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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm from California. I play the cello. I want to write a book one day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ryan, and I'm 23 years old. I'm attending college right now, studying as an undergraduate for a degree in computer science. I enjoy computer programming because I love solving challenging problems, and I like working with technology. I have other hobbies and dreams that are very different from my chosen course of study. I love music; I play the cello, principally, as well as the piano and the bass. Expressing myself through music is something that has enriched my life and strengthened my character. I also love to express myself through writing. Fictional books of heroes and fantastic creations have always captured my imagination. My reading experiences have led me to the dream of one day writing and publishing a novel that would not only entertain, but that would also inspire readers for the better. This is something that I hope to accomplish one day, but it is not my highest priority. I am much more concerned about ensuring the happiness and well-being of my family. I was married to my wonderful wife on August 17, 2013, and I believe that because we were married in the way which God has ordained, by His authority, we can be together forever, along with our future children. My parents have raised me with consistent kindness and care, and it is in large part because of their examples and their influence in my life that I am who I am today. I believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that we are children of God, and He loves us. I have felt His love in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born with parents who were members of the Church. Naturally, the Church became a part of my life, and it was easy to accept the idea of being a Mormon. That was how I grew up. I am grateful that I had such loving and caring parents who have always been disciples of Jesus Christ, and who have taught me truths that have greatly blessed me throughout all my life. Though my reasons for being a Mormon may originate with my upbringing, there are entirely different and more personal reasons for why I am still a Mormon today. As I grew older, in my later teenage years, I began to make important choices which rested heavily on my own convictions and desires because the faith of my parents could only take me so far. I am a Mormon because I believe that I am a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I have always felt in my heart the desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the desire to be a good person. As a Mormon, I am able to fulfill these desires, and I am living in such a way that I have hope to have the blessings which are most important to me: to be with my family forever and to return to my Father in Heaven one day.

How I live my faith

I served a mission for two years to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in Argentina. It was difficult, at times, to be away from my family, in a foreign place, speaking a foreign language. I certainly did not have an extremely thorough knowledge of doctrine and scripture, nor do I now. But I knew what I believed and felt, even as I do now. What I shared with people was a message which I believe can help anyone in any situation. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of love, hope, peace, and joy, and that was the message which I gave two years of my life to share with people who were strangers to me. I did so because of my faith in Jesus Christ. When I came back home, I continued to serve within the Church, often fulfilling roles of teaching and leadership. I continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in my own life. I pray and study the scriptures, seeking to increase my faith. I repent of my mistakes and sins, trying each day to change for the better. I attend meetings where I participate in ordinances such as partaking of the bread and water, which help me to remember my Savior and strengthen my conviction to be more like Him. I try to serve those around me with simple acts of kindness, and I pray for those who are in need. I have married a wonderful woman and we plan on having a happy family together, even as God wants for us as part of His plan for us. I recognize that I have faults and weaknesses, but my faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us enables me to keep going. I find peace in His love, and I find the strength to be better through His grace.