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Hi I'm Ryan

I live in Utah. I'm a Program Manager for IBM. I have a wife and five children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess first and foremost, I'm a husband and a father. I love spending time with my wife and my five kids. They bring me a lot of joy. Since I have the opportunity to work from home, I probably get more opportunities than most to interact with my family. Of course it's not all fun and games. It's a lot of work. But with the work comes the payoffs. In my "spare" time, I love to read a good book, go jogging in the early mornings, watch a good film (dramas and sci-fi shows are my favorite), and stay apprised of up and coming new technologies. And oh. I love a good bowl of ice cream at the end of the day.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Simply because of feelings I've felt over the course of my life--positive, good feelings each time I study, learn, and live the beliefs and doctrines of Mormonism (which is really just the gospel of Jesus Christ). My testimony of what I know to be true didn't come all at once. In fact there are times in my life I've doubted; times when I really questioned; times when I wanted to follow my own path and do my own thing. But each of those times I've felt a loving Heavenly Father pulling me back, mainly through the example and love of others of the Mormon faith. I can honestly say that my faith has made my life one of joy. Sure, bad things happen. There are stumbling blocks, trials, hard times. Everyone has them and so do I. But as I cling to my faith, those hard times are easier to get through. And I come to appreciate even more the teachings, example, and love of my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

On a general level, I really try each day to be a good person--to be a good Christian. There seems to be a lot of opportunities in the family to be patient, be loving, be unselfish, and set a good example. I really want my kids to not only hear about and learn about my faith, but to see it in everything I do. And you know....somedays I don't do so well. But I keep at it. My wife helps me out a lot and is a great example herself of Christ-like living. I'm glad my kids have her to look up to and to be nurtured by. There are a couple of families I try to visit each month just to see how they are doing. Uplifting conversations and encouragement can go a long way to making someone's life better. Another way I live my faith is by helping others in their employment needs. One important aspect of the Mormon faith is provident living--being self-reliant and providing for yourself and your family. To that end, my local church unit has a team of dedicated individuals who staff an employment center to help church members who are trying to find new jobs or grow their careers. I've been asked to help in that effort and it's rewarding to try and help. I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of the basics of how I live my faith: praying everyday, reading scriptures regularly, and attending weekly church services. These practices help me immensely in my quest to be a good person. And my wife and I teach the importance of these things to our children too. Helps us all better cope with the challenges of life and the turbulent times we seem to live in.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Ryan
There are two answers to that question. First, the Church needs money to build meetinghouses, to build temples, to sustain missionary work, and to develop/create/print/distribute materials and resources used to educate and uplift church members worldwide. The Church simply can't operate in this way without the necessary funds to do so. Second, by paying tithing, Church members receive spiritual blessings and material blessings as well. Think of it as a way to give back to God just a small portion of everything He's blessed us with. If you believe that God is the giver of every good thing, and that all we enjoy in this life is because of His kindness and love for us (which indeed Mormon's believe), then giving 10% back is really considered a privilege. Especially since 100% of the money given is used to further God's work and help others. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ryan
Well, this may be a strange way of answering that question, but let's say you wanted to know if a chocolate chip cookie recipe really produced great tasting chocolate chip cookies. How would you go about figuring that out? You could look over the recipe, studying it to make sure it contained all the necessary ingredients. You could even ask others who have followed the recipe, to get their opinion on how good the cookies were. But if you really, really wanted to know if the recipe gave way to great cookies, you'd have to test it out yourself. You'd have to take the time to follow the recipe and then taste the cookies to reach a conclusion. Knowing if Mormonism is true kind of follows the same process. You would need to follow the recipe, so-to-speak. Learn about what Mormons believe. Think about those beliefs and perhaps even put them to the test. Examine how you feel as you learn about Christ and the teachings he taught. Search your feelings as you learn about the need for a prophet today and as you learn about how Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and restored the truth. Take time to read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon (another set of scripture which testifies of Christ). As you do all this, you are then ready to "make the cookies"--to ask God yourself if what you've been learning about and thinking about and feeling is true or not. I can assure you, that if you ask sincerely and have even a little faith that you'll receive an answer (and then act on that answer), I have no reservation in telling you that you will indeed receive an answer and come to know yourself that Mormonism is true. Show more Show less