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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm studying to become an optometrist. I love music. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A couple years ago I met a beautiful girl, and a few months later I married her. One of my favorite pastimes now is doing anything to make her laugh. Shortly after getting married we found out we were pregnant, but only a couple weeks later we had a miscarriage. For more than a year we tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant. More than a year later, with the help of our doctor, we finally succeeded! I am currently in optometry school and greatly enjoy what I'm learning. I'm excited to work in a field whose schedule is conducive to family life. During my four years of undergrad schooling, I enjoyed unicycling to class and became known to many as "that unicycle guy." Unfortunately now I live too far away from my school so I have had to add an extra wheel to my commute. Music is also a huge part of who I am. I love participating in anything that involves making wonderful music through voice or the piano. My most recent adventure was singing a solo in Handel's "Messiah" with a choir and orchestra supporting me. I believe music can be a very powerful influence in anyone's life if they allow it to be so. Music, in a large measure, has made me who I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my ancestors have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for generations, it is through my own conversion experience that I have chosen that life for myself as well. I discovered the truth as I studied ancient and modern scripture and prayed for enlightenment. I choose to be a Mormon because I know that we have a prophet on the earth today. It makes sense to me that God, our Heavenly Father, would still communicate with us through a prophet just like He did with His people all the way through the Bible. I choose to be a Mormon also because as I follow the teachings of the prophet, I become more and more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I like to focus on service every day. Often in the evenings I stop and think, "How did I serve someone today?" At college I find it fairly easy to find opportunities to serve others, whether it be through helping someone who isn't understanding a concept in one of my classes, stopping and chatting with a neighbor who doesn't seem to have very many friends, or any other number of small things that could come up during the day.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

No, nothing "secret" happens in our temples. The word is "sacred". The same thing happened anciently only members of the House of Israel could worship in the temples of the Bible. The reason is simple we must start with the milk before moving on to the meat. We invite all to find out for themselves what happens in the temple, but first you must qualify. Some like to say that the temple is "the Lord's university", and to qualify for this university you need to be living certain standards. In our temples we do things that last beyond the grave. One example is baptism for the dead. Before we may live with God someday we must first become clean, and that happens through baptism. In the temple we are baptized in behalf of those who have died without being able to do it themselves so that they, in the afterlife, may have the opportunity to choose whether to accept it. We also perform a sacred ordinance that binds families together forever so that even death does not separate them. Show more Show less