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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm something of a nomad, moving frequently for business. I love cycling, reading, and most of all, my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband of 14 years and have a beautiful daughter who is 10. We have moved 4 times in the last five years for my work and have at least one more stop to go. However, in every move I'm amazed to find people who share so many of my interests. I'm an avid cyclist and participate in multiple organized rides each year in addition to the usual Saturday rides with my group of friends. I'm also a dedicated reader and part-time student; I love to learn new things, to understand what before seemed incomprehensible. I love people; I love to hear people's stories, to hear their backgrounds, what makes them tick, what influences them, what they stand for. And, try as she might, my wife can't break my love of jigsaw puzzles! Just getting ready to start my first 5000-piece puzzle, wish me luck ;)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a faithful LDS family in Salt Lake City. My parents had also both grown up in LDS families and it is a heritage of which I am proud. Growing up, my parents had expectations of their sons but they were so good about allowing us our freedom and agency to make our own decisions. I chose to be baptized at age 8, and strove to make good decisions after that point (not always successfully). I had always planned to serve a full-time mission for the Church at age 19 but up to that point that decision was based on my heritage. Growing up in the church, I had gained a testimony of various principles like faith and charity, but my testimony didn't have roots as deep as I had thought. When I embarked on my mission I finally made my testimony my own. I had the opportunity to serve and help teach the gospel to some truly beautiful people in South America. As I sought inspiration and guidance in teaching the gospel my heart was opened to Jesus Christ and the power that He has in our lives. As I returned from my mission I began my studies, met and married my beautiful wife, and began our family. We were sealed in the Mt Timpanogos, UT, temple, and a few years later we had a gorgeous little girl. We made the decision to raise our family in the gospel of Jesus Christ and have been very blessed for it, both physically and spiritually. I am grateful for the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life as I receive spiritual confirmations about the decisions that I make, and guidance about how to live better.

How I live my faith

I've served in various callings in the church but my most recent calling has been one of the most gratifying. I'm currently serving on the Stake High Council, with responsibility for a Spanish-speaking congregation and for managing the Public Affairs efforts of our stake. I love to meet with the members of our stake; I am always so impressed with the goodness of people, regardless of their place or station in life. I love to talk about spiritual matters and to share my testimony of how drawing closer to the Savior will change their lives. I have been touched on numerous occasions by the testimonies of those we visit, of their love for the Savior, and equally by the difficulties that they have faced. Being able to share testimonies with others on a regular basis is truly the antidote to so many worldly ills.