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Hi I'm Ryan Self

I love my wife, being active, sports and music. And I'm A Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in beautiful northwest Washington state. I have been a member of the "Mormon" church for my whole life, and I love it. I am married to the woman of my dreams and I love her to death! I am currently going to school full time in Idaho and I am studying Exercise Physiology to become a physical therapist. I served a full time mission for the church in Minnesota from September 2009 to September 2011 and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love to do anything active and I am a baseball fanatic.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it just feels right. I have been a member of the church for my entire life. I dont really have any big story about how I came to know the church is true or anything neat like that. I am just an average joe. Everything that I have ever been taught in the church has just always felt right. The teachings of the church have always led me in a good path and have always helped me to improve and be a better person. I know that the church is true because as I have lived the teachings of it I have felt a greater sense of peace, happiness and belonging in my life, and I think that is something that everyone desires. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me get through the most difficult times in my life. And that is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by trying to be the best person I can be. I try to treat others how I would want to be treated, I try to keep the commandments, I try not to judge others, and I try to be a better person every day. Sometimes it is overwhelming trying to do all these things all the time and sometimes - actually a lot of the time- I mess up. But I know that because of Jesus Christ and what he has done for me, and for you, that we all have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven if we really desire to be and if we are willing to work for it. I am grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all of the blessings that have come to me throughout my life by living it. I know that those blessings are avaliable to everyone who desires them. I also try to live my religion by looking for opportunities to give service to others.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ryan Self
 Mormons baptize their new members because being baptized is a commandment from God. Many of the people who have joined the church had already been baptized before they joined the church, and they often wonder why they have to be baptized again in our church if they have already been baptized in another church. We believe that when Jesus Christ was on the earth, He gave special permission or authority to his 12 apostles and told them that they were the ones who had the power, authority and permission to baptize and that authority could only be found in His church. We also believe that after Jesus Christ was crucified, and after his 12 apostles were later killed off, that the authority and permission from God to batize people was lost for a period of time. After many years of that power and authority being off the earth, we believe that it has been restored by a loving God through a living prophet that He has chosen to lead us as His children today and that again, that authority can only be found in His church - The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Ryan Self
 Mormons don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because they are harmful for our bodies. We believe that God has revealed a law of health, called the Word of Wisdom, to us today that commands us to stay away from those things that will harm our bodies. There are a lot of articles and studies out on the internet and in magazines that "prove" to us that coffee or tea or other things are actually good for us, but we believe that because these things were revealed to us through a prophet of God, that we should obey them despite what others say because in the end, God knows what is best for us. Show more Show less