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Hi I'm Ryan

I am an avid Iditarod fan. I play the drums like a madman. And guess what? I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Last Frontier, a.k.a. Alaska. I am an avid Iditarod fan, and I have an unhealthy aversion to the Alaskan Outdoors. When I'm not traversing streambeds or conquering mountains, I can be found tickling the ivories or rattling the drumheads in my basement band room. I'm not a workaholic, but I'm grateful for my budding career in health administration. Work adds balance and value to my life, and keeps me from over-dabbling in the all-too-common "play all day" mentality.

Why I am a Mormon

Glancing at my family tree for the last 6 generations, every single person is a Mormon. While my upbringing certainly played a part in my exposure to the church, I have had plenty of opportunities where I could have chosen a different path. And yet, I continue to choose to be an active Latter Day Saint. I am a Mormon because the covenants I make endow me with greater knowledge than I would otherwise have. My covenants are an anchor in a constantly changing world. Joseph Smith taught: "Mormonism is truth; and every man who embraces it feels himself at liberty to embrace every truth: consequently the shackles of superstition, bigotry, ignorance, and priestcraft, fall at once from his neck; and his eyes are opened to see the truth..." The farther I progress in my secular education, the more I am drawn to my religion. It is not a mystical or superstitious religion. It is based on pure and virtuous principals that uplift and inspire. My secular learning complements my spiritual learning. The scientific method vindicates the gospel as much as it does Science. Mormonism is reailty. I am confident it's doctrines will stand the test of time, which is the only sure test of Truth.

How I live my faith

I gain knowledge at church. However, the devils also have knowledge, and they tremble. What really means something to me is my faith in that knowledge. Faith is an action. Without acting in faith, all the teachings I receive hold very little value. Helping others is at the heart of my faith. I don't always WANT to serve people, but I try to. When I serve, I am happier. A few examples: In the spring of 2011 I was living close to Tuscaloosa when the tornadoes hit. Our church group organized and traveled directly to the heart of the area that was hit. We sweat and worked hard for several days, removing wreckage and downed trees from the property of those affected by the tornadoes. In the fall of 2012 I was driving through Anchorage and I noticed a woman on the side of the road. She had just been rear-ended in her truck and was very shaken up. Boxes of personal papers that had been in her truck bed were thrown all over the wet road and were getting lost among passing cars. I pulled over, did my best to comfort her in the mayhem, and gathered as many of the papers as possible. If you strip away all the periphery, all the culture, and all the premonitions surrounding Mormonism, service is what you will find. I'm not perfect, but I hope my meager attempts to be a good person reflect the goodness of this Gospel.