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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm an athlete. I'm a student. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I always have and always will. I play any instrument that I can lay my hands on including the guitar, piano, harmonica, and bass as well as sing. I get an indescribable feeling of joy whenever I play music, especially when it is with other people. There is a connection that exists in music that cannot be defined. I live for that feeling. I also love sports of all kinds. My ideal sports day is a morning of racquetball followed by a nice long bike ride and ending with a game of ultimate frisbee. However, I am also a college student so I need to balance all of these things. I am a junior and am an English Literature major with a minor in Biology. I plan on going to law or medical school when I finish my undergraduate. I have spent the last two years in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a firm belief in a loving God. I was raised in an LDS family and in an area rich with Latter Day Saint members. As a result, it was fairly easy to live my religion. Being a relatively care-free kind of guy, I cruised through my childhood and teenage years by simply accepting things as they were, including my religion. However, I soon reached the age that I would be eligible to serve a mission. That woke me up. I realized that if I was going to serve a mission, I needed to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. If not, I would be wasting two years of my life. As a result, I read the scriptures and prayed to God to receive a confirmation. He responded through the Holy Ghost and I had an overwhelming feeling that it was right. I had this confirmation several times. I followed His answer and served in the California Oakland/ San Francisco mission. During the course of my mission, my testimony and belief in the Church of Jesus Christ grew. I studied the scriptures for two hours every day. I was also met with strong opposition and difficult questions. Often, the answers to these questions did not come easy but as I strived to learn by the Holy Ghost, I was taught by God. I have come to know beyond a doubt that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and that we can live as families together forever.

How I live my faith

I find that it is quite easy to live as a Latter Day Saint. Going to a university of 60,000 students in which Mormons comprise 2.5% of the population may seem daunting but it is the opposite. Instead, I see it as an opportunity to share my beliefs. That does not mean that I feel an urge to give a Book of Mormon to everyone I see but rather to try my best to emulate Jesus Christ's example.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus Christ taught that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). It is clear that everyone must be baptized with the proper priesthood authority. However, there have been times on the earth when the priesthood authority was not on the earth or available to all people. It would be unfair if those people were denied salvation because they did not have the opportunity to accept the gospel. Proxy baptisms in the temple offer these blessings to these people. The deceased individuals are not bound by the baptisms;rather, they have the choice to accept or decline it. Show more Show less