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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a computer programmer. I'm an athlete, a musician, and a mechanic. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona. I've always been on the geeky side, culminating in my Computer Science degree from Arizona State University, and I've been working as a programmer since I graduated. I like to consider myself well-rounded, because I also enjoy playing sports (just about anything that makes me run), and I can hold my own on the piano and the guitar. I love to learn new things and to pick up new skills.

Why I am a Mormon

No matter how many times my faith in this church is challenged, I've felt and experienced far too much to turn my back on it. Many people have presented arguments to me in attempts to shake my beliefs, and some of them were very logical and persuasive. However, my experiences with the Holy Ghost are more persuasive than any of them. I can't fully describe the feeling of having the Holy Spirit speak truth and comfort directly to my heart, but I have felt it tell me that God and Jesus Christ are there, and that the Book of Mormon is scripture. I don't have all the answers, but I know what God has told me, and I'll stick with that through anything. Some have accused me of inventing those feelings myself in order to justify my position. Their authenticity is confirmed to me, though, at times when I seek for them, but I am too distant from God to feel them. Those lonely searches so vividly contrast the moments when God has spoken to my soul that I know the feeling of the Holy Ghost cannot be a fabrication of my mind.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ lived his life with no concern for himself, and total devotion to others. I try to do the same. As he said, "Whosoever shall be chief among you, let him be your servant." I have found the life is much more fulfilling when I live for others instead of living for myself. I have the responsibility of overseeing the teaching of the gospel in my congregation. I love teaching others and facilitating discussions about our savior, Jesus Christ. I have a firm belief in the power of teaching the gospel to others in order to increase their faith.