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Hi I'm Ryan

I am a recipient of the faith, struggle and sacrifice of my ancestors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I am a single father of one beautiful daughter and four amazing sons. I am a publisher by occupation. My greatest joys are found in feeling the spirit of music, and spending time with my children. I am constantly learning about myself, and how to be an influence for good with the abilities God has given me. I am a work in progress... and often times, am faced with the harsh reality that another fine tuning is in order. I love to sit at home with the piano and thumb through the "easy" hymn book... sometimes just playing and other times singing, as a prayer of thanks for all the blessings of life I have been given.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. My ancestors came from England, Wales, and Switzerland in the 1800's to be closer to the church. They struggled to live, but I feel them in my life through their documented histories, trials, dedication, and I know their desire to bless the lives of their posterity. I am an honored recipient of their faith. My desire has always been to share the peace I feel in the Gospel. At the age of 18, while preparing to serve a mission, an institute teacher shared with me a challenge that forever changed my life. He asked me to look at what I believe... and why I believe it. He also posed the thought that I better consider why I would be serving, and the effect it would have on others. Those words I remember clearly. "Young men, recognize this. You are choosing to go out and potentially change the course of families lives.... for generations." He then continued..., "Will you be able to stand before your Father in Heaven one day, and answer to him confidently assured that what you taught to his children was truth?" He paused.. and finished with these words. "My friends, you better know... because you will be responsible for the souls of those people." ..... that question, it burned...? "What if it wasn't true?" It was as though thunder had exploded into my heart. I left that room with a determined desire to "know"..., to eliminate what many call blind faith... but to "KNOW" for myself. I knew what I had to do. I had to ask myself the same question I would be asking those whom I would be soon teaching. I had to read the Book of Mormon with humility searching for its spirit and teachings, and also had to offer a sincere prayer to my father in heaven directly, "for myself". My friends, I can say that God loves me, and my inquiry to him was met with an answer that is so sacred to me. I know God lives and loves me. And I know why I am Mormon. You can know too.

How I live my faith

I have had experiences for the past forty years of fellowship with many in and out of the church. I am only one person, but each person I know can be a blessing my life. I have a desire to enjoy this journey here on earth. We are all in this together...

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ryan
I believe each of us are a unique result of our indivudual life experiences. Each of us sees life differently because of how and where we are "when life happens" to us. No two people are the same. Many of these experiences leave us confused and sometimes unprepared. This creates for us to the potential to make error. Sometimes they effect us, sometimes they effect others. They can be good or bad. The atonement of Jesus Christ for me is very personal. I know that Jesus loves all of his children equally, and as a father I understand his desire to have us "all" return to him. We will all fall short somewhere in this life, its a given. How can we return if we continue to exist in our shortcomings? In order for us to move through this mortal existence and be forgiven of our mistakes, it was necessary for a consistent "standard" for all mankind to be established. ONE standard. That standard of truth was the atonement of Jesus Christ. A loving father allowed for this "ONE" son to come to earth, and experience of each of our unique shortcomings. This cumilative and unimangineable experience was the atonement of Jesus Christ. As we go through life, dont we have pain, sorrow, and questions that can seem impossible to answer? As we allow Christ into our lives by accepting his sacrifice in Gethsemane, and humble ourselves enough to listen... We can find that there is ONE who does know and understand, and we can become one with him. Show more Show less