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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of two crazy kids, a husband to a beautiful wife, and an attorney.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I had good feelings about the Church as I was growing up. But things sort of came to a head when I was 18 and had to decide whether I would serve a two-year mission for the Church. I thought, if this is something I'm going to give up two years of my life for, it had better be true, and I had better find out. I started investing some serious time and thought to figuring out if the Church was true. I read the Book of Mormon a lot. In my mind, that was the natural place to start. If the Book of Mormon was true--if it really was another book of scripture that went along with the Bible--then Joseph Smith, the person who brought forth the Book Mormon, must have been a true prophet. And if Joseph Smith was a true prophet, then what he said about the church and gospel of Jesus Christ being restored would also be true. Following that line of thought, I read and prayed and read and prayed, and eventually an answer came through the Holy Ghost confirming that it was all true. That's what I love about this Church: everyone can get their own personal answer that it is true. You don't have to take anyone's word for it. If there really is a God, and if he has a church on the earth, then wouldn't he be willing to guide his sincere children to that church so they can learn the things that will lead them back to him? As a missionary, I saw that over and over again with people who sincerely wanted to find the truth and know for themselves. They always got an answer. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyone in the Church has an assignment or "calling" to do something in their local congregation or ward. My wife and I right now work with the 18-month to three-year olds in what is called nursery. Basically, the parents of these youngsters drop them off with my wife and I so the parents can go to Sunday School, etc. We let the kids play with toys, give them a snack, and try to teach them a two to five minute lesson about God and Jesus. (This usually involves a lot of blank stares, climbing on/under chairs, and sometimes crying--but we like to hope something's getting through.) Our home life also largely revolves around our faith. We say family prayers in the morning and at night. We read from the scriptures together. And once a week we have what's called Family Home Evening, where we have a short lesson on some gospel topic. Again, with two young kids, it sometimes seems like not a lot is getting through. But we feel like establishing these traditions will help our kids know who they really are and their relationship to God as they grow up in what can seem like a confused world at times. It's also made for a stronger marriage and greater overall harmony in our family.