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Hi I'm Ryan Crandall

I'm 20 years old and a missionary in the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission. My favorite sport is basketball, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a missionary serving in Paraguay, I am loving it here. I am the oldest of four children and try to set a good example for them. I enjoy to play basketball, play videogames, and spend time with good friends. When I grow up, I hope to go into the technology field, possibly IT or computer security.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon purely by choice. As many of my friends and a few family members left the church for personal reasons, I found myself considering if this church was true. I decided to follow Moroni's challenge and to pray with faith, and I recieved my answer. I felt love like no other from my Father in Heaven. That is an experience so amazing and beautiful I cannot describe. I love this gospel and all the happiness it brings to me. I can't even explain how great it makes me feel. Through simple things like scripture study and prayer, I have developed a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. Because of that, I feel the love God and his Son have for me, and its a great thing. It makes me want to be a better person and share that love so I can see others become happy as well. I know this church to be true and could never deny it. It has been confirmed to me so many times through the power of the holy ghost. I love the Lord with all my heart, and love the feelings I get from obeying his commandments, which I know he has given to us through righteous prophets. I can never deny the feelings and promptings I receive from the Holy Ghost as I go throughout my day, I know the Lord is always out there, watching over us, and loves us, and has in store something great that we could never describe using words. I found the chance to decide for myself whether this church was true or not. I was quite unsure about myself as I went through this process, but I found my testimony as I continued to do the simple things in life. I felt a closeness to my savior as I did so and felt a feeling like never before. I would later learn that this is the spirit manifesting the truth of this gospel right to my heart. I could not deny what I felt, I know this church is true, I know without a doubt.

How I live my faith

As a member, I attend church weekly, every Sunday. I devote my life 24/7 to teaching the gospel to people in Paraguay. I give many hours in serving others to reflect myself as a representative of the Lord. I spend many hours to learn about the gospel. I attend Sunday School and Seminary, where I learn and grow. Everyday, I pray to my father in heaven and read my scriptures, and I feel peace and truth from the holy ghost that what I have learned is true.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Ryan Crandall
We believe in the Bible for the same reason that any other Christian believes in the Bible, because it is the word of God. The Bible is ancient text of all the prophets of old, where we can learn so many things that are important to know today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ryan Crandall
In order to enter into the Kingdom of God, we all need to enter into the covenant of baptism. However, there are many people that were unable to do so for multiple reasons. So the question here, is what will happen to these people? Well, God has given them the chance to have their ordinances accepted through his servants on the earth. They are baptized for those who have passed away. We do this to give those an option to accept this ordinance. Never are they accounted in the numbers of the church or are counted as members, that is there decision to make. We just let everyone make the choice, and we realize as well that not everyone will accept and come unto the gospel. We realize that baptisms for the dead were performed before. In 1 Corinthians 15:29, it proposes a question. Why would they be baptized for the dead if they rise not at all? Well, we now that they do rise (as told in verse 22), so the dead do have a need to be baptized. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Ryan Crandall
We believe that all may be baptized to show that they are willing to follow God to begin a covenant with him. While they have faith and truly repent of their sins, they can be entered into this covenant. We also believe that it must be done as the same order as Jesus Christ was baptized. He was baptized by authority (John the Baptist, who received his priesthood from his father, a priest. He also was from the lineage of the 12 tribes). Also, Christ was baptized by immersion. We look up immersion and find that it was a custom of the old Catholics, as they used to have fonts below the chapels. However, this custom was changed. Also, as it says in the scriptures, in Matthew 3:16-17, that Christ entered and came out of the water. Through baptism, we can be truly cleansed of sin. We enter into a covenant, which is really a promise that we are willing to keep his commandments that we have learned. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ryan Crandall
The first thing you will usually hear is that this book is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is actually just like the Bible. The Bible was written by ancient prophets collected together by the Catholic church centuries ago of the people that lived around Christ in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is also a collective of prophet's records that they have written. However, this is about the people that are in the Americas. As we see in John 10:16 and Ezekiel 37:15-17 that the Book of Mormon was foretold to come about. This book was written for our days, because times change and we need more revelations to help us out to know exactly what we need to do. This book is really just another mean to learn more about Christ. The Book of Mormon is very comparable to the Bible. It testifies of Christ and his coming to the Americas after his resurrection. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Ryan Crandall
This question is a bit complicated. We believe as the Bible states that we should follow God's plan that man and woman should be together. We do not agree in same-sex marriages. Marriage is defined as a man and a woman coming together. Anything else would not be so. However, all people are sons and daughters of God. We do treat them with the most kind respect as any other person. We try to strive that they may have the same rights as all, but homosexuality is a sin. But, it is only a sin to act upon it. It is not a sin to be one or have thoughts of such. Show more Show less