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Hi I'm Ryan

I love to talk about politics, being outside, and making my wife and son smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just recently graduated with a degree in Economics from BYU and moved closer to my wife's family in Iowa. We have a son born in August 2016 that makes us smile everyday. I love to talk about politics and watch the seasons change while I spend time in nature. I just started a new job and try to live everyday with the faith that as I do what is right, God will lead me and my family in a direction that will help us be happy together and allow us to help other people as Jesus Christ would do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and cannot adequately express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for that blessing. I cannot imagine my life without the influences of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and all the magnificent opportunities I have had simply because of that membership. I have felt the love of Christ when I needed it most; I have felt His guidance when I have been lost. I had the opportunity to live the entirety of my childhood in the same small town, which allowed me to see the differences in the lives of those who had this gospel in their lives and those who didn't. Through that experience, I have learned that, without a doubt, living the teachings of Jesus Christ is the only way we can be truly happy in this life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life as my Savior would, but doing so perfectly is impossible. As I strive to be more like Christ, I become a more charitable person. I always act as if everyone around me is judging The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jesus Christ Himself by my actions. It hurts me when I know that I've fallen short of that standard I place upon myself. I try to help others to improve their lives by sticking to the basic things in life that bring true happiness.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Life on earth is an important stage of our spiritual lives. It is neither the end, nor was it the beginning. Before we came to this earth, we were simply spirits in the glorious presence of our Father in Heaven. We understood that to become more like Him, we had to receive a body. As those who are on this earth, we have all received that important blessings. With that body, we are put through challenges in life that help us to learn the difference between good and evil so that we can continue to become more like our Heavenly Father. We also have the opportunity to begin relationships that, through important covenants made in the Temple, will last for all of eternity as we partake of eternal life, the greatest gift that our Heavenly Father can give us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are the most sacred places on earth. Each is inscribed with the words, "Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord". I know that to me and the other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these words are literal. I go to temples to feel the spirit of the Lord and to learn more about His plan for us. Sitting and praying in any of the many temples around the world is a time when I can best feel the connection between myself and my Heavenly Father. Many people in this world die before they have the opportunity to partake of the saving ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As members of the Church in good standing, we can go to the temple to act as proxies for baptisms and marriages for those who did not have the opportunity to do so while they had a body on this earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In my life, the light of Christ and its guidance has been indescribably valuable. There is no greater feeling than when I can feel of my Heavenly Father's love for me individually. That feeling motivates me to share it with others. I have been so blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ that I can't imagine having lived life without it. The blessing I had to be born into this Church gives me a sacred responsibility to share those blessings with others. Show more Show less