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Hi I'm Ryan

I was born & raised in California by the coolest family around. I'm currently serving a mission in the Philippines. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy so many things. I love basketball, football, music, acting, eating, and so much more. I played on the basketball and football teams for a few years in High School, sang in the choir as a Tenor, and started acting my Senior year and fell in love with that. I also take pride in making sure that we never have leftovers in our home and no one wastes any food. I'm currently serving the Lord in the Baguio, Philippines mission and will attend BYU when I return home in 2018. I love to serve. In 2014 I did my Eagle Scout project in Guatemala, installing stoves and water filters in indigenous Mayan villages. That opportunity allowed me to realize that we can't take anything for granted. I have so much in my life and these people had so little. They opened my eyes to the most important things in life: Family, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and loving everyone around you. I live my life so that others will know that I love them and they will want to know what makes me so happy. The answer to that is those three things.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love this Gospel. I've chosen to follow Christ because he has set a perfect example for me to follow. My mom and both of my grandparents are Mormon and I've got all sorts of cousins and aunts and uncles who are Mormon too. Their decisions to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ have made an impact in mine. There came a time in my life when I needed to know for myself that this church was true and could no longer just rely on the beliefs of my family members. As promised in Moroni 10:3-5, if we read and ponder the Book of Mormon and ask our Heavenly Father with real desire and intent if the teachings are true, the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth unto us. Well, I decided to do that. I've read the Book of Mormon multiple times and every time I read it, I ask Heavenly Father if these things are true and I can testify that the Holy Ghost has made these things made known unto me through feelings of peace and comfort. I've seen what the Gospel does to people. It changes lives. I've watched people accept Christ's atonement and I've used that atonement in my life and it has allowed me to repent after making mistakes and learn to grow and become a better person. Jesus Christ loves me. I know that. Jesus Christ loves you. I know that. Jesus Christ loves all of us. He suffered for each one of our sins and took on the feelings and pain and suffering of that. He has felt and experienced everything that we have. We are not alone, ever. Jesus Christ loves us. I love that about this Gospel. It has allowed me to feel that love and know that no trial, tribulation, or situation is too difficult. I know that to be true and so can you if you read the Book of Mormon, ponder it, and pray about it with a sincere desire to know if it's true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the way I live. I don't swear. I don't drink alcohol, tea, or coffee. I don't do anything that may be addictive and does not help my spiritual and physical body. I let others around me know what I believe and I live it. There are no surprises when I say to someone "I'm a Mormon". I participate actively in my church. Over the years I have had many different callings in doing my part to help the church. Since I was a little boy, I've sung a song that goes "I hope they call me on a mission". Now, that is exactly what I'm doing. I have put everything in my life on hold to serve the Lord and the people of the Philippines for the next two years. I don't get to see my family for two years, I stopped school for two years, and most shocking of all, I don't get to go on a date with a girl for two years. However, I can do without those things for a few years and serve selflessly and work hard for this wonderful Gospel. In my eyes, I owe my Savior, Jesus Christ, so much more than just two years when he has given me so much. In fact, I wouldn't even be here without him. I want the people of the Philippines to know that I love them just as Christ has loved me. I live my faith by trying my very best to be just like Christ, even when I constantly fall short.