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Hi I'm Bryce

I love being with my family. I also love exploring the mountains & deserts in my '92 Jeep Wrangler with my family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a very small town in the west. It was too small for a school, grocery store or post office. We raised most of our own food and everyone helped. I wasn't great at sports, but I was a good student. So when it was time for college, I was able to get a scholarship and with my summer earnings, pay for college. I was always active at church, but didn't decide to serve a mission until I turned 19. I was called to serve in Mexico City. This brought two huge changes. The most challenging was that I had to learn Spanish. The second was to go from a small rural town of a few people, to a huge city of 20,000,000 people. I never felt out of place and just adapted to the different areas where I served, large or small, poor or wealthy. I left Mexico with a love for the country, the people, the language and the food. I soon met my sweetheart, and we were married in the Los Angeles Temple on Cinco de Mayo. I graduated from Utah State University with a double major in history and Spanish, and two years later, from BYU with an MBA. Our 2 sons were born while attending BYU, and our 4 daughters after we moved to the Los Angeles area, which has been our home ever since. Five of our children have served missions. Our 5 oldest children are married and living all across the country, as are our grandchildren. Our youngest just completed serving a mission in Kiev, Ukraine. The high point of our life is to face time with our children & grandchildren whenever we can!

Why I am a Mormon

I would have to say that I kind of grew up with a testimony, or maybe grew a testimony as I grew up. Even though my family didn't really go to church, my brother Brett and I always did. When we were little, it was with my Grandpa and Grandma Orr. When Grandpa retired, they moved to Salt Lake to work at the temple. I think they were there for about 5 years. During that time, we would catch rides with various neighbors, but we pretty much always went to church. I don't really remember, but when Brett could drive, I think I went with him. When I was about 15 or 16, my mom started going to church with my younger brother and sister. The bottom line is I always believed in the teachings of the church, and during my teen years, I would spend Sunday afternoons with Brett and my Grandparents, and they would often talk about church teachings. I wasn't always perfect, like when Brett went on his mission, I told people I wasn't going on a mission, but I was going to join the Marines. It wasn't until I was attending Utah State University that I made the decision to go on a mission. Though I new the church was true, on my mission I had so many spiritual experiences that my testimony grew much stronger. I always believed that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and that the Book of Mormon was true. But as I testified of these things on my mission, the Spirit reinforced these beliefs from believing to knowing. Heavenly Father has a Plan for each of us, and by following His Plan, we can return to live with Him some day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shows us this Plan, and provides the teachings and ordinances necessary so that we can do those things that will bring us back to live with our Heavenly Father. It is also through this Plan that we can be sealed to our families for all eternity. I know this is true. Following Heavenly Father's Plan has filled my life with happiness and I look forward to being with my family for eternity.

How I live my faith

Mostly the way that I live my faith is that I live. I don't stand on the street corner or go around preaching to people. I go to work; I go to church; I do things with my family. I think that most friends or co-workers know that I am a Mormon, and I do invite them to special things which happen in the church or the community, like the Creche Festival or the Preparedness Fair. I know that most people who go find them interesting and/or worthwhile. My church service has been quite varied. From when I was 19 and serving as a missionary in Mexico, to times when I taught youth or children. I have spent a lot of time in some kind of leadership rolls in our priesthood organization, or with the function of our wards (congregation) or Stake (a group of congregations). I have also spent a lot of time doing clerical functions for the Ward or Stake. I think that the best way that I live my faith is with my family. Having six children can be difficult at times, but is always a blessing. Being able to support them, and participate in some of their activities as they have grown, and now having them with families of their own is really amazing. Most of my life, I have been involved in the out doors. That hasn't changed much. I think that all my children have grown to enjoy those activities that we participated in as families as well. But know, I do most of my hiking in my jeep or truck. And I look forward to many more years of living with my wife and family, children and grandchildren, sharing my love and service with the church, family activities and the wide open spaces.