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Hi I'm Ryan

I have a wonderful wife and 10 children. I am a mechanical engineer and love soccer. Through it all, I am a Mormon.

About Me

First, I am a child of Heavenly Father. Next, I am a husband. Then, I am a dad. Finally, I am a friend. Those are my priorities. I like to play soccer. I speak Russian. I like to work out and am working up to running some long-distance races. I am a mechanical engineer, specializing in light-weight strength materials, as well as optimization of complex parts. I customize software for aerospace engineering applications. I love my job. I am always trying to find time to work on my house and yard. Serving others is one of the most important parts of my life. Whatever I can do, or am willing to try, I will help someone with it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. I liked it. I liked the activities and the social circles, and a sense of belonging to a group that all believed the same thing. I liked the responsibilities that participation in the faith provided. Everyone had a part, could belong, and help one another to their heart's content. Now I still like all of that, but a sense of needfulness and obligation accompanies my activity. This is what I love. I want all to feel the joy and peace that I feel when I think about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and what He has done for me. He cares about me and everyone around me. I just want all to feel that.

How I live my faith

My obligation in the church, after taking care of my wife and children, is to lead the missionary efforts in my local area. I try to help people feel welcome in the Lord's church and encourage others to do the same. I help organize activities, invite people to come, and show them how much we care about them, no matter who they are or what they do. We are not exclusive. We are inclusive. I wish that all wanted to be a part of the group. Yes, I will invite you to change your life to be more Christ-like. I ask the same of myself. The Church is not a society for the perfect - it is a place to come and feel that we are all in the same boat. Not perfect, but trying. We haven't given up hope and faith in our Savior. He loves you perfectly. We love you imperfectly, but we are really trying to see you as Christ sees you: a very special, important person of worth to Him. My faith is interwoven into everything I do in my life. Since I try to make Christ a part of every aspect of my life, I find that He helps me at home, at work, and in my interactions with anyone. I try to make people feel loved. God loves them, and I try to remember that in every conversation I have.