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Hi I'm Ryan

I wake up. I go to school. I eat food. I take out the trash. I sleep. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a skinny college student studying biochemistry. I recently got home from serving a 2 year mission to Orlando, Florida, where I learned to speak Haitian Creole. I currently work at a local film production studio that makes movies about indigenous people, as well as working at a doctor's office, where I've worked for years. We get free food brought in to us at work from other medical offices, and it's great. Especially the Paradise Bakery cookies. I love music, it fills up a good chunk of my life. I love to sit and analyze music for hours on end. My instrument of choice is the bass guitar, but keyboard or electric ukulele will do just fine. I'm no music philosopher, but I believe intertwined in life is simple musical harmonies, so the more we understand the flow of music, the more we understand ourselves. I consider myself very politically inclined, I take a keen interest in staying up-to-date with what's going on locally and nationally, and yes I vote. Despite my fragility, I enjoy sports, especially baseball, tennis, and table tennis. Nothing feels as good as performing a meticulously-timed topspin slam during a ping pong match, or chewing gum in the dugout during a baseball game. I love to laugh, I'm no good at crying, and I love life.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I have chosen to be a Mormon. Yes, I was born into a wonderful family that is very active in the church. But everyone eventually reaches the point in life where they can no longer rely on the beliefs of others. Throughout high school, I realized if I was going to go on a mission when I turned 19, I would need to gain a witness for myself that this was God's church; going through the motions that I had been taught as a child, like going to church and praying, could only last me so long. I remember one night determined to find my answer. I read the last two chapters of the Book of Mormon and felt at peace. I got down on my knees and prayed if the Book of Mormon was true, if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was God's true and living church on the earth today, and if it was so, then what should I do. I know God answered my prayer that night, because I felt His Spirit fill me with such a warm, peaceful assurance that I knew it was all true, and that I needed to go on a mission to bring others to this same knowledge. That's why I am a Mormon, because God told me it's what He wants me to be in order for me to find the most peace and happiness in this life and in the next. I know that God loves each and everyone one of us. That's why He will talk to us if we seek Him out. He will answer us if we ask Him. I know that Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice completed God's perfect plan for us, it allows us to return to live in His presence again. I have felt the cleansing power of the Savior's Atonement, I know it is real, and that it is available to all. I know that my Savior suffered and died for me, in order that I could repent and feel the joy that comes from being clean. I know that the power to seal families together for all eternity and the power to baptize and administer in God's name has been restored to the earth again. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the guidance and strength that it gives me.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith every day and make it a part of my daily routine. I read my scriptures, sometimes studying specific topics, and sometimes looking for specific guidance for my life. I pray when I roll out of bed, when I roll into bed, and at times in between those two rolls. Every Sunday morning, for my calling I get together with several other male young single adults like me to discuss what's going on and how we can help those in our area who are struggling. I then go to my 3 hour block of church every Sunday afternoon. The rest of Sunday is spent doing activities where I can keep my thoughts on the Savior, including visiting with family, reading scriptures, and preparing lessons. It's amazing how restful Sunday can be, and it gets me rearing to go for the rest of the week. Monday evenings I will block out some time for what's called Family Home Evening, where I get together with my family (or since I'm living away from home, I get together with friends) and have a spiritual thought. Throughout the week, I will make visits for my calling to check on those in my area that are struggling, and see how they are doing and how I can help. I also attend several institute classes, or classes on certain topics like reading scriptures or the gospel of Jesus Christ, throughout the week. I wake up, I go to school, I eat, I take out the trash, I sleep, and that's how I live my faith.