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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a teacher, a singer-songwriter, an illustrator, a husband, a dad, and .. yep .. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a cartoonist, an editor, an art director, a bookstore manager, and a farm hand. I know some people think all Mormons in the US are Republican, but, by actual numbers, more than half of us are either Democrats, like me, or independents. I think maybe the Republicans among us are just a bit more vocal about it. I hope none of us go along with everything one party or another says, but go with the party that most represents our views and concerns, while still thinking for ourselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I have truly felt God's hand guiding me towards happiness in my life. I have learned to listen to that still, small voice of council, warning, and revelation. While I am far from perfect, I have grown and improved the most when I am am listening to this and following this path. I have never had an easy time sharing my beliefs with others. I know I need to get better about this. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring this much happiness and peace to me, it can do the same for the people I care about, who don't know about it (or know enough about it) yet.

How I live my faith

I try to live my beliefs every day by the way I treat other people. Even when I'm driving (which seems to be one of the times most of us have trouble being our best selves). I do my best at every calling I am asked to do at church. Our family participates in all of the church activities we can. We read scriptures together every night and we have Family Home Evening each week. At it, we have fun, share talents council together, and have a gospel-based lesson. My wonderful wife and I love to go to the Temple together. We try to get there every two weeks to do various ordinances in behalf of those who have passed on without knowing as much about the gospel as we do today.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We believe in taking good care of our bodies by not putting harmful things into them. We also believe that it is wrong (and unwise) to put things into our bodies that could cause us to lose control of our actions. Show more Show less