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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a native Californian. I'm a husband, a father, and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and currently enjoy being a stay-at-home dad to my two children. I work part-time as a technical editor and I love to write fiction novels. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends. Some of our favorite places to visit are the many beaches in California, Hawaii, and anywhere else warm and sunny!

Why I am a Mormon

Like most kids, during my senior year of high school I began thinking more seriously about my future. What would I do after high school? Where would I go? I also began to think about my Mormon faith and the things I had been taught by my Mormon parents since birth. I had always felt that what they had taught me to believe was good and true, but I wanted to for myself if it was of God and not just because they had told me it was so. For the first time, I read the Book of Mormon on my own. I felt the power of the words in that book as they spoke of Jesus Christ and the purpose of this life. I knew in my heart, without a doubt, that it was the word of God. I prayed and asked God to give me my own acknowledgement, or witness, that I was following His true gospel. In that moment I knew I had been taught true principles. I know that God's plan is one of happiness for all mankind. He lovingly gives us peace and prosperity, as we diligently strive to follow His commandments.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith each day by being the best person I can be and helping others along the way. I feel the true test of my faith is not determined by how perfectly I can live, but by how consistently I work to improve my imperfections. I attend weekly church meetings with my family and I enjoy teaching the gospel to others.

What is faith?

Ryan
Faith is more than believing something exists, it is a level of trust that moves you to action. Each time you do something based on faith, your level of faith (trust) either gets stronger or weaker based on what happens after you act. If you have a positive outcome, your faith (level of trust) will increase, if you have a negative outcome, your faith will decrease. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ryan
As the apostle Paul taught, "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Grace is the mercy of God given to those who have done all that they can to follow Him and live a good life. It is impossible for us to be perfect, but we can consistently try to improve ourselves and be better each day; then God's grace makes up the difference. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ryan
Prophets are called and inspired by God to write about His truths and will for all humankind. The collective writings of the prophets are known as scriptures. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets of God who lived in the Americas around the same time as the prophets who wrote the Bible lived in and around Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon prophets affirm (testify/witness) that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, and that by following Him all men and women can be happy in this life and the life to come. Show more Show less