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Hi I'm Ryan Herd

I love reading and making people smile. I have the biggest soft spot for all little kids and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have been a Wyomingite all my life and have loved every second of it! My parents divorced when I was very young so, although I did not have any understanding at the time of what was going on, I have definitely experienced the hardships that that brings. However, as I have matured and grown up, I have recognized the blessings that I have gained from having divorced parents, crazy as that sounds! I have a much greater appreciation for my family and great relationships with both my mom and dad whereas in a different situation, I don't know if I would be as close with each of them. It also motivates me to make sure I find the right girl for me and, once married in the temple, be loyal to her for eternity! When I was younger my goal in life was to make everyone laugh! In trying to do this I did a lot of weird and goofy things and it actually worked! A lot of people thought I was funny which kind of defined me as the friend who could pull off being weird and make everyone laugh! However, as I've grown older it has changed from me wanting to make people laugh to sincerely wanting to help people truly be happy in life. As I have striven to do this, I have become known as the friend whom others can come talk to during hard times which makes me happy and that has ultimately helped me decide I want to become a counselor or therapist. I have grown to love and appreciate many people, things, and events in my life and am so grateful for where I am thanks to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church since birth and, like many others, relied upon the testimonies and knowledge of my parents and others to help get me through everything. Only until I was truly converted did I recognize the blessings and happiness I had been missing out on! I became truly converted to the gospel during the latter end of my high school career, for this is when I truly began reading, studying, and pondering what I read in the Book of Mormon. This is when I began trying to understand and truly appreciate the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. At this time I began sincerely praying with a purpose and recognizing that someone was listening to me and that was my Heavenly Father. I have gone to church all my life, have had many spiritual experiences, and enjoyed it all but not until I fully became converted to the gospel did I truly begin experiencing the blessings and happiness that I now enjoy. And that is ultimately why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because of the genuine and eternal happiness it brings to me and the peace and reassurance I've felt knowing that I have a Heavenly Father and Savior who know and love me. Nowhere else can I find the peace and overwhelming joy I have been blessed with in the gospel! I will never adequately be able to express and portray my true feelings of gratitude and joy for this gospel but I know all the feelings that I do experience and enjoy are not temporary, they are for eternity. This joy and happiness I have felt has led me to have the desire to share these amazing feelings with others and that is why I am going to serve a two year mission in Mozambique, Africa. I hope that, through teaching, I can help others understand why I am proud to be a Mormon and why I desire that everyone should be converted to such an amazing church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

As I have grown up and matured in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have tried harder and harder to truly live and be an example of my faith. As my high school years ended I engaged myself more in church activities, church programs, and my callings so that I would be able to grow a more firmly founded testimony of this gospel. As I learned more about the gospel and truly immersed myself in reading the Book of Mormon, other scriptures, and praying to my Father in Heaven, I wanted to share the things I learned and the feelings I felt with others. I began being a little more bold with my friends and others in sharing my thoughts on my faith and all the potential happiness it has in store for everyone! As I did this I recognized that if I wanted to be effective and sincere in sharing these things I had to be in tune with the Spirit. I began living my life in such a way as to be both pleasing to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and to invite the companionship of the Holy Ghost. By doing this, I evaluated my life and stopped doing things that drove away the Spirit and ultimately sought to only do things that would bring happiness into my life and the lives of others. As my faith teaches me to forgive others quickly and seek forgiveness, I have sought forgiveness from people for things I have done years ago! Although I know it doesn't matter a whole lot to the other person anymore, it matters to me because I know it is the right thing to do and that is what the Savior wants. Ultimately, I try to live as the Savior did and as He wants me to. I try my hardest to obey the commandments, read my scriptures, pray often, attend church regularly, and do all those things that I know I should be doing in order to be an obedient disciple of Christ. Like everyone else I have my shortcomings in trying to be a perfect saint and know I never will be, but I do know through Jesus Christ's Atonement I can continually repent and become even better than before.