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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm from Ohio, Florida, and California. I'm in college and busy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in three different states Ohio, Florida, and California. I've always wanted a job, but I've never had one. That's not for lack of trying. I applied to Chick-fil-a, a grocery store, and several student jobs at my university. When I was in high school, I took a lot of AP classes and went to Spanish Club, French Club, helped start the Electric Waffle Book Club which has a funny story attached to it, Interact Club, and Academic Decathlon. I really wanted to get accepted into a good college. Now that I've been accepted and in for a while, I want to be a business management major.

Why I am a Mormon

My reasons for being a Mormon have changed over the years. When I was very little, I lived in Ohio, and I went because that's where my parents took me. I liked rubbing my face against the nylon stitched wall fabric during main meeting. I'm sure I enjoyed drinking water from the drinking fountain. My primary teacher fed us little apple slices and milk. I learned about Jesus being special, and I probably enjoyed singing the children songs. I know that I felt good feelings as I went. I felt the Spirit early on, particularly soon after I was baptized and confirmed. I remember the great love felt during my baptism day. I moved to Florida and continued to go to church. I became teenager age and the standards of health and chastity kept me safe. They were encouraged in my family and in the youth activities I would go to. In Florida, I enjoyed seeing girls at church, but I didn't go after them because I was too shy. But it was fun to dream. I moved to California. Then I went to the church dances. That pushed me out of my comfort zone, and then I danced and, once I was 16, I dated. I usually tried to do the right things. At this point, I prayed and received a witness from God that the Book of Mormon is true. Still leaving my comfort zone, I joined the school play, "Oklahoma!" The girl that I danced with, named Justine, became my friend. We dated for a few months, but then became "just friends." For some reason, probably just because I felt like I ought to, I gave her a copy of the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet, which has our standards for youth (such as dressing modestly, listening to appropriate music, and not doing drugs.) Later I gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon for her birthday. Several months later, this led her into developing interest and wanting to take lessons about the Church from the two missionaries in her home. After she decided she wanted to be baptised, I got to baptize her. This strengthened my interest and desire to share the gospel with others, which was important, because I left for a mission a year later to teach people in Australia. The experiences I had with the living God on my mission make it so that I'm so much more committed and earnest to learn about Christ and help other children of our Heavenly Father to overcome obstacles and succeed and be happy in life.

How I live my faith

At church, we're each given "callings," which are like jobs that we do for free to serve in the church. I have been a Sunday school teacher, teaching classes in church on the scriptures for example, the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I used to be my ward's "institute representative." I would send emails out to encourage the others in my ward to go to a scripture study class on Wednesday night and to mingle afterward to get to know each other. Now, I am a activities committee member. Activities get ward members unified with one another. I am also a "home teacher." Myself and the companion that I home teach with visit four other members of our "ward" our congregation, or church group, and have a prayer with them, share some scripture, be a friend to them, and help them with what they might need, if they need something. I try to keep my scripture study habit steady, even when it's hard, and I also pray to my Heavenly Father in the morning, before meals, and before I go to sleep. I have respect for the beliefs of others. At appropriate times I share my beliefs with others and invite them to learn and live them by inviting them to church, to learn from our missionaries, or to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon. I'm not perfect at it, but I try to be open and greet new people that come to our meetings.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes. According to the Book of Mormon, after many years of looking forward to it, the people in North America got to be visited by Jesus Christ, after He had lived and died and lived again in the Holy Land (around Jerusalem.) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible has important and true stories that build your faith in Jesus Christ. Faith or belief/trust in Jesus Christ is important because it provides motivation and drive to do the right things that God needs us to do to become more like Him. For example, God often asks us to make sacrifices, such as pay tithes and offerings of money to help poor people or to support the Church. Sacrifices like that require to have strong belief that the Church is true and important. A story from the Old Testament, like the story of the widow woman and Elijah the prophet. Elijah asked the poor woman for some food, but she said "As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die." Elijah invited her to make the sacrifice, promising her "thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth." She had faith that things would be blessed for offering food to a servant of the Lord. Her faith was rewarded. The New Testament (the second half of the Bible) is important because it's the story of Jesus Christ's life, when He was actually here. I believe in the Bible because: -It's accepted by most Christians that I know of. -I met people on my mission to Australia that had a reverence for the Bible, and they were good people because they tried to do what's right and follow Jesus -I have prayed about the Book of Mormon and God has answered my prayer and I know that it's true. Since the Book of Mormon prophesies about events that happen in the Bible, I know that the events that the Bible teaches about are true. Show more Show less