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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a firefighter, Paramedic, Emergency Manager. I love to fish, hunt, and golf with my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently an Emergency Manager. I have been in emergency services for the last 20 years. I love the excitement of emergencies and I love to help people when they are having a bad day. I love to be outside, especially when I can be golfing, fishing, hunting. I suppose these hobbies of mine go hand in hand with scouting, at least I have spent a lot of time in scouting and sharing these types of outdoor experiences with young men. I remember the first house fire I ever responded to. It was two weeks before Christmas sometime in the early pre-dawn hours of a sub zero degree morning. Because of how things worked out I was the initial attack nozzle man. This meant that I was the first one in and the first one to try attacking the fire. It was in the chimney area of the attic. We opened the attic access and I climbed the ladder into the attic as the thick black smoke was billowing out. Once inside I could not see anything but I could feel the intense heat and hear the crackling of the burning wood. It took some time but we were able to save the house from being a total loss. I have had countless experiences like this. I have also had many experiences helping people who were seriously injured or dying or sick. I had the thrilling opportunity of hanging below a Life Flight helicopter and flying high above the city during a training exercise. I guess you could say that I like things exciting.

Why I am a Mormon

I am like many other Mormons who were born into the church. I have never really known anything else. My parents were diligent in the way they taught me to live the principles of the gospel. For the first part of my life I followed and believed that what my parents had taught me was right. When I became a teenager I still believed but I had to figure things out on my own. I think that is where my "conversion story" begins. I believe that all members in the church, no matter if they were born and raised in the church or if they converted later in life, have a "conversion story." One of the greatest experiences of my life was when I was called to serve a mission for our church. I think at this point in my life I had not yet really had that experience that helped me to know, without a doubt, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mormons, was the true church of Christ on earth. It happened as I was in the Missionary Training Center being taught how to do my missionary work. One late night as I was kneeling in prayer I had the most overwhelming feeling of love and peace in my heart. I know that feeling came from my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost. From that time on, in all of my experiences in life I have known that they love me, they care about me as an individual and they know me personally. I know that they are concerned with the details of my life and help me along the way, when I am tempted to not do what is right, to make the right choice. My experiences are mine and they have shaped who I am. I am not perfect in any way but I want to become perfect someday. These experiences are why I continue to be a Mormon. Something so pure and that brings such goodness and happiness into my life can't be bad and can only come from God. Things in the world today can be tough and frightening but being a Mormon brings peace into my life that shields me from the evil of the world.

How I live my faith

I have always been taught since I was a young boy that I should always accept and volunteer opportunities to serve. One of my favorite things to do is serve with the youth. I have had wonderful experiences over the last 10 years or so as I have been asked to serve the young men and women in my church. I have done everything from teaching them in a Sunday school class to serving as a Venturing crew adult leader. I have served in the capacity of a leader over the stake young men. A stake in our church is just a gathering of several different units. In this position I was able to plan large scale youth conferences and activities that promoted the youth and their physical, mental and spiritual progression. Some of my greatest experiences in life come from the time that I have spent with the youth. I have had other experiences serving people not necessarily related to our church. I have served on our local scout council as a chairman over the Venturing program for the district and as a commissioner for our district. I love the scouting program. I always have. When I was a young man I received my Eagle Scout award just after my 14th birthday. I will never forget that accomplishment, it was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I have loved helping other young men receive that same award and accomplish their goals along the way. After a recent move I now have the blessing in my life of serving with my wife. We teach the 5 year olds in primary. That is an experience all unto it's own. It is much different than mentoring and teaching the teenage youth. However they are full of life and want to learn so much. They are not in class to critique our lessons, they are only there to be loved and to love. They want to see us and as long as we are trying to help them in the best way that we can they love us and soak up everything we have to say. It truly is a blessing for us to be teaching these young kids about the gospel.