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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in New Mexico... love the great outdoors! Married with four kids... Met my sweetheart in 3rd grade! I'm a Mormon...

About Me

I have lived in New Mexico most of my life and love being outdoors. My hobbies include mountain biking, horseback riding and fly fishing. I have four beautiful children who are very active and keep me on my toes! I met my wife in 3rd grade! We were in the same class and I remember being very envious of her excellent cursive hand-writing. I was the class clown and loved to make everyone, including my wife. We went to Senior Prom together in High School and fell in love. After High School I served a two-year mission for my church in Canada. My mission included all of Alberta and the Northwest Territories as well as parts of British Columbia. My wife and I wrote faithfully to each other each week while I was serving. We were married in the Salt Lake City Temple about 1 year after I returned home from serving as a missionary. My wife and I both felt that obtaining a good education was very important. We have lived and studied in Utah, California and Pennsylvania. After completing our education we couldn't wait to return to New Mexico to be closer to family and have lived here ever since. Two of our children were born while we were attending college and the other two were born here in New Mexico. Our schedules are pretty hectic some days with running to basketball, soccer, piano and gymnastics. In spite of how busy we sometimes are, we always find time in the evening to pray together as a family and study from the scriptures. To me this is the most important part of the day.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all of my life. I feel that this has a been a great blessing in my life and has brought meaning and direction to me. My mother is a convert to the church and joined when she was in her early twenties. She grew up as an active member of another faith. My father grew up in the church as I did. When my parents were first married, they decided to alternate each Sunday attending their respective churches. My mother told me that after she had been attending worship services with my father for awhile, she began to feel a desire to attend more often with him in the LDS church rather than her own church. She began to meet with missionaries from the church but was having a hard time deciding to join because of how active her own family was in their faith. She felt that her parents would be extremely disappointed if she joined the Mormon church. One day the missionaries were teaching her about our belief that we can be married as husband and wife for time and all eternity in the Holy Temple. My mother said that the moment she heard this teaching she immediately felt that it was right and she felt a strong desire to be married to my father in the temple. She was baptized a member of the church shortly after that and has been a faithful member since that time. My mother felt the need to explain her decision to her parents about joining the church and felt impressed to write them a letter. They were at first not very receptive to the idea but have since become very supportive of her decision. Joining the church can be very difficult for many people for similar reasons. My mother has always felt that she was blessed for making this decision and has since been active in sharing her faith with her parents and siblings. I have seen the great happiness in my own life as I have tried to live the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church, I try to balance time between serving my family as well as serving in the church. I feel that it is extremely important to serve others in my church and surrounding community. This service always brings a sense of purpose to my life and I feel closer to the Savior when I reach out to others rather than focus on myself. As a member of the church, we are each given a responsibility. My current responsibility in the church is to help members of my local congregation find others to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with. This includes talking to everyone I can that may be interested in learning more about the church, as well as encouraging other members of my congregation to do the same. I have the greatest joy in my life when i have reached out to others to share the message my beliefs about Jesus Christ. The two years I spent as a missionary for my church in Canada were a powerful lesson to me of the reality of the blessings that come from living and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I feel those same powerful feelings in my life now as I serve as a local missionary in my congregation. Other responsibilities I have held in the past include serving as a Boy Scout Leader, playing the piano and organ for my congregation, and organizing service opportunities for my local congregation.