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Hi I'm Ryan Kunz

I'm a writer. I'm a runner and cyclist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a writer. I guess it's the only thing I'm really good at. I've always have a bit of a stutter, so from an early age I found that I was better at expressing my words on the page than I was with my mouth. I love to write fiction and humor. I also love the outdoors and traveling. I'm an avid runner, hiker, and cyclist. My favorite moments of my life have all involved traveling with people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel simply makes sense. More specifically, it gives me a very real idea of what my small but vital role is in the grand scheme of the cosmos. We believe that we are of the same type of being as God, not some entirely different species created by a mysterious, benevolent entity for its own unknowable purposes. Our understanding of the relationship between God and man also lends itself to a certain father-child intimacy that I’m grateful for. Because we are like God, each of us has literally divine potential. He has incomprehensible blessings and opportunities awaiting us. However, there’s no way we could ever be entrusted with such blessings unless we prove our responsibility now. Part of the way we prove that is through obedience. Mormons believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the only organization on the earth to have the full set of ordinances, the rites necessary to gain all the eternal blessings promised by God, as well as the authority to administer such. Such ordinances include baptism, the bestowal of the Holy Ghost, the endowment ceremony in the temple, and marriage. We believe God wants everyone to get these ordinances done to show our obedience to Him; if we prove that we can handle simple commandments now, we suggest that we can handle bigger things in the long run. There are more immediate blessings promised as well, like peace of mind, personal divine guidance, and so forth.

How I live my faith

Members of the Church get assignments to be completed in a volunteer capacity. God must think I like taking notes, because He keeps inspiring ward leaders to call me as a ward clerk. However, I'm grateful for the opportunity, because I get to work with wonderful people and have the chance to get to know the people in my ward.

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

Ryan Kunz
Mormons really like families. Much of what we do goes toward building families, because we believe that through temple ordinances—the latter steps God asks of us in order to get all the blessings He offers—families can endure throughout the eternities. Put that together with our belief about each individual’s godlike potential, and the implications are staggering. I’m not exactly sure what families without these temple bindings—called sealings—are like after death, but I do know that families who are sealed can progress in knowledge together forever, and that their families will continue to grow. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ryan Kunz
The Book of Mormon is a record of scripture similar in structure to the Bible. We revere it because it is once of the things that makes our faith unique. We love the Bible and study it alongside the Book of Mormon, but the former book is already well known and embraced by much of the world, so much of our missionary work is focused on introducing the latter. The Bible is organized into books (such as Genesis, Matthew, Mark, and Revelation), often named after their authors, which describe God and His interactions with a relatively small group of people in the Holy Land. Many of these authors were prophets, holy men chosen by God and given authority to relay divine will to the people and warn of sin. The Book of Mormon is arranged similarly. Instead of the familiar Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, authors with names like Nephi, Ether, and Moroni composed the books in the Book of Mormon, which is so called because a prophet named Mormon collected all the records of his forebears and arranged them into a single record. Mormon's son, Moroni, returned after death as a resurrected being to a boy named Joseph Smith, who had already received significant heavenly visitations. In 1827, Smith was led by Moroni to the records, which had been engraved on metal plates to assure that they would endure the centuries after Moroni buried them, and translated them from into English through miraculous means. Smith then published the records as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less