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Hi I'm Ryan

I study for tests with Bob Marley and Regina Spektor, I love running in the rain and cloudy gray skies, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student studying neuroscience at BYU. I am from a town called Puyallup which has a fair bigger than itself. I enjoy music, sports, and rain. I recently returned from serving a 2 year full-time non-paid mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Las Vegas Nevada! I am a really laid-back go with the flow type of guy and yet am really determined and have an attitude of never giving up. And I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is what I believe is true. There is nothing that burns more truth in my heart than what it is that I believe and what I live. I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As such, I could only live off of the testimony of my parents for so long. I decided one day that I would do as James directs in the bible and ask of God. But I did not recieve and answer. This troubled me. So I tried again and again and again. Not to much avail. After much petitioning to the Lord, I realized that a voice or a thought was coming into my mind, "you already know, you have always known." I didn't need a huge sign to be given to me to show that the Church is true. I already knew. I already had a testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I already knew that Joseph Smith was a Prophet who saw God the Father and Jesus Christ that sping morning in 1820. I already had a testimony of the Book of Mormon and that the modern day prophet is the spokesperson for God in these latter days. I just had not realized it yet (for I had always expected that the only way to really know was to receive a feeling of truth after praying to know. But God knew more than I did; and looking back, I can tell that I truely did believe--I was just awaiting a confirmation of some sort, a confirmation that I didn't really need

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by making sure that I keep up with the basics. Prayer, scripture study, going to church, ect. What I realize is that the church is all about those basics. Those small and yet simple things of which--when we build upon them--build us up higher and higher. When the stumbling blocks of life get in your way trust in God and stack them up so that you can touch the sky. I do all that I can to keep my integrity and moral standards pure and true. If I didn't I would be really lost and have no sense of who I really am. A son of God. I live my faith by continuing onward, ever onward to make sure that people know that I know that God lives and that I choose to follow Him by my examples, actions and words within this life.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Ryan
The Word of Wisdom is exactly what it sounds like. It is a literal word of wisdom for our physical well beings. It is a law of health that was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith in the early days of the church. It tells us to avoid the use of alcohol, tea, coffee, drugs, and tobacco products. It also gives us good advice about the use of grains and meats. It is not so much restrictive as it is beneficial. Through keeping this Word of Wisdom, we can gain physical and mental benefits as well as a greater understanding and respect for our bodies. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ryan
The Book of Mormon (as it says on the front) is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is all about Christ and anyone who reads it from cover to cover will only grow closer to Him. It is a record of the people of the ancient Americas, their struggles, their joys, their spiritual experinces. It show as does the Bible a pattern of wickedness, humility and righteousness and the testimonies of the prophets who spoke for God in that part of the land. It was preserved for us by God so that we could grow closer to Christ and recieve more clarity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith by the power of God. It is a book of truth. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ryan
Nope. Anyone can join the Mormon Church regardless of race, color, nationality, or culture. God loves all of his children equally, "He is no respector of persons." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ryan
 The purpose of life. There are so many philosophical ideas and studies. There are so many different nations and cultures. There are so many ideas out there about the purpose of life that it is really hard for the average person to actually discover what it is. I believe that I have found my own purpose in life. Have I discovered all of the details? Have I found a road map of my purpose? No. But I have a plan. And that plan is to find joy in all that I do. I believe that our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy here on the Earth. He wants the best for us and gives us commandments so that we can be happier. As we do those things which help us go to prepare to meet God, we will be blessed and find our own joy. I believe in always looking at the brighter side of things. No stress. No worries. I put my trust in God, take a leap of faith and know that whatever I do I can always find something good. Something that will make me happy. Show more Show less