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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a saxophonist, an aspiring scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

1/21/2014: Finally got around to updating this =). My name is Ryan and I grew up and currently live in Southern California. I served a two year, full-time mission for the church in Australia from June 2010-2012. After returning from my mission I went back to school and I am currently at a university studying psychology and chemistry. I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in psychological research and obtain a career in that field. In addition to school I volunteer at a psychological research lab on campus which focuses on the mental processes of reading. I also help my mom with her essential oil business and will start a business of my own in February as part of an internship with a house painting company. Outside of school, I enjoy playing jazz saxophone and acoustic guitar and in high school I was in marching band and jazz band. I also love cooking and baking and experimenting with making new and creative recipes. I am an Eagle scout and so I like any outdoor activity - camping, hiking, biking, backpacking, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was born and raised a member of this church However, over time she stopped going. During this time she met my dad, got married, and had my younger sister and I. Since my mom was not active in the church and my dad was never very religious, for the early part of my life I didn't have much of a religious background. When I was eleven my dad passed away, which motivated my mom to come back to church. When I first started going to church I wasn’t too interested in it and was going just because my mom was going. After a few months of going to church and being taught by the missionaries, I finally decided to become a baptized member of the church. Ever since then I have been an active member of the church along with my mom and younger sister. I feel that my decision to be baptized was left entirely up to me and that I was not pushed by my mom to do anything that I did not want to do. I feel that even from a young age I believed there was a God and I believe that this church is the one that He brought me to. Over the years I have seen that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are designed to bring people happiness, safety, and peace in their lives. I know for myself that this church has helped me to be a better person and has helped me live a moral standard that has brought me in closer harmony with God. The church’s teachings make so much sense to me and have answered so many questions that most people have about life.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church is all about serving others and many members of the church are given different assignments, or callings, to allow them to learn and experience the joy being involved. For example, my current calling in my congregation is Elders Quorum President, which means I am in charge of the spiritual and physical well-being of a group of men ages 18 - 30. This consists of promoting quorum unity, reaching out to those who have fallen away from the church, and giving opportunities for members to serve others both. inside and outside of the church. The church allows many opportunities to serve and so there are a variety of callings. For example, a previous callings I have had were the Assistant Scout Master for my church’s Boy Scout troop and the assistant teacher for a class of 12-13 year old young men. I have found that the callings I have received throughout my time in the church have taught me the importance of serving others and gave me the chance to build strong relationships with those I served. However, in addition to the different callings we receive from church, we must live our faith not only on Sunday, but "in all times and in all places." Living my faith means putting into practice the teaching of the gospel, striving to become a nobler, more capable servant of our Lord. I do this by an earnest desire to keep the commandments, improve myself, and share this message of hope and peace with others.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The first thing that is important to know about temples is that we view them as very sacred and important places. Because of this, we do not talk about what happens in the temple. It is not because the temples are meant to be secret, but rather sacred. Only mature, worthy members of the church are allowed in the temple. This is because of the significance of what happens inside the temple. The things we do in the temple are meant to help us draw nearer to God and help us to understand His plan for His children. Certain ordinances, such as sealings and baptisms for the dead, are performed in the temple. We believe that inside the temple a man and woman can be married for time and all eternity and families can be sealed, allowing them to be to be together even after this life. In the temple we also do baptisms for the dead; which means we are baptized for people who have died without having the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe in God and His son Jesus Christ. We believe that before this life we lived with God as His spirit children. Our purpose in coming to Earth is so that we can learn and progress and show God our love and willingness to follow Him. If in mortality we obtain faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, are baptized and given the Holy Ghost by someone holding the proper authority of God, and then keep God's commandments to the end of our lives we will be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father after we die and receive all the blessings he is able to give us. Show more Show less