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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Hoosier. I'm working on a undergraduate degree in Physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student working on a degree in Physics. I was Valdedictorian of my high school. I have a passion for music just as I have a passion for science. I play the piano and the saxophone. Currently, I'm in my university's marching band.

Why I am a Mormon

After being raised in the church, I chose to be baptized when I was eight years old, because I had gained a testimony of the church and I wanted to continue to live the gospel. Since then, I have seen how much I have been blessed by living the standards of the church and accepting the gospel, especially during the last few years. However, the core of my testimony has come to me through fasting and prayer. I know that this church is true.

How I live my faith

The church uses Boy Scouts as its main youth program for young men. Through this, I was able to do a lot of work in my community and eventually become an Eagle Scout. The most significant project that I completed in Boy Scouts was my Eagle Scout project, which was building a massive bird cage for a local animal shelter. Today, I do not hold a specific position in the church, but I visit other church members at least once a month through the church's hometeaching program. This allows me to not only get to know them better, but to check in to see if they might have a problem that I, or someone else, can help them with.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Our bodies are precious gifts form God. To help keep our bodies and minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833, known as the Word of Wisdom. In this revelation, God spoke against the use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. He also emphasized the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health. God promises great blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. This revelation was given to Joseph Smith almost 200 years ago. Today, the scientific community promotes many of the same principles spoken of in the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No, church members do not practice polygamy. If any church members are found to be practicing it, they are excommunicated. There have been occasions when the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage "in order to help establish the House of Israel" (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095). There are even accounts of this in the Old Testament. However, when not commanded of God, plural marriage is an abomination. The Lord also commanded some of the early Saints, including Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, to practice plural marriage. However, this practice ended in 1890, when President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are Christians. Our church even bears Christ's name. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, once said, "We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less