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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a medical student, a dad and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad, husband and medical student. I've been married to my wife for 5 years and have 2 daughters, 1 and 3 years old. They make life fun and crazy sometimes. My 3 year old loves to play pretend, and will bring me her toys and beg me to be their voice. She NEVER gets tired of it either. Kids are awesome. They always love your attention. I love to play the piano and guitar. In fact my wife found a free piano on Craigslist last November and we fixed it up and got it tuned. It has been awesome to have a real piano at home, and every time I sit down an hour passes in no time. Much of the rest of my time is spent at school, with my nose in a textbook, or at a hospital or clinic. I love the idea of being able to gain skills that will allow me someday to potentially save someone's life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah, and was born to mormon parents. They taught me about the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Growing up, we went to church every week and my parents would also try to read scriptures together often, and have a short lesson about the gospel one night a week. The reading and lessons happened off and on, like many mormons will tell you about such efforts I'm sure. However, this gave me a sense of how important this was to my parents as they continued to make efforts to do it and I suppose that I must have assumed that it would be important to me as I got older. As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon several times. Each time there were teachings that spoke to me, and I felt deep within myself that there was something different and special about this book. The same feelings came as I read the Bible. When I was eighteen, I was reading it again while preparing to leave my home in Utah to serve as a proselyting missionary for 2 years as many young mormons do. I felt very strongly and overwhelmingly that the events in the Book of Mormon not only happened, but that they had immense importance to my life. In the church we often call this the witness of the Holy Ghost of the truth, and to me at the time it felt like I was suddenly convinced and certain that the book was from God because of communication that was coming to my soul from Him. I thought that it felt kind of like one of those gut feelings when you just know something and can't explain it, but I know it didn't come from my gut. It was accompanied with feelings of peace and happiness. I knew that I was worth more than I could understand, as are all of God's children. I also knew that I wanted to do whatever I could to keep this sensation and conviction with me always. I still continue to feel these feelings about the teachings of the Book of Mormon and of the current leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am convinced that they are chosen and called by our Heavenly Father to relay His message to us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do things that continually help me to remember my Savior Jesus Christ. I try to do this by reading scripture each day, or studying from speeches made by church leaders. I pray often, and try to continually thank God for blessings and ask for help with things I need. I also try to serve in my church. I have served in several capacities in my congregation. Currently, I work as a secretary of one of the organizations at church. I also have several members that I try to visit each month in their homes and talk about the church or about their life in general. In the past, I have played the organ for the sacrament meeting or communion, and accompanied the choir. Striving to actively live my faith is rewarding to me, and I continue to learn how to do it better over time. I also learn from the examples of other members as I meet with them in my church meetings or in their homes. I feel accepted among members of the church despite my weaknesses. We're all just normal people who realize that we're dependent upon the divine gift of forgiveness from the atonement. The best way to live my faith is to always keep that in mind.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

There are a few lifestyle elements that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint have in common. You may know that Mormons do not smoke or drink alcohol, coffee or tea. We do this because of a commandment from God called the Word of Wisdom that promises us that if we avoid these things we will be blessed by our Father in Heaven with health and spiritual peace. We try to read each day in scripture like the Book of Mormon or the Bible. We are encouraged to participate in our community, and to be industrious. Also, we are taught that one of the most important things we can do is to keep our families strong. All of these things influence how we live our lives from day to day. We also like to have a good time, and congregations regularly have fun activities that are open to everybody, member or not. Beyond these things, each person is unique with regards to how they live their life and like to do. Show more Show less