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Hi I'm Ryan

I live in Rogers, Arkansas and I love learning! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ryan Brown. I am a student at Brigham Young University and I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Everett, Washington. I like to play tennis and my ultimate pastime is playing the acoustic guitar. I love the arts: I've taken several college-level folk and ballroom dance classes, along with a full serving of humanites. I love traveling. I've been to Paris and Rome and I've SEEN Canada from the U.S. side of Niagra Falls. I love New York City and Washington D.C. I could spend all day in the Smythsonian or the Louvre. I also ski occasionally. I AM a chemistry major, and I have plans to become a pediatrician, but I should probably be studying international relations or something in the humanitarian field.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It testifies of Christ. I believe that faith in Christ is essential to our salvation as God's children--it's how we recieve grace (Romans 5:2). I also believe in obedience to God's laws(2 Nephi 31:10). The Book of Mormon helps us understand all these things. Several experiences that unveiled that simple truth to me occured in my early teens. Growing up, I was very active and into extreme sporrts--in fact, I dreamed of riding big at the X-games or figuring out the next skate trick. But I broke bones fairly easy. I ended up breaking my left arm four different times. After the third break, my doctor advised that I have a titanium rod inserted into my arm to strengthen it. The surgery I had went well. But the fourth break left me with a broken arm--with the titanium rod bent--inside my arm. They had to remove the rod and insert a thicker one. I remember quite vividly wondering why God would allow that to happen to me. In fact, my doctor had diagnosed me with a mild form of "osteogenesis imperfecta." Basically, he said my bones were weak. He said a lack of calcium was not the problem. I was simply just weak. But then I read a scripture in Ether in the Book of Mormon which says: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I realized I had to come unto Christ and recognize my weakness--that is, my bone issue. With fervent prayer and a resolve to do my part, I have, since that 2nd surgery, never broken a bone. I testify not only as a Mormon, but as a child of God, that the grace of Jesus Christ is real! Through faith, we have access to it.

How I live my faith

I currently love life because I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On a daily basis, I testify that Jesus is the Christ. I'm in the Everett, Washington area speaking spanish. I've had many oppurtunities to work within my cummunity. One of the most signifant principles taught to me by my parents (married for 22 years now) and as a member of the Church was to always pursue learning. I hope I can continue to live up to that wonderful advice. My leanring and faith are connected. Seeking an education, to me, is as important as as being religious. I find that the more truth I learn, the more truth I find--and that realization of truth is confirmed to me by what I learn at Church.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

The authority to baptize is very important. Baptism, like in other churches, is a sacred ordinance or performance. So this authority--called the preisthood--is necessary for baptism. The Church of Jesus Christ has the fullness of this priesthood--the restored priesthood of Jesus Christ. La autoridad para bautizar es muy importante. Bautismo, como en otras iglesias, es una ordenanza santa. Entonces, este autoridad--que se llama el sacerdocio--es necessario para el bautismo. La Iglesia de Jesucristo tiene la plenitud de este sacerdocio--el sacerdocio restuarado de Jesucristo. Show more Show less