About Bryce Haymond

Bryce grew up in Sandy, Utah, where he attended Jordan High School. He served a mission to the El Salvador San Salvador East mission, including eight months as mission financial secretary. Bryce graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 in Industrial Design and a minor in Ballroom Dance. He loves all things Nibley and the temple, and is the founder of TempleStudy.com, and also blogs at BlackpoolCreative.com. Recently Bryce joined the Executive Board of The Interpreter Foundation, where he serves as a designer and technologist. Bryce has served in numerous Church callings including ward sunday school president, first counselor in the bishopric, and currently as temple and family history instructor. He is a Product Manager and Design Director at HandStands in Salt Lake City, and lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with his beautiful wife, three children, and another on the way!

Should “I Know” the Church is True?

I just listened to the podcast of the Mormon Miscellaneous radio show by Van Hale from August 17th talking about Mormon apologetics and with guest Mike Ash about his new book Shaken Faith Syndrome.  This post isn’t a critique of Hale’s show or of Ash’s book, but it is about one tenet expressed during this particular program that is false.

I consider myself an apologist in the Church, meaning that I have covenanted to sustain and defend it from error.  I always bear my testimony that “I know” the Church is true, and that “I know” the Book of Mormon is true, and that “I know” Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that “I know” that President Monson is a prophet of God, and that “I know” that Jesus Christ is our only Savior and Redeemer.  The reason why is that I have received an unmistakable witness from God, through His Spirit, that it is so.  Come rain or come shine, I will always hold on to this sure witness.  Should it be any different?  Continue reading

Chelsie Hightower’s Experience on SYTYCD

Chelsie HightowerFor those who may not know Chelsie Hightower, she was recently a semifinalist on the popular television dance series “So You Think You Can Dance.”  She made it to be one of the top three girls on the nationally syndicated show, which is quite an achievement.  She also happens to be a member of my ward.  In fact, in the first episode of her audition they featured a clip filmed in her home and the recreational areas of the same residential complex in which I live.  She also is an excellent ballroom dancer, a talent and sport which I have been involved with and have personally competed in for many years.

Chelsie was asked to give a talk in our sacrament meeting today.  Having shortly returned from filming the show live in Los Angeles, I can only surmise that they asked her to speak on her experiences dancing on the show.  The stake president was invited to the meeting and was on the stand presiding.  I’d like to share some of the things that she related which I thought were very thoughtful and honest.

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Archuleta as Missionary

Some will say I’m crazy for saying this, but I felt the Spirit tonight as David Archuleta sang.  I did.  It made me cry, which is seldom.  I felt it.  I can’t help but think that he was singing about the kingdom of God on earth as he so phenomenally vocalized:

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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