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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a guitarist, a missionary, and not a lot else.

About Me

I was born in Raliegh, North Carolina, and have lived in places that are not there since then. I like guitar more than most people, which is to say both that I like guitar more than most people like guitar, and that I like guitar more than I like most people. I'm a well-rounded musician, or I try to be, anyways. I play guitar, piano, and I sing. I'm also an ex-trumpet player, and I would like to learn how to play cello, drums, trumpet again, etc. Maybe I'll do music as a profession, who knows. Probably not. But things happen. Other than music, I enjoy being outdoors (rock climbing, biking, the likes) and a video game or two. Broadway musicals are absolutely the bomb diggity. I'm currently serving a mission in Modesto, California.

Why I am a Mormon

I wouldn't be a member of this church if I didn't really believe that it's true. Hebrews 11:1 reads, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Words like 'substance' and 'evidence' aren't used coincidentally here, or just to make the verse sound nice. The author of the book of Hebrews is telling us that there is evidence of the gospel, things that show that it's true, that give it credibility. When you study the scriptures, which are the word of God given to us through His prophets and apostles, you learn about how the gospel works - it explains the ins and outs of happiness and of miracles. There are certain promises made in the scriptures, presented sort of like an "if, then" - if you do this, then this will happen (and example is what it says in Malachi 3:10 about paying tithing, but this is by no means the only example of promises made). You can then take what it says on the page as a hypothetical, and test it in your own life, or in the words of the prophet Alma, "experiment upon [the word], and exercise a particle of faith" (Alma 32:27). If the words of the scriptures prove true, then you can know that they're true!

How I live my faith

I like to try to improve myself each day, with the Savior as my example. Reading from the scriptures, especially the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, give me the right idea of what to strive for, and going out and living my life gives me a place to apply it.