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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm 19, I grew up in Utah, I love soccer, and, that's right, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student with a vague picture of where I want to go in life. I'm taking business courses and want to be able to own my own business someday. I LOVE soccer. I've been playing my entire life. Now that I'm out of high school it's more difficult to find good competition, but I play whenever and wherever there is a ball a goal and someone to beat! I have been mormon all my life, and I truly love my religion. My faith has gotten me through so many things in my life, and I don't know how I ever would have survived my teenage years without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because nothing else has ever brought me so much peace and happiness. There is so much that goes on in life, we have to have something to hold on to. Knowing that I am a child of God and what that really means gives me purpose in my life. Knowing that Christ is my Savior and that through His Atonement I can be forgiven of my sins gives me great hope. Knowing that God has reached out to us again through living prophets and through the Book of Mormon gives me comfort like nothing else can give. I was raised a member of the church, my parents made me go to church every Sunday of my entire life. Some days I really enjoyed it, some days I really wished they would leave me alone. It wasn't until very recently that I began to understand what they understood, why they made me come every week. In the last year I have made an effort to find out for myself what I need to do with my life, and as I have studied and prayed and tried to figure things out, one thing is clear: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is where I belong. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, because the Spirit of God has born witness of it to me. I know God has told me that, and I can't deny it. Whenever a doubt or a concern or a question is raised, I go back to the Book of Mormon, and the feeling I get every time I am reading for an answer, and every time I pray about that book is the same, it's always a feeling of peace and love from my Father in Heaven. I know it's true, and I know that anyone who honestly seeks the truth will discover for themselves that it is true as well. It is something that we can know in a very personal way, God has promised us that he will answer our prayers when we humbly seek Him. I've felt that many times in my life and there is no doubt that anyone who wants to can feel it too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all that I do. I live a pretty typical college life (minus the drugs and drinking!), but there are always ways to reach out and help people, to lift others up, and to show God that you are willing to follow Him. I make sure that whatever situation I am in, I stand as an example of my faith. My friends know my beliefs, they know what I stand for, so I have to hold to that. By trying my best to set an example of following Jesus Christ I live my religion in my every day life. Beyond the normal every day things, I live my faith by reading from the Book of Mormon every day no matter how busy I am. I take time out of my weekends to do service projects, help people move, or go visit families in the area. I attend Church every Sunday for 3 hours to worship and to learn from others. I study and prepare to teach a class so that I can help others learn as well. My life is centered around my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ryan
Mormon missionaries proselyte in order to give as many people as possible the chance to hear the Gospel and to choose to accept or reject it. We know what we have is the truth and so we truly desire to share with everyone the blessings that come from our faith. Show more Show less

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

Ryan
When the missionaries visit a home they share with people the story of how God has always worked with man, how Jesus Christ established a church led by authority, how that was lost, and how it has been restored today. They will tell you why that is important, and the blessings that can come to you by following Jesus Christ. They will also share what we call the "Plan of Salvation" or in other words, God's ultimate plan for us here, why are we here, where did we come from, where are we going. We have answers to all these questions that our missionaries share with everyone they talk to. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ryan
Yes we do. God has always worked through prophets and apostles and he continues to do so today. Moses was called to give the Israelites specific instruction for their time, as well as teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a prophet today to do the same, he testifies of Christ and gives us intstruction from God that we can apply in our changing world today. Show more Show less