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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm an attorney. An actor. A writer. Michigan and Detroit sports fan. A hula-hoop/dancing enthusiast. I'm single. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Canton, Michigan as well Gilbert, Arizona. I attended undergrad at Utah Valley State College and later at BYU. Shortly after undergrad, I relocated to Omaha, Nebraska to attend law school. I graduated in law school in 2009 and have been practicing law in Arizona for nearly two years. I also have lived in Washington, Nevada, and I spent 2 years in Brazil serving a two-year LDS mission. I work as a family law and bankruptcy attorney. I enjoy my job and the challenge it provides. Outside of the courtroom, I have found several outlets from the stresses of work. Predominantly, I love sports and the arts. I love performing and entertaining others. I have performed in local theaters and intend to continue my goal of being in a show at least once every two years. I enjoy letting loose on the dance floor, and will even dance while hula-hooping. I play racquetball, ping-pong, basketball, and many other sports whenever the opportunity is there. I also consistently cheer on Michigan, BYU, and my Detroit teams. I like having balance and variety in my life. I like to mix things up and have done things like host play reading parties, run a book club with family members, travel to see big cities or find small adventures, and in general, I try and enjoy life to the fullest.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who were both born members of the church. After doing my own searching, praying, and pondering, I have discovered for myself the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My belief has only grown over time. I have made many friends in many States with people of other faiths. I am thankful for the things I have learned and appreciate hearing and listening to the viewpoints of others. I have found that there is a lot of common ground and similar values shared across many religions, and I have found joy in having deep and intellectual conversations with others about things that matter most in life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided me with a greater knowledge of God's plan, and why we are here on this earth. It is my firm belief that Christ is my Savior, and that we may return to live in his presence, and that we may be united with our families again. In essence, I have hope and faith that the teaching- that families can be together after this life- is a true principle. It is also a guiding force that encourages me to live a fulfilling life. I have a fondness for scriptures and believe that God continually wants us to learn more about his Gospel. This is why I believe that God speaks to a Prophet in our day, so that we may be further shown how to live in today's society. Through the scriptures and guidance of a modern day prophet, I feel the love of God, because I am confident that through these mouthpieces, I am being pointed in the right direction. I love the Bible and the principles within, and how the Book of Mormon compliments the Bible as another testament of Jesus Christ. I truly believe that Christ had followers in America, and they were instructed to keep records that would help guide future generations throughout their lives. I am thankful for my membership in this Church, because it is Christ's church, and it is where we can gain a fuller understanding of what we must do to return to him.

How I live my faith

There are a great many things to do within the Church to help and serve others. There are also ancillary programs to get involved with. I spent 5 years working for a program called Especially For Youth, which is a week long youth retreat for teenagers in the church. Though the program is not directly run through the Church, it provides youth who have similar beliefs to grow in their understanding of the Gospel and make friendships with other members from around the country. Many teenagers from other faiths would also attend the program, and it was enjoyable to hear their experiences. As a Counselor, and later a Coordinator of the sessions, I was able to help organize activities, dances, and also teach the youth directly. I consider those summers as some of the most memorable summers of my life, and loved seeing the potential in the youth. I have been able to utilize some of my talents that I've gained in my work experience to help me organize other events, and also have developed great friendships when visiting other members of the church. I am 31 and have always been single. When many people think of Mormons, they think of large families. Despite not having a family of my own at this time, I feel I've been able to contribute to my community, to others in the church, and to my family and friends. Everyone's journey is unique and very individual. The people of the Church are certainly not perfect. We have flaws, just like anyone else. However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect. And it is through the Church's teachings that I have found solace. I know that the teaching of the Church, help us understand what we need to do and how to avoid potential pitfalls in our lives. I know Christ atoned for our sins, and it is because of that singular event, that we have the opportunity to be redeemed of all of our sins and imperfections.