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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a husband, a father, a paleontologist, a writer, a polyglot, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying paleontology. If you want to know about the fossil sea urchins of South America I'm your guy (or at least working on being that guy). I have a BA in Spanish, both a BS and an MS in Geology, and served a mission for the Church in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the Church, so I grew up in the Church. When I was baptized at the age of 8 I felt what I was doing was right, and at 15 I sought and received further spiritual confirmation of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and The Book of Mormon. I served a mission because of my knowledge, and hold my faith in God to be the most important thing in my life.

How I live my faith

I speak and act each day in the manner I feel the Lord expects of me. I seek the Lord's guidance through prayer and scriptures each day.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Ryan
Some assistance is provided through tithing funds as well as donations to missionary funds, but the majority of funding comes from the missionaries themselves, their families and friends, and their local congregation. As the cost of missions varies by location, the individual cost of a mission is equalized to one flat rate for all missionaries as not to burden those who go to more costly locations. This is balanced out by the funds not used for missionaries in other less costly locations. For the two year mission I served in Brazil, I paid my individual cost out of my own pocket. I spent the year following graduation from high school working to save money for my mission. Show more Show less