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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm an Ultimate Frisbee player. I love Music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was originally born in California, but was raised in Utah most of my life. I have always loved, as you can see from above, a good game of Ultimate Frisbee. It all started with a bunch of friends in high school. Everyday, during our lunch hour, we would meet on the Soccer field and play. We never kept score, never had certain teams, and never cared who was good and who wasn't. We simply played because we loved it. It was used as a chance to unwind from the stresses of high school, the drama of relationships, and the dullness of the classroom. What made it truly enjoyable for me was the idea that everyone played - no one was left out or neglected. Music has always been important in my family. My parents started me into music at a very young age simply becuase they wanted each of their children to at least be involved with it. When I entered middle school, I joined band with the intentions of learning the Clarinet. However, being one of the biggest kids in all the different band classes, my band teacher asked if I wouldn't mind learning the Tuba. I accepted the offer, and it has stuck with me ever since. It carried me all throughout high school and into college, where I have earned scholarships for my playing. Learning instruments has always been a hobby of mine, and I can currently play (not all at the same level) Tuba, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Vocal, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know, along with the Bible, that it truly is the Word of God. I know that the stories, principles and doctrines taught inside its pages were written for me personally because no other book has impacted my personal understanding of life. I am also a Mormon because of the friends within the Church in whom I've learned so much. They have taught me how to best build myself up in a world that constantly tries to tear me down. Ultimately, I am a Mormon because I know that by willingly following the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I will recieve peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as one of its missionaries. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I strive to live the Gospel and share it with all people. Every one of God's children (in other words, everyone) is entitled to hear the Message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I have the humble opportunity to make that possible for all who will listen.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ryan
The Book of Mormon is many things. It is scripture. It goes hand-in-hand with the Bible. "It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel." (Book of Mormon, Introduction, paragraph 1) It contains many truths about the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stories and plain doctrine. It is evidence that Joseph Smith is truly a prophet, called of God. "In due course the Book of Mormon was delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God." (Book of Mormon, Introduction, paragraph 5) It was written, just as the Bible, by prophets of old who recorded the same truths that are taught in the Bible. Mormon (whom the book is names after) was the prophet who abridged all of those writings into one compilation. Most importantly, it is, as it is titled, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. "The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come." (Book of Mormon, Introduction, paragraph 3) The Book of Mormon shows that God truly loves all of his children and wants all of them to live with him once again. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Ryan
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ established His Church and His Gospel. He chose 12 Apostles and gave them priesthood authority. Such authority was needed to run His Church following His death and ressurection. However, wicked people persecuted and hunted the Apostles. Following their death, people relied on man's wisdom and interpretations of the Christ's teachings rather than priesthood authority. Plain and simple truths regarding the nature of God were discussed and voted on in councils. Such changes is simple doctrine led man to change, distort, or even forget Christ's teachings, including different written interpretations of the Bible. These changes also led to the emergence of many different churches and denominations. This confusion led Joseph Smith to call upon God in prayer to know which church was right, only to find that he was join none of them. Through his divine calling as prophet and by the power of God, he translated the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon explains the plain and precious truths that were lost by man following the death of Christ's original apostles. So, why was a Restoration needed? So Christ's original Gospel and Church could once again return to earth. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Ryan
Joseph Smith was the first prophet for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Being born into a deeply religious family who constantly sought for truth, he was very curious of religion. As he read the Bible, I'm sure he came across Ephesians 4:5 - "one Lord, one faith, one baptism". However, as he was searching for truth, many different ministers from many different faiths claimed to have the truth. He accounts that as he was reading the Bible, he came across James 1:5, a scripture that deeply touched his heart. Taking that admonition, he went into a grove of trees to focus on his humble, heartfelt question in kneeling prayer. As he prayed, he recieved a remarkable experience - one that has forever changed the world: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. ... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other - This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith - History 1:16-17) Based on a simple question of what truth is and where one can find it, Joseph Smith was called as a prophet in these latter days to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church which was set up over two thousand years ago. Just as God called the prophets of old (Moses, Noah and Abraham), He called Jospeh Smith to be His Latter-Day Prophet. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ryan
Faith is believing Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It is knowing and accepting him as the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Through faith, we develop trust and confidence in ourselves as we go about doing good for others. It is the opposite of doubt and fear, and leads to act on repentance, obedience, and service. Faith is shown through our diligence and work, and grows as we come to know Jesus Christ and follow his example. Show more Show less