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Hi I'm Ryan

Mormon husband, father, and attorney.

About Me

I am a tax attorney and, believe it or not, I really enjoy it. I also enjoy spending time with my spouse and family, playing basketball, playing guitar, and watching T.V.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I have faith in what the scriptures refer to as the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After Christ and the Apostles died, parts of His Gospel were lost over time. God wanted to restore those lost truths and did so through a Prophet named Joseph Smith. I have faith that God had always been at work to restore His Gospel and that Joseph Smith was preceded by many inspired people, including Martin Luther and other early Christians. My faith comes from select experiences where I have felt close to God and felt that He loves all of us individually. I view these experiences as gifts from God. Even though I forget it from time to time, I believe God is always trying to reach out to us. I am also a Mormon because it is a part of my heritage. I was raised by parents who love me and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. Years ago, my ancestors were inspired by the Gospel and had faith in the words of the living Prophets of their day. I often wonder about my ancestors who made the initial leap from the long-standing religious traditions of their cultures into what was an unknown and seemingly new religious tradition. I suspect that God provided them a glimpse and they were open to it. I am inspired by my ancestors' choices and my parent's influence in my early life.

How I live my faith

I try to seek after God by studying the scriptures and by trying to live the principles of the Gospel. Living the Gospel, to me, means serving others, being a good husband and family member, and being honest in all that I do.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Ryan
The Mormon view of homosexuality is based on revelation consisting of the words of the Bible as well as words of modern-day prophets. We believe that sexual contact with another of one's same sex is one of several ways to violate the law of chastity. However, it is important to note that nowhere in scripture, Church doctrine, or rhetoric of Church leaders is discrimination, ridicule, or intimidation of any group or class of people permitted. Christ loves and respects all people without exception. The same is required of us. My personal belief is that homosexuality, in most instances, is a naturally-occurring, biological trait. In other words, I personally believe many who consider themselves gay are born gay. I don't know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a unified, doctrinal stance on whether homosexuality is a trait or a choice. But the Church does view a homosexual act as one of several ways to violate of the law of chastity. I am left to reconcile God's commandment for all to keep the law of chastity and my personal belief that some people are born gay. I have many thoughts on this conundrum but no definitive answers. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ryan
Priesthood is God's delegation of part of His power to men on earth to bring about His purposes. I am a holder of the Priesthood and, because I hold the Priesthood, I have a responsibility to serve others. Even though we refer to it as a "power," the power is God's and not mine. In holding the Priesthood, my life is only enriched by the opportunities I have to be a servant to others. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ryan
I am a Mormon and also consider myself a Christian if "Christian" means to believe in Jesus Christ. I would venture to guess that all Mormons consider themselves Christians. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came here to live among us to teach us "the way, the truth, and the life." Above all, Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to atone for our sins and overcome death. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the way that we receive forgiveness, overcome death, and return to God after this life. I have studied the Bible and Book of Mormon and these teachings are contained in both books, one confirming and supporting the other. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ryan
Some people describe Mormonism as a "cult" because it is often good for business to do so. Such people make their living off telling others what is and what is not from God. The more a pastor, for example, can instill fear and doubt within his or her congregants, the better off that pastor will be at retaining those congregants and earning a living. In the news, I've heard Mormonism referred to as a "theological cult" as opposed to a "socialogical cult." First of all, the word "cult" carries a negative connotation and, whenever paired with another word, will still cary that connotation. The word "cult" is only used to make Mormonism seem small and fanatical for the reasons I described above. Second, the definition for a theological cult--a group that does not adhere to "historical Christianity"--creates more problems than it solves because you have to ask what is "historical Christianity" and which groups adhere to it? In sum, people use the word "cult" about Mormonism because they are trying to get gain. Show more Show less