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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Arizona. I love my family. I wrote a book on wellness. I'm an expert on Parkour in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a sweet angel of a woman. I have four adorable children that are very...active. I like to run, do yoga, surf, rock climb, and play parkour. Exercise, Diet, and Wellness are my areas of expertise. In the Mormon church we believe in eternal families. That means that after we die, my family and I will continue to be a family unit throughout all eternity. This is in contrast to being married "till death do you part." Priesthood holders have the authority from God to "bind on Earth". When families are sealed here through those with authority families can continue together beyond death.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has a special role in our lives. It leads us to truth. Any church can teach truth and so you can feel the spirit at any church. When you feel the Spirit as you read the Book of Mormon you learn 2 very important things. 1 it is True, it is the Word of God. 2 Joseph Smith is a Latter Day prophet like Moses and Abraham. The Mormon church teaches the Truths of Christ and his role in our Salvation. What separates the Mormon Church from other Christian Churches is Modern Revelations. Living Prophets. Prophets who speak the word of a Living God who still cares about his people. Don't take my word for it. Go and read the words of the modern prophet and see if you don't feel the Spirit yourself. Read the Book of Mormon and see if you don't feel the Spirit. Go to a church program and see if you don't learn what it is to feel the quiet peace of the Spirit. It may be new to you to start to recognize God's direction in your life. I challenge all to continue to seek Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I am a Mormon because of the Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

At church I am a ward missionary. That means I get to work with the full time missionaries in bringing souls to Christ through teaching the Gospel. It's a great opportunity. My family enjoys showing our faith in Christ by sharing our time and resources with our neighbors. Without going anywhere, there are many people who need your help right where you live. We've lived in many places, and that has always been true. The most common needs that don't cost too much are food, time, love. Sometimes people will ask me about what I believe. I love talking about it because it has so much potential to remove pain and brings peace and joy.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

When a child is little they can do many things right away. Feel, smell, taste, see, hear, and feel the Holy Spirit. As they get older they learn fine motor skills. Sometimes, with the corruption of the world and because we don't follow our conscience, we lose the ability to feel the Holy Spirit. We must learn to feel the Holy Spirit again, like a child learns motor skills. At first, you may not know what you're feeling. With time you'll get good at recognizing when you feel the Spirit and when you don't. You can exercise this skill by doing very simple things. Read the Bible and Book of Mormon. Study the story of Joseph Smith. Go to church meetings. Pray with a sincere desire to find and know God. As you do these things you'll wonder if what you're feeling is the Holy Spirit or your imagination. The more you do it the better you'll get at telling when you're feeling the Holy Spirit. You'll get so good at it that you'll be able to tell when the Holy Spirit is in your heart and when He is not. The Holy Spirit's role is to guide us to truth. Like exercise, if you don't do the work, you won't feel the results. The final step is simple, notice when you felt the Holy Spirit and when you do not. Do you feel it as you pray about the Book of Mormon? Joseph Smith's first vision? At this point you not only know that Mormonism is true, but you are closer to God. With practice, you can be as certain that you feel the Spirit as you are certain you hear the sound of a wave. Pray sincerely! Show more Show less