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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a Utahn by birth and a Georgian by experience. I study mechanical engineering at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University studying mechanical engineering. I enjoy mathematics, science, and music, especially singing and playing the cello. I have also recently acquired a love of dance, as I am currently taking a course in social dance here at BYU. I also enjoying reading fantasy novels, though it seems I rarely have time to do so. When I'm at home, I also enjoy spending time with my family playing board games and such.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I know that I had to learn the gospel as much as anyone who converted had to. I am a Mormon because this church teaches me how to live my life in the best way that I can, so that I will be able to live with my Heavenly Father again in heaven. I know that God lives and loves everyone of us, no matter what we do. He knows all of us by name because we are that important to him. He has the power to create worlds and whole cosmos, and in comparison to that, we are nothing, but he still cares about us more than all the magnificence of the universe. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He suffered for our sins, pains, and sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane and died for us on Calvary. I know that He suffered so that we wouldn't have to suffer ever again after this life if we believe in Him. I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God in modern times and that he translated the golden plates on which the Book of Mormon was inscribed by the power of God, so that we might benefit from the teachings of the prophets of old. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as written by his prophets. I know that revelation can be received in this day and age by anyone who sincerely asks of God. I know that the priesthood was truly restored in this day as well, so that ordinances might be performed and blessings might be given. I know that the power of the priesthood is real because I have been comforted when sick. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on the earth today and that its teachings, which are ordained of God, help me to live my life in a way that I know will please my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every week that I am physically able, so that I might be edified and learn something that I did not know before. I also partake of the sacrament each week by partaking of bread and water, symbolizing Christ's body and blood during his sacrifice for us. I also go home teaching with my dad, who is my companion. We go around to several families' homes in our ward to teach them and to see how they are doing. This is a great experience to be able to show our love for our fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel. I also live my faith by going to seminary every morning that there is school. I may have to wake up earlier, but it is really very uplifting and interesting studying the scriptures every morning as a group. I live my faith my following the tenets of my religion as best as I can everyday. I also recently received my mission call to serve in the Taiwan Taipei Mission, where I will strive to bring people unto Christ for two years. I have felt the joy that comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am extremely excited to share that joy with my brothers and sisters in Taiwan.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

A restoration of the gospel was needed because many people had perverted the ways of the Lord with the ways of men. Therefore, many people were confused by the growing number of denominations and differing ideas. Though all churches had some truth, none of them had the full truth. Also, while the Bible is the word of God, there are bound to be some mistakes made because it was translated by man into English and into other languages. Also, the Bible can be interpreted many different ways, so a second reference (the Book of Mormon) is needed to be able to make sense of it all. Show more Show less