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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a family man, a Social Worker, a Democrat, a reader, and an occasional Ukulele player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Utah. I have a great faithful family. Served a mission in Fiji-talk about lucking out eh? I have a bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work. I've lived in the Mountain West, West Coast, North East, and Southern United States. I've worked with the elderly and those with a Psychiatric illness in the past, and currently am a civilian Social Worker with the Army. I met my wonderful wife at church. We have the cutest little son who smiles every time you look at him. We got married when we were 29. I like to read history and non-fiction. I love college football. I'm a good grocery shopper and a good cook. I run or go to the gym sometimes. I love spending time with my wife and son.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family in a heavily populated Mormon area. Aa a teen I was able to read the scriptures and try to live by the teachings of the Gospel. I saw that many things made sense in my mind and my heart and made me happy. I felt the spirit. As a college student and young Urban adult, I saw how special the Churches values and works were. The teaching of leaders in the scriptures and general conference inspired and still inspire me to be better and point me towards Christ. As a husband and father, the Temple and living the Church teaching now doesn't only help me be happy, It helps the other people I care about too. I love the Church's distinct and fascinating history. I enjoy the community and chances to help and be helped by other members of my faith.

How I live my faith

Daily I pray with my family. I read from the scriptures or general conference individually or with my family. I go to Church on Sunday and to the Temple with my wife once a month. I give ten percent of my income, and a bit more to help the poor. I try to treat others kindly and when I have problems I think about Church teachings as a way of helping me solve them. In the past my wife and I taught fun Church lessons to kids in Primary. Right now we just go to church but may be asked to do something in the future.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There were from the late 1840's to the late 1970's. Thankfully there are not longer any type of restrictions in this way. God absolutely loves all his children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Members of the Church haven't for over 100 years. They did with Church guidance for about 70 years at the beginning of the Church. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes and isn't it great to be in a relationship or work towards a relationship where you want that to happen? Families sealed and covenants kept help families continue as units indefinitely. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

If used in a pejorative way its because people don't like us or don't understand what most of us are about. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to be happy in this life and be prepared to make an account of our life to God in the hereafter. Christ is the great example and way to return to God. Show more Show less

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

We have gay friends and family. Like most members, we associate with people with different ways of living in our pluralistic society. The Church teaches us to love and respect our neighbor. We are also taught to have distinct and restrained morality and encourage morality in society. Many in the world don't understand that you can do both. The Church encourages members to support male/female marriage. Show more Show less