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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm an energy program manager, a part-time MBA student, a proud husband and father, and a bonafide sports nut. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life is crazy these days. By day, I manage the energy program for a large pharmaceutical company. I studied engineering in undergrad, but I never imagined I'd work in the energy industry. That said, it's rewarding work and I really enjoy the unique challenges and opportunities for growth that it brings, as well as working with people with such diverse backgrounds and talents. I recently started working on a dual-degree MBA/ Masters in Global Supply Chain program part-time in the evenings. The added credentials will be nice when I'm finished, but thus far it's been very beneficial to take my lessons from the classroom directly to work the next day and put them to use. This program is a big sacrifice of time away from my family (not to mention sleep), but I want to have my graduate-level education completed by the time t-ball and soccer games start in 3 years. Which brings me to my life's focal point: family. My wife and I met nearly 5 years ago. In addition to being my best friend, she's a terrific influence in my life. We have been blessed with 2 beautiful children, a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 1 year old son (with another on the way, expected in May!). My family inspires me to work hard in all that I do and to be a better, more Christ-like person, as I know they are looking to my example. I treasure the time we spend together, particularly when we're spending Saturdays in the fall with football on the tv, meat on the grill, and ANYTHING in the slow cooker!

Why I am a Mormon

Several years ago, I was exhausted. I had spent my college and early professional years living the way the world told me I should, maximizing the "fun" and paying no mind to the short- or long-term consequences. Surely movies, sitcoms, music, and the rest of popular culture couldn't be wrong, could they? I had aligned my priorities to theirs and I couldn't figure out why I felt so empty, but I knew I needed to change. One night, for the first time in a very long time, I felt compelled to kneel and pray. My prayer was short and simple: "God, I know it's been a long time since I've done this, but I need to change and I can't do this on my own. Please help me." I had thought several times about attending church to try to pull myself out of my rut. My parents took my brother and me to a Methodist church until I was about 5 years old. During college, I attended Catholic mass and three other various Protestant or non-denominational churches. I craved a relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, but it felt more distant than I thought it should when I attended those places of worship. Plus there were so many questions about where we came from, why we're here, the nature of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost that those denominations weren't able to answer in a way that satisfied my intellectual and spiritual curiosity. I resigned myself to the thought that perhaps the knowledge these churches have is the best we can hope for in this life. When the missionaries stood at my door, my thoughts immediately turned to the prayer I had said two weeks before. I knew that they were a literal answer to that prayer. As they taught me the gospel, all of the questions I had before were answered, with such beautiful simplicity. They didn't ask me to believe them, rather to pray to know whether what they were teaching (and the Book of Mormon) were true. The Holy Ghost eliminated any room for doubt. This is truly Christ's Church, restored in these latter-days.

How I live my faith

When I joined the Church, I found it fascinating that it operates and is led almost entirely through a "lay clergy", that is, the members of the congregation volunteer their time and talents to serve as the local leaders, teachers, etc. For example, the Bishops (leaders of the local congregations) I have had since joining the Church have been a chemistry professor, a doctor, a computer engineer, a retired research scientist, and a professional photographer. We all have our busy schedules and family lives to juggle, but the Lord sustains us in our efforts as we serve Him and labor in his vineyard. I have had the opportunity to work with the Scouting program (very popular in the Church), teach the young men, teach and oversee the welfare of the 18-45(ish) year old men, and now serve as an assistant leader in the congregation's missionary efforts. It's such a blessing to be able to search for others who are looking for the same knowledge and direction I was in search of several years ago, knowing how much joy, peace, and perspective this gospel brings to everyone who sincerely opens their heart to it. My understanding and testimony of our Savior has increased tremendously through serving others and sharing/teaching the gospel.