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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Texan, I'm a brother, I'm a friend, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a senior in high school, but I'm graduating in three years with my twin sister so that I can get a year of college in before my mission when I turn nineteen. I'm second in the line of kids in my family with five other siblings: an older sister, a twin sister, two younger sisters, and a younger brother. I love spending time with my parents and brothers and sisters; we do everything together--watch movies, go camping, take walks, swim, play games, and laugh together. I've worked hard academically to excel and graduate early, but I decided to make my senior year an easy one. In my free time I love to work out with my dad. We lift weights, go running, or play basketball and football together. I love photography and taking pictures of the beautiful world around me. Another of my favorite activities is tough, manual labor. I love working on a ranch my family owns and doing yard work. I'm great at math, chemistry, and physics, and I'm trying to become fluent in Spanish. I like adventurous vacations with family and relatives, and peacefully watching nature in the country. I enjoy spending time with my friends on the weekend and relaxing. I love appreciating the small things in life, and taking a lot of happiness out of simple every day blessings. For the most part, I'm an ordinary kid who loves spending time with my family and friends and enjoying the life I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and was baptized and confirmed at age eight by my Dad. I have loved the Gospel all my life and it has led me to find great happiness and peace even during trials. When I was thirteen I decided to accept a challenge from one of my local church leaders to fully read the Book of Mormon and I did so for the first time. By reading the book diligently I developed a very strong testimony of the truthfullness of its teachings that will stay with me forever. I have subsequently gained a testimony of the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price and of the Bible. Recently I have had many experiences that have built my testimony of the reality and miracle of Prayer with my Heavenly Father and I have come to know of His love and care for me and my concerns. I have amazing parents and church leaders that have taught me so much since my childhood and now in my youth and their enduring examples have blessed me and helped me to love the Gospel even more.

How I live my faith

I'm in the Priest's Quorum of my ward (Priest is an office in the Aaronic Priesthood that most young men have when they are between the ages of 16 and 19), but my callings are to be a hometeacher and to serve in the Stake Youth Council. As a hometeacher, I go with my dad as my companion at least once a month to visit a few members from my ward and teach them a lesson that we feel would benefit them at that time in their life. We also offer to serve them in any way needed and develop a friendship with them so that they can ask us for whatever they may be in need of, and we willingly serve them in whatever way we can. On the Stake Youth Council I work with other youth from my stake (a geographical boundary comprising many wards and branches from the same area) to plan and organize fun, monthly events for the all the youth from the stake to participate in. Two youth representatives from each ward are called to be in the Stake Youth Council during the school year, and I was lucky to have me and my twin sister called from my ward. In school I'm in the National Honors Society, an organization where hardworking and academically adept students from the school come together and plan ways to do service in the community and school, as well as fundraise to pay for a large service project for the school or community or to donate to the school. We gather community service hours (many of which I get from doing service projects with youth from my ward) to learn the benefits of such service and also tutor other students in school. And on an every day level, I try to do my best to read my scriptures and pray sincerely every day to build a strong testimony and live my beliefs through all my actions.