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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in a "blink and you'll miss it" town in Alberta, Canada. I play sports and love to learn. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating with a BS in biology and chemistry, I started working in a doctor's office while applying to go to medical school. I love working with people and helping answer their questions. In my spare time I often find myself playing some kind of sport, like basketball, volleyball and baseball. I'm originally from Alberta, Canada and my wife is from Boston...naturally making me a huge Celtics fan! I love spending time with my sweetheart and our families, making and eating cookies, and jamming to Disney music in the car!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because it provides me with the promise of eternal life with my family forever!! I know I have a Savior who loves me and is concerned about the particulars of every day. Because of this I know who I am- a son of God with the potential to become like Him. I have felt the spirit witness to the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which truths in their fulness were revealed to Joseph Smith. I know that if I am obedient to sacred covenants I have made my sweetheart and I can be together with our families forever!

How I live my faith

I like to believe that my religion is part of who I am and what I do every day. Whether it's helping someone move, visiting those that are sick or having a hard time, or simply providing those uplifting words to those that seem down, I try to do what the Savior would do if He were here. In addition I help watch over some other families in our church to ensure that their needs are met, and I help coordinate activities at our church for members and their friends to come to.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Ryan
When God sent us to earth, He gave us laws that we need to follow in order to return and live with Him. He sent prophets to teach us the blessings of obedience and the consequences of sin or disobedience to those laws. When we disobey we become unclean, and the scriptures teach us that "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God." Even if we tried to repair the damage and lived the very best we could for the rest of our lives, we would have no hope, because we would still not be cleansed from that mistake. We all need someone to cleanse us, because we all have fallen short. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent to earth to do exactly that. To cleanse us. To heal us. To give our lives purpose and hope. Because He lived a perfect life, He was the only one to qualify to live with God. But, because He loves us, He took our sins upon Himself and suffered the penalty. As the prophet Isaiah exclaimed, "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isa 53:5) But the influence of His sacrifice was not intended to only affect us on judgement day. No! His life and sacrifice brings purpose and meaning to our own! His sacrifice ENABLES us to CHANGE! It promises that all that is unfair in life can be made whole! He knows exactly where we have been and is always there to offer comfort and support. If we will sincerely repent of our sins, we can receive peace and forgiveness! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Ryan
One of the glorious promises that came as a result of Jesus Christ's atonement (his suffering for us and payment of our debt, as well as his victory over the grave), is that death is not the end - each of us will be resurrected. That does not depend on righteousness or wickedness, but is a gift to all. But there is a time between death and the resurrection. The Prophet Alma teaches us that during this time "the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow." During this time, those who were righteous preach the gospel to those who were wicked. This is actually really cool because it allows those who never even heard about Christ in their lifetime the opportunity to learn about him, have faith and repent. This state/time lasts until the resurrection, when "the soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body... all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame." Then we are brought back into the presence of God to be judged according to our works. If we have truly been changed by the grace of God and we have tried our best to keep His commandments, then we will be invited to live with God forever with our families! Ultimately that is my goal - I want to have a righteous family that can live with God forever! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ryan
Absolutely. The Book of Mormon teaches us "that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Our belief in The Book of Mormon is what earned us the nickname "mormons," but it is not the name of our church. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. We believe that He lived a perfect, sinless life, and that through His atonement (his suffering and payment for our sins as well as His resurrection) all men can repent, become better, and have the opportunity of eternal life. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Ryan
I want to remind us that Christ organized His church while He was on the earth. He ordained apostles with priesthood power and would continue to direct "The Church of Jesus Christ" through His apostles after his ascension into heaven. Soon after, the apostles were rejected just as Christ was, and the church He had established had no leaders or priesthood power. Over the next 1700 yrs and many retranslations of the bible, simple truths were lost. Many churches were established but lacked priesthood power and a complete truth. In 1820, a young boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. He was chosen by God to restore "The Church of Jesus Christ" to the earth. Over the next 10 years, he translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God and received further instruction and priesthood power from other heavenly messengers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in Fayette, New York, on April 6, 1830. Mormonism, is a nickname for our church because of our unique belief in the Book of Mormon. The true name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ryan
The leaders of our church have declared "Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." Every bit of success or happiness that I have had in my life pales in comparison to the incredible beauty and joy of my marriage. This relationship is a treasure, and surely was intended to last forever. Thanks to a restoration of God's 'priesthood' power by heavenly messengers, we can make sacred promises to God in holy temples to allow our family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Later, these same leaders declared, "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ." A successful marriage requires faith-both in God and in each other. Faith extends beyond a simple belief though, it requires action. It requires us to trust God and have confidence that all things will work out if we are faithful. It requires service and putting God's will above our own. These same characteristics of faith are required in a successful marriage. Action. Trust. Confidence in each other. Service. Putting each other's needs above our own. When couples have shared faith, both in God and in each other, three things happen (1) they have increased strength to overcome any obstacle or uncertainty that life throws at them, (2) their relationship, even from day-to-day becomes more sweet, and (3) their marriage relationship will last forever. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ryan
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture comparable to the Bible, because it contains the prophecies of ancient prophets concerning Jesus Christ as our Savior. Just before the destruction of Jerusalem in the days of the prophet Jeremiah, another prophet named Lehi was commanded of God to take his family toward a promised land. This small group of people eventually sailed to the American continent and there became a great civilization. God continue to call prophets among these people, who recorded their teachings of the Savior's mission and God's plan of happiness for his children. The crowning event of the Book of Mormon is the record of Christ's ministry to them after His Resurrection. He taught them His gospel, blessed and healed their sick, and called apostles to establish His church. These teachings testify of the importance of His Atonement and sacrifice as well as His love for all God's children. Its teachings are complementary to the Bible and acts as another witness of Christ's divinity and mission. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. I have read its pages and felt the power of its teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that Christ loves all of His children, whether in Israel or America, ancient or modern-day. He blessed us with this record to give us further direction, peace and hope. I strongly urge you to read its pages and pray to be led to do what is right. Show more Show less