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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a husband, father of four, journalist for the BBC, radio presenter and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of four children, three boys and a girl. I grew up in a town north of London but have spent all my adult life living in a small island called Jersey off the coast of Normandy in France. For the past ten years I have worked for the BBC as a journalist and radio presenter specialising in technology and new music. I have interviewed big names and helped introduce new acts to the wider world. When not working or with my family I like to spend my time listening to music, playing the guitar (badly) and learning the banjo (slowly).

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 14 but had been aware of it all my life. My mum was baptised as a child, one of nine children. She stopped going out to church before I was born but has since become active again. She never lost faith in the truth of the Gospel and instilled in me the importance of love, family and faith. I stopped going out to church while in my late 20s but always felt there was something missing. My wife was baptised shortly after we met and was the first to return to church after meeting up with the missionaries. She convinced me to come with her (the children were giving a mother's day presentation) and the sense of love and an overwhelming feeling of joy came over me as I sat there watching them sing of wanting to be together as a family forever. Since that day my knowledge of the truth of the teachings of the church has only grown, I have had the opportunity to baptise the two of my children over the age of eight and we have grown closer as a family.

How I live my faith

Faith is about much more to me than just turning up at church on Sunday, listening to a few talks and singing a hymn or two - it is about giving my life to my Father in Heaven. He has given me everything I have and in my experience by putting Him first and following His teachings the rest of my life works better. When asked I enjoy the opportunity to serve, whether this is through visiting other members, offering help and support or even through teaching lessons. It isn't always easy when you have a demanding job and four young children, but the rewards far outweigh any sacrifice.