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Hi I'm Ryan Nonu

I'm a proud California kid. I'm addicted to rugby and bikes. I'm in Sin City. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in beautiful Sacramento, California. My mother is a Sacramento native and my dad was born and raised in Western Samoa. I grew up loving my culture and my family. Ive only met 1 out 4 of my grandparents. My mom's mom is a widow and my dad's parents are back on the island. A few years back I joined my high school rugby team and after the first scrum, I've been addicted ever since. I had a few friends that picked up cycling. After some persuasion and budgeting i bought my first bike and got addicted to that too. I'm just an average guy with lots of dreams. I hope to attend college and pursue a career in architecture. My parents always said, find something you're good at and find a way to get payed for it. I'm currently serving a mission in Las Vegas, Nevada. (aka the best mission in the world) My mission has meant the world to me and the gospel has become the center of that world. In such a big city where people come to find entertainment and temporary happiness, it's been a blessing to offer them true happiness. That's what drives us to share what we know. BPU

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up active in the church, but really never had a strong testimony. I'd attend Sunday meetings with my family, early morning seminary classes with my peers, and Wednesday night scout and youth activities with friends, but i never had an understanding of the gospel. Throughout my time in the youth programs I would attend youth conferences and other activities and feel the spirit here and there, but it never clicked. Even my decision to serve a mission was made because that's just what i always planned on doing. When I entered the Missionary Training Center I then realized how serious my decision was and the magnitude of my calling weighed down on me. I turned to the scriptures, prayer, and the Lord for guidance. As i studied the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, my new found desire to know caused me to realize that there was a hole that I didn't know was there, and that it was slowly being filled. All of the questions I had growing up were gradually being answered, and when i closed the Book of Mormon after turning its last page, I knelt in prayer, and poured out my heart to know. A feeling I can't fully describe overcame me with warmth in my heart and I knew what I had lived and grew up in was true. I rededicated my life to live the Gospel the way Jesus Christ intended and from then on I could truly teach and testify to the people I was sent to, with conviction, and by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that this is the literal complete restoration of the primitive church. The Gospel and organization that Christ established has been brought to us, once again, through the prophet Joseph Smith. What a blessing we have to be here at this time. What a blessing those that are unaware of such truths, have to find out.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the best way i know... example. I'm not one to be outgoing until I get to know you. While in high school and around peers i would refrain from some things that they would be doing. (drugs, alcohol, parties, etc.) and i would kindly decline. After a while it became second nature for my circle of friends to not even invite me to things they knew I'd say no to. As a missionary it's impossible to hide what you believe in. I'm proud to be a representative of Jesus Christ and I now live my faith as I invite people to come unto Him.