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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a rock climber, mountain biker, hiker, Internet professional and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Internet Marketing professional living in the Pacific Northwest having a great time. I love to be outdoors rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking and hiking as much as possible. I spent three years as a member of the USA Skeleton National Team touring North America and Europe, experiencing the thrill of a lifetime. After retiring from skeleton, I graduated from the University of Utah in Business Marketing. I love to try new things and have new adventures in my life. I enjoy going to rock concerts, symphonies, broadway plays and much more. Everything I do, I try to do with an open mind.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born the youngest of eight children into a family being raised in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We went to church every week to our local Mormon Church and I felt good about what was being taught in Sunday School. There came a point in my life in high school where I had to do a serious gut check and decide where I stood and where my testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came from. When I was a senior in high school, we were studying the New Testament in seminary. I decided that I was going to make a serious effort and read the entire New Testament that year so I could really learn to feel the spirit. We learned about the life of Jesus Christ, his ministry and how it pertains to our lives. We learned about the restoration of this same gospel in our day through Joseph Smith and how we can receive the same guidance from prophets in our day. As I studied and learned, I felt good about what I was learning, but didn't feel like I had really fully received a testimony of the restored gospel yet. I believed it was true, but what I was looking for was the firm knowledge that Jesus is our savior, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the Bible and Book of Mormon were true words of God. As time went on I continued to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I felt good about it and desired to serve a mission for our church to help others learn of the goodness of this message and how it can help in their lives. When I was in the missionary training center, my testimony was seriously tried. Through intense study, fasting, pondering, sacrifice and prayer, I received that knowledge I had been seeking. I was able to enter the mission field with the strength I needed to testify with confidence that Jesus Christ is our Savior, The Bible and Book of Mormon are true scriptures, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and this church is the true church on earth today.

How I live my faith

I do the best I can to live my faith. Not just at church on Sunday, but every day as I interact with people. As members of the church, we each hold callings to keep the church running and growing. I am in the presidency of a men's group, which is tasked with, among other things, making sure members are taken care of both spiritually and temporally. We do this through a program called home teaching. We also organize service projects, fun events like golf tournaments, bbq socials, etc. We concentrate on building relationships and fulfilling the purpose of the church. The testimony I gained through study and prayer has helped me make it through many difficult times in my life. As trials come, I know I have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and that God will help me through anything. The trials I've had in my life have been difficult, but I understand that I have them in order to grow and learn in this life. I'm grateful for these times because they help me to understand more about the gospel, our reason for being here on earth, and they make me stronger for the next trial to come. To be honest, these difficult times make the good times so much better. I don't question why I have tough times anymore. I've had enough of them to know that they are there for my benefit and I'm meant to learn from them. I try to live my life to its fullest. I'm so grateful for my faith, my family and my life.