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Hi I'm Ryan

I am reporting to the New Zealand Missionary Training Center on September 7th, 2017 to serve a 2 year mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated high school and now am preparing to serve my mission near the end of this summer. I am currently working 40 hours a week to pay for my mission, and college afterward. On the side, I love sports. I love both playing and watching most sports. The sport that stands out to me the most is baseball. I loved it ever since I was a kid. In high school, the sports I actually did competitively were baseball, cross country, and track.

Why I am a Mormon

Everything I know to be true has all come with experience with acting on the things I have learned the many years I have been a member. Earlier in my life, I was not always the most faithful to the standards the church has put out. As I have learned that the standards come from God, I have found it to be easier to follow them. I also have found that my life is better and happier as I follow the standards, and do the things God asks of me. God has put out all the standards so I can be happy. I know God looks out for everyone and is a part of everyone's life whether they see it or not. Most importantly, it is amazing how God gave his only begotten son because he loved us so much. Through his son, we can be perfected. It does not mean I am perfect, but that I am progressing everyday at my own pace through the help of God. Christ's atonement also comforts us through trials and difficult times in life. I love the plan God has for all of us, and I know he just simply wants us to make it back to him again some day. I know the fullness of the gospel was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith, a prophet of God, and I love being a part of it.

How I live my faith

In my ward, one of my callings is a primary teacher. Every other week, I prepare lessons for the children in the 9 to 10 year old class. In addition, I also home teach. As a home teacher, my dad and I visit three different families once a month and talk about how is life going for them and see if there is any way we could help the family. At the end of each visit, either my dad or I give a short lesson on an article from the magazine called the Ensign. Biggest of all, I just try to support the members of the ward I am a member of and strengthen everyone else around me. Not only at church do I do this, but everywhere.