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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm serving a mission in the South and loving it. I enjoy economics and astronomy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon and am currently serving a mission for the LDS Church in the South. I went to a year of college before my mission and am majoring in economics. I've got a great family with my parents and younger siblings. One of our favorite family activities is taking our four-wheelers to the sand dunes. I love reading, especially science fiction, and I love learning about astronomy and getting my telescope out to look at the night sky in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church with my family. They taught me well. As I grew older and learned more, I realized how perfectly everything fits together in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I continue learning both about the gospel and life in general, it strengthens my testimony that everything does testify of Christ and our Heavenly Father's plan for us all. As I live in the way that I have learned God wants me to live, I have found that I am blessed, and that everything God has promised in the scriptures does come to pass when I do what I am supposed to. The Book of Mormon must be true, and because of that, Joseph Smith must be the prophet who restored the church of Jesus Christ in its fullness.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a full-time missionary. I have the opportunity to invite others to come unto Christ by teaching them about our Heavenly Father's plan and our Savior and the way He wants us to live. It is amazing to be able to see people change their lives because of the things they are taught and through Jesus Christ. I seek to help them any way I can.

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

Ryan
First, we will want to find out who you are and what your hopes and dreams are. The gospel of Jesus Christ will help us achieve all good hopes, and the Mormon missionaries want to help you achieve your hopes with knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They have a unique message of hope and happiness that has blessed their lives and will bless yours. It is the message that God has again called a prophet to the earth, who has authority from God to teach us His Plan of Happiness for us. The evidence of this is the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ryan
A testimony is simply what you believe and know to be true about God. It is our thoughts and feelings about Him and the role He has played in our lives. When we "bear our testimony", we are expressing these things to those around us. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ryan
No, Mormons are not required to serve a mission. We are encouraged to, however, because our Heavenly Father wants us to share the blessings that we have received. We receive gifts from God in order to bless our lives and the lives of others. Serving a mission helps us have that opportunity. I am serving a mission because I have received a great gift in my knowledge of God, His church, and His plan. It is blessing to share that knowledge with others and see them change their lives for the better. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ryan
God is our Father in Heaven. He is the father of all our spirits. He has a perfected body of flesh and bone. He has a plan for us to become like Him, just as any parent wants their children to eventually achieve everything they have. Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son on earth and is our Savior and Redeemer. His mortal mother was Mary. He lived a perfect life and performed the Atonement so that we could be saved. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, died on the cross, and rose again. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit whose mission is to testify to us of the reality of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He testifies of all truth, and it is by His power that we can learn all truth, especially spiritual truths. Show more Show less