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Hi I'm Ryan Gibbons

I grew up on a farm in Washington state. I like to think that I'm a Jack of all trades, master of none. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a member of the church my whole life. Being raised on a farm gives me a different perspective on life that people do not normally see. First and foremost, I am a Mormon. Second to that I plan to pursue a profession in welding. I also love to read books, carve wood, barbecue, and I can fix almost anything. Not to mention that I am also a gamer and I love to watch movies/tv shows. I am also a BKA, or below knee amputee on my left side. And it does not and has not stopped me doing from what I like yet. I should also mention that I am serving in the Australia Sydney North Mission. I am also the youngest of six children.

Why I am a Mormon

Granted I've been a member my whole life, but that doesn't mean I'm invincible. There were times that I really doubted my faith. I wondered if it was real, or if I had failed in some way. There was a time that I didn't believe in it all that much either. And I hated that feeling. I hated the doubt that I had about my church, my faith. I knew it was right and I knew that it was the true church, but I still doubted it. I started asking myself, why do I feel this way, or what have I done to feel this way? And I couldn't give myself a definitive answer. There was a General Conference, where one of the general authorities said in his talk that we should, "Doubt our doubts, before we doubt our faith." I'm pretty sure that this was said a few months after I was questioning my beliefs. It was not long after I started asking myself why I felt that way, that I realized I needed to pray to my Heavenly Father to help me to believe in the church and his gospel again. It was my call for help, and it was answered. I woke up the next day and knew that it was true and there was no doubt in my mind that it was true. I like to think that it was one of my defining moments that may have quite possibly spurred me into going on a mission. I am a few years behind, as the young men in the church can now go on missions at 18. But a friend once told me that things happen, not on my time, but on the Lord's time. I am a Mormon, because I know with a surety that the Lord will answer our prayers. We may not like the answer, we may not like the timing, but our prayers will be answered. And even if it's an answer that we didn't want, the Lord has our best interests at heart, and we will eventually see that the answer was right.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving my mission in the Australia Sydney North Mission. Which has been an amazing adventure. Missionary life is one of service, so doing missionary work is a great experience. I won't sugarcoat it though. It is indeed hard work, but seeing others search for the truth, and helping them to find it well, it brings you a lot of happiness. So when they find the truth and believe it, you are evermore joyful that you helped them on their journey for the truth. In the end though, if you are on the fence about serving a mission, I say do it. It will be the best learning experience that you will ever have. Don't worry about what will happen while your serving. As President Benson said, "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives." Just go and serve the Lord and you will be greatly blessed for it.