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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a husband. I'm a father of three. I've been a high school Spanish teacher for hundreds (and counting). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family and my kids are an incredible joy to me. If I were to talk about myself, though, it seems that talking about my hobbies would be a natural point to bring up. Strangely, and fortunately for me, I love my job so much that it feels like a hobby. I am a high school Spanish teacher and it is exhilarating to see so many of my students get excited to learn!

Why I am a Mormon

You could say that I was born into the "Mormon" faith. My parents are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well and, like me, were born into it. At one time or another, though, we all must find out for ourselves if what we believe is true. For me, it was when I was nineteen. I always believed that the teachings and beliefs of the Church were true. I believed in it so much that I chose to serve a two-year mission to South America to teach others about it. As I was preparing to leave the comforts of home, my beliefs were put to the test. My belief was strong enough for me to decide to go, but actually leaving friends and family for so long pushed my faith to its limits at the time. I had to be sure, for myself, that the decision I was making was, indeed, my decision and make sure that my faith was strong enough to uphold that decision for two years. I knew that I believed in Christ and that I should preach His gospel, but I had to know, for sure, that I was preaching the correct gospel. Throughout my young life, I had studied from the New Testament and Old Testament (King James Version of the Holy Bible). I had also read from the Book of Mormon and other L.D.S. scripture. As I was feeling the need to know if what I was to preach was, indeed, the truth, I saw the Book of Mormon as the pivotal piece. I already firmly believed in the Bible and I knew that if I could know if the Book of Mormon was also true, I could go confidently and assuredly to a foreign land for two years. I immersed myself in the book and felt a sweet spirit as I read. After finishing the book, I followed the advice in James 1:5 (New Testament) and Moroni 10:3-5 (Book of Mormon) and prayed to my Father in Heaven to know if it was true. That singular experience in my life has been pivotal in my belief and adherence to the gospel of Jesus Christ. While I am a Mormon by birth, I remain a Mormon by my faith, experiences and love for my Savior.

How I live my faith

As a Latter-day Saint, I try to live my faith by trying to live as Jesus would want me to. Yes, it does require effort, at times, to try to live up to such expectations. I feel, though, that it has made me a better person. I like to think that others enjoy being around me. Through my membership in the church, I have had the opportunity to serve many, many people. I was invited to work within Church-sponsored units of the Boy Scouts of America. I have helped countless people move. While loading and unloading trucks may sound like a bit of a burden, I do it by choice and always feel good after serving others. It has been nice, as well, when others have helped us in our times of need.