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Hi I'm Ryan.

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. I'm a graduate student in Public Affairs, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At present, I'm working on a graduate degree in public policy and finance. Professionally, my goal is to begin a career that will allow me to contribute to helping government do its job effectively. I am proud and feel very blessed to be a citizen of the United States of America. I feel a sense of duty to support the things that continue to make America a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm also a father of two beautiful young daughters that occupy a significant portion of my time. The decision that my wife and I made to become parents is one of the best that we've ever made. My children bring a lot of joy and excitement to my day-to-day routine and I can't imagine what life would be like without them. They also have provided some wonderful growth opportunities by stretching my patience and endurance in ways I previously didn't think possible. When I'm not studying public policy or being a dad, I'm passionately interested in Russian language and literature. Some of my very favorites books include Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, and War and Peace. I also enjoy running and have completed two marathons.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always known that there is a God and that he has a purpose for me in this life. I choose to be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it teaches me what that purpose is, and how Jesus Christ's teachings can give me peace and happiness. I am often saddened by the suffering and injustice that continues to exist in the world. My heart breaks when I see the challenges that so many face, sometimes through bad decisions, but often through no fault of their own. I am convinced that, at the end of the day, the teachings of Jesus Christ, which have the power change people's hearts, are the only way to ever truly right these wrongs. The other reason I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that I believe that it is in fact Christ's church and that it is led by Him today. I believe that God has always led his people through a prophet. And I believe that God and Jesus Christ answered the prayer of a young boy named Joseph Smith by appearing to him in 1820, and that through Joseph Smith they then restored Christ's teachings and Christ's church to the earth in their complete form. Joseph Smith's story is an incredible one--but I have come to know that it is real by testing for myself the simple truths that Jesus Christ restored through Joseph Smith. I cherish these simple truths--that Jesus Christ gave his life so that I might repent and be forgiven of my mistakes, that God continues to speak to mankind through prophets today, that families are society's single most important institution, that family relationships can continue on even after death, that God has commanded us to provide for the poor and has organized a plan for us to do so, that I lived with God before my birth and that I can return home to Him after this life, and that I can work to receive a personal knowledge of my relationship to God and what specifically He wants me to do.

How I live my faith

Right now I work with a local Boy Scout troop that is made up of teenage boys from the local ward that I attend and the community. As an Eagle Scout myself, it's a real privilege for me to help teach young men useful life-skills, but also sound moral principles that will help them be good fathers, citizens, and members of their future communities. I also learn a great deal through my interactions with these young men. Their talent and promise give me confidence that the future leaders of the nation will be able to rise to the challenge.