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Hi I'm Ryan

I love to be an example to and helping others. I love light and bringing it into my life and others. I'm proud to be a Mormon!

About Me

I am the oldest of four children, all boys. I have grown up in Utah all of my life and have come to love it. I love to do things outdoors, such as hiking in the nearby mountains. I am a student studying Mechanical Engineering at Utah State University. Knowledge is a powerful tool and influence in my life. I love learning, especially about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Seminary and Institute have always been my favorite classes and study. I like to build things, put stuff together, and create new things. My current hobby with these likes has been modular origami. I absolutely love uplifting music. I play the tenor saxophone in the Jazz program at USU and the LDS hymns have had a tremendous influence for good in my life. Sports are a favorite hobby and activities I enjoy, especially basketball, soccer, and Ultimate (frisbee). I love to be of help or service to those around me whenever I can. I love the Gospel and you can say the Church is an integral part of my life. I will soon be serving as a missionary in the Barcelona, Spain mission and am excited to share my testimony, beliefs, and love of this Gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have received a testimony of the truthfulness of His Church. I have felt of our Savior's and Heavenly Father's love for me on many occasions. I have found that the more and more I learn about this Gospel and the more I participate in the Church, the more and more it makes sense to me and the big picture fits together with all of the details. I have found that when I have had doubts about my beliefs, if I sit back and ponder them and think of what my life would be like without them, I know that the Church is true and I wouldn't give it up for anything. I love the light that the Gospel has brought into my life and illuminated my way and it has made clear the paths I should take in my life. I know that we can receive revelation for ourselves through personal diligence and faith. I know that our current Prophet receives revelation for our day and age, and I have found that as I obey and listen to his counsel my life is blessed and I have a greater sense of peace and happiness. I feel of this peace and happiness more powerfully as I prayerfully attend the temple. I have seen the Priesthood work powerfully in my life and in the lives of others around me. I love to read from the scriptures, the Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, the Bible, and especially the Book of Mormon, and each has richly blessed my life with strength, peace, a determination to do good and improve myself, and answers to my prayers. I love and cherish the relationships I have formed and those I have strengthened through the Church with friends, teachers, my family, and especially with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. I have felt God guide me in my life's journey thus far and felt Him beside me every step of the way, and I know that He has a plan for each of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by diligently attending all of my meetings and renew my covenants made at baptism as I partake of the sacrament each week. I find that as I attend the temple, my faith is strengthened, peace and happiness are felt, and it gives me courage and determination to live the Gospel in my life each day and meet the challenges presented to me. I have served in leadership positions in the Church and have found joy in reaching out to those who are struggling and finding ways to help and strengthen them. I love to serve others and be of help whenever I can to anyone around me. I live my faith by holding to my standards and the truths of the Gospel close to my heart and strive to live by them every day.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Ryan
God desires all of His children to come unto Him, to learn of Him and His love for us. The Bible is a record of our Savior's earthly ministry to Jerusalem and of His Apostles and prophets from Adam until shortly after His crucifixion and Resurrection. Lehi was a prophet who was led around 600 B.C. with his family out of Jerusalem and to the Americas. There the records and writings were kept and passed down from the prophets God called on the American continent. Many of these prophets testified of the coming of Christ, who would soon be born, and of His divine calling and ministry, and also of His visit to the Americas after His Resurrection. These records and those of other civilizations that were also led to the American continent were eventually compiled and abridged into a single work by one of these prophets, Mormon. His son, Moroni, finished the record after his fathers death and then buried the record in a nearby hill near the end of his civilization. Then in the 1800's God raised up another prophet to restore His true Church which had been lost in Apostasy. This prophet was Joseph Smith. He was visited by the Angel Moroni and shown the hill where the records were buried and there he retrieved the metal plates that the records had been kept on, which was a common practice in ancient america. He then translated it through the gift and power of God and published it as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less