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Hi I'm Ryan

I am a father of 4 (soon to be 5) kids. I dabble in just about everything: music, art, writing, teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I do a little of everything. I have 3 and a half sons and one daughter. I love listening to and writing music. I play the bass and have been in a few bands in my day. I also have a degree in graphic design and run my own online trading card company. I currently teach the GED program for a national university. Let's see what else do I do? I am currently training to run a triathlon; I used to swim in high school and miss it now. When I have the time I like to write and create art on my computer. Oh, I also love to act. I am part of a local improv comedy group. Wow, I am not sure how I find time for it all.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but it wasn't until I was on my mission that I realized that I believed what I had been taught my whole life. There have been times in my life where I have followed the gospel and times when I haven't. My life has always been clearer and my focus has always been stronger when I was obedient to the Lord's commandments. Understanding who I am has been a key to me in overcoming many obstacles in my life. I know that I am a child of God and because I know that I know He wants me to succeed in life. He has been there for me when no one else was.

How I live my faith

I try my best to attend my church meetings. I try to be a good neighbor. I look for opportunities that I can be of service to those around me. I have the opportunity to work with other men my age in the church. I get a chance to get to know them better and help them with anything that they may need.

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

I have several friends who are gay. I care deeply for these friends as they do for me. The fact that they lead a lifestyle of which I don't necessarily approve doesn't change the fact that they are sons of God and that He and I love them. I know that they want to be able to or have married their partners. Of course we don't agree on that but that doesn't change the way I feel about them. I think that is the biggest misconception about the LDS church. We believe in traditional marriage. That doesn't mean that we hate homosexuals. My gay friends know what I believe and strangely enough respect me for it. Probably because they know that my beliefs in no way change my desire to love my neighbor. Show more Show less