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Hi I'm Ryan Christensen

I'm an artist. I've grown up in beautiful Oregon. I'm serving as a Missionary in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Nothing too exciting about me really. I graduated from High School in June of 2015 at West Albany High School, receiving an Honors Diploma and passing about 9 Advanced Placement Classes. I have a deep love for art, animation, and movies. I love to draw both traditionally and digitally. My current career path Ive decided to put my full self into is animation. It's something I have a passion for. I intend to study animation at BYU after my mission. I am currently serving in Hamilton, New Zealand as a Missionary, loving every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

You know most people would say I got the easy way out. I was born into the church, so the church was a big part of my life from the beginning. However during my early teenage years, I told myself I would not follow a faith that I truly did not follow on my own and so I would question almost any principle that came my way. Constantly battling over right and wrong in my head. I "experimented" on the words of Christ, you might say. After continued study, prayer, and a desire to find the truth, I have come to my own understanding and testimony that this is the true church that our Heavenly Father has established on this earth and how great of a church it is! I love being a Mormon! It brings so much happiness into my life and the lives of my family and friends. It keeps me pure, strong, confident, and helps understand that I am truly a child of God and have the potential to become like Him.

How I live my faith

I strive to attend all my church meetings. I attend sacrament meeting regularly every week. While attending meetings is a big part of living my faith, I also believe there is much more to it. I strive everyday to live by the high standards of the church. I have no greater happiness then when I live by the standards of the church. I also seek opportunities to serve other people. I've provided service through means of helping someone move, yard work, house painting, other general service projects, missionary work, or just smiling to someone as they walk by. Its the small things that truly make an impact. Also I'm currently serving as a full time missionary, sharing the happiness and joy of the gospel with the people of New Zealand.