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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Arizona. I served in the US Air Force for four years and I'm in school to become a physical therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very active person and I love sports. Volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, and racquetball are a few of my favorites. During football season, I find it hard not to watch the games on TV even when I should be studying. I am currently a student in a Physical Therapy Doctoral program and I am loving it! I served on active duty in the US Air Force for four years during which time I was deployed to Iraq twice. My service in the military was an incredible learning experience for me and it taught me a lot about myself and so many people that have a different background from me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that actively lived the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized when I was eight years old and although I don't have a dramatic conversion story I know without a doubt from my experience in the church and from the feelings I get when I read the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon), that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on the earth. I served a two year full time mission in Brazil and I loved the people there so much! It was an incredible experience to be able to live the gospel and teach the people there that were willing to listen to our message. Our message is that of hope and happiness. God has a plan for each one of His children. Our path through live is definitely not easy. We all go through trials, troubles, sicknesses and numerous things that make life difficult but through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can receive comfort and we can know with a surety that God knows and loves us. This is why I'm a Mormon. It is amazing thing to be able to go anywhere in the world and walk into one of our churches and the people there will welcome you with open arms. One thing that I have learned and that is important to remember is that the members of the church are not perfect but the structure and organization of the church truly is. I don't know why I was so lucky to grow up in a Mormon household, but I am so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and the teachings of my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently I am working with a few other men to organize the group of men in my ward. There are many opportunities to serve in our church and this service brings a feeling of self worth and a feeling that you are helping others. In my opinion, there is not a better feeling. As men in the church we have a responsibility to make sure that the needs of all the members of the congregation are having their needs met. We do this through monthly household visits to share messages with them and make sure that all is well in their home. Previously I was able to teach the people that were preparing to go to the temple the ways in which they should prepare themselves to receive those blessings. It was a very powerful experience to see people light up after they had been able to take that step in their lives. Like I said before, by no means am I perfect but every day I strive to be a little better than the previous day so that I can receive the blessings promised from my Heavenly Father. I love the Lord and I love His church. I am so grateful for all that I have been given in my life and I know that it is only through the love of God and His Son that I have been blessed with the things that I have.