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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a college student and am studying to become a high school social studies teacher. I enjoy reading (my favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain), watching movies (Ghostbusters, who ya gonna call?), and I love cycling all over town. If I wasn't studying to go into teaching, I think I would like to have got into culinary arts. Cooking is something that has always brought my family together and it is something I love doing every time I have the money to buy myself some decent ingredients!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born and raised in the church. Even so, at some point everyone needs to decide the truth for themselves. In Junior High and High School, I was very impressionable. I was desperate to find myself and define who I am as a person. This pseudo quest for knowledge and led me to question almost every aspect of my life. During this time I did not consider myself "Mormon." I was not very active in church, and guess you could say I considered myself more agnostic then anything. Regardless, I was very interested in religions, and took classes in school and spent a lot of personal time reading and learning about all the religions I could, as well as as many popular secular schools of thought I could find. Through my studies and questioning, I found true and correct principles scattered through out all the different religions that I wanted to follow in my life. I was not completely swayed one way or the other however because none of the ideas I studies contained all the truth I had found, only bits and pieces. Through all this I gravitated back to the church, and began to see that all these principles I had learned, were found within its teachings plus some! As I began to learn more and became more active within the Church, I decided to read the Book of Mormon for the first time. When I did, I prayed to know the truth, and to have God direct me in where I was supposed to go. I know that the Holy Ghost answered my prayers, and testified to my heart that the Book of Mormon was true. I had finally found the answer to my search, I had found the direction I sought in my life. Since then, I have never looked back, but continue to move forward.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing to learn and grow. I know that when I reach bumps and trials in my life, I am not alone. I have my Heavenly Father to turn to at all times.