all men that they should do good. Reading in the scriptures every morning invigorates me for the day and helps me to "do good" as I go throughout the day, they uplift me and as I apply them to my life they bring me joy and a better understanding of the plan our Father in Heaven has for me and I see his hand more prominently in my life. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ become more and more real the more I read in my scriptures and the more I pray. Show more Show less