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Hi I'm Ryan

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About Me

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I was born the fourth child of six and the first son of two. My parents were married in Logan, Utah. My entire family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have been for several generations. At a young age I discovered a knack for music and started taking piano lessons. Since that time, piano has played a large role in my life ranging from solo performance to accompanying. I also enjoy singing and as of late have been polishing my mad organ-playing skills. I try to stay physically active and somewhat environmentally friendly by riding my bike as much as possible. I like water activities and the outdoors, growing particularly nostalgic when visiting the mountains of Idaho which were my second home growing up. Currently I'm trying to figure out what I would like to do with my life. I go to college and try to find part-time work in the meantime, both of those being easier said than done.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot deny that living the commandments, given by God through His prophets, yields a lasting joy, peace, and confidence that is found no where else in life. By abstaining from drugs, living a sexually chaste life, paying tithing, and participating in temple worship - including temple marriage, I have watched my life become more like the Savior's. I don't follow these principles because I fear punishment from God. Rather, I live these principles because I know that they are the key to true happiness. I have had enough life experience to see how these principles, consistently applied, protect a person from despair, heartache, fear, and loneliness. The secret to true happiness is found in living according to the knowledge given from God through his mouthpieces, found in the scriptures and in His present-day representatives. Any person who lives a commandment can know that it comes from God.

How I live my faith

When I think about the phrase "How I live my faith," I think of my assignment to play the organ on Sunday. Sacrament Meeting is the main meeting at church on Sunday, and hymns are an integral part of the worship service. Some teach, others preside, but what I get to offer the congregation on Sunday is music. Outside of Sunday, I live my faith by praying often and spending time reading the scriptures. Right now I'm reading about the life of the Savior in the New Testament. I try to understand what He teaches and apply that into my life. This has led to efforts in my life to move my focus away from myself and try to be more aware of people around me, and things that I can do to make life better for them. I feel that I am truly living my faith when I'm able to help and serve others willingly.