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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Mormon, a husband a dad, a student, a mountain biker, and a whole lot of other stuff!

About Me

I'm a 25 yr old college student, though right now I'm a stay at home dad while my wife finishes up. I've got twin 1yrold girls who drive me crazy and make me happy. My obsession in mountain biking. I ride, build, repair, buy and sell whenever I can. I also snowboard, ski, cross-country ski, hike and do generally outdoor stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

I "rejoined" the church when I was fifteen. I had been born into a family of members, but after my parents' divorce when i was nine we just stopped going. In the time in between I moved closer to my cousins and uncles and aunts (none of which are Mormons by the way) and was influenced by the love that a family can show you. I appreciated how they did so much to make me feel loved while my mom was not around. I read a lot and did a lot of outdoor activities and realized I did believe in God. I'd felt him looking out for me the same way my family did. I felt something special when I considered the world from atop a mountain or watched the sunset. The books I read were novels that delved into human nature and examined the worst and best of us, and I realized there is a godly potential in everyone. When my dad came to me one day and asked me if I'd like to go with him and go back to church I agreed, but didn't think much of it. Before long I recognized how perfectly what I had felt harmonized with what I was learning. The more I learned the more I knew it was true. Since then I have become more convinced by everything I've learned that the Church is true. Studying psychology has taught me about human mental development, biology has taught me about evolution, geology the formation of the world, and all of it falls into perfect harmony with the gospel. It makes sense. It makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith much the way I lived before. I try to be a good person, I do things with my family and friends, I study hard. The difference is what sacrifices I've made and what blessings I've received. I no longer shop or mountain bike on Sunday. It's the Lord's day and I try to keep it reverent to show that I appreciate what he has done for me. I don't drink alcoholic drinks or smoke or do any drugs. I don't swear and I avoid pornography. The blessings I've received include an incredible wife who is loving and patient, a wonderful pair of twin girls who teach me that sacrifice has new depths, a support system that is like a family away from home to help me when things grow too difficult, and at the core of it all, knowledge of who I am and why I am here. I understand the role of my Savior, and why I should care. I see the connection between all living things and that gives me a reason to love my neighbor as my brother or sister.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We existed before the earth was. So did every living thing. The earth gives us a chance to learn things we could never have figured out without the weaknesses that we live with, the suffering we experience, and love we share. Earth is just a brief stop on the journey, a time to learn before moving on. Here we can try to live as we ought, so that when we pass on to the next part of existence, we can do so with our loved ones and good experiences to aid us on the path to become something better. Show more Show less