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Hi I'm Ryan Smith

I grew up in California. I'm a family man working in finance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in the investment management industry and enjoy a career that is both challenging and interesting to me. I love baseball, especially the San Francisco Giants. As a kid I developed my math and reading skills partly through collecting baseball cards, and baseball was one of the ways I bonded with my dad and brothers growing up. I like to read, and my favorite genres are history, biography, finance, politics, religion, and classic fiction. I'm a happy husband and father. My wife and two sons are my primary reason for going to work every day, and I love to spend time with them outside of work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon, so my parents were my first introduction to this church. But my faith goes beyond mere tradition; it is personal, conscious, and active. I choose to be a Mormon every day. My faith gives me meaning and addresses life's deepest questions. When I pause to reflect, I feel deep down that I know who I am, what my purpose is, and what I should make of my life. As a result, I feel motivated to work hard, serve others, and make the most of my time. In short, my faith offers me happiness, hope, and meaning both in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I think integrity means consistency in all aspects of life, and thus I strive to be Christlike "at all times and in all things, and in all places" (Mosiah 18:8-11). I know that I fall short of this goal every day to one degree or another, and I am grateful for the opportunity to repent and improve gradually throughout my life. Christ is my example, and my goal is to "follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). Christ invites his followers to feed his sheep (John 21:15-17). I enjoy working with our full-time missionaries to help those who are learning about our church, have recently joined, or are returning after a long period of inactivity. This includes both in-home gospel discussions and social fellowship. I love helping those who are looking for answers, as it allows me to share what has given me so much joy and meaning. I welcome conversations about religion with anyone, especially those who have not yet found satisfactory answers to their most important questions.