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Hi I'm Ryan

I was raised in Canada and I live in Southern California. I'm a dad to 5 kids. I'm an accountant and a coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a certified public accountant and spend my days dealing with numbers and doing accounting work. But accounting is only what I do and not what I am. What I am is a husband and father of five wonderful children. That leads to me spend a lot of time either coaching sports (for my sons) or watching plays, musicals, choir concerts and dance recitals (for my daughters).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family with two wonderful parents and three sisters. I love my family and we learned the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. However, I'm not a Mormon because of what my family believes. Instead, I decided that I had to know for myself whether or not the things I was taught are true. I made a study of the gospel of Jesus Christ a matter of study and prayer. I studied the life of Jesus Christ from the New Testament and learned of his role in our Heavenly Father's plan. I studied The Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ and a companion volume of scripture to the Bible. I learned of Joseph Smith and his role as a prophet in restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in our days. The beauty of all this study is that I was able to learn these things for myself and then ask my Heavenly Father if they are true. Through the Holy Ghost, I learned that these principles that I studied are true. And I know that when I live the commandments, the Holy Ghost tells me again and again that the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are true, which makes me want to continue to follow the commandments.

How I live my faith

I try to abide by the precept of faith, family, and then all of the rest. As a Mormon, I'm asked to serve in the church. We have no paid clergy, so we are asked to fulfill various assignments to allow our our ward, or congregation, function. My wife and I both have assignments that we fulfill in order to help our ward operate. In addition, I believe community service is extremely important and I view community service as a part of living my faith as well. I've served on a number of community boards and currently serve as the treasurer of a local youth sports organization. I also do my best to teach my children about Jesus Christ and help them gain their own witness of their Savior and His plan for them.