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Hi I'm Ryan

I served a mission to Kyiv Ukraine. I am studying to be an Army Chaplain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Nebraska and love Cornhusker Football. I am an avid practitioner of martial arts, and currently a brown belt in Taekwondo. I am pursuing a graduate religious studies degree to become an Army Chaplain. I have served in the Army Reserve for five years and have done one tour in Afghanistan. I have a beautiful wife and three sons.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the Church and joined while serving in the Army. I have been a Mormon all of my life. I have found living life as a Mormon is liberating as I know I will be able to look back at my life and have no regrets. My mission was a major event of my single life. My testimony of Christ and the Church grew as I served the people of Ukraine. The gospel is helping me to be a good husband to my wife and father to my children.

How I live my faith

In my previous congregation I organized weekly activities for the youth. In my new congregation I help teach new converts of our church. I am preparing to serve the Church daily when I complete my training as an Army Chaplain both to other Mormon service members as well as those not of my faith. I look forward to helping all who serve in uniform to feel Christ's love.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Many people and organizations are nervous about the changes which occur in a converts life as they prepare for baptism. Converts stop smoking, drinking, having sexual relations outside of marriage, go to church for three hours, and give 10% of the income to the church just to name a few. It is a major change of lifestyle for most people. Temple worship is another aspect of being Mormon which causes some to label us a cult. Because you must have a temple recommend to enter, many have misconceptions of what we do in the temple. What we do for the most part is not secret. The way the teachings and covenants are made are sacred and are treated by us as such. Show more Show less