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Hi I'm Rya

I grew up in CA, near San Francisco. I love longboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. I love life, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm currently enrolled as a college student at BYU, and I served a full-time mission in Italy. I come from a family of 6, and I have an older brother and two younger sisters. I think I'm a really laid back person, and I like to go with the flow. I have grown up with parents who love me unconditionally, and it has been so nice to see that they let me make my own choices and grow as an individual. I feel like I have had a lot of opportunities in my life to cultivate talents and skills. I love music, and it really helps me to relax when I'm stressed, or lift me up when I feel down. I grew up playing the saxophone, and the drums, and love to sing. Music is always playing in my head and my heart. I feel like it's everywhere, and it really has influenced my life. I also love getting out and doing things. I love hiking, backpacking, camping, cross-country biking, kayaking, and rock climbing. I also love board sports, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. Being outside is invigorating and I can't get enough of it! I also feel so cozy inside, with a book, or even a movie or video game. Its hard to find something that I don't like doing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up feeling like religion was such a "go through the motions" kind of activity. We go to church because it's tradition. We read from the word of God because it's tradition. We pray before meals, we serve others, all because it's just what we do, right? I realized, after I grew up, that my parents didn't do all of that because it was necessarily just their tradition. It was something they felt, personally and individually, and decided they wanted to raise a family together that would be centered upon wholesome principles of love, forgiveness, and selflessness. I realized at around 15 or 16 that I had to make my own choices. I had to decide for myself that God exists, and ask myself sincerely who I believe that he is, and what he wants for me. I think the biggest questions we ask ourselves in life is, "What is my purpose? Why am I here? Where am I going?" I have contemplated the idea that this is all made up in my mind, that maybe I am fabricating God in an effort to give purpose to an otherwise meaningless life. Yet, through it all, I cannot deny the strong impressions that I feel that there must be something more. So, I find myself at 22, living a similar lifestyle to my parents. I attend church weekly, I read from the scriptures, and I pray. I strive to live in a way that reflects my desire to follow Jesus Christ. I seek to serve others, to give everyone respect, and to try to be a good member of my community. Most importantly, I have found that harmony exists within my heart. I feel at peace. I do not worry about my future. I do not worry about my past. I have found that everything that happens, for better or worse, happens for our good, if we will seek to pattern our lives after Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I strive to make Jesus Christ the center of my life. I think that religion takes conviction, and it is a daily process of bringing myself closer to God. I feel that my relationship with God is very personal, and individual, and I feel that this is true of every individual of every religion who seeks a relationship with Deity. This perspective has helped me to respect those of different cultures and religions, while maintaining my beliefs close to my heart.