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Hi I'm Ryan

I love sports, I love meeting people, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending college and my declared major is Mechanical Engineering. I live with five other guys and because most of my guy friends are serving LDS missions, I spend a lot of time with my friends that are girls. I'm the fifth of six children. I love my siblings and parents and I go to them a lot for advice. They're very wise and I laugh most when I'm around them. I love to laugh and my favorite genre of movie is definitely comedy. Some of my favorite memories are of watching "Dumb and Dumber" with my brothers. I love most types of music. I hate country and I'm not a huge fan of heavy metal or screamo. I love dance music a lot though. I don't know how to do organized dance, but I love just bouncing around to a beat. I'm also a big fan of pop latino music. I don't understand the lyrics, so it's great because then I don't know what terrible things the artists are saying. My favorite pop latino artists are Don Omar and Daddy Yankee. Also, soccer is my favorite sport and I love playing on an intramural team with my brothers. I also ran cross country in high school.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are LDS and so were there parents, so I'm not a first generation mormon. If I were someone else, I would think this would be easy, but I remember saying to my mom one time that I wished I were a convert because I had heard all of these amazing stories and it seemed that they were guaranteed to never fall away. I was wrong. I've since learned that being a convert is very hard, not through my own experience, but from the stories of others. I am also a convert in a sense. I never really understood what it meant to be converted yourself until I started trying to live the gospel the best I could. I always thought I was "strong enough" in the gospel, but I realized that was the wrong attitude to have. I've learned to be a more humble person, although it sounds ironic when I say that. And, I've gained for myself a testimony of the gospel. I have had one experience that I can pinpoint when I felt the "burning in [my] bosom," but I have realized that it was actually the little things that converted me. Striving to read my scriptures with real intent, praying and acting on the subtle promptings of the Spirit. I realized that my life was so much happier even though I felt like I was happy before. It was like I had more potential to be happy and I was, and am, fulfilling it. I know this gospel is true and this church is true as well. I know we have a living prophet to guide us and we can draw closer to Christ if we follow ALL of his guidance. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God and that he truly translated the Book of Mormon, which I know to be the word of God. I also have a testimony of prayer and I know that lives continue on past this life. I know that you and I will see our loved ones again if we strive to live to the best of our ability.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly by trying to be kind to people and listen to them. I enjoy listening to my friends problems and telling them my opinion when they've finished talking. I also strive to act on promptings of the Holy Ghost to talk to someone or to write someone a note; however, I'm not perfect at this and I miss a lot of opportunities. My calling is to organize activities for the other youth in my stake. We just organized a successful, fun Halloween dance. I also strive to read my scriptures daily and apply the doctrine in the Book of Mormon to my life and live it better.