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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm an athlete, Imma stud, Imma be rockin' like this!

About Me

I grew up in California and went to college. I ran Cross-Country and Track, and was also in a school play. I'm very athletic and am always looking for thrills. I try to be unique and am always having a good time. I'm patriotic. I love naps, stepping on crunchy leaves, tandum bike rides, an occasional LARP, and anything chocolate. Sometimes I talk in my sleep. I am a guitar hero expert and a Pokemon master. I like techno and rock n roll; I love to Tecktonik dance and do something crazy. Thrift store shopping is my favorite way to get crazy clothes and sick-nasty ties. I'm a lover not a fighter, therefore "love is my religion". My name is Ryan, and I like to party!

Why I am a Mormon

One of the main reasons I'm a Mormon is because it all makes sense! Everything fits into place and all of the questions are answered: Why am I here? Does God talk to us? What can I expect after this life? I have been able to learn God's purpose for me and my family more than just "going to heaven". That plan is called the Plan of Salvation. What helps me stay motivated to maintain my testimony is my awesome family. Without them I don't know where I'd be. Without the guidance of Jesus Christ, I'd probably be getting into a lot of trouble. I'm a very social person. I'd rather be at a party than by myself reading a book. So I try to surround myself with good friends that have good standards in the church to help me be a good person. I also want to be that example for other people to look up to. Even after sin, there is hope. I've experienced the amazing miracle of forgiveness in my life. That warmth and encouragement wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the atonement of my Saviour and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. I have a witness of the reality of the changing power Jesus can have in our lives and I invite everyone to learn about how that can be made possible for you in your life.

How I live my faith

When I'm around other people, I'm alright telling people that I'm a Mormon. That usually leads to questions or even a little bit of teasing because I'm going against the trend to swear, drink, smoke, or have sex, but I don't mind because my religion is so much more important to me than what other people think. I like going to my friend's churches, as long as they don't mind me inviting them to come to church with me as well. To me, the message of the gospel is so important that I'd be selfish not to share it. I'm devoting two years of my life to serve a full-time mission in Georgia to tell everyone how they can find true and eternal happiness that I have found with my family.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ryan
In Acts 5:38-39 it talks about how if it be of God it cannot be stopped. Most churches will take a long time to grow because they need to convince people to join. In Jesus Christ's church, the members are not responsible for the "convincing", but the Holy Spirit. Because of the convincing power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus's church cannot fail. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ryan
"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." -Articles of Faith:1 As Mormons, we believe in the Godhead, as described above. However, there can be a lot of confusion because a lot of times in the Bible and Book of Mormon, the scriptures Jesus talks about "being in the Father and the Father in me and the Father and I are one". Also, sometimes the scriptures refer to Jesus as God. We believe that God is more of a title than it is a name, however when most people say "God" we're referring to God "The Father". Jesus Christ has many roles. First, he was the God of the Old Testament, Jehovah. He is also "the Word" that was in the beginning (John 1:1). He was also the Only Begotten of the Father, making him the Son of God. Jesus Christ is a member of the Godhead. In all of these senses, Jesus Christ is also a God. God the Father's purpose is help us receive joy and eternal life. These three divine, seperate entities work together, all having their seperate roles: Jesus to be our Saviour and Mediator, and the Holy Ghost to testify of Christ's divinity and lead us to truth. It is so important for us to study who God is in order to understand and try to comprehend how much God the Father and Jesus Christ love us. God loves us so much, that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to save us from sin and death. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Ryan
A great scripture to help us understand why the Church practiced polygamy comes from the Book of Mormon. It's Mosiah 21:17 and it reads: "Now there was a great number of women, more than there was of men; therefore king Limhi commanded that every man should impart to the support of the widows and their children, that they might not perish with hunger; and this they did because of the greatness of their number that had been slain." Members of our church, in it's early days, were persecuted so much that many of the men died. What more Christian way is there than to take care of and look after the widows of the church. We read that in the book of James, that true religion is to take care of families, especially those without fathers. Polygamy was NOT established by the Lord so that the men could have a lot of sex. Today, we do not practice polygamy, so if you see a TV show or hear of a group of people that practice polygamy, they are NOT Mormons. Show more Show less