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Hi I'm Ryan

I am at school working toward a degree in Computer Science. I am a newly-wed and excited for life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music! I began my post-secondary schooling as a music major and completed a year in the program. I play the oboe and piano mainly, but love playing all instruments. I currently instruct my younger brother on the clarinet. I have played (in concerts) several other instruments, including the french horn and trumpet, and marched with the mellophone. After a year of schooling as a music major, I left for an LDS mission to Ukraine, where I became friends with many Ukrainians, and mentored many of those in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of this mission, I have gained international experience, sales skills, paying attention to thoughts and feelings (especially listening to the Holy Ghost), and am now fluent in Russian! On my return home, I left my home in Saratoga Springs to attend a university where I have switched from the Accounting program to the Computer Science program. Credit-wise I am a senior in college, although my depth in the Computer Science program places me as a sophomore. I enjoy being busy with school by taking about 15 credits per semester, but decided to actually become a 3/4 time student so I could get a job and support my new family and begin a budget in preparation for growing that family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. Born in California and raised in Utah, I have seen the affects of outside and inside influences on members of the Church. I believe that as long as I keep my heart and mind pure, I will be more open to truth from God, given to me by the virtue of the Holy Spirit. When it comes to "spiritual experiences," I feel that 99% of mine have been very small and sometimes hidden. There have been very few times indeed when I glowed or radiated with the Spirit of God. Those were times when I was bearing my testimony completely sincerely, and the Spirit testified to me and through me to those surrounding me. The experience that always has stood out to me happened when I was 14. I was an obedient youth, trusting that as long as I did my best, the Lord would support me and testify to me of true things. During the third hour of church, in a combined meeting with the Young Men of my ward, the Young Men's President was directed by the Spirit to hold a testimony meeting. I never liked testimony meetings. They always made me anxious, especially when the minute of testimony sharing was passed to every member of the room. Thankfully, this was not one of those times, but I still burned with anxiety. After the President asked a few choice young men to bear their testimony on specific topics, he looked at me and asked me to bear my testimony on Prophets. I immediately stopped functioning. I didn't want to speak. After a few seconds, I felt the fire of anxiety change in me. I still burned, but it was much more pure. I finally opened my mouth and said, with tears in my eyes, "I know that President Hinckley is a true prophet of God." Once I said it, I knew it was true, and that the fire I felt was the Holy Ghost. My brother sitting a few seats away claims to have felt a literal warmth radiating from me. All I remember is a pure peace that came over me and lasted through the next morning.

How I live my faith

My current calling in my ward is the Blood Drive Specialist. This calling gives me the responsibility to find local blood drives and extend the invitation to participate in the events in ward meetings and on ward bulletins. I am working on becoming what I consider a good citizen. My past shows that I haven't been up-to-date on any type of news, updated laws, or even getting proper information on candidates before voting. During the past few weeks I have been reading quite a bit of news, and have made a commitment to learn about nominees before I take part in the polls.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ryan
Our faith teaches family as the center of God's plan. We even believe that we are God's children. Just like our earthly fathers, when we ask a question, God wants to answer us. A big difference here is that, unlike our fathers, God knows when we are ready for an answer. We can be ready by studying His Gospel, and being prepared and committed to act on His answer for us. Prayer and our actions are main ways we communicate to God our desires. By asking Him in sincere prayer if the Book of Mormon was translated correctly by Joseph Smith, and continuing to read, learn, and striving to understand its purpose, He will answer you in a way that you cannot doubt in the moment his answer is given. It may simply "make sense" both in your heart and mind. You may feel a "burning in your bosom." Or some people say "everything fits!" It happened for me when I was 14 and after a trial of my faith, I knew that what I had done and said was true. That was that President Hinckley (the President of the Church at the time) was a true prophet of God. Show more Show less