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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Mormon that has lived all over the world.

About Me

My mother had me in a time when my biological father beat her and was involved with drugs. When her blood fell on me, she thought it was mine, and mustered up the courage to leave my birth father. We lived a poor life for about two years until my mother remarried the man who would adopt me and earn the title "Dad". He was an officer in the Army, and provided a great life for me both physically, academically, and spiritually. I was able to grow up all over the United States and the World, and what's more, I was able to learn for myself what it's like to belong to a church that's doctrinally identical the whole world through.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people will chalk up my membership to being raised in the church, but that isn't enough to help someone be a faithful member of the church. I have met people from every region of the United states, Korea, Spain, Central America, South America, and several countries in Africa. I've been in awe as I've seen how all these people believe in different things and show their faith in different ways, yet I've seen some truth in what they ALL believe. What I love about being a "Mormon" is that it embraces every truth. There are laws and truths that are just as natural and old as the law of gravity...they just are. If there is anything true or right, it can be found in the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Any truths from the Islamic faith, or the Catholic faith, or any Protestant faith, or Buddhism, or any set of beliefs is also found in this Church. What's more, there is no Mormon that can convince you of it, or that should even try because it is against our beliefs. We believe that the church Christ formed anciently was restored when a young man approached God in faithful prayer because he believed James 1:5 which says, "...that if any man lacked wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." This young man was Joseph Smith, and he was confused about religion, and so he asked God. He received his answer, and our promise is that anyone who approaches God in the same manner will know for themselves that it is true. We know it is not our business to convince men, but to inform them, and to let them search, ponder, and pray about what we teach them. If it's true, God will tell you. It either is or it isn't. I'm a Mormon because I know I can find the truth of any thing for myself, and that I will be blessed by living according to what I'm told when I'm answered.

How I live my faith

I'm not going to follow just any person who believes they are called of God. I have prayed to know if Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to act and speak for Him. I have prayed to know if the Book of Mormon brought forth through the prophet Joseph Smith is truly from God, and also all the other scriptures we've received from modern prophets. I've also prayed to know if we have a current, living prophet on the earth that speaks God's truth to us regularly today, and I have received my answer that these things do indeed come from God. When I act on what I'm told is true, I see the truth and power of them in my life. I'm 27 years old and have a wife, two daughters, and have been blessed physically, spiritually, and emotionally as I've followed the counsel of men whom I believe have been called as prophets in our time. Any time I wonder about the truth of any thing, I pray, I test out whatever "thing" it is by applying it, and I wait to see the power of it in my life. This is how I live my faith. Most of all, when I fall short, the atonement of my Savior helps make up what I lack. That is the greatest miracle of all in my life.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Ryan
God did! In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe God is the same yesterday, today, and always. He has always called prophets to teach His children of the eternal laws and commandments that would enable them to be happy in this life, and to live with Him in the life to come. When Christ was on the earth he laid his hands on the heads of the Apostles and gave them the power and authority to act in his name. His apostles were eventually killed, and the truth he established through revelation to them was changed throughout time. In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith prayed to know which of all the churches was true. God the Father and Jesus Christ came to him in person, two distinct and separate beings, and told him that the authority to act in the name of God was no longer on the earth, and subsequently called Joseph to be the instrument by which they would restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is led by revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ through a prophet, his counselors, and 12 apostles. Men throughout the church strive to be worthy to hold this same priesthood to preside in their homes as equals to their wives, not superiors. In this way, the whole church, from the general mass, to a regional area, to a congregation and finally to a specific home are led by revelation through the priesthood of God, which has been restored to earth again through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less