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Hi I'm Riley A. Hinds

My name's Riley. I was born and raised in Kansas, and I'm a return missionary from West Virginia and Virginia.

About Me

My name is Riley. I was born and raised in Kansas. I enjoy drawing and playing the banjo. I am the youngest of 7. There's 6 boys and 1 girl. I love my family very much. We have an 80 acre farm that my grandfather and grandmother homesteaded. The farmhouse was used as a church for a while. I have many fond memories of the farm from my childhood. We had many gatherings there, and still do. If there is one thing I've learned, it's that families are very sacred, not only to us but to God as well. I'm a return missionary from West Virginia. The experience was great! When I was younger, my grandmother used to tell me stories of her childhood in Oklahoma. She grew up on a farm, out in the hills of Eastern Oklahoma. She was raised in a humble home. The stories she told me were embedded in my memory and I longed for the chance to experience the kind of life style she experienced. Later on in my life, at the age of 19, I prepared to go and serve a mission for the Church. Grandma predicted I would go to West Virginia. Not long after her prediction I received a letter in the mail that informed me I would be serving in the West Virginia Charleston Mission. Since being there in the Appalachian Mountains I have had many experiences and adventures. I learned many of life's lessons. I love the people there. And I have come to a better understanding of God and His purpose for each and every one of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe Joseph Smith saw and spoke with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a grove in the state of New York in the year 1820. I believe God called Joseph Smith as a prophet to restore the Priesthood of ancient times, the same priesthood and power that Jesus Christ and His Apostles held 2,000 years ago. It was by this that the Apostles were able to perform miracles and saving ordinances, such as baptism. And I believe that Joseph Smith, as directed by God, re-established the original church that Christ established "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" Eph. ch. 2 verse 20. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be a record of the ancient inhabitants of America, which contains the fullness of the Gospel. My grandfather on my father's side also believed this when two missionaries came and shared with him the restored Gospel. My grandmother on my mother's side, after recieving a vision, was also convinced of this when two missionaries came to her door. I know it was by the power of the Holy Ghost that they were led to find the restored Gospel, because the Holy Ghost will lead any sincere seeker of truth to find light and knowledge. Because of their step of faith, they have blessed my life tremendously, by bringing me the Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do good and keep the commandmets. I believe God has given us commandments so that we can be good people and have peace and joy in our lives. I believe Christ came to the world so that, through Him, we could be free from our sins. His sacrifice was made so that when we repent we can be forgiven. And so I live every day trying to do what I can. What I cannot do, I leave in the Lord's hands. The Apostles in the New Testament are great examples of men who lived their faith by spreading it. They were active in doing God's work. And so I look to their example and try my best to do what God wants me to do.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Riley A. Hinds
I probably couldn't tell you what the Atonement was before my mission. But from studying the scriptures and sharing the Gospel with others I have found an answer to this question. The definition of atonement is - Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong expiation. In the days of Moses God chose the Levites to be the priests in Israel. The priests' duty was to offer up animal sacrifices on behalf of the sins of the people. This was done in similitude of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us. "And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it." Ex ch. 29 verse 36 Jesus Christ's atonement, or His sacrifice for us, was made so that we can be reconciled to God. In the Garden of Gethsemane Christ took upon him all the sins, pains, and afflictions of the world. He was then crucified and buried in the tomb, and was resurrected the third day. These three events constitute the basis of Christ's atonement. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Riley A. Hinds
Joseph Smith founded the church. He was directed by God to restore the church that Jesus Christ established 2,000 years ago. Because the apostles were martyred and the Priesthood that they held was lost, the early Christian church was taken from the earth. This is why God, in the early 19th century, called Joseph Smith to restore the church. Before calling Joseph Smith to restore the church, Joseph was looking for a church to join. He was confused why there were so many churches professing to be Christ's church. If there was a church that was truly Christ's, he wanted to know and unite with it. As he was pondering the question of which church to join, he stumbled across a scripture. The scripture was in James ch 1 verse 5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God". This scripture touched him. He decided that he would ask God which church to join. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went into the woods to pray and ask God his question. There God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph and told him that he would not join any church, because none of the churches contained the full truth. Later on in his life, Joseph was called by God to restore the one and true church of Christ. On April 6, 1830 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Riley A. Hinds
Baptism is a commandment from God, and is also a saving ordinance. It is the entrance into God's kingdom. One must be baptized by a holder of the Priesthood. When Jesus was baptized he went to John, who held the Levitical Priesthood, also called the Aaronic Priesthood. Those that believe in Christ must repent of their sins before being baptized. There are two parts to baptism; baptism of water and of the Holy Ghost. The first part, baptism of water, requires an individual to be completely submerged under water. This is following Christ's example. This submersion is symbolic of the burial of our sins. When we come up out of the water, we are reborn, resurrected from our old self, and become a new creature. The second part, which is the baptism of fire or the Holy Ghost, completes our baptism. When Priesthood holders place their hands on our head, they confer the Holy Ghost upon us. The Holy Ghost purges us from all our sins and guilt. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Riley A. Hinds
Are Mormons Christians? Yes! I'm not for sure why people don't consider the Latter-day Saints Christians. I don't know of any other church that speaks so much about Christ and what He did for us than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less