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Hi I'm Ryan Rust

I am a black-belt in karate. I love to kick a soccer ball. I served a volunteer mission in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I go to college and study pharmacy. Someday I want to help people overcome illness and suffering by providing them with the appropriate medication. Any chance that I get, I love to go outdoors and play. I have been riding four-wheelers since I was six years old. I also love to play soccer or tennis. I will go out on a run or ride my bicycle with my wife. We love to ride alongside a field of wildflowers that leads up to a pond. It always feels great to retreat out into nature.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is simple. My friend invited me to read the Book of Mormon for myself. I was not looking to change religions at the time, but something about the Book of Mormon grabbed my attention. At college, I faced different trials and found myself looking for help. I remembered the Book of Mormon my friend had given me. I started to read every day and felt a new peace enter into my life. I felt the love of God and received guidance for my problems in the pages of the Book of Mormon. As I read and prayed, I felt that God knew me. I felt that He loves me. I felt that He wants me to succeed. I thought about what He would want me to do, and I felt like He would want me to receive baptism. Since that time, God had blessed my life immensely. He has opened opportunities for my education and career and has strengthened the ties within my family. I am so thankful to that friend who reached out to me through the Book of Mormon. I am also thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who brought this guidance to me when I need it most. I know from my own experience with reading the Book of Mormon that it is true and has guidance for our lives. I am thankful that I became Mormon. I am beginning to taste the fruits of that decision. I recently married my best friend in a Temple, which is another Church building. I believe that marrying in the Temple will allow my wife and I to be together for time and all eternity. I am grateful for this knowledge and the peace it brings.

How I live my faith

I served a two year volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nagoya, Japan. Before I left on my mission, I worked and saved up the money to go overseas. During those two years, the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to teach the Japanese people about our Savior Jesus Christ. I was serving in Japan when the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami leveled many of the cities in the Sendai area. It was amazing to see the strong will and humility of the Japanese people as they reached out to one another and began to rebuild their lives. The Church sent thousand of volunteers to the disaster site to help with the clearing of debris and search for survivors. Thousands more Church members organized hygiene kits and food provisions to be sent to that area of Japan. After coming home, I try to continue to serve and help those people around me. There are so many people around us that would benefit from the knowledge of what Jesus Christ did for us. That He suffered all of our pains and burdens. That He knows how we feel in times of joy and sorrow. And that we are not alone. Jesus Christ has provided away for us to learn about and accept Him. By doing so, we can lay down our burden's at the Savior's feet and receive strength to take our trials head on. This knowledge provides me with hope and confidence as I go forward in my life. This hope is available to all who come unto Him.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Ryan Rust
Yes, a husband and wife can be together forever. Likewise, families can live together forever in Heaven. I believe in a merciful and loving God. He placed us in families here on earth with a purpose. One of the greatest joys I believe we will experience is being reunited with loved ones after we pass away here on this earth. I know that families can live together forever through special blessings provided by God's holy temples. Husband and wife, children and their parents, can be sealed together so that their relationships do not end with until death do us part. Show more Show less