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Hi I'm Bryce

I'm a social entrepreneur, an athlete, a photographer, I ride a motorcycle, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was married a few months ago--after a blind date we were engaged two weeks later and married two months after that (I know, that's crazy). I'm just about to complete a degree in entrepreneurship and I operate a small shoe business called TUANI. I drive a motorcycle, shave with a straight razor, like photography, play sports (recently obsessed with golf), love the outdoors, enjoy philosophizing and making sense of the world, bodybuilding, and watching movies.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the LDS Church, so I've been going ever since I was a child. I remember one Sunday when I was about 13 years old; I was sitting in sacrament meeting and I was hit with a thought I'd never had before: "What if the Church isn't true?" I couldn't get it off my mind. I thought about the time when I would meet God after this life and imagined Him asking me, "Well why didn't you ever search for me and the truth?" After church I laid on my bed and tried to find any evidence I could for it to all be true. I thought about my local leaders, my parents, the scriptures, the doctrine--none of it was evidence that any of it was true. I grew increasingly fearful, realizing that I would have to leave my religion, which all my friends and family belonged to. I was willing to abandon all of it and start anew and search until I found the truth. As I was in this process the face of the current prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, came forcefully into my mind. At that moment I had the most overwhelming feeling that he was a prophet of God, that he wasn't misled, and that he would never lead me astray. If he was a true prophet then the church he led, and everything with it, was true. It's difficult to explain the feeling I had, but I knew without a doubt that it was true. I've never doubted since, and when questions and difficulties arise I can always think back to that experience as my foundation for believing and following Christ for the rest of my life. Based on that day years ago, and thousands of experiences since, I know that God lives, that Christ is our Savior, that there is a plan to bring us all back to them and become like them, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ contained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the way to make it all possible.

How I live my faith

I train senior missionaries at the Missionary Training Center to know how to best teach and serve people around the world. I study the scriptures every day and am uplifted and grounded by them. I have taught gospel classes, led organizations, planned activities, and visited and taken care of church members. I was a missionary in New Jersey and taught Spanish-speaking people there.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

You simply need to meet with the missionaries in your area, they will be your guides in your preparation to become a member of the LDS Church. They will help you to gain a testimony, or a personal knowledge of truth, of God as your Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith, and the current prophet Thomas S. Monson. Receiving a knowledge of these truths comes from studying the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, and praying to know that it is true. They will also to help you to repent of the mistakes you've made and to keep the commandments that God has given us in order to achieve the greatest degree of happiness. To repent is to abandon sin and to begin to keep the commandments--it is necessary for all of us because none of us is perfect and we need to be forgiven of our mistakes. Once you have a testimony of basic truths and are keeping the commandments to the best of your ability, then you will be baptized. Baptism is being immersed in water by someone holding the priesthood, or authority from God. It is symbolic of becoming a new person and is your way of showing God that you are willing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. In turn He blesses you with the gift of the Holy Ghost who is a member of the Godhead and will be with you to guide, strengthen, warn, teach, and edify you. After being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost you become a member of the Church. Show more Show less