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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in California, and I love Water Polo and the beach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

About me...well, to start with, I love to play sports with my friends and have friends that play all kinds of sports. Things like soccer, basketball, tennis, football, water polo, and a ton more (you get the idea). In high school I played Water Polo as the goalie and captain for my team. Not much can compare to the feeling of stopping a great shot for my team during a tough game. I also swam for my school's Swim team and enjoyed it with my pals, but for me it never compared to Water Polo. I was also on my school's Speech and Debate team and had a great time talking (a bit pointedly I'll admit) about many of today's issues with my friends. That class would often heat up like a frying pan for a while, but in the end we were always friends. Now, I've just graduated high school and am getting ready to serve a mission in Peru after which I'm going to college to major in biology with an eye towards studying medicine.

Why I am a Mormon

I live in a very religious town that has over 85 different churches in it. The people here are some of the best people I know. There are many good examples of Christian love and service everywhere. Throughout all of this I have chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is not just a good church with people doing good work, it is God's church with people doing God's work. I'm a member of the Church because I know that that is where my Father in Heaven wants me to be. In all of the churches that I know of, this is the only one that is guided by true divine direction and that anyone who wonders if it is true is welcome to go directly to the source and pray to God asking if what is taught is true. God is the ultimate source of truth and he loves us all. If anyone will ask him with an open heart and true intent he will always answer by sending the Holy Ghost to manifest the truth in one's heart and mind. It is by this process that I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God, that Jesus Christ's atonement and love are both real and tangible, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that Thomas S. Monson is His prophet today. I am grateful for these things and bear witness of them in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I go to church with my local congregation (called a "ward") where we have speeches called "talks" from regular members of the congregation and the Sacrament (with the bread and water). Right now, I'm in one of our youth groups where we have lessons on Sundays and other activities during the week. We do things like make salsa, play sports, drive go-karts, go to restaurants, and go camping in really awesome places. So these are the things that I do directly as a member of the Church. The larger and more important part is how the gospel changes me. I try to follow the Savior's example in my life and do that in many different ways such as helping others, providing service, and being a friend to all. I try every day to be just a little better than I was the day before, and by doing these things the gospel has helped me to become a better person. Through the teachings of this restored gospel, I have become closer to my Heavenly Father and He has helped me to accomplish things that I would have never thought possible, has helped me on numerous occasions when I felt that I had no choice but to fail, and has blessed me continually every day of my life in small ways and big ways. I love God and his Son Jesus Christ, I know that they love me and I try to live my life in a way that pleases them.