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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a computer science major, dancing enthusiast, and I am working towards running triathlons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a regular poor college student loving life. My favorite hobbies include dancing, running, biking, programming, hanging out with friends, playing group games, watching movies, and just having fun. Life hasn't always dealt me the kindest of playing cards, but I believe in the power of choice and that anyone can decide what they do with the cards they have been given. I believe in the power of overcoming by faith. Above all, I believe in the power of Jesus Christ. I cannot count how many times He has lifted me out of the pitfalls of life to a better, even joyful place. He is my true Friend, and the best one I have ever had. Overall, all I can say is that HE LIVES!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that God knows and loves me personally. I have felt that many times in my life as I have sought Him through prayer and other means. I have found peace, hope and direction from the things He has taught me through modern-day prophets and the Book of Mormon. This is what has given me the most happiness in life.

How I live my faith

I really focus on studying my scriptures every day in the mornings to focus my day on the Lord. I make sure that my prayers are with purpose, and that I really am communicating with my Heavenly Father and not just saying a rote prayer. I try to find opportunities to serve others whenever I can. Most of all, I just try to do what's right and what God wants me to do, because that's the only true path to happiness.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Ryan
Our bodies are sacred creations, gifts from God. They are called temples because they house our spirits as well as the Holy Ghost when He comes and dwells in us. Would you not want to invite a distinguished guest like the Holy Ghost into a body that you have taken good care of and kept clean, pure, and healthy? I would! That's why I strive to respect and take care of my body in every way that I can. Besides, I physically feel wonderful when I exercise, eat right and keep my body clear of harmful substances! Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Ryan
I personally love astronomy and the earth around me. I echo a Book of Mormon prophet when he said "All things denote there is a God yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Alma 30:44). I ask myself, who can see the wonders of the stars and planets through a telescope, view God's fireworks display during a thunderstorm, or witness the majesty of the mountains and NOT believe that there is a God that created all these magnificent things? There are also the times during and after my prayers when I feel God speak to me by the Holy Ghost. I know the feelings of love, peace, and hope communicated to me are not my own. I know God lives! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ryan
"We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). There have been many times in my life where I have not been able to accomplish all that needed to be done or all that I wanted to do by my own wisdom or by my own power, yet through the grace of God I was able to do what needed to be done and rejoice in His goodness. I compare the doctrine of grace to attempting to climb over a high wall that we can't reach the top of on our own. A kind friend on the top of this wall lets down a rope, and because of that we can climb up and over the wall. It is so with grace. We can't overcome many obstacles on our own - any obstacles, really - but God, who has overcome all things, has provided a way for us to overcome. He figuratively has let a rope down to us. It is now up to us to overcome. We need to take a hold of the rope, trust in God, and exert all our effort to climb and only then will we be able to overcome all our obstacles and return to God. Show more Show less