Hi I'm Ryan Boudwin
I am a Technical Support Engineer, and I am a Mormon.
I am 31 years old and have been married to my wife for eight years. I have three sons. I have a master's degree in international relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland and a Fulbright Fellowship recipient. I currently work as a technical support engineer. I previously worked as a correctional officer, police officer and a network administrator for a software company. I love foreign films and reading and have a passion for learning foreign languages and technology.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was fourteen years old my father died suddenly, and I found his death extremely difficult to accept. For a long time God and I were not on speaking terms. When I finally humbled myself enough to get down on my knees and ask why in a sincere prayer, I had a marvelous experience, although not the answer I was looking for. I was totally enveloped in the love of my Father in Heaven, and I realized as Nephi did (1 Nephi 11:17), that even if I didn't understand everything, I knew that God truly loved me, and that was enough. My testimony grew from that pivotal moment. Now that I have started a family, the knowledge that my family cannot be separated by death because of the covenants my wife and I made when we were sealed in the temple is extremely precious to me. I am also grateful for the guidance that I have because the Lord has called modern living prophets and apostles to guide us in these troubled times. This guidance makes me a better husband and father for my family. But the bottom line is much simpler than that. I have come to the conclusion that underneath all the doctrine, ritual and dogma of my religion, the foundation of my testimony is one simple truth: I am happier when I am living the gospel of Christ than when I am not. The Spirit brings me peace and joy that can be had in no other way.
How I live my faith
I try to make my faith a simple, quiet part of my everyday life. I strive to always be honest, even when nobody is watching. I try to be kind and look for opportunities to serve other people, as Christ would do. Studying the scriptures and sincere prayers where I really converse with my Father in Heaven about my problems and struggles help me stay spiritually grounded and to know what to do.