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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a singer and conductor, a hiker and husband, a composer and performer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is a big part of my life. I've been involved in musicals, operas, almost every kind of imaginable choral ensemble. I also write music (two operas, choral works, songs, chamber music) and have adapted my piano skills to play organ for church (I don't consider myself a 'real' organist). A little while back I took up the ukulele and have been building an ukulele program under the children's choir I conduct (I love teaching children and adults). My wife and I love to hike and bike, and we live in a great area to do both. Together we also serve on our local arts council organizing our city's Summer concerts in the park and an ukulele festival. Its a lot fun working together and getting to know all those artists.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Christ and in his ability to heal us. I also believe in a merciful God. One of the things that attracts me to Mormonism is a belief that even those who did not have an opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ in this life will have an opportunity to accept his teachings in the next. Everyone gets a chance to be whole through Christ, not just those who hear about Him in this lifetime. This teaching speaks to me of God's infinite mercy and compassion for His children. I grew up in the Mormon faith, but there comes a time when you have to prove the word for yourself and experiment with faith. Each disciple of Christ, at some time, has to put their trust in Him and in His teachings. When I served two years as a missionary for the gospel of Christ, I did just that, put my faith in Him. I was rewarded with a complete change in my inclinations. My heart was rewired to a desire to be of service to God and my fellowmen. I still had and have many trials to overcome, but the core of my purpose changed from a desire to do whatever was fun, to a desire to find joy in the service of others.

How I live my faith

One day at a time, I try to listen to the spirit. I'm very concerned with the contribution I'm making to society in comparison to the things God has blessed me with. Who can I best serve and how? I ask that question of myself a lot. I try to look for opportunities to use my talents to help others. Sometimes its hard to find things and other times the opportunities just present themselves.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. Each year we turn our attention to a book of scripture for intense study in 'Sunday School' as well as our own personal study. This year (2010), we are studying the Old Testament and next year we will study the New Testament. In the following years we will study The Book of Mormon : Another Testament of Jesus Christ and The Doctrine and Covenants. After that, we will return to The Old Testament and start again. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. I love the teachings of Christ as found in the New Testament and a day literally doesn't go by without my thinking on the Son of God and trying to be more like Him in some way. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

To have feelings of attraction for members of the same sex is not a sin. Acting upon those inclinations is. We all are tempted with things that will draw us away from God's plan of happiness if we act upon them. The choice is ours whether to act upon those inclinations or not. God's plan for us involves the family unit as the primary building block of our interactions with our fellow human beings. Anything that disrupts the healthy creation of those building blocks will frustrate our happiness in this life and in the life to come. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mormons are Christians. We were 'nicknamed' Mormons by people outside the LDS faith in the church's early history because of The Book of Mormon. The nickname stuck. The Book of Mormon stands as a second witness to Christ and His divinity. We use it hand in hand with the Bible to study Christ's teachings and the testament of His life and the teachings of His disciples. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Simply said, 'no.' Show more Show less