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Hi I'm Bryan

My name is Bryan. I work as an ESL teacher in Mexico and am a happy father and husband of my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I work as an ESL teacher in Mexico. I love learning languages and continuing to study many subjects. I am a student at BYU Idaho's online program. For me, life is a life of testing and of investigation.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been looking for truth for a long time. I grew up with a love for the Bible that remains with me to this day. But even in my Bible study, I realized that there was something that was missing. Twelve years ago I began to discover the missing aspects of my faith when the missionaries came to my door. My conversion was a lengthy process which required a lot of time and effort as I had influences within my family that wanted to keep me out of the Church. But I was able to find out the truth of the Church, through a lot of prayer and reading the Scriptures, finding the answers to my questions about myself as a child of God, and about the nature of God and Jesus Christ. Even within the Church, I always strive to find truth wherever it may be, and enjoy the messages of the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators, every six months in a big meeting known as General Conference. I have since been blessed to have married a sweet woman for time and all eternity within a House of the Lord. I have also been blessed with a beautiful daughter, and I have been blessed with several good examples throughout my life, members of the Church. For many people, it is a sacrifice to investigate and then to join the Church. I have gone through that path and experienced a spiritual awakening. This Church has the answers to many of your questions. If you seek with an open heart, you will also be blessed.

How I live my faith

I work as a counselor in the Elder's Quorum presidency. In each ward or congregation, the men over 18 years of age that have been ordained to the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood are called Elders. A group of these people together within the same ward or congregation is called a quorum. My job is to assist the Elder's Quorum President in advising, counseling, and warning the Elders of their duties in the Priesthood not only within the Church but amongst their families and friends as well. Outside of Church, I try to be an example of the Church and to fulfill my covenants to be a witness of Christ in all times and in all places (see Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18). I try to read all the time from the Scriptures and from the current leaders of the Church called prophets so as to gain direction in my life as well as the life of my family. Also, when people ask me, I try to share my faith as much as I can with the others so as to be a witness of Christ in all times and all places.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Bryan
The most recognizable way is by contacting two people in the street or at your home, who wear white shirts, dark pants, and have black name tags, with the full name of the Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) emblazoned on the tags. Sometimes they will be sisters, with different colored blouses and dark skirts, but with the same name tag. Perhaps there is a colleague in your school or work who happens to be a member too. They can prove extremely helpful for you as well, as missionaries will come and go, but the colleagues tend to stay where they are. Official church websites such as mormon.org and lds.org also help out a lot. I have a blog up about some statements of the Prophets of the Church, called ldsprophetquotes.blogspot.com It is not an official site of the Church but is part of what I do to spread the words of the Prophets around via the net, and though the words of the prophets are true, my opinions on what they say are just that, opinions. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Bryan
Families are EXTREMELY important in the LDS or Mormon Church. In my family, I provide the necessities of life for my wife and daughter. My wife takes care of my daughter while I am away at work, and my daughter continues growing up in a house full of love. It is a place where each member can feel protected in a way that singly we would not be protected. I have had the opprotunity of seeing many strong, faithful families in the Church and their emphasis on family life compared to what I had seen in other religious groups or nonreligious groups, was one strong emphasis on me and an example for me about what I am doing now. I am not perfect. No one is. But one thing you will see out of most Church members is that they have strong families, united families. Show more Show less