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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Saudi Arabia. I'm a systems analyst. My wife, son, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Arkansas, but for 10 years of my childhood, my family lived in Saudi Arabia, where my dad worked as a geophysicist. During the Gulf War, one night a SCUD missile hit our compound, though, it missed its target and nobody was hurt. After Arabia, my family moved to Montana next to a lake, and I spent summers fishing. Next, we moved to Utah, and during high school I mountain biked in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and spent weekends skiing. When I was 15 my dad fell into a canal near our home and drowned. The experience was very difficult for me and my family, but we supported each other through it. When high school was over, I left home to serve a full-time, Cantonese-speaking mission to Hong Kong. Being a missionary was difficult but I'm very grateful to have served a mission. Returning back to school, I took a job that required me to speak Cantonese. After graduating from Brigham Young University, I worked as a systems analyst in Oregon. I'm now finishing my MBA at the University of Notre Dame, and soon my wife, two sons, and I will relocate to Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ provides the only pathway back to our Father in Heaven, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having apostles and prophets, is His church. I have found that when I live the gospel of Jesus Christ I am closer to the person I want to become.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by finding ways to build those around me. Doing so requires that I recognize that all people are children of a Heavenly Father who loves each of us and wants us to find happiness by following the example of His son Jesus Christ. As I live the gospel by loving those around me, I hope they will also desire to follow Jesus Christ. At church, I teach lessons to boys aged 12 to 18 years, and we also have weekly activities together. My involvement in the weekly activities has ranged from teaching about bicycle maintenance and safety to sharing about my missionary experience in Hong Kong. Sometimes we play basketball and other times we work on Boy Scout merit badge requirements. I've even built snow caves with the boys on several occasions.