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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a husband and father of 4 beautiful kids. I am quickly becoming a southerner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4 beautiful kids. Two teenage-daughters, a son, and then one more daughter completing crew. I find most of my time spent juggling work, school activities, church responsibilities, and strengthening my relationship with my wife. I love sports, both watching and playing. In fact some of the most enjoyable times in my life include walking a golf course with my five brother and father. Or shooting hoops with my kids. I have played soccer, football, basketball, base ball, raquetball, tennis, ultimate frisby, and golf. I love to get out and exercise. I have felt that when my body is healthy then my spirit is healthy too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the oldest of six sons to wonderful parents who taught us the value of hard work, how to seek the Spirit of the Lord in our lives, and how to deal with trials. I also learned at a very young age the importance of family. I can recall a time when, on the rare occasion the six of us boys were not fighting, we were watching a television show. My dad was on the phone with his mom discussing some of the in-fighting between some of his siblings. He was so frustrated by what he heard that he came into the room, turned off the television and point at each of us and said, "You WILL be friends when you grow up!" and walked out the room again. We looked at each other in bewilderment not understanding what had inspired such a statement. But to this day we look back and saw our father set an expectation becuase of the pain he saw in others. This devotion to one another was tested several years ago when our mother was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer. As a family we spent hours in prayer and fasting to find comfort. I was asked by my father what I felt and all I could tell him was, "Be still and know that I am God." Whatever happens will be ok, God will watch over us. Three weeks later mom passed away and we all felt peace. God was in controll and we still had each other. I am a Mormon because the knowledge that comes from God through living prophets helps me to see beyond the now and to recognize the Savior's invitation, "Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you peace."

How I live my faith

I have the wonderful opportunity to serve as Bishop of our congregation. In this way I give encouragement and counsel. My greatest joys in this service is seeing the change that comes to individuals when they truly become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have seen families healed when Christ becomes the center of their lives and when they walk in His footsteps through service to their brothers and sisters. I also get to spend a lot of my time with young people and share in their exuberance for life and counsel them when the challenges of life become difficult to bare. I find that I serve my congregation best through trying to be an example. I recognize that I am not perfect, but I think that's the point. That even though I may be in a temporary position of authority, I am acting in the Savior's name to confort the weary, seek out the poor and needy, and help heal the broken hearted. Through this service, I better understant my own personal dependence on Jesus Christ and His grace to get back to His presence.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I believe grace to be the enabling power of God given to man through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. it is the power that helps has go from bad to good to better. It is the grace of God that we are strengthened through trials and tribulation. A Book of Mormon prophet named Moroni taught these words of the Savior, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." If left to our strength and abilities all man would fall short of the glory of God and would be lost. But glory be to God, our Lord and Savior finished His labors unto the children of men and His grace is extended forever towards me! Show more Show less