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Hi I'm Ryan Farr

I grew up in Southern California, skateboarded during High School, listen to indie rock. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm six feet 188 lbs every day. I try to be active but fail more than I succeed. I recently moved from the Portland Oregon area to Alabama and have totally been out of a routine. I have move across the country away from my kids and to honest I'm not liking being away from my kids...that should have been obvious before I made the decision to move I realize. I work your typical 40 hour week, play basketball on Wednesday's. Wish I could do more such as play tennis, road bike and snow board but the weather isn't right for any of those things yet. I try to be goofy and funny but often miss the mark. I really think I'm just a regular guy who likes to live simple, loves his kids and wants to avoid trouble but I somehow always find myself right in the middle of trouble. I've been blessed with good health, good kids, a little coordination but not exceptional, a couple good friends all far away and a mom and dad who love me. I wish I had more drive to serve others and be less critical and loving towards others, things to work on. I play guitar and enjoy listening to my son play guitar. I love the water, want to learn river kayaking and love hole in the wall restaurants. I kind of live modestly, I don't like eating junk food, but I'm not a vegan either. I'm very sarcastic and joke around most of the time...things I would like to change. I root for the underdog, stick up for people who are less skilled and believe being not cool is cool.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, in other words, my parents were members so I grew up with a basic belief that the church was true. It became apart of my life even though I chose poorly during my youth I still stayed attended church and stayed somewhat close to the gospel. I sort of avoided callings and church responsibilities for most of my college days primarily, as I think back, because I wasn't versed in the gospel, I didn't know it very well and I wasn't close to the spirit like I should have been. I was lucky enough to live in Northern Ireland for 2 years while I got my PT degree from 97 to 99. While there we had 6 missionaries in our ward there and we got to know a few of them really well. They used to come over all the time to eat cookies. A good friend of mine and his wife were asking me questions about the gospel one day, questions about Joseph Smith. To my surprise I was struggling answering these questions which troubled me a great deal. I was embarrassed my knowledge of the gospel was so poor being a member for all my life. I was very disappointed in myself and wanted it to change so the first thing I did was contact the missionaries and set up an appointment with my friends and the missionaries. The appointment came and went likely with no real impact on my friends but it made a profound impact on me. My focus was heightened on learning truths about the gospel, I went teaching with the missionaries, increased my scripture study, and the missionaries taught me gospel doctrine and my understanding of the gospel started to become clear. The church now became exciting, something I looked forward to, something that was cool to be apart of. It is true that knowledge is power and this new knowledge coupled with the spirit became conviction...I was truly converted during this time.

How I live my faith

I do attend church on a regular basis...every Sunday, something my parents instilled in me. I try to keep the Sabbath day holy for the most part by staying home with the family and not working or playing. I used to be right on top of Family Home Evening, a time set aside on Monday nights just for family, but lately I've been very bad at implementing this. I serve in a calling at church with the young men ages 16 to 18, I mostly teach a lesson every Sunday but will also help with activities on Wednesday night. I have served in a lot of different calling at Church which keeps me focused and close to the Savior. When I'm not serving in some capacity I feel like stagnant. I also home teach families in our ward but since I've moved to Alabama I've been poor at this duty which needs to change. My favorite calling was Gospel Essential teacher...teaching a lesson during Sunday School for new converts or people who want to review the basic doctrines of the church. I believe in every principle the gospel teaches but fall short in living them. I do stride to improve in being better and love being apart of a great community of Christians.