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Hi I'm Bryce

I've lived my whole life in northern Utah. I'm an Honors/Ap/Ce student. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a young man that has had the great privilege of growing up in an upper middle class family that owns a reasonably small but well respected business. I am an honors/AP/CE student and thus take a pretty rigorous schedule of high school classes. In my free time I create digital 3D models and animations using an open source software called blender, play lacrosse, and sing. I am a member of two of my school's multiple choirs and have been able to compete with (and do well in) a couple of state and region competitions with those groups. I also enjoy playing guitar, doing anything with technology and computers, and being outdoors. I am currently serving in the Italy Milan Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer here is "because I was born into it" but being a Mormon has more to it than that. Every day at school I am surrounded by people that on Sundays will get up, go to church, look and act the part, and then once they leave the building they go back to being exactly what the world expects of a teenage individual. Being a Mormon involves choosing to be the same person regardless of whose company you find yourself in whether its your friends, your parents, your bishop, or your savior that you find yourself in the company of; it means that you always keep your standards in line with those The Lord has set. That is what I strive to be every single day, because I know, thanks to the Holy Ghost and my won experiences, that God is a living caring individual that is deeply interested in our lives and wants what is best for us, not just in the short term but in the long term as well. I know that The Book of Mormon is a true account of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent and their dealings with The Lord. And I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God called to bring that sacred record to the modern world and to restore the gospel in its wholeness to the earth. To me that testimony and everything upon which I base it is a compass that keeps me on a path that I may not understand now, but that I will someday look back on and be very glad I chose to walk.

How I live my faith

In my ward I help lead a group of 20 16-19 year old young men. I conduct meetings, make assignments, and in general try to befriend and assist them as best as I can; however, my favorite way in which I lead this group is through my example in attending my meetings and striving to contribute to them.

What is being a Mormon like?

Bryce
It's like being any other person, except with a bit clearer image of God's plan for us and because of that a good deal more hope. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Bryce
To put it simply, Christ died because no-one else was/is/will ever be perfect, and he wanted us to be able to return to live with our father in heaven. I like to compare the Atonement to Jesus buying our ticket to Heaven, our job is to live in such a way that we'll be able to enjoy the party. Scriptures, Prophets and the Holy Ghost then serve to teach us how to live. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Bryce
The Book of Mormon differs from The Bible in a couple of ways. The first is that the Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with the people of the American continent as opposed to the Bible which contains only his dealings with the inhabitants of Israel, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and a couple of other Eurasian countries. The second major difference is that we believe the Book of Mormon to contain the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meaning that we believe that certain truths were lost or distorted as The Bible was translated, retranslated, and altered in general over the centuries. Joseph Smith obtained The Book of Mormon from the angel of an ancient American prophet Moroni, who's story is told towards the end of The Book of Mormon. The record he received being written in a dead form of Egyptian Joseph Smith was required to translate the Book by the power of God. Show more Show less