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Hi I'm Ryan Layton

I'm from Arizona, I attend BYU, and I play tennis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend BYU, and I love to learn. When I'm not studying or spending time with friends, I can usually be found on the tennis courts. I love competing and I find great satisfaction in training hard. It is in working hard and a job well done--winning and being the best too, I'll admit--that drive me in all aspects of my life. In addition to tennis, I also enjoy wake boarding, snow skiing, playing the cello and piano, and traveling with my family. I've recently been called to serve as a missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission, and I could not be more excited!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my faith in Jesus Christ. My faith in Jesus Christ is not built upon a unique experience or a remarkable manifestation; rather, it is founded upon the peace and happiness that accompanies regular scripture study and righteous living, fortified through earnest prayer. Because I was raised in the church and exposed to its doctrine and principles at a very young age, there came a point in my life when I wanted to know for myself if the things I had learned from my parents and church leaders were true. As a result, I read the promise made in Moroni 10:3-5 (a passage of scripture at the end of the Book of Mormon) and I accepted its challenge to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if what it taught was true. Thus, as I read the Book of Mormon with great intent and I prayed every day to know if the things it contained were true, my mind was enlightened and I often understood with great clarity the things I was studying. When I finally reached the last chapter of the Book of Mormon and reread Moroni's promise, I stopped to pray. Immediately, I had an impression, which confirmed to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that God has a plan and purpose for me. I had known it all along, but now I knew it for myself. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it has been restored to this earth. I bear testimony that Christ is my Savior who is full of grace and mercy, and that He leads and guides His church upon the earth today through a living prophet. Because of my testimony and my faith in Jesus Christ, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Hopefully, by my actions, people will come to know me and want to know our Savior. I strive in everything that I do to live my life in congruence with the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the way and the light. By emulating the Savior and utilizing His Atonement to the best of my ability, I will become a better representative of Him and His church. I will become a better missionary, a better friend, a better me.