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Hi I'm Bryson

I love to make music. I know Greek, Latin, and Portuguese. I'm studying neuroscience. I love being in nature and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Bryson and I love life! I play the ukulele, guitar, and piano, and love to create my own music and have fun spontaneous "jam sessions" with my talented friends. I played linebacker on my highschool football team. After graduating, I helped coach. I also played lacrosse, and I'm a black belt in Taekwondo. I was introduced to and became acquainted with with the Great Classics. I am particularly fascinated with Greek and Roman philosophy, specifically the works of Aristotle, Epictetus, Seneca, and Plato. This excitement influenced my decision to learn Latin and ancient Greek so that I could read such texts in their original language. Learning Greek allowed me to read parts of the New Testament in its original text, which I greatly enjoyed. I work as a private tutor and teach study skills workshops which I've developed. I recently returned from serving a mission for the Church in Brasil. There I became fluent in Portuguese and fell in love with the amazing wildlife and incredible people of Mato Grosso. I am a student BYU where I'm studying neuroscience. I want to understand how people think and why they do what they do. Organizational Behaviour and neuroplasticity. Hopefully after graduating, I will be able to teach others how to make their powerful brain work for them in ways they hadn't even thought about. I love my friends, family, and future! Life is just too amazing to waste it. I'm a huge supporter of living life at 100% and enjoying it all.

Why I am a Mormon

Even those who are born into this faith, still need to become converted. Furthermore, everyone needs to continue to stay converted. My conversion was not grand or immediate, such as the apostle Paul of the New Testament. It has been gradual, but steady. I cannot say exactly when I knew I was converted fully to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, just as one has a difficult time distinguishing when exactly the sun has risen, but nonetheless, I know for a surety that Christ's full and everlasting Gospel has been restored on the earth. His message is one of peace and of hope. The world can be a very dismal place, but when looked at with an eternal perspective and with His divine plan in mind, I feel peace knowing that Justice and Mercy will be satisfied. Man truly does exist to become like God. I've come to learn that God does not give men commandments unless they are to assist man in fulfilling his potential. All that He asks us to do is rely on the Savior in all that we do and turn over all our imperfections to him. As I've used the atonement, I have felt that same peace that Christ promised his disciples. I plan on doing alI I can to live again with my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I've grown up in the LDS church, but it wasn't until high school when I really gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I went to a liberal arts college prep school at which I was the only LDS member in my grade. Throughout my high school years, I was put in situations where I had to decide what it was that I believed. Was I going to live accordingly to what I knew was eternal, non-fleeting, and true, or shy away from the truth? Was I going to merely have a testimony, or defend the truth? It was rough, but I know what I know to be true and will remain steadfast to the principles, values, and doctrine of which I have gained a testimony. It may seem like I have had to say "no" to many things, but I see it more as saying "Yes!" to happiness, joy, peace, freedom, and all things good. I love helping people and serving because of the true joy it brings. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with several new underclassmen each year as a student mentor, becoming like an older brother to them. I love helping others discover truth and increase their potential, and I plan on making that the focus of my future career. This last spring, I was called to serve a mission for the LDS church in Cuiaba, Brasil! Until my visa comes, I am serving my mission in Georgia, and I absolutely love it! I get to help others come unto Christ and be happy. Each day can be very challenging and tiring, but I know that this is where I'm supposed to be, serving the Lord by serving His children.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Bryson
The missionaries will share about the life of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and how we can grow closer to Him. Their message brings peace, joy, and hope. They are never demanding, and will do all they can to help others come unto Christ. Their purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Christ and in His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bryson
In James 1:5, it says that any person can ask God for wisdom and He will answer. God wants us to follow the correct path and to know truth, and he is more than willing to help us in that quest, because He loves us and wants the best for us. He gives us answers through the quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of Christ, God, and all truth. I have prayed many times to understand if something is true or not, and when I have done so in faith, with the intention of acting upon my answer, I have received an answer. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Bryson
I absolutely love the Holy Bible. The Gospels of John and Mark, which include the life and teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, are my favorites. It is sad that throughout so many years of translating and transcribing the words of God's prophets, or in other words, God's spokesmen, that simple truths here and there were lost. But the Bible is still the Word of God and we should always study its teachings and strive to live them. I am so grateful that God has commanded His prophets to record His dealings with His people, so that we may learn and benefit from it. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Bryson
The Temple is a sacred and holy place. The reason that what goes on inside is not made known to everyone, is not because it is a secret, but because it is sacred and deserves a certain hallowed reverence. All that the Church does is to further the Work of Salvation, and that is what goes on in temples. We make sacred covenants with God, and we stand in proxy for those who did not have such an opportunity to make these covenants while they were alive. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bryson
I think of it as a friend giving me a pizza with ten slices, and then asking if he can have just one of those slices. Of course I'd give him a slice! Tithing is the same way. God gives us all we have, and we donate a small portion to Him, so that through the Church, He can bless the lives of many more of His beloved children. As we demonstrate to God that we are willing and ready to give to those that need it, God blesses us in incredible ways. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Bryson
Joseph Smith was the prophet, chosen by God, to help restore the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reestablish Christ's true church once again on the earth. Just as God called prophets in the Old Testament to bring His children out of spiritual darkness, God called Joseph Smith to be His spokesman in these days. After he was martyred, that Priesthood authority was passed on from prophet to prophet all the way to Thomas Spencer Monson, who is the current prophet of the world and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Bryson
The best way to increase our faith in Christ, is to act upon it. It is similar to driving a car. You can have faith that your car will start, but after you act on that faith and turn the key, your faith increases and your belief that the car will start grows. We act upon our faith in Christ by praying and beginning to repent. As we receive answers to our prayers and we feel God's forgiveness, our faith increases. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Bryson
Christ made all things possible. We are all imperfect and could never return to live with our Heavenly Father again. But Christ paid that debt for us, wholly and completely, so we do not have to. Thus, He is the One that we need to have faith in. All he asks is that we become like Him, and become the type of person that would be able to live in the presence of God. Without Faith in Christ, we would never become who we need to be. Faith in Christ leads us to repent, or in other words, to replace bad habits and tendencies with Christ-like ones. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Bryson
A ward or branch is a congregation of members, based on area. Branches are usually a little bit smaller. A stake is a group multiple wards or branches, under the leadership of a stake president. They are named after the stakes of a tent (representing the church), which support and ground the tent. Wards and branches truly act as a large family, with everyone supporting each other spiritually, financially, emotionally, and in any other way needed. Since the church is the same anywhere you go in the world, there is no reason to go to attend a different congregation that is not in your area. That way, we can be uplifted and taught by those that are close by and be more able to help and receive help. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bryson
I'm currently serving a mission for the church so I can tell you EXACTLY why. I am out teaching and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it has brought me so much happiness, and I want everyone to be able to have that same joy. I love making others happier, and that's exactly why I share it, every single day. I know that our message is true, and I want everyone to know it, because it WILL bless their lives and the lives of their families. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Bryson
LDS church services are quite simple. We begin with a hymn (hymnals are provided), and then a member of the local congregation offers an opening prayer. We then partake of the Sacrament. As we partake of the bread and water, representing the body and blood of Christ, we renew our baptismal covenant and spend several quiet moments pondering on the sacrifice of our Savior. This is the main reason we come to church each week. A couple preassigned speakers from the congregation will then speak to everyone and teach us more about the Gospel of Christ and His doctrine and commandments. We conclude with another hymn and a closing prayer. Afterwards, we attend Sunday school classes which are basically Bible Study classes, except we also study from the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Bryson
A testimony is a belief or knowledge of something that is true. As we pray and ask God to show us the truth, he answers our prayers, and our little bit of faith grows, until it becomes a testimony or knowledge. We share our testimonies with others so that they can feel of their truthfulness. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Bryson
We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we love our Savior, Jesus Christ. We belong to His restored church and strive each day to live His Gospel, so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father when we die. Because God is not just the god of one people or nation, this church is world-wide, allowing all people to partake of the fulness of the restored gospel. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Bryson
Jesus Christ does. He calls a prophet to lead and guide His church and the whole world. It only makes sense that the person to whom the church belongs makes such decisions. Even after a prophet has been chosen, he continues to rely on revelation from God as to what needs to be done and how things should be done. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Bryson
Anytime we model the way we live after Christ, everything gets better. When we love and serve people as Christ did, we become happier, and our relationships are improved. Faith in Christ leads us to act. We feel a desire to forgive others, serve others, and allow Christ to help us make changes in our lives that cause us to become a better person. Also, when we have faith in Christ, we are not afraid. We know that everything will work out and that any trial we are going through is not impossible. When two people are both striving to become more Christ-like, they become unified in Christ. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Bryson
Temples are the house of God. Similarly, our bodies are the house of our spirit and the Holy Spirit. Just like we wouldn't want to defile or ruin a real temple, we don't want to do the same with our bodies. In fact, we want to keep them clean and pure. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Bryson
I think people think Mormonism is a cult is because they don't know much about it and have been given false information. We believe in everything that existed in Christ's original church. Certain aspects of Christianity have been changed over the years, and so when compared to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, things look different simply because God's church has not changed, even though it was not on the Earth for a period of time. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Bryson
The Word of Wisdom is God's law of health for us. It shows us what substances are good for us, and what substances are bad, and should thus be avoided. Any of God's commandments are always to help us out, and this commandment helps us stay healthy and avoid any addictions. God has commanded us not to drink coffee, alcohol, or tea, and he has commanded us to not use any tobacco products or illegal and harmful substances. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Bryson
Just like the Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon was written by God's prophets. The only difference is that the prophets who wrote The Book of Mormon lived in the ancient Americas. Just like every other prophet, they testified of Christ as our Savior and the Son of God. They also taught us how to follow God's commandments and become closer to Him. But don't take my word for it! Ask God if it is true, just like James told us in the New Testament, "If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Bryson
God has always commanded us to care for the poor and needy. Furthermore, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is empowering. More than just giving a man a fish, we believe that we should also teach a man to fish. As members of His church, we constantly strive, on a local and international level, to eliminate poverty and suffering by giving of ourselves and of our possessions, all while helping empower and strengthen each individual family to eventually be able to provide for themselves and even begin to serve and give to others. The Church's welfare program is incredibly organized, inspired, and successful. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Bryson
Mormon chapels are a special place of worship where the entire congregation goes each week to sing hymns and learn from the scriptures. Sunday school and church activities and parties are held here. Temples on the other hand are even more special and are reserved for an even more special type of worship. Temples are sacred and holy. All is reverent and quiet inside as we participate in sacred ordinances. We learn about our divine heritage as children of God and about His plan for us in such special ways that they can only be done in an equally special place. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Bryson
Although we do not, as a whole church, endorse any specific political candidate or party, church leaders constantly invite and encourage members in all places to be active in their communities and also to seek out political and social solutions based upon gospel principles. Show more Show less