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Hi I'm Ryan Kinley

I'm a Mormon, and I love it!!!

About Me

I'm a lifelong member of the LDS faith. I'm from a small town in southern Utah, where I fell in love with sports. I'm an avid basketball fan. I also enjoy football, tennis, lifting, and running. Currently, I'm an undergraduate university student, being entertained as a manager of the basketball team. I'm majoring in Athletic Training and hope to be involved in sports my entire life. I also love music of all kinds, love trying new foods, traveling to new places, and stretching myself with new experiences. Perhaps my favorite thing to do is socializing and making new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

In short, because Christ guides this work! Before getting to my personal experiences, I want to share my testimony of how alive this work truly is. My testimony is based on the Lord being able to fulfill his purposes with different groups of people, while never changing his core gospel. Its simple beauty is unmatched by anything. Having grown up as member of the Church in Utah, one might think I just followed the rest of the tide. However, I have been blessed in my life to be able to develop my own testimony of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most notably, I have three specific experiences I can always lean on when times get tough. At the age of 13, my family planned on going to the Nauvoo temple dedication. Before entering a temple, one must receive a recommend from the local leaders, like a Bishop. Questions in the interview to receive a recommend include having a testimony of the Gospel. I wanted to feel sure of what I had been taught, so one Sunday morning, I set time aside to kneel in my room, meditate, reason, and pray for a sure feeling that what I had been taught was true. I'll never forget the light, airy, feeling that filled my body. My heart swelled with gratitude, my eyes couldn't hold back the tears, and my conscience was cleared of any previous mishaps. I felt clean and good, and most importantly knew that God loved me, and that His Son loved me and provided a way back to Him. I had a similar experience right after my 19th birthday, as I prepared to leave on a mission. I wanted to know that Joseph Smith had truly restored the Gospel and I wanted to know of the veracity of the Book of Mormon, as well as that the prophet at the time, Gordon B. Hinckley, was a true prophet of God and was Christ's mouthpiece in our day, as described in Amos 3:7 in the Old Testament. President Hinckley had given a charge to complete the Book of Mormon before the end of the year, and promised blessings of spiritual strength for doing so. I decided to put it all to the test and read the entire Book of Mormon in a very short amount of time, yet payed attention to how I felt. Upon completion, I followed the prompting in its last chapter which exhorts us to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;" asking "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ" and that "He will manifest the truth of it unto [those who ask], by the power of the Holy Ghost." I specifically asked if the Book was true, having been translated by God's power by the prophet Joseph Smith. I received a familiar experience, that light, airy feeling and I knew with a clear conscience, as if I had been there in person, that Joseph Smith truly restored the Gospel that Jesus Christ had placed on the earth. The third experience isn't a specific moment, but rather the entirety of my two year experience as a missionary in Brazil. Seeing the gospel free others from their vices and bring them closer to Christ and seeing their eyes fill with gratitude to God for His love for them was an experience second to none. I might note that I'm living a fourth experience currently as I daily strive to do my best to stay close to the Lord. However difficult the road seems, its never worth distancing myself from my standards. I'm always more blessed by following the Lord's will, instead of the Natural Man's. Whether it be paying tithing, fasting, abstaining from drugs and sexual transgressions, I know I will continue to be happy as I obey the commandments to the best of my ability. When I come up short, I know the Atonement of Jesus Christ is there to pick me back up, like a loving parent who sees their child learning to walk. As I humbly pursue a faithful relationship with my Savior, He adds grace to my many weaknesses, and they are turned to strengths, which brings me closer to being the person He sees my potential bringing me to be. I know that He is my Father, that His Son Jesus Christ is my Savior and Brother, that He guides us by the Holy Ghost, that today, just like He has in all previous eras of time he has called a prophet to guide us in Thomas S. Monson, who is inspired to lead us with our current obstacles, and that President Monson holds the very keys that were restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that families can be together forever, and I love that my family is sealed forever in the temple, and that I can find peace by living Christ's teachings found in modern scripture, and all ancient scripture.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is central in my life. It starts early every day as I trust in Him by planning out my day, and asking for His guidance as I go throughout the day, and end the day taking a report to Him in prayer. I served a two-year mission in northeastern Brazil, where I was able to share my testimony with the wonderful people there. Having been home a few years, I am able to live the church's high standards, and encourage others to do the same. These great guidelines allow me to be successful in school, social life, and keep me healthy to have the energy needed to get through whatever life throws at me. By striving to live the Lord's commandments, I can feel his guiding hand in my life, and I can feel confident in whatever decisions I make, no matter how baffling or life-changing they might be.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ryan Kinley
I do believe that, today, there is a prophet like Moses. Just as the people of that time needed guidance, so do we! President Thomas S. Monson is that guidance for our day. He converses with God, just as Moses did. This should not be confused with prayer, or personal revelation, which all of God's children can have. Prophetic revelation is the revelation for all mankind, and his guidance is the Voice of God concerning His children. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Ryan Kinley
Other than the lifechanging teachings, The Church provides educational services, employment opportunities, job-skills training, humanitarian aid, and disaster shelter. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ryan Kinley
I do not "worship" Joseph Smith, but if there was a man, other than Christ himself, who deserves mankind's respect, it is Joseph Smith the Prophet! We celebrate his life, and sing of his success in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the Earth. We believe he (notice the lower-cased "h") is a normal man, like Moses was, with a special mission here on the earth to free God's people. His mission was to free this generation of the religious confusion and discord after the Great Apostasy; a the period following Peter's death until Joseph Smith's reception of the Priesthood. He restored the keys to spread the Gospel, perfect those who have the gospel, and perhaps most importantly to do work for the dead, which justifies God's purpose in withdrawing His gospel during the Apostasy. Show more Show less