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Hi I'm Bryan

I live in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University. I am a cancer survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my free time I enjoy watching old movies, listening to music, and spending time with my family. Though I am still single, I find ways to enjoy life around me, whether my activities involve work, dating, or helping around the house. I have a BA degree from Brigham Young University in English, with a minor in editing. I love to read, especially fiction, and I enjoy creating stories to tell my nieces and nephews. I am a child at heart, and I frequently find ways to see the joy and humor in life; I love to laugh, and having a well developed, appropriate sense of humor, accompanied with hard work, perseverance, and dedication and love to my family, helps me to live my life to the fullest and have joy amidst the challenges around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for a couple of reasons. First, my membership entails that I make certain promises and covenants as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I try to follow Him and do as He would do. In so doing, I find that my life is blessed. I am given the peace and comfort I need to endure my life's challenges. As a young boy I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and several surgeries. I always felt sick and weak, and I felt like my trial was too hard to bare. Fortunately, it was because of my faith that I was able to find peace. I knew that my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, were real; I knew they loved me and wanted me to be happy. I prayed to God for support and strength. In answer to my prayers, God gave me the peace I needed and the strength to overcome my trials. Now, 20 + years later, I still have that same peace and assurance in life. Though my trials haven't ceased, I can still be happy, as I know that my Father in Heaven knows me and loves me. I am His son, as we are all His children. He loves us, and because He loves us He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to atone, die, and rise again. Because of my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, I know I am not alone in my struggles. I know that I can have help when life seems too hard. I know that I can overcome my adversities and be happy with His help. I know that I am never alone. My faith and hope in Jesus Christ gives me the courage to do what's right and trust in God. My cancer isn't gone; it's in remission. I still suffer from the side-effects and consequences that it, and other resulting trials, has given me, but I no longer feel like giving up. I know that because of my faith, because I am a Mormon, I have been blessed with the comfort and peace I need. I am given the strength and courage to endure my afflictions, and I have the knowledge of knowing that God and Jesus Christ live and love me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in two ways: personally and communal. First, everyday I say my prayers to thank God for my blessings and ask for His help. I try to read from the Bible, Book of Mormon, other religious books, and talks from my church leaders, so I can learn how I can love and serve others and what I need to improve on in my life. I try to understand what God wants me to do, and then I try to do it as I help others, do what's right, and remain patient in my trials. I attend church every week and try to keep the commandments. For me, these are personal ways I live my faith. I also live my faith as a member of a community. I am a membership clerk for my local congregation. My voluntary responsibilities include updating and tracking personal information for the members of my congregation (e.g. phone numbers, addresses, church ordinances, etc.). I assist my leaders with anything they need. I also am assigned to visit and befriend specific individuals in my congregation. I take time each month to call or text them and, when occasions dictate, visit them in their homes. I try to serve and help these members with anything I can; but, most importantly, I try to be their friend and let them know that God loves them. These are the two different ways I try to live my faith each day.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Just like the ancient Israelites, today members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have temples were members can go to learn about God and His son, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:2-3). Members also receive ordinances and make sacred covenants. And, through the sealing keys of the priesthood, families can be sealed together forever. But temples aren't just for the living. Members go to the temple to preform, as proxy, these same ordinances and covenants for their ancestors and others who didn't have these same opportunities. Temples are the House of the Lord. Therein is found Truth, ordinances, covenants, peace, happiness, and joy. Show more Show less