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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Husband, a Father of 5, someone who loves sports, music, and the outdoors. I work as software engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. My wife and I moved to Colorado to be closer to family and the mountains. Hiking in the mountains is one of my favorite things to do. I especially love the challenge of Longs Peak here in Colorado. I also enjoy other physical challenges such as road biking, running, swimming, and snowboarding. I am also a news junkie with a keen interest in politics. By far my most important life endevour is be the best husband and a father I can. I have a long ways to go in this regard but luckily I married way above myself. My wife shows me how to best love and raise our children. I enjoy the simple things we do to play together. Whether its wrestling, playing games, or jumping on the trampoline, I am so blessed with the family I have. I am a software engineer. I graduated from college with a degree in computer science. I enjoy solving problems and using technology to make the world a better place.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to raise my family with a foundation that recognizes and worships God, our creator. I have seen the shifting values of the world and I believe the church provides a sure foundation that teaches eternal truths to protect me and my family from worldly influences and better cope with the storms of life. I was born into a family who were already members of the church. Because of my family's roots, I was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ at an early age. When I reached adulthood, I made the decision to serve a two year mission teaching the Gospel in Brazil. Prior to this decision, I had to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I remember sincerely asking this question to God and later receiving a spiritual witness that the Book of Mormon was true. This experience formed the roots of how I live my Faith today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many different ways. By serving as a Home Teacher, I am able to visit a few families each month where I can listen to their needs and share a message from a modern Prophet or Apostle. I find great joy and challenge through service in various callings. Mostly I have served in the Young Mens program and the Missionary program of the church. In both of these areas, I have found lots of joy in serving. I believe that God gives us callings to lift each other up, not only those we serve but ourselves as a result of our service. Another way I live my faith is through my personal study of the Scriptures. The Book of Mormon is what I most frequently read because its power to strengthen my testimony of this work. Whenever I read my scriptures, I feel the power of its message. As I follow the teachings of the Scriptures, my ability to follow the promptings of the Spirit increases. The final and most personal way I live my faith is through prayer and temple attendance. Being able to commune with God has so many benefits for me. When I do, I understand what I should be focused on, how I should treat others, and I find answers for overcoming trials. The Gift of the Holy Ghost then takes on the most meaning in my life. I feel guided and at peace knowing that all will be OK.