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Hi I'm Bryan.

I'm a writer and web designer in Virginia. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains, dancing with my wife and playing music.

About Me

I grew up in North Carolina and went to college in Virginia. I fell in love with the state and decided to make it my home. Since then, I fell in love with Becky and we married each other in July 2011. I have been a writer for most of my life, and I also create freelance websites. Currently, I work in the public relations department of a college. When I'm not working I go hiking, play guitar and piano, write funny songs, and I really enjoy dancing.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess this should be three questions for me: Why I became a Mormon, why I stayed Mormon, and why I am still Mormon. My parents were Mormons. When I was 8 years old, my father baptized me so I became an official member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I attended Sunday school and other classes to learn more about the church as I grew up. When I was 16 I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover for the first time in my life. As I read it, I changed; All desire for sin disappeared. I felt a closer relationship with Jesus Christ as I knew more and more that He is my savior and he died to take away my sins. That is why I stayed Mormon. After graduating from college, I faced many challenges as I started my career, searched for a woman to marry, and sought to resist the temptations that try to lead young people away from Christ. In the short time I have been married, I have learned how important a religious foundation is every day. As I prayed daily, searched the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and served in the church, I have found strength, grace, love and forgiveness. My testimony of God's love has increased. That's why I am still a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

Every day I read the scriptures and pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. I talk to God about my problems, my goals and wishes, and also about the blessings he has given to me. On Sundays I attend church services and lead the music in the children's Sunday School class, called Primary. Throughout the rest of the week I spend time with my wife, since family is very important in God's eternal plan. I also go visit members of the church and people studying the church to make sure they have everything they need spiritually and physically. I love finding other ways to serve people the way Jesus Christ asks all of his disciples to serve. I enjoy helping at a soup kitchen operated by a Salvation Army church near my apartment.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Bryan.
No. Mormons greatly respect and praise Joseph Smith for his accomplishments as God's prophet who helped restore the gospel, but we do not worship him. We believe he was a man, although a great man whose life can teach us much. We worship God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, our savior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Bryan.
Mormons believe that we are saved by grace. Jesus Christ, after all, is our savior! We believe that to recieve Christ's grace, we must believe in Christ, repent of our sins, follow his example by being baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then, through the grace of Christ, we are forgiven of our sins as though we never committed them. Although we continue to be imperfect, grace allows us to be forgiven as we move forward with faith in Christ. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Bryan.
Yes! Starting very early in the Book of Mormon, prophets teach that Jesus would visit the people in the American continent. In the Bible, Jesus said, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold. ... They shall hear my voice" (John 10:16). Soon after Jesus was resurrected, he appeared to the people in America -- some of his other sheep! They heard his voice. They saw the nail prints in his hands and feet. He taught them how to baptize, how to live his gospel, how to pray. He healed the people who were sick. The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ died for our sins but that he lives again. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Bryan.
My testimony is my personal knowledge or witness of certain spiritual truths. For example, I have a testimony that God lives, that he is our Heavenly Father, and that he hears and answers prayers. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my savior. I have a testimony that the Bible and the Book of Mormon teach us how to draw closer to God. This knowledge comes from a spiritual manifestation provided by the Holy Ghost as I studied the Gospel and strove to live its teachings. It did not come all at once. For example, my testimony that God answers prayers started when I was eight years old and prayed for help with a small problem I faced, and immediately found an answer. It was strengthened through many years of practicing prayer and seeing answers come. But my testimony of the Book of Mormon came when I read it and felt my life change and felt myself draw closer to Christ. God has promised that all who are willing to listen to the spirit can gain a testimony. Show more Show less