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Hi I'm Ryan.

I'm a sports enthusiast as well as a bilingual college student at BYU-Idaho from the state of Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a 25 year old college student, I have a love for many things. I love my wife, sports, social media, and learning new things. I am an Eagle Scout. I spent 2 years of my life as a missionary in Guatemala where I was able to become fluent in the Spanish language. I use it at my current job and love to communicate with the Hispanic market. I am a fun, loving and outgoing person who would love to discuss questions or issues that people have about the LDS Church. I consider myself to be a realist and have mainly conservative views; however, I am not close-minded and feel that I can learn so much from other people's views and opinions. I do come from a family where my parents are recently divorced. It has brought a new view of the ability to choose (agency) and how we are responsible for our decisions we make in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I was able to have loving parents who did raise me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, I have received a witness that it is God's church restored back on the earth. I love the blessings that are associated with living God's Commandments. He asks us to sacrifice so little and continually blesses us as we keep his commandments. I have chosen to be a member of the church because it makes me happy. I married my wife in May 2010. I want nothing more than for her and my future children than to be happy and live a life guided by principles that will help them come to know God, his son Jesus Christ and that they can receive that same witness that I received. God loves everyone of his children the same. I know that through God's true church, he extends the opportunity for us to live with our families forever if we choose. He expects great things of us and in return, he blesses us with his infinite and mercy as we continually put off the things of the world and search to become more like our perfect Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I have received a witness that it is true. With the ability to choose, everyone has that opportunity to search it out, to ponder it and to ask God to help them receive that same witness. When you receive that, you will know, with the same assurance that God loves his children. He loves us so much that he has restored the power of the Priesthood, which is the authority to act in God's name, back to the earth. By that power and authority, Joseph Smith restored his church and translated the Book of Mormon (not "wrote" the book) into English. In so doing, he has called and will continue to call prophets to guide his children. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and our prophet called today is Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I currently am a member of the bishopric. I assist members of the church in their temporal needs as directed by the leader of our ward, our Bishop. I currently am in charge of supervising over the Primary and oversee and extend invitations to the members of our congregation to participate in what we call "callings," which to simplify are assignments made by the bishop. As far as how I live it personally, I dedicate between 15-30 minutes a day to studying the scriptures and writing in a journal the feelings I receive when I do so. I enjoy learning more about past prophets during the time Christ was on the earth as well as our current prophet through the church's official magazine, the Ensign. I learn so much from this experience. When possible, I love to teach others, specifically my wife, about these experiences. As always with teaching, the teacher learns much more than the student, which I enjoy. I try to put the best effort into studying my lessons and the scriptures so I might be a great tool in God's hands to teach his Gospel correctly as I work to be more like him and our Savior Jesus Christ.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of our Savior Jesus Christ. As God's church was in Jerusalem at the time of the Savior's ministry, there were also other children in both North and South America. The Book of Mormon contains writings from ancient prophets who lived during that time. The first mentioned named Lehi, lived in Jerusalem about 600 years before Christ came. God commanded Lehi to lead people to the American continent and the Book of Mormon testifies of how God communicated with both civilizations to help them prosper and have success. As God did in Jerusalem, he called prophets in the American continent as well. The Book of Mormon contains things revealed unto these prophets and concludes with a promise that many should take to heart. Those who read and pray about it can find out for themselves, through the Holy Ghost that it is true. This is how I gained my testimony. Everyone can pray and know for themselves and I challenge everyone to do so. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries will teach God's love that he has for his children. With that love, they will show you the plan God has for each one of his children. He wants us to return to live with him again. To do so, we must be obedient to his commandments and understand that plan. Central to that plan is Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, called the Atonement, which allows us to be forgiven of our shortcomings and make up the difference as long as we have fully repented (changed) of our misdeeds or mistakes we have made. Show more Show less