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Hi I'm Rian

My life in 4 words: Faith, Family, Friends, Baseball. In that order. I bleed Dodger Blue.

About Me

I recently graduated college with a degree in history. I now work in marketing for an accounting firm. I am also a bit of a sports nut, and a recovering video gamer. If that doesn't give you too big of a hint, my interests and passions are widespread and not few in number. I love history. I find the better we understand the past, and why people acted the way they did, the better we understand who we are today. My love of history makes me a people person. I enjoy getting to know new people, and am fascinated by life stories. I also enjoy my job. I never would have guessed I'd be involved with accounting, but it seems that my degree in history prepared me for much more than teaching school. History teaches you to love learning itself, and that is the case with me. As for sports, I will play almost any sport under the sun. I recently took up raquetball, and play nearly every day. I enjoy tennis, volleyball, baseball and softball, football, ultimate frisbee, as well as running and swimming. Virtually anything outdoors will do, especially camping, fishing, hiking and boating. And like I mentioned, I bleed Dodger Blue. I can never mention that too much.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's true! What other reason do I need? But seriously, I spent a considerable amount of time figuring out for myself whether this religion was a hoax, an elaborate prank, or just a farce, or whether it was actually the truth. Our religion teaches that we can find out for ourselves exactly what church to join, and that if we ask in prayer, having faith, God will answer us. Now I grew up a member of the church, and some might argue that I am Mormon because my family is Mormon too. While that may have been true for the first few years of my life, I have a solid conviction and testimony today that God lives, Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that His church is on the earth today in the form of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There was no miraculous vision as was the case with many prophets in the scriptures, and there was no voice. But I know. I know it because the Holy Ghost has borne witness to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

Very simply. I don't like complicating things. It hardly ever helps, and more often than not you just get frustrated and confused. I feel the same way about the gospel. Keep it simple. Be obedient. Keep the commandments. Read the scriptures. Pray. Do unto others...and most of all, repent and forgive. As the Savior himself said, "Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am." This is the path to being happy--really happy. Am I perfect? Heck no! But that's the goal. One day... Now I guess I could be considered a leader in the church, though I don't look at it that way. I attend a 'singles' congregation and preside over what we call the Elders Quorum. An integral part of this organization is seeing to the spiritual and temporal welfare of the members of the congregation. This includes teaching and visiting with individual members and families in their homes, helping them understand the scriptures and the words of prophets, and strengthening their faith and testimony in Jesus Christ.