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Hi I'm Ryan

I was hoping to become an NFL quarterback. I'm now an orthodontist and a father of 2. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small town in Oregon. I LOVE sports and grew up playing basketball, football and baseball all through high school. I played one year of college football and was hoping that I could pursue a future as a quarterback. I decided to put that on hold and serve as a missionary. Upon returning home, my perspective changed on what is important and I focused more on obtaining an education. I received a bachelors degree in chemistry and graduated from dental school about 2 years ago. I am now studying to be an orthodontist. I met and married a beautiful girl in college and we have been married for almost 8 years. I have two of the greatest kids in the world, a 3 year old and a 1 year old.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the very short answer to this question is that my membership in this church brings me peace and happiness. I was raised a Mormon and had wonderful parents that taught me the gospel and were great examples of faithfulness. Growing up, I attended my Sunday meetings weekly. During high school, I even went to early-morning seminary every weekday at 6am before school. I did all of this without really trying to find out if what I was taught was true. After high school, I had a decision to make. I was heavily involved in sports, and I had received an invitation to play football at a small college in Northern California. I had also been accepted to BYU. I think my parents knew that I wasn't very solid in my testimony of the gospel and they wanted me to go BYU and maybe a testimony would "rub off" on me. However, I decided that I wanted to play football, so I left for California. This turned out to be one of the best decisions that I made. After I left my family, I had to make the decision for myself whether I would attend church on Sunday. I roomed with 3 other football players and the church was about 20 minutes away, so It was definitely not easy or convenient to go. If I had gone to BYU, I may not have had to make this personal decision to go as so many of the students at BYU are members of the church. It was important for me to make the decision on my own if I was going to attend church. While in college, my mom asked me on the phone whether I was going to serve a mission. I told her that I did not know. She responded, "well don't you think it's about time you figured it out"? For some reason, that one question my mom asked sparked something in me. I was having a successful season of football. I had won the starting quarterback position and I was already being looked at by many Division I football programs. I knew that if I played one more year I would most likely obtain a scholarship. Leaving for a two-year mission would certainly take away the hope of playing football in the future, so I had to know for sure if the church was true or not. I started reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. No strong answers came immediately. At the same time, I worked hard to live my life as close to the teachings of the church as I could and try to repent of all of the mistakes that I made. By sincerely seeking the truth and trying to change my life through repentance, I felt the healing and peace that comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I knew that the feelings I had were coming from God. These feelings helped me to realize that the Book of Mormon is indeed true, and I knew that if it was true, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and the church that he established is the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. This seed of a testimony grew as I continued to read the scriptures, pray regularly, and serve others. My membership in this church has brought me so much peace and happiness, and that is the real reason that I'm Mormon. It brings me peace in the storms of life, increases my happiness during the good times, and gives me a hope for a happy eternity with my family.

How I live my faith

This church provides many opportunities to serve. Every person is given an opportunity to develop their own talents and strengthen their testimony by serving others. I served as a missionary in Korea and loved the time that I spent there. I learned to read, write, and speak the language while I was serving there. I am fortunate now to have the opportunity to serve with a Korean-speaking congregation in the United States. This allows me to continue to work with the people that I grew to love a missionary. I also have the responsibility to visit three families monthly to teach them a spiritual message and ensure that all of their needs are met. That is one way that we make sure that each and every person in this church is taken care of. Probably the most important way that I live my faith is by serving my beautiful family and teaching my kids the gospel. The family is not only the most important unit in our church, but in our communities as a whole.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ryan
Like most Christians, Mormons believe that it is ONLY through the grace of Jesus Christ, through his sacrifice for us, that we can be saved. And just like other faiths, we believe that there is some action required on our part in order to receive that grace. Mormons believe that In order to receive the grace of Jesus Christ, we must have faith in Him, repent of our mistakes, and be baptized. If we continue to live faithful to the end, the grace of Jesus Christ will ultimately sanctify us and allow us to live with our families for eternity with God. Show more Show less