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Hi I'm Ryan

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am a husband, father of five daughters and a graphic designer and small business owner.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and father were members of this church and I grew up attending. It wasn't until my late teens that I really did some personal searching into the doctrines of the church and developed, within myself, a sincere love of the gospel and a desire and commitment to take part in all the blessings that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer. I feel so blessed to be part of this great work that has improved my life and I've seen wonderful things occur in other individuals and families that embrace the gospel.

How I live my faith

Our church is comprised, entirely, of a lay ministry. I am assigned positions of responsibility and leadership and I do my best to fulfill those responsibilities. I love serving in the church. Our congregation is like a big family to me.

What is the First Vision?

In the early 1800s there was a religious upheaval occurring that prompted a 14-year-old boy, Joseph Smith, to question why all the various churches were teaching different doctrines and which church among them was teaching correct doctrines. He came across a passage of scripture in James 1:5 that reads, "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." Joseph determined to do exactly as that scripture instructed. He retired to a grove of trees adjacent to his family farm and knelt in prayer to inquire of God. While he was praying he was visited by God, himself, and his Son, Jesus Christ. Standing above him, in the air, and encircled by brilliant light, God and Jesus Christ spoke to Joseph. He was instructed that the true and correct doctrines of the gospel had deteriorated in the time since Christ's death. Many simple truths had been lost over time. Joseph was told that the time had come for the pure gospel of Jesus Christ to be restored to the earth, and that Joseph had been chosen to help fulfill this important work. I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in upstate New York and I have, personally, visited the sacred grove of trees on the Smith family farm where this event took place. I have felt the spirit there and I firmly believe that this event happened as it has been related. Many important truths were subsequently revealed during the restoration of Christ's church, but one of the first invaluable misconceptions that was set straight was in the very fact that God and Christ are, indeed, two separate beings. Father and son. One in purpose. Show more Show less