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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a father and a video game programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a video game programmer who has worked on games for handhelds, consoles, and the PC. I also enjoy playing video, board, and card games. I have been married to my wonderful wife for 16 years, and we have 8 children together; most of whom now regularly beat me on our family game nights. I have a BS in Computer Science from the University of Utah, and a MSE in Software Engineering from Arizona State University. Prior to my marriage and schooling, I spent 2 years as an LDS missionary in Japan. I grew up in a family of 9 children, with most of my childhood spent in California, and my late teens in Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents who loved all 9 of their children. They sacrificed much out of love for their family, and spent a lot of time and effort in teaching us gospel principles. They taught us to pray, read the scriptures, and have faith in Christ. As I grew older and desired a more personal relationship with the Lord, I found that following His teachings that I learned as a child increased my faith in Him. As my faith increased, so did the answers to my prayers. I have come to learn from my Heavenly Father the same thing that my father taugh me; the Lord loves us, he died for us, and He has restored His gospel to lead us in the paths of righteousness and happiness. As I now have my own children, I see the importance of teaching them the gospel in their youth. Only through following Christ's teaching do we have love and peace in our house. By listening to the words of the prophets, we parents and children both are able to avoid the temptations so prevalent in the world today. As we grow closer to Christ as a family, we grow in happiness and peace.

How I live my faith

I first live my faith in my family. I spend time with my wife and kids, including daily scripture reading before school, and morning and evening family prayers. We have a weekly family night with a spiritual lesson, and many family nights with games and other ways of spending time together. I have also served in many aspects of the church. I have been privileged to teach many different age groups of youth; from 7 year olds to 17 year olds. Some of the greatest joy I have experience at church is through teaching the youth. I am also involved with the local Scouting program. I currently serve as a counselor to the Bishop, and work with primary aged kids (3-11 year olds).