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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Idaho, I Enjoy the Outdoors and Traveling, I am a Engineer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in southeastern Idaho where the Teton Mountains and the meandering Snake River are in close proximity. In these surroundings my innate desire to be outdoors flourished. From early on in my life I was enthralled with the juxtaposition between nature’s simplistic appearances and the complexity embedded in their explanation. This interest fueled my hobbies as I became active in hiking and mountain biking while always contemplating the intricate details found within nature. With my proclivity to be in the outdoors I inherently excelled in the natural sciences and math throughout my life as I attempted to satiate the desire to find answers to the myriad of questions I had collected from being outdoors. When the time arrived to select a course of study in college I chose Mechanical Engineering for the similarity between its coursework and my interests. After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering I accepted a position for a major air line company in Atlanta, Georgia. Consequently, through this vocation I am blessed with the ability to travel easily which allows me to experience all the splendors of the world where unique examples of the Lord's creation exist. And to make these experiences even more special I get to share them with my beautiful companion and friend, my wife of six years.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always had a desire to be a Mormon. In my youth I did not attend many church meetings, and found other diversions to occupy my time. Later, a close childhood friend began to invite me to weekday church activities, and eventually over time I became interested in attending Sunday worship as well. From this time in my life Heavenly Father has blessed me with numerous opportunities and experiences where I have learned for myself what is true. I know that my Savior has sacrificed Himself for me but more importantly I know He lives for me too. I know that if I am faithful and obedient to His gospel I will obtain salvation and exaltation after this life through the merits and tender mercies of the Lord. I know that I am not perfect and will stumble along the way, but I know the mistakes I make along the way can be forgiven if I am penitent and approach my Savior with humility. Through the atonement and resurrection I know I can overcome both spiritual and physical death. I love my Savior and the knowledge I have of His gospel.

How I live my faith

On a daily basis I make a concentrated effort to pray, study the scriptures, and to become more Christ-like. I have come to learn if I surround myself with good things, then there is less room for those distractions that don't edify and build up my faith. As the scriptures teach, faith without works is dead. Therefore, significant part of my faith involves activity in the local congregation where I am tasked with leading a quorum, or group, of adult men who hold the Priesthood. This responsibility involves teaching and counseling these men regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ, but more specifically to give emphasis to their Priesthood duties to those within their stewardship. Additionally, I help organize church activities and humanitarian efforts in the local community in an effort to foster friendship and community involvement.