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Hi I'm Elder Ryan Brown

I love scouting and got to attend the World Scout Jamboree 2011. I'm going to the Auckland New Zealand Mission, Mandarin speaking.

About Me

My name is Ryan. I was big into swimming and scouting as a kid. I was in college getting my degree in Computer Science, but I'm now taking a two year break to serve the Chinese speaking people in the Auckland, New Zealand Mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but I never really knew that I had a testimony of the church until I read through the Book of Mormon for myself. In fact as a 14 year old I wasn't even sure if there was a God. After reading the book of Mormon for my third time I decided to pray to know if it was true. I got on my knees and asked. Contrary to what I was told would happen, I didn't receive an answer, yet. I thought maybe that I just didn't want to know enough, so I asked again, and again. When I got around to something like the fifth time, I felt like someone was filling me with warm water, and the words came into my mind that the Book of Mormon is true. That coupled with a life threatening experience I had in my teens, where I was brought back from almost having a heart attack by the power of prayer and a priesthood blessing, really made me question my place in this world. The more I learned about my church, the more I grew to love the teachings that it embodies. As such, I am now serving a two year mission for the church. If you live in Auckland, you just may see me around!

How I live my faith

I personally live my faith by reading my scriptures, and through communication with my loving Heavenly Father in prayer. I attend church every Sunday that I can, and I love meeting the people in my community while there. I used to be a Sunday School Teacher, which means that I was a volunteer teacher giving lessons at church on Sundays. Even though the position was meant for me to teach the members of my ward, I ended up learning a lot about what I believed for myself in the process.