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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a redneck from Alabama, I love chocolate more than I should, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Good morning, mormon.org visitors! My name is Ryan, and I am a Mormon. Today, we will be taking a fascinating journey into the center of... ME! Throughout my life, I have devoured a number of wonderful novels - potentially numbering even into the thousands. This has been a great source of enjoyment in my life, and - in my opinion - has greatly contributed to my imaginative personality. Not only this, but I have also lived the life of a highly successful swimmer and student. Among my numerous achievements, I have been able to earn the rank of an Eagle Scout, and I have loved the opportunity to participate in the scouting program. I am studying to attain the title of Chemical Engineer. I'm a reader, a swimmer, an eater, and a Mormon. I hope you've had a great time exploring me, and have a wonderful day!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that it is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. This is the only church which has the fullness of the Gospel and the priesthood authority of God. I have a strong testimony of this truth. I know that this Gospel is true, and I know that it is the only way that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I have seen the many blessings brought into my life and the life of my family by following the Gospel and the principles taught by the Church, and I know that they are available for all those who choose to accept them and follow Christ. Through the experiences in my life, the blessings I have received, and the answers to my prayers, I have come to know for myself that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that He has restored His Church upon the Earth in this day. I know without a doubt that He is real, that He has a plan for each one of us, and that if we will only search for it and accept it, we will be able to come unto Him and live with Him again. If we will be faithful, strive to change our lives and become more like Christ, and make those sacred covenants and promises that are necessary for salvation, we will find peace and joy in this life and eternal happiness in the life to come.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is one of the most important things in my life, and it has helped me in so many ways as I have worked to live the principles taught by Jesus Christ and by his prophets. Every day, I strive to live what I have learned, and to learn the Gospel better and better, so that I can apply it in my life and use it to help myself and those around me. I do my best to serve others and to set a good example for those I come in contact with. I am currently serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am trying to serve the people here and to help them accept the Gospel so that they, too can receive the blessings which it has brought to my life. I know that the things that we teach will bring them happiness and help them to come closer as families. Through Jesus Christ, they can find true joy - which nothing else in this world can bring. There are so many distractions in the world today that profess to bring happiness and excitement, but, in reality, they bring only pain, misery, and emptiness. The Gospel provides the only path to true and lasting happiness. I have seen both sides of this, both in my own life and in the lives of others, and I know that living the principles taught by Christ and by His Church here on the Earth, we make the choice to be happy. I work every day to become better than I was the day before and to bring Christ more and more into my life. I may not always succeed, and I definitely make a lot of mistakes, but I find peace in knowing that I am progressing and that I can overcome those flaws and errors in my life.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Ryan
The need for a Restoration has to do with revelation. Revelation is the way God speaks to His children, and we all have the right to receive it. God gives us revelation to bless us and help us in our lives. However, only those with authority from God - called the priesthood - can receive revelation for anyone other than themselves. For example, the prophets and apostles of the Old Testament in the Bible were given this authority from God to lead His children. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ gave this priesthood to His apostles, and after His death, they led the church He had organized. Even though Christ was no longer on the earth, these men had authority to lead Christ's followers through revelation - so, it was as though Christ himself was still there to guide them. However, only a short time after Christ's death, the apostles and many other faithful disciples of Christ who held the priesthood were killed, and the authority held by them was lost from the earth. For a very long time, God's children were left without the guidance that comes through the revelation of prophets and apostles. Because of this, man was left to his own knowledge. While many of the principles and teachings of Christ were preserved through the faith and diligence of righteous people, other essential parts of the gospel were lost or misunderstood and changed. We needed a Restoration so that we can have the guidance that comes from prophets and those with authority receiving revelation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Ryan
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The Holy Ghost has many names and purposes, but one of the most important purposes is to witness and testify to us of truth. In this life, there is so much confusion. We are often distracted and misled by the world around us, and it can seem difficult or even impossible to know what is true. The Holy Ghost has been sent by God to tell us what is true and to help us throughout our lives. God has not left us alone - he wants us to succeed in this life and return to live with Him again. He sent Christ to provide the path back through the atonement, and He sends us the Holy Ghost to help us stay on that path. When we listen to the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost throughout our lives, we will be led along a safe path to where we need to be. And, when we make promises to God through baptism to follow and obey Him, He promises us the gift of the Holy Ghost - that we can have his guiding influence with us at all times, if we live righteously. A simple way to describe the Holy Ghost is to compare life to college. In many universities, new students are assigned a mentor, to help guide them through their first year. The mentor helps them select classes, study, overcome difficulties, and many other things. The mentor's job is to make sure the student succeeds in every way possible, while still allowing them to learn from trials. This is the role of the Holy Ghost: our earthly mentor, whose purpose is to make sure we succeed. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ryan
Faith is a strong belief in something that you cannot see or understand. Faith in Jesus Christ it believing and trusting in Him - that He lived, and lives. That He died for us and rose again in the resurrection. That we, too, can live again through His power and sacrifice. We cannot truly understand this fully, but we have faith that it is true. Faith requires us to act. It is not passive belief, but a belief that drives us to action. If we truly have faith in something, we will do something about it. If we have faith in Jesus Christ, we will follow Him and obey His commandments. We will do everything in our power to come unto Him and receive the blessings He has promised us. So often, people will say that they believe in Jesus Christ and in God, but they will do nothing about it. Their belief extends no further than their lips. Those who truly believe in Christ will spend their lives working to become more like Him - serving others, developing skills and attributes to benefit others, being obedient to Him. They seek to know Christ - who He is, what He has done for them, and what He has asked of us. They are focused on Him, and they want to learn more of Him and grow closer to Him daily. Faith means living what you say you believe. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ryan
The priesthood is the authority which God gives to His children here on Earth to act in His name. It allows those who hold it to serve the rest of God's children and help bring them to salvation through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is the power of service and love which comes from God. God has always given His priesthood to His children when they follow Him and keep His commandments. That authority is first given to a prophet - a man called of God to lead and guide His children back to Him. The priesthood authority is essential for anyone to be a true prophet - no one can lead us in God's name without being authorized to do so. Under God's direction, the prophets teach us, lead us, and warn us of danger. God gave His priesthood authority to the prophets of His people - the children of Israel - during the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ - the Son of God - gave that authority to the twelve apostles. In modern times, that authority has been restored to the Earth, beginning with the prophet Joseph Smith. All males who are worthy and prepared may hold the priesthood so that they may lead and serve in Christ's Church. The priesthood is a great blessing for us to have on the Earth today, and those who use it righteously and worthily bring the blessings of service and God's love to those around them. Show more Show less