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Hi I'm Ryan

I have two loving parents that have helped me onto the track of a great life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Nevada, I moved to Virginia at a very young age, and that's where I've grown up. My mom and dad always took care of my needs and helped me in school. Since my mom used to be a math teacher, she made sure I was ahead in math and did well in the subject. I've also found many good friends in the various schools I've been to - one even taught me how to solve a Rubik's cube and then I learned from the Internet how to solve it faster. I even learned how to solve cubes of a bigger size. In high school I also started looking at computer science. I worked hard in high school for four years and got into Brigham Young University. I went there for a year, and decided I wanted to major in Mathematics. I considered minoring in Computer Science, but decided against it. I do not know what I want to do with a Math major yet (but I have a few ideas), but I plan on pursuing a graduate degree. When I went to BYU I also started planning to serve a mission. A little after halfway through the year, I found out I got called to serve in the Calgary, Canada Spanish speaking mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is the only church that makes complete sense to me. I was born into this church, but I have only stayed because I believe the Gospel is true. I know God loves each of His children. I know Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, died for all our sins and in order to live with God again, we must repent and take advantage of the Atonement. I know we have a living prophet (currently President Thomas S. Monson) and he receives modern revelation for church. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored this church upon the earth. I know he translated the Book of Mormon with the aid of the Urim and Thummim and the help of the Holy Ghost. I know the Book of Mormon is true. An important point to me about the church is the doctrine regarding eternal families. For me, this is one of the major points that makes this Gospel a Gospel of hope. I know that I will be resurrected and live with my family for eternity in God's presence and that the same can happen for everyone.

How I live my faith

Although service is important, I do not focus on service events that are planned with the whole ward or stake (or some sub-section thereof). Instead, I like to try to help people in spontaneous ways or by doing things I enjoy - things that can be done almost everyday. Sometimes it's just little things like grabbing someone's pencil when they drop it and handing it back to them. However, there have been a few instances where I try to do more than just that. One year of high school, my friend and I started a weekly meeting where we would tutor three or four other people in a computer programming language. My first semester of college, by myself I started a group where I helped people in my Calculus class (and a few other friends came, as well). I have found that these efforts not only benefited others, but they also helped me review the material I was teaching others. I had another, larger service opportunity as well. I have been a part of my local Boy Scouts program. At about the age of sixteen, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. As part of that, I had to plan and carry out a service project involving several other people and taking at least a hundred and fifty or so hours. I decided to help out a local Family History place by creating a record of a lot of their microfilms. We managed to get through a lot of their microfilms for Virginia (which was the majority of them). Other than service, I have also strove to maintain the standards of the LDS church as best as I could.