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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm Student Body President. I love my family. I watch lots of movies. I'm going to Norway. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Ryan and I am the oldest of four: two younger brothers, and one younger sister. I am a senior in high school and am super involved on and off campus. I have the opportunity this year to serve my school as the Student Body President, and love big projects and events and exciting things that come along with being a part of student government. Though I love high school, I am definitely ready to graduate! I am looking forward to receiving my diploma and moving on to "bigger and better" things. I am working on making the decision to attend Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, or Johns Hopkins University --- definitely a tough choice! Before I go on with my school, I will be serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve this mission in the country of Norway and in the Norwegian language. This will definitely be an adventure, and a blessing! I love watching movies, listening to music, reading books, going to dances, and hanging out with friends. I love to spend time with my family, whether it's a showdown at our favorite card games, having a family dinner, or doing something absolutely crazy --- my grandpa says that "you don't have to be crazy to be a part of this family, but it sure helps!" We are all crazy in our own ways, because we know that we can be ourselves, have fun, and that we will never stop loving each other. no matter what.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, it's simple. Though it wasn't simple for my mother, as she wasn't raised in a gospel-centered home, her and my father's examples are incredible to me. They raised my three younger siblings and I to love Jesus Christ. They took us to church. At the age of eight, I was baptized. Since then, I have continued to learn and to grow in my faith in Jesus Christ. Though I have had my doubts, I have had countless experiences in which I have learned that Heavely Father is always watching out for me and for my family. I love the words of one of Christ's modern-day apostles: "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." As I have followed this counsel, and turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer, and acted in faith to continue living the gospel, I have found happiness beyond compare. I love my Savior, and I am grateful for His sacrifice for us all. It is because of Him that I am happy, and that I can live with my family forever.

How I live my faith

Right now I am involved with the young men in my church while I am waiting to leave for my mission. I enjoy going on hikes, participating in weekly activities, and learning about Jesus Christ with a group of teenagers. I like helping in any way that I can to put together events and activities as a part of my church. I also have been called or assigned to visit two families each month and share with them a brief message about Jesus Christ and His gospel, alongside another adult companion. We call this "hometeaching." Hometeaching is definitely something that I am working to become better at, because the monthly visits are often tough for me to fit in to my schedule --- but I know that because Heavenly Father has asked me to do this, that I will receive blessings for doing so. I also know that the families can be blessed from the visits, and I enjoy their company for a brief time aside from Sunday church meetings. I have been called as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon church, and I am excited to serve in the Norway Oslo mission! I can't wait to start learning the Norwegian language (though it looks and sounds a lot like you typed a bunch of random letters into your phone and the autocorrect didn't find anything to change it to!). I know that this will be an amazing opportunity and adventure, though I will be sad to leave my family behind for two years; however, the call to serve has been made, and I am ready and prepared! I know it is so important to hear and to know that Heavely Father loves each and every one of us individually, and I can't wait to share this.