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Hi I'm Ryan

I love science. I grew up learning about space. I'm studying to prepare for a career in engineering research. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was little, I was always fascinated with rockets and space. Growing up I loved to build models, especially model rockets, and had a few "October Sky" moments launching them. I love reading about Space news and history. I also enjoy programming computers and working others on big projects. Now I'm studying to be a rocket scientist. I love physics and engineering, and I hope to work developing research satellites or researching new launch systems. I was recently married and I am loving life with my wonderful wife.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people who study science find it difficult to believe in God. As my understanding grows, I wonder why this is, since really, what we do as we explore the universe is learn more about how God does His work. Faith is necessary to live religiously, but it's easier to have and build faith when everything in the universe testifies that God lives and that he loves us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped my to overcome my weaknesses. I have many struggles, but the Gospel and Atonement of Christ help me to improve every day. I want to do more to build His kingdom, and that desire is the result of an ever-strengthening testimony. Jesus Christ created the world and made it possible for us to gain a higher existence. We are here to find joy, and I have found from my personal experience that joy exists in the Gospel. He guides us every day and helps us to advance and learn, both in science and technology and personally. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My church ward consists of other newly married students and young families. A lot of people move in and out, and enjoy the opportunities to serve and get to know new families by helping. Every month, I visit two or three families to share a spiritual message and to see if they need any support from the ward. I always learn new things when I do this, it's very rewarding. There are a few babies in our ward, but no youth, so one of my favorite things to do is volunteer to help with the Sacrament (The Lord's Supper) each week. I love to think about the ancient priests doing their work when I do this, and it helps me to think more about Jesus and His sacrifice. I spent two years in Texas as a missionary for the Church, and I met many wonderful people who taught me a lot about my faith with their examples. There are so many sincere people who love and serve everyone, and I try to be like them and follow the example of the Savior in serving others.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

God's influence is everywhere. Creation is organization, not chaos. As one who is studying science and engineering, and thus often struggles to make small things happen on purpose, it's impossible to think the universe was an accident. God allows and even inspires people to discover new scientific principles which tell of how He works. We don't know everything, but I love bringing science and the Gospel together to testify of God. Show more Show less