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Hi I'm Ryan

I am the youngest of six children. I grew up playing soccer, the saxophone, and skiing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah the youngest of six kids and spent my childhood as most do- involved in various activities including sports, school, boy scouts and church activities. In high school I played on the soccer team and in the school band. Later, I attended the University where I completed a degree in Biology. While working on my degree I spent two years as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nicaragua. I also met my wife at college and 2 weeks after we got married, we moved across the country to start professional school. We are now the proud parents of two great kids. I am currently a dentist and I am in a residency program for endodontics.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had countless experiences in my life that have confirmed what I have known since I was a child- that I am the son of a loving Heavenly Father who knows me personally. Through the teachings of His Son Jesus Christ, I have learned that there is a plan in place for me, and for all of our Father's children. I have learned about that plan through the Scriptures which contain Christ's gospel, and through the teachings of living servants of God who are called to teach his gospel today. I am grateful that when the Lord walked among men during His earthly ministry, He established a Church complete with Apostles, Seventies, and other officers and that He bestowed upon them the authority to administer the affairs of His Church and to carry out such things as baptism and other important ordinances as directed by the Him. Under this model, the Church continued for a time in unity after the Lord's crucifixion, but opposition and apostasy lead to the loss of many plain and simple truths taught by Jesus, as well as the desintegration of the organization He established to maintain the purity of His teachings and the proper authority to act in His name for the salvation of His followers. I am grateful that in our time, this Church as established by the Lord in ancient times, has been restored today. The authority that the ancient Apostles held is on the earth again today, and once again His gospel is taught in its fulness. I know that the Bible contains God's teachings as delivered and recorded by inspired prophets who lived anciently in the Near East, and I know with equal conviction that the Book of Mormon contains God's teachings as given to prophets anciently in the Americas. All of these writings consistently teach that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established by and continues to be led by Him whose name it bears.

How I live my faith

Within the Church, certain groups or "auxiliary" organizations exist to address the needs of specific groups (youth, children, adult women, adult men, etc.) I work with the group that seeks to help the men in the congregation as we seek to become better husbands, fathers and disciples of Christ. We meet together each Sunday to discuss gospel topics and to share personal experiences from our lives that help build our faith and also give us ideas for how to apply the teachings of Christ in our daily lives. As a group, we are also charged with assessing and addressing the needs of the members of the Church by visiting them in their homes monthly, sharing with them messages of hope and encouragement, and reporting any special needs to the Bishop (unpaid lay leader of the local congregation) in case any further assistance from the congregation is needed. In this way, we seek to follow the Savior's admonition to "feed (His) sheep." We also participate in local service projects within the community.