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Hi I'm Ryan Hanson

I'm a missionary serving in the Texas, Fort Worth mission. In SoCal, I grew up singing and playing basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ryan and I have been a Mormon my whole life. I grew up with a passion for sports, playing soccer and baseball, until I ultimately found my favorite, basketball. I played basketball for many years, since I was about 7 up until when I was a junior in high school about ten years later. I have always loved to compete, and always strove to be the best that I could be. I worked through the program, moving up levels and quickly getting more playing time until I was a captain on my sophomore team. After a while, though, I had a string of poor coaches that led me to follow my other interests, such as choir. I was a part of my school's top choir for multiple years, and lucky enough to be a part of a prestigious program that won many honors. I was able to make a huge number of close friends as we slaved away under our relentless director, who always pushed us to be the best that we could be. I have faced a lot of challenges, but also a large number of success due to my family and friends, and the experiences that I have lived through.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it is true for myself. I grew up in the church and hung around for a while on the beliefs of others and waiting for me to develop my own. I learned through the scriptures about everything that I could want to know. I've always been an avid learner and wanted to know as much as I could. Even though I knew a lot of doctrine, I never had a guaranteed personal knowledge that it was true. However, as I was on a church trip in the mountains, we had an hour of silence, that everyone was supposed to take for themselves. I followed a small trail and ended up in a little patch of grass and just sat down and read Joseph Smith History and the First Vision. As I read the First Vision, I felt the spirit stronger than I ever had before, and I knew that every single thing written was correct, and I needed to follow the teachings and serve a mission to spread what I know to others so that they can receive the same joy that I have received.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by being an example to those around me. I was always referred to as "the Mormon kid" or "BYU"(for the well known Mormon university) on my basketball teams. I have given authorities a person that they can trust and try to show others around me that I am dependable and won't give in to peer pressure. I have gladly established who I am to those around me and made it so that I would have less temptation. There are very few people that will not know that I am a Mormon, because I am very enthusiastic about my religion and often seen sporting a BYU jacket. My faith gives me strength to push on as a high school student, because a lot of bad things can happen on a campus. My convictions have kept me clean and safe and allow me to be a better person than I ever could be on my own.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Ryan Hanson
Mormons believe that Christ is not only the Son of God, he is our elder brother who was sent to this Earth to save us from our sins and make it possible for us to live with our Heavenly Father in heaven. Only those who are perfect can dwell in the presence of out Heavenly Father, and everyone on earth makes mistakes. Because of this, Christ is the only possible way for us to have our sins forgiven if we ask for forgiveness with real intent, and move on from our mistakes. Show more Show less