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Hi I'm Ryan Selfaison

From a golden state of mind to an empire state of mind, I'm a Mormon

About Me

Born and raised in The Bay, I am the youngest of 5 kids, all of whom are married... Hashtag 11thwheel... I am currently serving a full time mission in the New York New York South Mission, TRYING to speak Spanish. I love outdoor sports, like climbing, canyoning, slacklining, etc. I also love soccer and tennis—it's one of my dreams to go to Spain and see FC Barcelona playing at the Nou Camp. I enjoy riding on anything with the word "board" in it. I love listening to and making music, just like every other Mormon guy out there... I also like long walks on the beach, romantic campfires, and soft jazz. Ladies... (: When I get back from my mission in August of 2016, I plan on returning to Utah to resume my studies at BYU in Exercise Science and somehow find a way to stop my 11th-wheel syndrome. No, that does not mean you can use this profile to stalk me. I'm not that desperate. Unless you bring me Sour Patch. (:

Why I am a Mormon

Being baptized into the church has really been a huge blessing. Having that root all my life has made it much easier for me to have faith and believe. That doesn't mean it's going to be any easier for you or me to put faith into action and live the standards. In one way or another, for all of us, it will become increasingly difficult to continue to live the gospel, especially in todayʻs world where itʻs not just socially acceptable, but socially required in some instances to not live worthily or follow the teachings of the church. But I know what I was raised on. I know there are reasons for rules, and those reasons are always blessings—usually ones that require faith that they'll come before they actually do. So why am I a Mormon? Simple answer: there's no reason not to be. First off, if you start with a need for religion, it just makes sense to believe in God anyways. If you don't believe and you're right, then you neither gain nor lose. If you don't believe and you're wrong, you lose everything. If you believe and you're wrong, you lose nothing but may gain something, maybe a better lifestyle or whatever. However, if you believe and you're right, you lose nothing and gain everything. What reason is there not to believe then? Hokay, so. Now that we've established a need for religion, how do we know which religion? In the words of Tad R. Callister, "If one desired to discover Christ’s Church today, he would want to match the spiritual blueprint found in the New Testament against every Christian church in the world until he discovered a church that matched the blueprint... But he will only find one church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that matches the blueprint in every material respect." If you ever doubt Christ's restored church, read the devotional titled "What Is the Blueprint of Christ's Church?". The facts all line up and the odds are ever in favor of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It all just makes sense.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through various things. I can still remember going out with my dad to go hometeaching when I turned 12. Ever since then, I have found myself comfortable going out of my way to help others or talk to others just to see how things are going and to make sure that they have somebody to call if they ever need help with anything. Having served in various leadership positions, both in the ward and in the stake as well as in school, these opportunities have helped me see the value in serving and ministering to others. Because I was taught at a young age to serve, it has become an important part in my life and every opportunity to do so, I value highly.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ryan Selfaison
Only the greatest book on this planet! Itʻs full of stories of war, stories of perseverance, stories of good guys and bad guys, pretty much every story you would ever want to read. The best part? Itʻs all 100% true, and 100% God-inspired. So read it! Show more Show less