What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Mormon. I'm a public school teacher. I run triathlons. I have a great family that I love!

About Me

I'm 35 years old. My wife and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary. We have 3 children who we love and enjoy spending time with. I teach 5th grade at a public elementary school and love being with the kids. My wife is an electrical engineer. She works part time during the school year but full time in the summer. I love having the summer to spend with my kids. We enjoy riding bikes, hiking, swimming, going to Chuck E Cheese, and jumping on the trampoline. Lately I've taken up triathlons. My wife is real good to support me as I train. I'm not real fast, but I really enjoy the challenge. I've competed in 3 sprints and one Olympic. The Olympic just about did me in, but I was able to finish it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. My mom has always been LDS. Her great grandparents came across the plains under the direction of Brigham Young. My dad was Catholic. He didn't really want anything to do with the church for years after they got married. He was intrigued at my mom's dedication because she never missed a meeting and was baptized just before I was born. Even though I always went to Church, I had to know for myself whether it was true or not. I spent a lot of time reading and praying and trying to find out for myself. I didn't receive a big witness, but slowly it came. The most important part for me was living what I was learning from the scriptures. That's what faith is, trying it out even if you're not sure if it's right. But the more I lived it, the more I believed it and the better it felt. Now I can't imagine living without the Church. There's not another source in the world that offers as much truth or that can provide so much joy. I love that the truths the Church teaches provide happiness in this life and promise a bright future when this life ends. There's nothing else like it in the world. I love the emphasis ont eh family. There's nothing more essential than strong families. As a teacher, I see the influence of broken families all the time. While having a traditional family will not guarantee success, I find that it really helps students be more successful. The Church offers the structure and support that helps families thrive, whether traditional or not.

How I live my faith

At church I teach the 11-12 year olds in Sunday School. They're a fun, energetic group of boys and girls. I enjoy seeing them "get" the lessons I teach. They are eager to learn and love it when gospel principles start to click. My wife teachers the 12-14 young women. She gets to teach the lessons on Sundays and also do activities during the week. She really loves meeting with the girls individually to discuss their personal development goals. Each night we read some scriptures with the kids before going to bed. My wife and I also make sure we each read scriptures, too. Our kids are young, but they enjoy praying at meals and bedtime. Even our toddler folds his arms. One of the highlights of the week in our home is family night. Every Monday we get a little treat, have a lesson, sing songs, and play games. It's a great time to be together. The lessons can be centered about the gospel and life of Jesus Christ or around things we need to work on (like sitting quietly in church). The kids' favorite treats are donuts and Pop Tarts. We all enjoy spending time together!