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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a father, husband, and student of everything good that this world can teach me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed to grow up in a small town in beautiful Colorado; the greatest activities that nature had to offer were literally right outside my door. I enjoyed exploring the forest with my four brothers and hiking the Rocky Mountains. Wood-shop, archery, scouts and running track and cross-county were some of my favorite pastimes growing up. A trip that I took to Thailand as a teenager and my experience as a mormon missionary in the south pacific coupled with other life experiences has given me a profound love for other cultures. I love plants, science, and making our outdoor environments look pretty, which is why I did my undergraduate degree in horticulture. I'm currently a research graduate student studying plant sciences - I loves what I do. However, I am excited to be done and start my career as an extension agent or agronomist. Being a father and husband has been the greatest life adventure so far. I have a beautiful wife and two children.

Why I am a Mormon

As an eleven year old boy, I took very seriously the council that I had received from my parents and siblings to have my own witness and testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior, and His true and living church upon the earth. I grew up being taught these things, and learned that God loved and had a plan for me, that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God to restore His church, and that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was scripture and the word of God. However, I did not know these things for myself. My family encouraged me to read the entire Book of Mormon and then do as the book directed, "to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things (the Book of Mormon) are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:5-6). I vividly remember kneeling on the floor after having just finished The Book of Mormon. When I prayed, I felt a deep fire burn in my heart, which spread until it filled my whole body. My mind felt enlightened, like I had just learned something new, valuable, and unforgettable. It was also a feeling of peace and calm, not at all like adrenaline. I knew then without a doubt that the book was true. From that experience, and many others that have followed, I have come to know for myself that God has restored His priesthood authority and church, which is founded on Jesus Christ and his gospel. I am a Mormon because the knowledge and blessings are so rich! I know who my Savior is and what He did for me. We have a living prophet (yeah, a prophet, like, Noah, Moses, and Isaiah) on the earth today, who leads and guides the church. I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. The heavens are opened! He has prepared for us a way to be happy in this life and return to live with Him. This is know to be true.

How I live my faith

For me, when it comes to living the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no difference between church, family, and work life . It is part of everything that I do; how I think and treat others. The most important things I do to live my faith is of course to serve, love and help others. In my family, we hold family prayer, scripture study, go to church, and dedicate at least one time each week to having a lesson focused on Jesus Christ and His gospel. At present, I am an ecclesiastical leader that coordinates service projects for members and non-members who are in need. This allows me the opportunity to develop leaderships skills, and Christ-like qualities, as I seek to provide effective service to the members of the church. The ability to serve in the church is one of the greatest blessings of the gospel. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow as I serve, and help others do the same.