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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Williamsburg, VA. I write for a local magazine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married husband and father of four wonderful children - two of them are grown, so they are no longer children! My oldest is 21 and my youngest is 2. I love long walks on the beach, visiting new places, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. My favorite candy is Hot Tamales. I love to read, and I am an avid Harry Potter fan. Our family just got back from London, and we enjoyed seeing the sights and sounds of Great Britain (including Platform 9 3/41). I am an Integrated Pest Management Technician for a large resort. I also have a side business doing pest control, and moonlight as a writer for a local magazine.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe the Lord led us to fellowship in this church. My wife and I were both baptized into the church at a young age, but soon fell away from active membership. After our second daughter was born, we spent a lot of time searching, pondering, and praying to understand our place in the grand scheme of things. One night, we knelt down over an old ottoman to pray. Among other things, we asked God what He wanted us to do with the rest of our lives. We promised that if He would show us what He wanted, we would be willing to do it. Less than a week later, missionaries form the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints arrived at our door. A friendly member of the congregation was with them, and issued a simple invitation: "Come back to church...you know it's where you should be." It didn't take much more to convince us that God had heard our prayer. As promised, we followed....and here we are!

How I live my faith

I currently help oversee the Sunday School program in our ward. It is humbling to work with so many ordinary people who shine under the light of inspiration each sabbath. I have also served as a Ward Mission Leader (person who heads up and coordinates local missionary efforts) and as a youth leader. Most of all, I try to live up to the standards that i have been taught. I am a big supporter of the statement: "What you do speaks so loudly that I can barely hear what you say." I believe that simply doing good as best I know how can have a profound ripple effect in the world around me. Perhaps Mother Teresa said it best: "We cannot do great things....We can only do small things with great love"

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Take time to read the Book of Mormon and thoughtfully ponder its message. As you do so, ask heavenly Father if what you are reading is true. Then, go out and put it into practice. He will give you an assurance through the Holy Spirit that the book is indeed true, and that following it's principles and doctrines will deepen and strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less