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Hi I'm Ryan Cromar

I grew up in Boulder, CO. I am a statistics teacher at the local University in Idaho. I love to run and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to run. When I have the opportunity, I run road races. I have run a marathon four times and I competed in the Boston Marathon twice (2004, 2006). I would love to run in the Boston Marathon again. I work at the local university as a statistics professor in the math department. I love to teach and it is really my dream job. My favorite sports to watch is football and basketball. My favorite pro sports teams are the Denver Broncos and the Denver Nuggets. I am a dad and I have three sons and two daughters. My oldest son is serving a Mormon mission in San Jose, CA. My oldest daughter is a Freshman in college. I have two boys going to high school and one daughter going to the Junior High School. I have been married for almost 22 years. I am grateful that I married my best friend. We don't have a perfect marriage, but I am very proud of what my wife and I have accomplished with our family over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. Even though I was raised a Mormon, I still wanted to have my own conversion in my heart about Christ's church and kingdom, and what role I needed to play in his kingdom. I didn't have a dramatic "Road to Damacus" experience like Paul did, but mine was gradual and my conversion was steady but sure. There were several things that helped me with my conversion. - When I went on youth outing and campouts, I felt at peace with what I was doing and what direction I needed to go in my life. I gained a spiritual testimony of Jesus Christ and the prophet Joseph Smith and that I belonged to Christ's church. - When I was in college and I felt alone and discouraged, I prayed to the Lord, and afterwards, I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. I felt like I had a friend that I can always turn to. - When I was on my mission and I shared my feelings to others about the gospel, I felt the Spirit confirming the words that I said and many that I taught felt the Spirit as well. - When I married in the temple, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the Lord, that I was making a great covenant with Him and with my wonderful wife. Because of that covenant, I knew that the Lord would be with us, despite the challenges that my wife and I would face. - When I have been stressed due to the challenges of providing for the family, the Lord took care of our family. Even when things seemed very dark and bleak, the Lord was there to help us and take care of us. Things have not been perfect with our family. But, I have felt His tender mercies, little by little, help bless my life and the lives of my family.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith by being the best husband and dad I can be. I seek to be patient and humble as I try to love and serve my family. I do my best to live my faith by serving where there is a need in the community. Currently, I am serving as a Scoutmaster for a local troop sponsored by the church. It is a tough position and it is time consuming but I love serving with those boys. I see the future of our communities and nation when I work with those boys. One of my most treasured moments in scouting is when I have the opportunity to work with those of other faiths. I see the goodness in them and even if we have differences, I feel a sense of brother/sisterhood when I work with them. I do my best to reach out to those with different religious beliefs and cultural ideas. I feel that I can learn much from others of different backgrounds, Because of those friendships and associations, I feel I am a better man because of it.