Hi I'm Ryan
I enjoy spending time with friends and family. On occasion my wife and I learn musical duets together. I graduated with a degree in Spanish Education from BYU-Idaho and more recently graduated from Law School in Texas. I love learning foreign languages. I learned Spanish in High School, served a mission in Mongolia (learning Mongolian,) and upon return to the U.S. learned a little bit of Russian.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a member of the LDS church because I know this is the church Christ Himself established. I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm the veracity of this church on several occasions. I feel genuinely happy when I live my life in accordance with His teachings. I feel inner peace that comes in no other way. Living the gospel has unquestionably strengthened my relationship with my beautiful wife.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
I don't have any one story that stands out over another of how the Book of Mormon has helped me better understand the purpose of life. I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost when I study it, and it helps me to remember what things bring genuine happiness instead of fleeting excitement. Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, promised that a man would grow closer to God by reading the Book of Mormon than any other book, and I know from experience that his promise is true.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
For me, feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost is a feeling of confidence and happiness. Feeling the Holy Ghost helps me remember what is important in life, and to not get distracted with lesser things.
How I live my faith
I spent two years of my life in Mongolia as a missionary seeking and teaching those looking for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently I am attending college so I can support my family. I have participated in my church congregation by encouraging others to look up their family history. I have taught a number of different church classes, and served in leadership positions.