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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a writer.I'm a singer. I'm from West Jordan, Utah and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a simple college student, living each week off of eggs, bread, cold cereal and oats(I never liked ramen noodles). I seem to love a little bit of everything. I enjoy sports especially football, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. I love music and have been involved in choirs and musical theatre. I love fantasy novels and would love to one day write my own. I mostly love just being around other people and enjoying their friendship. I make an effort to work hard, though my playful side can get distracted. I strive to treat others with the respect they deserve as God's children. My life has been greatly blessed but I'm far from perfect. I've had to learn through my many mistakes just as God intended. This has given me the need and blessing to repent and depend on my Heavenly Father. I love life and I'm grateful for the time given to me on this earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I made a decision when I was fourteen. I had just finished John 7:17 which reads, "If any man will do HIS will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself." I decided that I would do as directed and DO everything I could in the church. Every assignment/activity/service opportunity I was going to do it, I was going to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible and then I would know if it was of God or whether everyone was just imagining things for themselves. The next six months was the start of my conversion process. I say start because it's still going. Each day, if I'm worthy, God continues to bless me with further conviction and "convert" me into what he would have me be. In those six months I came to know that Jesus Christ was my Savior. The light that entered my life didn't come as if I had entered a room and flipped on a light switch. It came as a sunrise, soft and gradually, but ever so sure. It came in the way that is most common I think, line upon line and precept upon precept. When I was patient, diligent, and faithful my questions were answered. It wasn't all at once, but in time they have all been answered. Does this mean I know everything? Hardly, I'm still getting new challenges and questions that need answered, but that's why I'm so grateful I can kneel each morning and night and ask my Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, for his guidance and direction. I'm also grateful that God has placed a prophet on the earth to help me with my challenges and decisions. I'm grateful He's placed covenants on the earth so that I can receive his promises. It is for these blessings, these promises, these convictions, and this light that I have received that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Faith is an ongoing thing. If you don't live it, it tinkers away from you. I try to not let a day go by without letting my faith grow. I do this by preparation in the mornings, I pray and read scriptures to start my day. This isn't just to become a bible scholar, I feel that it invites God and His influence into my day. I pray often throughout the day to remind myself of who has given me this day and to act as he would have me. Action is a large part how I live my faith. Depending on my actions I can get closer or further away from my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ. One of the greatest actions that brings us nearer to our Father in Heaven is service. If I can find a way to serve someone everyday I know that I'm becoming more like Jesus Christ and thus I'm more happy as well. One service that greatly blessed my life was two years as a missionary in Santiago, Chile. There I dedicated every waking moment to helping others come closer to Christ. I did this by two on one teaching, lesson teaching, street proselyting, singing hymns, but sometimes it was best to put on a pair of work jeans and paint a fence or dig out some weeds. Now that I am back in the U.S. I'm responsible for the Sunday School teaching in my ward or area. I arrange and train teachers, organize lesson schedules, as well help remind and encourage personal study from the ward members. All in all, when I'm serving, when I'm praying, when I'm reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible, God's influence comes into my life and allows me to become a better person. Which really is the ultimate goal. With each step closer to Him, we can help others get there as well.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple for me is a very special place where we can come to better know our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The temple was never meant for a select few to enjoy and keep secret from the rest of the world. On the contrary we, as Mormons, encourage and hope that everyone will some day have the opportunity to enter into the temple. However, entering into the temple requires preparation, just like lots of things in this world. For the first game of the season a football coach will want players who have been to practices all summer. If he calls a play or an audible they will all be on the same page. Employers will look for employees who understand the vocabulary, the workload, and the expectations of their specific field. Teachers will have requisites for their courses so they have a common ground with their students and can move on. The temple is very similar in our spiritual education. How much more would our Heavenly Father want to prepare us to make eternal and lasting promises with Him? If God were to call a people to share His gospel with the world, would he not create a special place to prepare them? Members who are baptized and faithful will soon have the opportunity, as they progress spiritually, to attend the temple. There they will make greater promises with the Lord and in return receive sacred promises back that will bless and bind their families together for eternity. Put best, the temple is solemn and sacred...not secret. Show more Show less