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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a university administrator; a family man; and I love basketball, snowboarding, and old movies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A husband of 17 years, and a father of three boys and three girls, I am definitely a family man. I grew up in Corona, California (SoCal), but now enjoy life in the shadow of the Sierras, in Fresno, CA. I spent two years in Taiwan, serving a mission for the LDS Church (Mandarin, Chinese speaking), and plan to serve more missions in the Far East after retirement. I love athletics: volleyball, snowboarding, tennis, and basketball, mainly. While some people avoid conversations about politics and religion, those are my two favorite subjects.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God speaks to us through the Holy Ghost. Though I was born and raised a Mormon, at age 18, I had a strong desire to know, for myself, if what my parents believed and taught me is true. I had questions--is God real? is the Book of Mormon from God? can God really tell me if it is true?--and I wanted answers. So, I started reading the Book of Mormon to find out. Then, one night, when I had read about 100 pages or so, I knelt and prayed, asking Heavenly Father to help me know, one way or the other, and he did! It was a life-changing experience; all of my doubt and questions were gone; and I was elated, feeling lucky that I was born and raised in the true Church. Since that night, the Lord has continued to bless me with confidence, that I am on the right path. I have had my fair share of pain and sorrow, but the Lord has been with me. I recognize his guidance and direction in my life most every day, and I make great effort to teach my family and others what I have learned.

How I live my faith

I love to study the Gospel and connect to God through prayer. Every morning, like eating breakfast, I have the habit of spending at least a half hour in prayer and scripture study. At night, as part of our bedtime routine, we read the scriptures together as a family; right now we're reading through the Book of Mormon and are about half-way through; during the Christmas season we read the New Testament book of Luke. I keep pretty busy with my responsibilities as 1st Counselor to the Bishop, spending lots of time with our youth, taking care of the needy in our congregation, and preparing our Sunday Sacrament Meeting worship. I love to visit people in our congregation in their homes and teach them the Gospel, and usually set aside one night a week to do that.

Are Mormons Christians?

We are definitely Christians. I am a Mormon, and by describing my relationship with Jesus Christ, perhaps you can understand why Mormon's are Christians. I would say first that I look to Jesus Christ as the only way to return and live with God again. I believe that through his grace, I can be forgiven of my sins. No matter how hard I work to be a good person, no matter how many good things I do, I cannot earn my own way back to Heavenly Father. I need Jesus Christ and the mercy he provides, and I strive to follow Jesus by being kind to others, putting other's needs before my own, and controlling my thoughts and appetites. In my life, I find that the more I focus on following Jesus's example, the happier I am. I love to study Jesus's character traits in the scriptures. I pray to Heavenly Father multiple times a day, in Jesus's name. I consider myself a disciple, or follower, of Jesus Christ, much like the disciples of old. I have made my fair share of mistakes in life, and developed my fair share of sinful habits, or things about myself that I am not proud of. I have found that I can change anything about myself with Jesus's help. It's an amazing thing to admit to God that I need His help, and to find that through the grace of Jesus Christ, I can lose even the very desire to continue bad habits. I love Jesus Christ. He is my savior. And I hope that I will always look to him for salvation from my sins. Show more Show less