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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Royal City, Washington and returned to raise my family here. I am a husband, father, farmer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the youngest of six children and have been accused of being the "baby" of the family, which is likely very true. My brothers and sisters watched out for me and I had a great childhood filled with many fun and exciting experiences. I served an LDS mission in Pusan, South Korea and grew to love and respect the Korean people. Upon my return, I attended college at BYU-Provo and met my future wife, whom I had had actually known since my early childhood. We've been married for 23 years and have six children. Our first son arrived at 25 weeks gestation and was only with us for one week. Though this was tragic start to our young family, it was a pivotal moment for us and our determination to raise a righteous posterity. This is something that drives us to remember who we are and for what purpose we are here on this earth. Our five living children fill our lives with energy and excitement that complete our own lives. I grew up on a farm and returned here to raise my family. Along with raising children here on the farm, we grow cherries, alfalfa, wheat, corn, and beans. I enjoy reading and sports, especially football, and have always had a love for music and the theater. Travel has become something my wife and I enjoy and look forward to many more adventures around this wonderful world our Heavenly Father created for us.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon has to begin back when my ancestors joined the church. Since they maintained their faithfulness since my grandmother joined the church in 1835, my decision to join the church was very easy. However, my mother was not a member until after she and my father were married. Through their guidance and example, I saw the way I desired to live my life and raise my family. As I served a mission in South Korea, my testimony grew to a point that I could no longer say I didn't know for a surety that my Heavenly Father lives and his Son, Jesus Christ, atoned for my sins and provides a way for me and my family to be together for eternity. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and through this book have a deep and abiding testimony of the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. As we live the principles of the gospel that we find in the scriptures and as revealed through God's prophets here on the earth today, you too can find the peace and happiness that I and my family have been blessed to have.

How I live my faith

My whole life I have striven to live my faith through the example I set to others. I haven't always been as successful as I have wished I could be, but continue to to my best to love my family and my neighbors. Since I grew up a member of the church, my opportunites to serve have been quite vast. Within the wards that I've attended I've served as a Sunday School teacher, a youth leader, served in a bishopric and stake high council, but my favorite has been playing the piano for the Primary, which is the children's organization of the church. Seeing their enthusiasm and love of the gospel was a great tesmony builder for me and helped me strenthen my own resolve to live my life the best I could. I currently serve as a bishop of a ward, and this has been a tremendous blessing for me and my family. I love serving and helping the members of this ward to