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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm multilingual. I love computers and technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a new husband and soon-to-be father. My wife and I couldn't be more excited. I am a university student studying Computer Science. Growing up, I had the opportunity to spend a year in the Netherlands, and another year in France, and learn those languages. I love language learning, and have since become fluent in Cambodian and American Sign Language. I learned ASL so that I could communicate with the woman who became my wife, who is Deaf. In high school I participated on the FIRST Robotics team. I love computers and technology, including building robots. I am working on writing a science fiction novel.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church. As a child, my family faithfully attended church and read the Book of Mormon daily without fail. I saw the happiness and stability that my family received through following the Church's teachings. I saw the way my parents treated each other and us with love and respect. When I was young, my parents and teachers often told me that if I would pray and ask God, he would answer my prayer, and I would know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Church was true. Many times I knelt in prayer, pleading for an answer, then paused and waited for a discernible feeling, but finally gave up, disappointed. As I got older, I began to face influences that caused me to wonder about the things I had always believed. At school and on my own I often encountered minor details that seemed to contradict my beliefs. Each discovered "contradiction" sent me reeling. But I always found that there was an answer, that it wasn't a contradiction after all. I began to realize that there must be a more sure way to distinguish truth from error than simply basing it on the facts we possess and our own limited ability to reason. I chose to continue to believe in the faith of my childhood, and over time discovered that source of truth I was seeking. My parents and teachers were right when they taught me that if I would pray and ask, the Holy Ghost would let me know that the Church was true. But it didn't happen when I was on my knees. It happened slowly, over time. As I chose to be believing and to obey God's commandments, I experienced great joy, and I also gained an actual knowledge that the principles I had been taught were true. It is a phenomenon that must be experienced, but I have learned that by prayer, study, and obedience, we can gain knowledge of truth that can come in no other way that fills our souls with unspeakable joy.

How I live my faith

My wife and I attend the Deaf branch of the Church in a nearby city, where the services are conducted entirely in American Sign Language. There, I have many opportunities to serve. Every month, a friend and I visit the homes of three families and make sure that they have everything they need. Two church members also come visit my home each month and help me with the challenges I face. We try to follow the example of Jesus Christ by taking care of each other as He taught. I also go often with the full-time missionaries to visit people who are not members of the Church but who are learning. I share with them why I'm a Mormon and how happy following the teachings of Jesus Christ makes me. In my own home I live my faith by treating my wife with love and respect and putting her needs ahead of my own.