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Hi I'm Ryan

I was born in South Carolina, raised in the State of Washington. I'm a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time graduate student wherein I am studying to earn a Ph.D. in Statistics. I have a wife and two beautiful daughters. Together we enjoy all sorts of activities but our favorite thing to do is take vacations to the beautiful North and South Carolina beaches. I was born in South Carolina, lived in Alabama and North Carolina but was ultimately raised for most of my years in the state of Washington. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and continue to pursue my passion for education and mathematics. Though I love my schooling and my job, my ultimate passion is being a father and husband. My daughters and my wife are the most precious and important things in my life and I cherish every moment I have to spend with them. There is nothing more pure and precious than the love between a daddy and a daughter, and nothing more rewarding and special than the love between a husband and wife.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I grew up in a largely Agnostic family. My parents were Southern Baptists during my early years, but as I grew older our family's connection with any faith grew further. After moving many times in the first 10 years of my life our family finally no longer attended any church services all-together. Growing up in a highly-educated environment I was heavily influenced by, and eventually came to subscribe to, the ideas of Atheism. The idea of a God in Heaven was not something I could fathom or believe in as a teenager. As I grew older and delved further into the fields of mathematics though, I saw a beautiful order to the world that surrounds us. Something beyond the capabilities of any man and so perfect that I began to search for something to explain it besides pure chance. I met my future wife when I was 17, and throughout the 4 years we knew each other before marrying I gave her more than enough challenges for one poor young woman. Though I constantly questioned and critiqued her faith as a Mormon, she occasionally bent but never broke in her steadfast testimony of the Mormon church. Though she said yes to my proposal to be married, I was not yet a Mormon. She never pushed me to commit to the church and always supported me in everything I chose to do. However, shortly after we were engaged I suddenly had a great reception to being taught by Mormon Missionaries. The message they brought was so beautiful and the feelings I had during that time were so tremendous and joyous it was then I knew in my heart that everything my wife had told me was true. Within 2 months I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and since that day I know that our Father in Heaven has blessed me because of that decision!

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I live my faith in many different ways. I attend church services every Sunday. There are no paid leaders in our church, and so as a member I am called to serve my ward of 300 members by attending to the financial aspects of running a Mormon ward. Each week I assist in counting donations and handling the finances of our ward which may include paying for supplies and activities, balancing the ward budget, or helping those who are experiencing times of financial hardship. As a member I am also called to give spiritual talks in front of the ward about once a year, as we have no paid minister. When the Missionaries need help with teaching the gospel, I will go with them to visit homes of those who they are teaching. I also have a very special calling to be a 'home teacher', as do all men in our church. Each of us are assigned to a few families in the ward and each month we take the opportunity to visit their homes, share a message about Jesus Christ, and try to serve any needs they may be having. It is a great way to encourage families to come to church, share the blessings of Christ, and to feel loved and supported by the ward. We are a community and strive to serve one another.