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Hi I'm Riley

I am a husband, father, artist, and musician. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

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 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!).

Who was Joseph Smith?

Riley
Joseph Smith is a prophet of God that was chosen to restore the Lord's true church once more upon the earth. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates by the power of the Holy Ghost. Mormons do not pray to Joseph Smith. Mormons pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and his son Jesus Christ in what Mormons refer to as the 'first vision'. During the first vision, Joseph Smith asked God what church to join? God said none of them and Joseph Smith was called to restore the Lord's true church, the same church and doctrines, as the one that Jesus Christ established when he lived upon the earth. During the life of Joseph Smith, he suffered countless persecutions from people who didn't believe him. Joseph Smith could not deny he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith became a martyr, when he was shot and killed in cold blood. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Riley
When the Lord commands, we must obey. The Lords commanded the practice of polygamy for a time, but stopped it when it was revealed to a Prophet that is should be stopped. Mormons also wanted to obey all the laws of the land. Polygamy was not invented by the Mormons. The practice goes way back in time, and there are worthy priesthood holders in the Holy Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who had practiced polygamy. The Lord commanded it to be back then, and he did, for a time, back in the 1800's. The Lord knows best. He has a rhyme and a reason for everything, even with this sensative topic of polygamy. I am happily married to one wife and strive to obey all of the Lords commandments. Show more Show less