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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a father of 7. I'm a sports fan. I love real estate. I'm a mormon.

About Me

Although it has been several years since I participated in competitive sports, I still have the urge to get out on the wrestling mat or grab my lacrosse stick and go shoot on net. That urge even translated to coaching a few years of lacrosse and a season of wrestling. I love to push myself and help others explore their own limits too. As my life has progressed, so have priorities. I don't have much time anymore to participate in organized sports, but I still find the organized chaos of family life to be challenging and rewarding. I have learned a lot about myself through being a father of 7 and a partner to my wife of over a decade. I still have the urge to learn and expand my skills as a family man and also as a provider. My interests lie in sports, self improvement and coaching, and real estate.

Why I am a Mormon

I am thankful that I grew up with a strong religious family. The religious teaching I received has shaped who I am, but as I've grown older I've realized that those teachings weren't just religious. Those teachings were principles and values that were valid outside of the walls of my Sunday School class; they translated to my everyday life. Having grown up as a Mormon, I am grateful for the principles I have learned: self discovery, commitment, service, compassion and charity. I have discovered for myself that I, like all of us, am a son of God, a literal child of a Heavenly Father and therefore can have a personal relationship with Him. That knowledge, to me, has been the most significant in my life. My desires to learn more and expand that relationship, my willingness to change my life accordingly, my efforts as a husband and a father, my service in the church and community, my desire to know my Savior Jesus Christ all stem from that singular day that I found out I am a child of God. Why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because I am a son of God who has a plan for me and my family. I am a Mormon because I learned that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world and my Savior, and I have experienced His love in my life. I want to follow God's plan and know that as I follow the teachings of the Savior, I can be happy in this life and return to live with my Heavenly Father with my family.

How I live my faith

Sometimes living a religious or faith-based life can be challenging in the face of the world we live in today. For me, there a few things that are a foundation of my life: 1. Personal prayer and scripture study. Growing any personal relationship depends on communication. I find that as I pray, my relationship with my Heavenly Father grows because I can share with Him my thoughts and desires. At times, when I pray, it's as if I can feel Him near and almost hear His counsel and thoughts for me. Studying the Bible, Book of Mormon and other prophetic writings have also allowed me to hear the voice of God. Trying to inculcate the Christ's teachings into my life has also expanded my knowledge of my Savior and my God. 2. Service. I have had many opportunities to serve other people because of my being a Mormon. As a teenager, I was forced to step outside of myself when serving dinners in a soup kitchen. Throughout my youth and even today, I have the opportunity to help watch out for others and help them with their physical and spiritual needs. I also have the opportunity to teach others who are new to the church or are exploring the Mormon church during Sunday School classes. All these years of service have helped me search out and serve others needs be it physical, emotion or spiritual. I hope my efforts have been a blessing in others' lives because I know it has expanded my ability to love others and have compassion for them. 3. Family. My family is my anchor. I learned from great parents as a child. I hope to pass that along to my children. I believe the family, in its many permutations, is the cornerstone of a healthy society. We learn how to interact, how to share and serve, how to be part of a team. In my family, we've suffered through tragedy such as losing a baby (stillborn at 20 weeks), but we have strengthened each other and learned to love one another that much more. Family stays with us forever.