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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm an out of shape once collegiate athlete. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three girls and one bouncing baby boy, a husband, a brother, and a son. I work for a large financial industry and just relocated to the Western parts of the United States from the Southeast...big transition! I am the oldest son of three, and the son of two converts to the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. My father grew up as an Irish Catholic and my mother grew up bouncing from faith to faith until she met my Dad and they, together, met the LDS missionaries. I was baptized at eight years of age and was raised in the Church. Unfortunately, as I hit the teenage years, I didn't realized how wonderful and precious the restored gospel of Jesus Christ truly was. My true conversion began in college when I attended a small college in Virginia. At this school, I started to realize that there was something I was missing in my life since I had drifted so far from an active Christian Lifestyle and drifted more towards self absorbtion and egotism. When I came to this realization, a choice had to be made...either I believed in God or I didn't. From earlier experiences, I knew there was a God but what faith was the right path? Was Jesus a philosopher, teacher, prophet, or the literal Son of God? The next fork in the road hinged on this decision... Quickly I came to the decision that he was more than a teacher, philosopher or prophet. I needed to, yet, gain a firm belief that he was the Son of God. I chose to learn more of "Christaindom".

Why I am a Mormon

I came to the conclusion that there was only ONE Father in Heaven. Since He loves His children and is not an "Author of confusion"(1 Cor. 14:33), I knew that he would only have "ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism" (Eph. 4:5)...and I also had a belief that only ONE of these churches could have the authority to perform this ONE baptism, but which ONE was it? I would wake up most mornings at 6 am to Study the Bible, mostly New Testament. I would watch the preachers on TV and take notes on what they taught vs. what I was finding in the scriptures. I would then attend different denominational churches. I would go to church with my parents and then I would attend a different church each Sunday with a different friend. During the week, I was attending Revivals, Youth Nights, or Gatherings at a different church. My search also took me to many debates trying to get to the core of the beliefs of each "Christian" faith. Ultimately, this logical/rational search had to become more spiritual; and it did. I realized more and more that one of the main points of difference between the faith I grew up with, Mormonism , and the beliefs of other faiths was the Book of Mormon. I had to KNOW if it was true or not, since, if it was true, then God did have a church on the Earth with all of His authority, if the Book of Mormon wasn't true, then it had NO authority and it was just another one of the many other churches on the Earth that I could discredit as incomplete and lacking authority. I sat down and read the Book of Mormon over a two week period. I took to heart a promise given in the Book of Mormon that if you ask of God if the book is true, God will let you know by the power of the Holy Ghost. However, one must have real intent (willingness to act) and a sincere heart (willingness to change). When I finally came to this realization, I received a sure witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was indeed Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the the youth in our local congregation. I have the great opportunity every week to see Young men learn how to be a beacon of light in an every darkening world. This is accomplished through an effective use of the Boy Scouts of America Program, of which I am an Eagle Scout, and Young Men LEARN the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ACT upon those feelings impressed upon them by the Holy Ghost, and SHARE these experiences with the other youth they meet with on a weekly basis. Additionally, I see what strong homes they come from that build them up. My faith is who I am and I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!