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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a recently married undergraduate at BYU, an aspiring PhD student, a traveler, an outdoors-lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a family of four boys. I was born in Japan, lived in Thailand as a child, and just recently returned from serving a two year LDS mission in Taiwan, but I've lived most of my life in Utah. A few years after my mission I married the love of my life and high school sweetheart, and we've started our own family. Right now we are just poor college students figuring things out and loving life. I'm a real lover of the outdoors, and Utah is the right place to live to enjoy the beauty of nature. I can often be found flying down a mountain on my bike, exploring, hiking, skiing, or just playing ball. Being in nature often helps me feel closer to God. I have loved to sing ever since I was a little tyke. My mom always loved gathering us boys around the piano to sing together as a family. I used to protest but now I secretly like it. I prefer spontaneous singing in outdoor situations to organized choir situations, but both are pretty fun. Because of my experience living in several different Asian countries, I have a deep respect and love for their culture, values, and traditions. I hope my proficiency in the Chinese language will help me maintain a connection to China and Asia for the rest of my life. I am currently studying Economics, Mathematics, and Business Strategy at BYU, preparing for the future and aspiring to apply to PhD programs soon. I have a wonderful life!

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I can remember, every morning our family would wake up early to read scriptures together. My brothers and I would trudge down the stairs into the living room, wiping sleep out of our eyes, and try our best to stay awake as we took turns reading from the Book of Mormon and sharing thoughts with each other. Family scripture study every morning sacrificed precious sleep, and took dedication and cooperation from every member. That little sacrifice every morning left a real impression on me. Even though it was never perfect, to see that my parents cared about us enough to teach us, and loved us enough to do what was right, blessed our family in so many ways. Our family was never perfect, but the little things like that—family scripture study, working together, and playing together—really let us know that family and church were important. I always wanted to obey and believe what my parents taught, but eventually whether or not I personally believed came down to me. I'm a Mormon because I have searched and found for myself that this church is true. I believe in and follow Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Redeemer, the Son of God. The power of repentance and change through the atonement changes my life on a regular basis. The values taught by Christ are the values and beliefs that have made my life consistently happy. Being a mormon has kept me on the right path—the path back to God.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ said "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." I hope that someday I will be able to fully live up to that commandment; to love my neighbor as myself. It comes down to the small acts, the simple things, that build who we are. A prophet, Alma taught that "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." The example, the small acts of service, the little smile that brightens someone's day, the willingness to give up yourself for someone else--that's how I hope to live my faith. I really feel like there is no greater happiness than what comes through living the teachings of Jesus Christ. I hope that my faith can truly be the foundation and center of my life. As I build on that, everything else will fall into place.