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Hi I'm Ryan K Englund

About Me

Husband, father, and grandfather. We raised our family in the Boston area and have lived in Massachusetts, Maine, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Utah. I have served as a business executive and as a management consultant for forty years and have worked in the U.S., England, Germany, Brasil,and the U.A.E. Ancestry: 25% Swedish, 25% German, 25% English, 25% New England.

Why I am a Mormon

I am humbly grateful for the knowledge that we are all children of our Father in Heaven, that he loves us, and that, through his prophets, he teaches us how to live so we can return to his presence. Through soul-filling witnesses from the Holy Spirit, I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, and that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and was called to restore the Gospel. Through the same powerful witness, I know the Bible contains the word of God and that the Book of Mormon is a true, second testament of Jesus Christ. I have received a personal witness from the Holy Spirit that Thomas S Monson, current President of the LDS Church, is today’s prophet of God. God has extended to worthy male members of his Church the privilege of holding his Priesthood—of acting in his name and in his stead. Although but an ordinary person, I have had opportunities to lay hands on my wife’s and children’s heads and, striving to follow guidance from the Lord, to offer blessings of comfort, of aid, and of healing.

How I live my faith

I strive to be an honest, productive servant to neighbors and business associates of other faiths. As this is not easy, I am aided by daily scripture study and prayer. As with many of my associates, I find myself frequently praying silently for help during business meetings. Because I err—I’m given to traffic talk—it has also helped to listen to my wife, who is more empathic and discerning and who is trying to teach me to be the same.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Ryan K Englund
I am often asked "How can one travel frequently and still be a good father?" My wife, God bless her, is the mainstay of our family. Were it not for her, I would have failed. As it is, travelling makes it hard to serve well as a parent. I learned from my father, who, due to business requirements, was also absent frequently from home. When at home, he was at home. He read to us, cooked the meals, and led in cleaning the house. His leisure activities were family activities—skiing and camping, for example. He took us with him whenever possible on church assignments. I learned to have family prayer and morning scripture study over a speakerphone no matter what the local time where I happened to be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ryan K Englund
Many, including members of our church, ask me "How can you be a committed Democrat and a faithful Mormon?" Isaiah taught us to strengthen weak hands and confirm feeble knees. Many today are not served through private means. Our church teaches that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man and that he holds us accountable for making and instituting laws for the good and safety of society. My party affiliation is consistent with these principles. I do not agree with all Democrats, as I do not disagree with all Republicans. Our society works best when people of different tenets and faiths respect and work with each other for the common weal--through self-sufficiency, support from family, aid from governments, and aid from other types of organizations, such as LDS Humanitarian Services. Show more Show less