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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm 6'8'', I'm a born and breed Texan, I played basketball at Southern Virginia University, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Well I'm a college student at Southern Virginia University, I am study Bio/Chem and I play basketball. I grew up in Plano, Texas. I went to Plano Senior High School and played basketball all four years of high school. My family is super tall and we make my parents look short. My parents might be 6 foot and 6 foot 3 but they are midgets compared to me, my brothers, and sister. I am the oldest of 4 kids, I have two younger brothers named Colton and Justin. They are 16 and 13 years old. I have a little sister and her name is Breanna and she is 10 years old, she kind of runs the house. Sports have kind of been my life all throughout high school, but I still found time to get my Eagle Scout Award, make home movies with my friends, and go on some crazy adventures with my friends. Also I have become a avid woodworker over the years. My favorite things to do with my family is go camping and play sports with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I just know that it is true. Right now I serving a two year mission for the LDS church in Frankfurt Germany. Many people before I left asked me why I would go and give up two years of my life to serve the Lord. I would tell them that it will benefit me in life and help me gain experience, but i wish i could go back and tell them that it is true, that is why I am serving a mission because its true. I have read the Book of Mormon and seen the impact it has had on my life, and I can tell you that it is the truest book on this earth. I have prayed and been to where the First Vision happened and I can tell you that I know that he was inspired of God and did see God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I have prayed to know this gospel is true and I can tell you without even thinking twice that it is true. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ and his atonement I have found myself growing closer to my Savior and I have found the way back to my eternal father. Yeah this life can get pretty tough, but I can tell you thought the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become clean and find joy. I am a Mormon and I am proud of it, it gives me life, light, direction, and a way back to live with my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Well having grown up in the middle of the Bible belt, I have been faced with many interesting experiences that have shaped my faith and willingness to follow my Savior Jesus Christ. Al throughout high school I was pretty much the only Mormon in all of my classes. So Mormons kind of gotten pushed to the side because we were so small in numbers, you would think. But me and my friends from church made a huge impact in our high school. Each varsity sports program at our school had a LDS member in it, and each set an amazing example of Christ-like attributes. Even though I was surrounded by people that were suppose to have the same beliefs and Christ centered life as I was living from the teachings of the Bible, i found myself being the lone one out in a Christian community. On sports teams by friends would give me a hard time in the beginning about my belief and my morals, but as they learned to respect me and my beliefs they slowly began to change their behavior around me. All of my friends on the team knew that they wouldn't invite me to their "parties", because the knew that however hard they tried to get me to follow their examples my beliefs were too strong. My friends noticed that their was something different about me,l sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes that was a bad thing. Over all how i live my faith is through example, we meet people on the street and we talk to them and spread our light to them. Sometimes the best way to live your religion is to wear it on your shirt, let everyone know that you are proud to be a Mormon.