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Hi I'm Ryan

I design high-tech infrastructure for some of the largest internet companies in the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I work as an infrastructure architect, specializing in distributed systems and messaging. I have bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Philosophy, and attended graduate school for Religion. The best thing ever to happen to me was meeting my lovely wife, and starting an eternal family with her. While we have not yet been blessed with children, we're working hard with specialists to help us realize those blessings too.

Why I am a Mormon

 While technically a convert to the church, my parents joined when I was very young, so for all intents and purposes I was raised in the gospel. But everyone, at some point in their lives becomes converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and I am no exception. I have always been more interested in learning from books than from experience and I approached religion the same way. After years of struggling, I finally came to realize that I had the truth all along. It took another few years before I decided to come back to the LDS church however. After the bombings in New York and Washington DC, where close friends were within mere blocks of the damage but luckily escaped, my wife and I both decided it was time we spent more time in church and on eternal goals than on the paltry pursuits so common to young married couples. I told her that I'd like to go back to the LDS church, and she agreed to take the discussions from the missionaries. A few short months later, she joined the church and I was given the wonderful opportunity to baptize her at our chapel in San Jose, CA. We've been very active ever since. I have learned that the Holy Ghost teaches us in the way we learn best. For me, it comes through a calm "remembering" of the truth and the constant testimony of the scriptures to the simplicity, and infinite complexity of the gospel. Once we were able to attend the temple, we were able to learn even more and to strengthen our understanding of the gospel and of the truth that Jesus Christ offers us. I testify that Jesus is our Redeemer. I testify that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and so is President Thomas S. Monson. I testify that the Book of Mormon is scripture and is a testament of Jesus Christ in the New World. And most of all, I testify that our Heavenly Father loves us and has a plan for his children. And that we are able to progress, learn, grow, and strive to return to His presence in the eternities. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

 I have had the opportunity to preside over councils of men in the church, and I have had the opportunity to work with the very young toddlers and help them to learn songs and basic behaviors of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My favorite callings however, are those where I get to teach. I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach the youth both in Sunday School and in the early morning before they go to school. I've been able to teach adults during Sunday School for two different classes "Gospel Essentials" which provides the basic building blocks of doctrine and faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and "Gospel Doctrine" which provides a more in-depth analysis of those fundamental building blocks and probes into deeper questions of eternal significance. My favorite teaching calling has been that of teaching college students in "Religions of the World". This calling allowed me to draw upon my background in Divinity School as well as my church education in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently, I help the leadership in our congregation work on missionary efforts as the "Ward Mission Leader". In addition to my calling in the church, I get the privilege of visiting several families in their homes and helping make sure they have everything they need to grow and strive in the gospel as well. These visits are rewarding both for me and for them and I look forward to them anxiously.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ryan
I like this question a lot, because when I attended Divinity School, this was such a hot topic amongst the students there. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a volunteer organization. As a result, none of the offices are paid positions. On any given Sunday, you will hear from several members of the local congregation -- giving everyone the opportunity to hear and be heard. We rely on the testimony of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of Truth and the Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver correct sermons on Sundays. The government of the local, regional, and global church is also run by volunteers who, like the apostles of old, rely on their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to provide as they need on their way. Show more Show less