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Hi I'm Ryan

I am a 4th year pharmacy student, husband, and father of two with one more on the way! And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am 29 years old and I am 3 months away from graduating from pharmacy school which I have devoted a lot of my time to over the past 4 years. Before starting college I served a mission in France and Switzerland for 2 years. I loved being over there and I can't wait until the day I can make it back over there. On returning home I met my wife in one of my LDS institute classes (she was also in my physics class in college). We have been married for 6 years now and we have two kids - a 5 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. We are expecting another boy about the same time I graduate from pharmacy school. I love sports and I have really enjoyed the success that the Boise State Broncos football team has been having. GO BRONCOS!! I don't just watch; I also love to play, with basketball being my favorite sport. I also really enjoy music. People say I was born 10 or 20 years too late because I really enjoy the older music - James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel, CCR and many others. I could keep going but I'll end it there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a mother and father who were and are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a family we read the scriptures and prayed together, went to church together, and held regular family home evening every Monday night. Because of my upbringing I knew there was a God and I knew Jesus Christ was the Son of God and my Savior. I am not sure if I really knew whether this church was the true church of Jesus Christ or not. Looking back now I know that I knew but my testimony was definitely weak. I had good parents who set a good example. I did the things I did primarily because of my love for them and I didn't want to hurt or disappoint them. My testimony was weak but then I made the decision to go on a mission which changed my life. I remember being in the missionary training center (where missionaries receive language and gospel training before entering the mission field). I struggled. I wasn't sure I had made the right choice. One concern of mine was how can I teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to people when my testimony is so weak and my knowledge of the gospel so small. I remember reading the scriptures often and praying constantly. I received answers to my prayers through the Holy Ghost which strengthened my testimony. I found out for myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth once again.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I strive to be a good husband and father. I want my children to grow up to be good people and I try to set a good example through my words and my actions. I am trying to follow the example set by my parents. We read scriptures and pray together, hold regular family home evening, and attend church together. I try to be a good neighbor and help others who are in need. Every member of our church has a calling. In my church calling I work with 3 other brothers to oversee the Sunday School. Our primary goal is to improve gospel instruction and learning that takes place every Sunday in our ward or congregation.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Ryan
We have what we call The Articles of Faith. The prophet Joseph Smith wrote these in a letter in response to a question to know what Mormons believed. These 13 Articles of Faith summarize the basic beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: 1--We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2--We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. 3--We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4--We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5--We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. 6--We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 7--We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 8--We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9--We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 10--We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. 11--We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. 12--We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 13--We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Show more Show less