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Hi I'm Ryan

I am a college student and about to leave on an LDS mission to Porto Alegre Brazil. I love food, fun, family and friends. (:

About Me

First off, I love food! I could talk about and eat food almost all day! I like to think I'm a very well rounded individual and will normally try anything before I decide I don't like it. I have yet to go skydiving and scuba diving but I'm anxiously looking forward to the times when I get to. I love traveling and I want to go all around the world to experience foreign cultures! I grew up in Sparks Nevada was a very fun time of my life. I lived there until I was 12 years old and then my family moved to Utah where I spend my junior high and high school years before I moved to go to school. I am a college student at BYU (Go Cougars!!) and having a great time with my classes and my college activities. I am hoping to become a chiropractor when I'm older and am trying to decide on my major still since I have many passions. One of my many passions is art. I have been drawing, sculpting, sketching, painting and just about any other "ing" I could get my hands on since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love the outdoors and being a part of Heavenly Fathers amazing creations. I love hiking and so far one of my most favorite hikes is the backside of Mt. Timpanogos near the Utah Valley (happy valley) where I spent my teenage years. The trick to hiking Timp is to do it at night with a full moon! It's just so much fun. (: I don't know how much else I could say without you getting entirely bored and if you've read all of this I commend you. (:

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel has a special light to it. That sounds so...cliche, but it's true. The reason I am a Mormon is that I know it is true. I don’t know where I would be without this gospel. I was born into the gospel (meaning my parents were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, aka, Mormon.) As I grew it wasn’t because I had been in the church my entire life that made me want to be a Mormon, but rather, the knowledge I had of how true and how pure and how eternally impacting this gospel is. I know of its truthfulness, and I know that by following its teachings you can and will be changed for the better in ways and measures you never imagined. I love this gospel so much. Having the knowledge of the truth and the influence of its teachings in my life has helped mold me into the type of person I would like to be known as. I have been through some very, very, difficult times in my life and nothing has brought more comfort, more peace, more understanding, and more strength than that of the truthfulness of this gospel. The love and guidance of the Holy Ghost and of my Savior and Heavenly Father has lifted me up, and carried me. Having a living a true prophet on the earth today, as in times of old, is one of the many incredible parts of this church. I love that we are directed and lead by worthy men who can and DO speak with and share the words of our Heavenly Father. I know that this is true. The feeling I get just writing those words is undeniable. My testimony is simple but powerful. I know that my, our, Savior, Jesus Christ, lives and loves each and every one of us. I know that he atoned for our sins so we may be clean, completely clean, and live with him and our Heavenly Father again. He knows us and knows exactly who we are and what we are going through. I know that this is the true church. I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

The church influences everything I do with my life. Growing up I was actively involved in primary (mostly because my parents) and I always enjoyed that. I was also involved in my young women's class presidency for most of the time I was a youth. I also helped plan youth dances and firesides and was a leader and stake photographer for girls camp. I was 1st councilor on my seminary council in high school and am now serving on my institute committee. I have recently received my mission call and am anxiously (very anxiously) engaged in preparing myself for that adventure. I work at the Missionary Training Center and although I'm just serving food, I love every second of it!