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Hi I'm Ryan

I was born and raised in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm business man (well, trying to be). Ever since I can remember I was always wheeling and dealing. When I was 5 years old I would go around to the neighbors in our apartment complex and offer to sweep their porch for 25 cents. When I got home with a bag full of quarters I know my mom probably thought took them from somewhere. Ever since I have been thinking of way to make money, or inventions that I could make. That's probably my biggest hobby. Other than that I love being in nature whether it be the mountains, by the ocean, observing wild life, star gazing, or watching the sun rise/set, I love all of it.

Why I am a Mormon

If you would have asked me this earlier in life I wouldn't have known what to say other than, "because my parents are and they take me to church every week." It took a while for me to gain an understanding and conviction of my own. It all started when I was 19 and it was the critical time to make my decision to go on a mission. I started reading a manual called "Preach My Gospel". It's the book that trains the missionaries on the basic principles of the gospel that they are to teach to people. As I was studying this book (for about a month) very diligently, every day, I began to feel the most amazing feeling inside. It was overwhelming peace and reassurance that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me so much. It was weird but after about 2 weeks of studying the book everyday I began to get this same feeling, like clockwork, every time I would study it. This is where I began to recognize my own testimony. This experience has a lot to do with where/who I am today. If I every feel discouraged or in doubt, the experience I just described reminds me who I am and of the love God has for me. Over time I have strengthened my testimony of the gospel and I have gained a greater conviction and understanding which helps guide my life. I think that the easy and calm feeling, the feeling of "that makes sense" is something that I guide myself by. As I learned more about it and prayed more about it, he plan God has for us makes sense. The blessing and need for a prophet on the earth today makes sense. That families can be sealed together forever by the proper authority makes sense. I am very grateful to have the understanding I do of the Plan of Salvation. I am also so grateful for our (our meaning everyone, not just Mormons) Savior and the sacrifice He made for us. For without Him I would be very lost.

How I live my faith

Service is how I live my faith. While I know I can do much more, I love helping others when I see a need. It might sounds simple but one of my favorite things to do is to look for people along the freeway that need help. I often commute for work and one of the things I hate most is when my car breaks down, so I try to find others that it has happened to and give them a hand. It's mostly helping someone change a flat tire, giving them a ride somewhere, or an occasional tow. Nothing too big, but I know it makes a difference for them and I feel really close to God when I am helping others.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Ryan
I once heard a story that went something like this: A boy and his friend were playing baseball at a park. The boy hit the baseball and it broke a woman's window. In order to make things right, the boy needed to fix the window. Since he was a young boy, he didn't have enough money to fix the window. His elder brother stepped in and said, "If you will give all that you can, I will cover the rest, but I need you to give your part first." This simple story teaches a meaningful lesson about the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He has already done his part, but He asks us to do ours. We are all imperfect and have sinned which makes us unclean. In order to return to our Fathers presence we must first become clean of our sins. Since we can't do this on our own, our elder brother Jesus, has agreed to help us as long as we do our part as well. I am very grateful for Jesus and what He has done for me. It is important for us to repent throughout our lives as we sin. As we strive to do our best and seek repentance for our mistakes, I know Christ will recognize our efforts and bless us with strength. Show more Show less