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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm in the Coast Guard. I make great cookies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from California and come from a faithful family of 6 kids. I'm the oldest brother of four and we all surf, skate, swim and play water polo. Since I love action and the ocean, I joined the Coast Guard and am stationed in Texas. I'm getting my MBA at the local state university. I like to stay healthy by long distance running, tennis, and whatever else is fun and outside. I'm very social and the church is a great place to form quality friendships, anywhere you go.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church always felt right. I have a great, faithful family. But it wasn't until I left home for college that I started to take seriously the invitation to pray and find out for myself if the church was true. So after reading the Book of Mormon entirely for the first time, I went on a long run into the mountains above BYU and found a secluded area where I could pray without interruption. I asked God if the things I'd learned all my life about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and Christ's atonement were real. I received a definitive answer in the affirmative through the Holy Ghost. I feel bits and pieces of that same spirit every day as I work, enjoy nature, study and hang out with my family and friends. Being Mormon to me, means being tied together with people of all backgrounds who share this common testimony. Its alot of fun and extremely fulfilling.

How I live my faith

Living my faith means being obedient to Christ's standards and serving others. My day is a success if I can squeeze in 30 minutes of scripture reading, service, and exercise in between working in the Coast Guard full time and studying for MBA night school classes at Lamar. Here in the local congregation I'm responsible for activities, so I try to attend everything and plan stuff to make sure everyone has fun. I also get to do monthly visits to a few people and we talk about gospel principles and play Mario Brothers. Last week we helped out at the food bank and there are always random service projects to help with. Life is very busy, but I always make sure to put the important parts first- scripture study, prayer and meeting attendance.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ryan
We believe he is the father of our spirits and the creator of this earth. Like any father, he wants us to become like him eventually. We believe that is entirely possible through Jesus Christ's atonement. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Ryan
We believe in it because its true. You can tell its true when you live the way it teaches and experience the promised blessings of happiness and joy. You can also receive a witness from the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Ryan
Attending church is a weekly thing and anyone can go. Attending the temple is voluntary and reserved for members who are worthy. Worthiness is determined by local church leaders. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Ryan
Because we all make mistakes, sometimes on accident, mostly on purpose. We need to change and be forgiven so we can be clean enough to live with God. The atonement cleans us and helps us change our nature to not want to do those sins again. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ryan
No. We worship God and his only begotten son. Joseph Smith was a prophet and a man. He saw God and Christ and was assigned by them to translate the Book of Mormon and restore the true church. We love and revere him, but do not worship him. Show more Show less

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

Ryan
Marriage is holy and sacred and should be held up to God's standard, rather than compromised to meet the decaying moral trends of society. Homosexuality is one of many sexual sins. It is in everyone's nature to be prone to some sort of sin. The great challenge of life is to overcome our sinful natures through faith in Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ryan
Yes. We believe the only way to be happy in this life and in eternity is through our savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Ryan
We avoid consuming anything habit forming and/or harmful to the body. Additionally, its a commandment given through current prophets. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Ryan
We are all different, but the common thread is we try to accentuate the positive in ourselves and eradicate the negative. We like to have fun, but not at the cost of compromising our standards. Show more Show less