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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm from the West Coast. I'm in law school on the East Coast. I love travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in law school right now, and it can be a tough balance with a family. Making sure that I have enough time with my family is a huge priority, so I section off what is school time and what's family time. You don't want to lose sight of what's really important. I watch my son while my wife works, and that is a wonderful break from law school. I play guitar, so I'll make up little songs for him while we're hanging out, and he loves that. We have a great time and it's amazing to watch how quickly he's learning to do simple baby things, like roll over or grab car keys. My wife used to call me a giant nerd because I worked at a comic store (and have quite a few stashed away) and an arcade, read the occasional sci-fi or fantasy novel, and can relate to people who play Magic or other stuff like that. But, I also rock climb, play basketball, and watch sports. I played in a few bands and listen to rock, jazz, classical, and other types of music. I read history and non-fiction and follow politics and world issues. I can relate to just about anyone because of all of the different things I've been able to do, places I've lived, and thought I've given a wide variety of issues. I'm always looking to learn and grow and experience new things. I will say that my wife, after the gospel of Jesus Christ, has been the most positive influence on my life and in helping me to become a better person. She is the most talented and awesome person I know and I'm glad she keeps me along for the ride.

Why I am a Mormon

I won’t go into all the exposition, but there came a time in my life where I didn’t really believe in the Church, the gospel, or even God. I had dropped out of school and wandered where the wind went . I don’t know how I held on to some of the values with which I’d been raised--not drinking or doing drugs, mainly--but I did. After a series of events that started with a simple prayer, I found my life quickly turning around. I felt the desire to serve a mission, to return to and do well in school, and to find out whether or not the gospel really was true. I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time ever about three days after beginning my service as a missionary for the church. After closing the book, I nervously knelt down on my bed and began to pray. I remember a powerful sense of peace and comfort coming over me, settling down all my nerves and calming my fears, and I remember knowing at that moment that the Book of Mormon was true. It was like someone had opened up my mind and placed knowledge inside. It was the beginning of many witnesses of the truth of the book. I did not know all that I do now, but it was the start of an experiment in truth. I have repeated that experiment over the years: I have listened to the prophets and apostles, I have read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, I have lived the principles of the gospel. And then I have prayed, I have listened, I have observed. Without fail, confirmation, peace, and knowledge have come and testified to me of the truthfulness of the principles and teachings of the gospel, of the reality of Jesus Christ as my Savior, and of the divinity of God’s plan and love for me. This knowledge has become more and more sure as I have continued to heed it, to listen and obey. I have now had a great number of experiences that have confirmed these things to me. I hold tight to these when doubt or strife assails me, and they continue to bring me joy, peace, and surety of that which is to come.

How I live my faith

I would like to say that I live my faith in the way I live my life. I know I'm not perfect, but I do my best to be considerate of others, to listen and understand, and to serve. If I believe in forgiveness as taught by Jesus Christ, then I must forgive others and do my best to learn compassion and love. This is a process of daily learning for me, a process of reflection, repentance, and renewed effort to do better. Beyond that personal process, I really do look to serve others. When I hear someone needs a ride, or help moving, or a hand with anything, regardless of whether that person is a member of the church or not, I do my best to provide. I feel the greatest joy in helping and serving others. I wish that could be my full-time job. Within the church, I teach lessons every other Sunday. Currently, we're studying Jesus Christ's life in the New Testament. I try to take the teachings of the scriptures and apply them to our current lives and situations. I feel very blessed to be a teacher because of how much I learn and gain from teaching and from what others share in class. I just recently started volunteering to do prison ministry at some of the local correctional facilities. While I haven't been able to go yet (just started training), I look forward to serving those who have been imprisoned. Last summer, my wife and I did development work in Uganda. I want to continue to develop communities and help them to grow. While that work was not directly linked with the church, it was definitely part of how I live my faith. I feel that one of the best scriptures that sums up how I try to live my faith is Matthew 25:35-36, which reads: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." The Savior showed us love in everything He did for us, including giving His life. I try to give what little I can as well.