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Hi I'm Ryan Bratt

My dad is in the Army so I've lived in many places. I'm studying chemical engineering at BYU. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents are originally from Winslow, Arizona but my dad joined the army, so we have had to move a lot. I have lived in Alabama, South Korea, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Maryland. So I know what its like being the new kid. But I spent most of my recent years in Alabama, where I went to high school. I just finished my first year at Brigham Young University and I absolutely love it! I will soon leave home to become a missionary and serve in the Utah Orem Mission and I am thrilled to go! I love all kinds of sports. In high school I ran track and field but some of my favorite sports are basketball, racquetball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. I also love outdoor activities like camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, and whitewater rafting. I played competition piano for twelve years, mainly classical music. But I also enjoy playing modern music on the piano in my spare time. Throughout high school and at BYU, I took many advanced science and math classes because those two subjects have always fascinated me. I am currently majoring in chemical engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. Both of my parents are strong faithful members. They taught me how to live the gospel. But I could not always depend on their testimony to know if the church is true, I had to gain my own personal testimony. Ever since I chose to be baptized, I have gradually gained an unshakable testimony in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. For a while I just believed it because I believed and trusted my parents. But as I went through middle school and high school and now college, I began to have real life challenges, which tested my faith in the church. I have seen other people with real life challenges as well. I have seen people looking for true, lasting happiness. I too looked for true, lasting happiness. Members of the church often talk about how the Holy Ghost (or the Spirit) testified to them that the church was true and they immediately knew. I have never had an immediate experience or sign from heaven. But as I searched for true happiness, I continued to read the scriptures and go to church and do everything that my parents had taught me. As I did these things, the Holy Ghost testified to me that it was true. When I say that the Holy Ghost testified to me, I mean that I sincerely felt that it was true. I felt it when I said my prayers because I felt that God was listening to me. I felt it as I went to church and listened to the lessons taught there because it comforted my soul. I felt it when I made good choices over bad ones because those were the choices that God wanted me to make. I felt it as I learned about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and I knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon was written by him through revelation from God. I felt it every time I sinned because I could feel Jesus Christ’s love for me and I knew that He really did die for us and loves us more than we can imagine.

How I live my faith

In high school, I was a youth group leader for my ward, which was a great privilege and blessing! As a youth group leader, I helped plan many of our weekly activities that took place on Wednesday nights. I also sometimes planned and taught the spiritual lessons that were given in church for the youth. I was a few years older than the young men that I was in charge of so I had a great opportunity to share with them what I had learned about life from my experiences throughout high school. It was my responsibility to teach them to make righteous decisions and learn to serve others and become more like Jesus Christ. I became somewhat of an older brother to them and I love as if they are my own family. I wouldn't trade that leadership position for anything!