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My Name is Ryan Dollinger, I'm 24 and a student in college, I also co-founded a National Non-Profit Organization and I truly enjoy helping others and making a difference in their lives.
I was the first in my family to join the church when I was 12 years old. I had been a member of many other churches, but something seem to be missing. I had asked the lord to reveal to me what to do. When I saw the missionaries, I tried to ignore them, until something prompted me to talk to them. At that very moment I ran to the other side of the street where the missionaries were and asked them what it was about their church that made them so special. I later learned it was the truthfulness of this gospel, and the spirit it is lead and taught by. I learned of the prophet, who I found to be a true a prophet of God through prayer and study. I was taught about the Book of Mormon, but had many questions, and was instructed to read it and pray about it. When I did this, I asked the lord about this book and where it stemmed from and received a confirmation, through the holy ghost of its teachings. I know that god lives, and Jesus is the Christ. I know he leads this church through his prophet on the earth today. I know the Holy Bible is a Testament of Jesus Christ as is the Book of Mormon, both are scriptures for our lives today. I know that families can be together forever. If we live worthy, we can return to our Father in Heaven. I know with surety that this is the church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father loves us enough to ensure we have guidance we need for today through scriptures, prophets and apostles, and the holy ghost.
Genealogy Work, is like Chocolate! I absolutely love it, it give me the sense of connection to my family I never had before. I feel as If I know my ancestors, their lives, and stories. Before I joined the Church, I knew little about my family and where I came from, But know I have a feeling of deep roots and ties of love with my ancestors. Because of my love for those who have gone on before me, I strive to attend the Temple often, to provide for my family ordinances, By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died,(see 1 Corinthians 15:29). I strive to offer these blessings to deceased ancestors, they then choose to accept or reject what has been done in their behalf. Genealogy and Temple work, has provided peace and joy in my life, only found through this service.
We Develop great harmony in our homes through the blessings of the gospel. We participate in many family activities such Family Home Evening, a time for a spiritual lesson,games, and planning the events to come in the family every week. we also focus on spending time with one another and enjoying each others company
Hope is relying on you faith in what is to come even if you can not clearly see where the path you are on will take you. Hope is more than just wishing for something it is faith in that thing and then working toward it. I hope to be the type of parent some day for my children, that I wished I always had. With this hope I have faith that if I do all I can do now to prepare, the Savior will help me when I need it. This means that I need to gain habits now that I would want my children to learn. I must strengthen my faith in the Savior Jesus Christ through daily prayer and scripture study.
The most important part of my faith is what I have learned about my Savior, Jesus Christ ,his actions and attributes. A lot of things have help me put my faith into action, so that my faith becomes a heart thing and not just a "lip service". I live my faith through studying the Bible and The Book of Mormon, through attending the Temple as often as I can, and by Service to the church, and other people.