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Hi I'm Ryan

I speak Spanish, Mongolian, and a little Russian. I am a Boston Celtics fan, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

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 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.

Are Mormons Christians?

Ryan
Yes we are! While we may be better known as "Mormons," the official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God. He is our Redeemer, saving us from sin and death through His Atonement. The Book of Mormon is a witness of Him. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ryan
 I don't know. Nothing in our church is done in secret. Our Temple ordinances are sacred, and we keep them from those who are not ready to receive or understand them yet we encourage all who are worthy to attend the Temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ryan
We do not worship the man Joseph Smith who we esteem to be a great Prophet. A prophet is one who receives revelation from God and has authority to act in His name. We worship God, our Eternal Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. We have gratitude and respect for the Prophet Jospeh Smith. At the age of 14 Joseph had great desires to know which of all the sects of Christianity was correct. He saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, who appeared to him, and told him at that time no church on the earth was true. Joseph Smith became the instrument whereby Heavenly Father restored His church to this earth once again. We are grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith because we have all the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ available to us because of the work he did. Show more Show less

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

Ryan
Our Church does not endorse any political party. Principles compatible with our beliefs are found in the platforms of all major political parties. The members of our faith are encouraged to be full participants in political, governemental and community affairs. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ryan
Missionaries share our beliefs about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about God, our Heavenly Father, and His plan of salvation for us. They teach the purpose of life, and how to return to live with our Heavenly Father and be eternally happy. Show more Show less

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

Ryan
We believe that homosexuality is contrary to the commands of God (see Romans 1:24-32). In an address to the world in 1995 the leaders of our church wrote the following words as they were Divinely inspired: "All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose....The family is ordained of God. Marriage between a man and woman is essential to His eternal plan." We believe that the definition of marriage cannot be changed or altered by any human means. We desire to treat with respect all children of our Heavenly Father. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said: “People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God...." "We cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity....To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families” (Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71). Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ryan
Our faith has nothing whatsoever to do with anyone who practices polygamy. Should any of the members of our church be found practicing polygamy, they are excommunicated, which is the most serious penalty the church can impose. At various times in history the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Jacob received the following revelation "for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife and concubines he shall have none...for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people otherwise they shall hearken unto these things" Jacob 2 27-30 In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball were among those who were to practice plural marriage. They were challenged by the command, but nevertheless they obeyed. Those that entered into this practice had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed by the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, the President of the Church Wilford Woodruff received revelation from the Lord to cease teaching the practice of plural marriage. The Lord's law of marriage is monogamy, unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel. Show more Show less