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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm from Texas, I'm a National Foster Care Advocate, a Missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My Name is Ryan Dollinger, I'm 24 and a student in college, I also co-founded a National Non-Profit Organization and I truly enjoy helping others and making a difference in their lives.   

Why I am a Mormon

I was the first in my family to join the church when I was 12 years old. I had been a member of many other churches, but something seem to be missing. I had asked the lord to reveal to me what to do. When I saw the missionaries, I tried to ignore them, until something prompted me to talk to them. At that very moment I ran to the other side of the street where the missionaries were and asked them what it was about their church that made them so special. I later learned it was the truthfulness of this gospel, and the spirit it is lead and taught by. I learned of the prophet, who I found to be a true a prophet of God through prayer and study. I was taught about the Book of Mormon, but had many questions, and was instructed to read it and pray about it. When I did this, I asked the lord about this book and where it stemmed from and received a confirmation, through the holy ghost of its teachings. I know that god lives, and Jesus is the Christ. I know he leads this church through his prophet on the earth today. I know the Holy Bible is a Testament of Jesus Christ as is the Book of Mormon, both are scriptures for our lives today. I know that families can be together forever. If we live worthy, we can return to our Father in Heaven. I know with surety that this is the church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father loves us enough to ensure we have guidance we need for today through scriptures, prophets and apostles, and the holy ghost.

How I live my faith

The most important part of my faith is what I have learned about my Savior, Jesus Christ ,his actions and attributes. A lot of things have help me put my faith into action, so that my faith becomes a heart thing and not just a "lip service". I live my faith through studying the Bible and The Book of Mormon, through attending the Temple as often as I can, and by Service to the church, and other people.

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

Indeed I Do! According to the Bible, God is the same yesterday,today, and forever. and he has always called prophets on the earth to guide his people and I know that he has called one today. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Frequently, I've come across people who think that missionary service is mandatory to all Latter-day Saints. While missionary work is a part of our faith, full-time missionary service is by no means compulsory. When I was 23, I was faced with the decision as to whether or not I wanted to serve a mission. At the time, I was more than halfway through my collegiate education, and was anxiously awaiting going into my chosen profession. While I always took serving a mission for granted, I realized I now had to make the choice of whether or not I would actually do it. It was only through the answer of diligent prayer that I found my answer. During an evening of contemplation and study, I received one of the clearest answers to prayer in my life. I knew that I needed to serve a mission, and I needed to do it as soon as I could. This answer was as clear as if the Lord had come to me personally and called me on a mission. I served a mission in the Idaho Pocatello Mission, not because it is part of the Mormon culture. I did not serve one because my parents did. I served a mission because I had a testimony that God lives, that He loves us, and that He had a work for me to do as a full-time missionary. While this experience was extremely personal for me, I also know that it is not a unique experience. Many Mormons, like me, have decided to serve a mission because they too prayed, and learned that that is the course the Lord would have us take.      Show more Show less