Hi I'm Riley
I am a husband and a father passionate about life and learning. I've got one little boy and another one on the way. I work full time during the day and play full time with my family during the evenings. I also slip in time here and there to compose and record songs and do some artwork in the early mornings before anyone gets up. I love to draw caricatures of people and once drew over 200 caricatures of all the missionaries while on my mission in Puebla, Mexico. My favorite hobby, however, is creating music, and sharing it with others. I have composed over a hundred childrens songs (by the artist Nooshi that I created) as well as a handful of songs for the older crowd. I have a specialty in composing holiday music, and have several original Halloween, Christmas, and Easter songs. I am very passionate about sports and enjoy watching NFL football and NBA basketball games. My only wish is that they didn't play games on Sunday because I try to avoid watching sports on the Sabbath. Thank goodness for the invention of the VCR and the DVR recorder, I can tape games and watch them early Monday morning before I see the scores on TV. The most important things in my life are my family and my religion because that is honestly what makes me the happiest.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon for many reasons. The main reason is because of the warm feeling I get when I read the Book of Mormon as well as when I listen to the Prophets and Apostles. I know that that warm feeling is the Holy Ghost telling me that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Prophets and Apostles truely are called of God. It is as simple as that! I love to listen to the words of the prophets because I learn so much. I love learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ through personal study and by attending church each Sunday. There is so much information available in this world and on the Internet, but it is not all of the same importance. Everything that the true Prophets of God say is of utmost importance. My family and I have been blessed so much for being Mormons. I know that the Lord answers our prayers. God knows each and every one of us better than we know ourselves. He wants us to be happy now and in the future. I know that true and lasting happiness comes from obeying the Lords commandments. Another thing I love about being a Mormon are the many opportunities to serve. I have made many new friends through service in my church callings as a teacher and as someone in charge of planning fun church activities. There are so many ways to serve in the LDS church. I love it.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Attending church every Sunday has helped remind me of what is most important in this life. By attending church, I can listen and learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are human. We forget stuff. Attending church reminds about the important teachings of Jesus Christ. I made a promise when I was baptized a Mormon, that I would keep the commandments. By attending church services, in particular the sacrament meeting, I can renew that covenant that I made when I was baptized. I repent of my sins and strive to do better. I have found many new friendships that I wouldn't have had unless I attended church services. Many of those friendships are life-long friends. They share the same values and beliefs as me and are striving to be better individuals and follow the example of Jesus Christ. After attending church, I feel good. After attending church, I am motivated to be a better person and follower of Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by avoiding drugs, alchohol, and anything that may harm my body. I also live my faith by avoiding pornography like a plague. That stuff is addictive and harmful to our minds and spirits. I associate pornography to dirty filthy trash that smells like sewage. It is not the kind of stuff that I want anywhere near myself or my family. I will teach my boys to avoid pornography like avoiding a plague. I also live my faith by repenting and trying to become more like Jesus Christ each day. None of us are perfect. We all need to repent. No unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God. I live my faith also by giving thanks to God daily through prayer as well as asking him for any needs I may have. God has given us everything we have and we are eternally indebted to him. I am currently in charge of planning all of the Activities in my particular ward. That is a fun and I'll be honest, sometimes a stressful opportunity. Our ward has about four major activities throughout the year including one for Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. I try to see that everyone that attends those activities has a good time and feels included. We also invite friends and family that aren't members of the church to join in the fun and activities. I make it a priority to have enough food for everyone and some to spare (so we don't run out!).