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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a California-grown, Florida transplant. I'm a businessman, a musician, a world-traveler, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a soon-to-be college graduate I am excited for the future. In the Spring I will complete my internship and officially graduate as a communications major with an emphasis in public relations. For the past three years I have worked in sales as a sales representative and team manager. My passions include interpersonal communication, learning, teaching, and serving. God and family are at the center of my life. Among my favorite hobbies are performing live jazz, adventuring around the world, and staying physically fit. As a life-learner, I look forward to further self-discovery, continual learning and new adventures to come.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the Church. My Mom joined the church in her 20's after the guy she was dating at the time gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon. Even after they had stopped dating she continued taking the missionary lessons because she learned the answers to difficult questions in her life, especially regarding her Mom and Dad who had both already passed away. She prayed and learned for herself that what the missionaries had taught is true. My Dad joined the church at the age of 11 after missionaries knocked on his family's door in Alabama. Even though he was young he remembers to this day the process he went through to find out for himself if what the missionaries had taught was true. Through reading from the Book of Mormon and praying about what he learned he gained a testimony of this truth and chose to be baptized with his family into the church. For me, although I grew up in the church and had my parents to look to as examples of faith and testimony, I still had to learn for myself if what I had been taught in my youth was true. The first time I received an answer and gained a testimony was as a 14 year old. Although conversion is definitely a process, there is a time I remember distinctly when I was reading verses of scripture in the quiet of my bedroom and had the Spirit of God burn within me. It's these experiences combined with many others that have built a spiritual foundation for my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's Church restored in its fullness on the earth today.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite parts of being a member of the church is the opportunity I've had to serve in many different aspects of church organization. I have been involved as an event planner, president of the men's organization of my congregation, Sunday school secretary, and coordinator for Monday night activities. Currently, I assist the members of my local church group in their efforts to teach others about Christ and to invite their friends to join us for weekly activities and Sunday worship service. It's important to me to invite others to come unto Christ because of how much the gospel and doctrines of Christ's true church have changed for my life for the better. For me, I know that I have found the fullness of Christ's gospel and I want all of my friends and family to enjoy the same blessings. For the past 10 years, I have actively participated in a program where I am assigned a few members or families in the congregation to visit in their home. I also have a fellow member of my church group assigned to go with me and together we are responsible for making sure our assigned members have their spiritual and temporal needs met. This includes regular monthly visits to share a prepared message and following up with them on keeping their commitments to study the scriptures, pray, and fulfill responsibilities as members of the church. Some of my favorite service opportunities have come from serving a two year mission in Orlando, Fla. As a missionary I taught families and individuals about the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also enjoyed helping the communities I served in with everything from volunteering in soup kitchens to building houses with habitat for humanity. Service is a huge priority for me because I love God's children and I strive to follow the example Christ set in helping the poor, the needy and the sick. I'm grateful for opportunities to serve others because in doing so I grow closer to my brothers and sisters, and closer to God.