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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in a small town in Kansas. I was the top student in my high school class. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I like almost every sport imaginable, even the mostly uneventful ones like cricket and soccer. I did a few sports in high school, including cross country and track, and I still like to run on my own as a hobby. I like reading and writing stories, hoping to be able to impact the world with my imagination. I am an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America organization. I went to one year of college, and I am planning on majoring in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.

Why I am a Mormon

The words that have been written in the Book of Mormon are the truest words I have ever read. There is no feeling like coming across a verse or passage that pierces you so deeply that you cannot barely breath for a minute or so. That is what I am Mormon; because the gospel of Christ that is taught in this Church is true, and I can feel it. Even more so, the Bible and Book of Mormon connect in more ways than you can imagine. All of the evidence of its truth is there, you just have to find it. Therefore, I know that the words are true. I know that Joseph Smith translated those words from ancient plates, which were inscribed by the hands of prophets of the Lord. I know that there is a prophet today, and his name is Thomas S Monson. I know that our Savior Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for our sake, and that through that sacrifice, should we accept it, we can return and live with our Father in Heaven again. And even more than that, we can become like Him. I know these things to be true, and I say them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

In the past I have been really active in my community. As a member of Boy Scouts I was given the opportunity to participate in many hours of service, including a project I organized myself. For that project I collected hygiene items such as soap and toothpaste to donate to a charity that would give those items to people who could not afford their own. This past year I volunteered time to a program at my university known as Gym Kids. This was where disabled children would come to campus and the volunteers would play with them for an hour every Friday. Sometimes I was paired up with a specific child, and other times I would simply play with whoever needed a friend for the day. As a member of the Church at my university, I was given the chance to be a group leader for one of the many groups of my fellow members that met on Monday nights as a sort of support group. We would meet together basically as a means of relieving stress from school and to grow together in the gospel. I was assigned this calling, and there was nothing that could have made me happier the entire year.