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Hi I'm O'Ryan

I was born in Utah and I live in Tacoma, WA. Like you, I'm trying to stay driven and navigate this crazy life the best I can.

About Me

I just recently received my mission call to Boston Massachusetts. I leave January 1st, 2014. When I got my call I was honestly a little happy that I would have 4 months to prepare but at the same time disappointed at how long I would have to wait. Playing the waiting game isn't exactly one of my strong suits. Preparing for a mission is a lot more difficult then I thought it would be. Unfortunately, I did not make the decision to serve a mission at a young age. In fact I didn't decide to serve until about 6 months ago. In my years leading up to my decision to go on a mission I had very little desire to go. Being born and raised in the church I heard about planning and getting ready to serve missions constantly. People would always ask questions like, "where do you want to go on your mission?" "Are you excited to receive your call?" etc. I didnt really have a testimony of the gospel. So I decided to focus all my attention on other things. Like football. I played football for my entire schooling. At the end of my senior year I had scholarship offers from across the country. But none of it felt right. I was lost in my mistakes. Until I went back to church and started to live the lifestyle. I found my testimony and I work constantly to grow it. Even so that I have decided to set aside football for 2 years to serve my Heavenly Father and grow this Church. I am 18 years old. I am a brother, a son, an athlete, a future missionary as well as a future husband and father. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I began being a Mormon because my family is Mormon. I remain Mormon because of my own personal conversion and testimony story. I went for a long time without having my own testimony of the church. In fact I wasn't exactly a good Mormon boy when I was younger. I definitely went through my rebellious stage. After years of this I just realized that I wasnt on the right track for the type of life I really wanted. I wanted a strong, faithful eternal love and companion to start my life with. And I knew that I couldn't really achieve the kind of happiness that I wanted without the Lords help and influence in my life. So I decided to experiment. I spent 2weeks studying talks and the scriptures along with daily prayer. At the end of the 2weeks I received a fathers blessing. The spirit was so strong there. I got my answer later that night. Everything just seemed so clear. Like I knew what I had to do. For the first time in a long time I felt the overwhelming love that my father in heaven has for me. After feeling this, there was no denying it. Dont give me wrong, its been a process. But through that process I have gained a testimony thats mine, and no one elses. No one can take that from me. Now, I'm a changed man. still imperfect, but now I'm on the right track for success and spiritual improvement. I'm a Mormon because this church is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day by day with the desire for improvement. I start my day on my knees, praying and communicating with my heavenly father. This probably the most important thing I do in my day. An open line of communication with your father in heaven is key to a healthy relationship with him. I also spend a great deal of my time working out. I feel a healthy, strong body helps you to keep a clear mind which allows you to stay in-tuned with the spirit. I also make an effort throughout my day to read my scriptures and look for service opportunities. Its incredibly important to be ready and willing to help someone in need. Small or large, acts of service and love can change lives. Its also important to stay humble and realize that we all make mistakes. What matters is what you do after you make them. That's why I always try to keep a positive attitude and stay focused on improvement. That is why we are here right? Improvement doesn't come exist without making mistakes. Doesnt mean I'm ok with making them. It just means I'm aware I, like everyone else, makes them.