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Hi I'm Riley

I am a construction project manager and entrepreneur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Mormon family in Idaho, but it definitely wasn't typical. For much of my youth we were not very active in our faith. It wasn't until I was in junior high when I made some good friends that encouraged me to attend church regularly again and live my faith. After high school, I worked as a carpenter because I didn't think I was good enough for college. But my LDS mission changed that. While serving in Japan, I developed not just faith and confidence in Jesus Christ, but also in myself. I realized I was capable of anything I endeavored to achieve. I have since graduated from college, started and operated a business, married my beautiful wife and have three kids. While the economy has been difficult for us (forcing a shutdown of our business), we have kept our trust in the Lord, and he has provided for us. I have been fortunate to find steady employment again. I enjoy playing golf, softball, and basketball; and I love spending time in the outdoors mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting, and camping. I also sing and play the piano, and enjoy following current events and politics.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I recognized the good in the friends I associated with in my youth. I knew that because of my friends faith, they chose to live good, clean lives and were happy because of it. I desired that same happiness. That is what led me back to my faith. However, probably one of the most defining moments in my life in achieving that happiness was while on my LDS mission in Japan. I watched the miracle of seeing a homeless man we met on a cold, snowy day on the street completely change his life around through following the gospel of Jesus Christ. This man had lost EVERYTHING! Due to a terrible addiction to alcohol, he lost his job, his family, his home, his friends... He was left to sleeping in and living out of his car until he lost that, too. He had nothing left in his life, and with it left any hope for the future. He found that hope once again when he heard about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We taught him about God's plan of salvation, the purpose of being here on this Earth, and it changed his outlook about everything! He soon found a job, got an apartment again, and was able to conquer his alcoholism. If you had met him 6 months after we first met him on the street, you would not have recognized him at all! The gospel of Jesus Christ changed him for the better, but it especially changed me through all of this. I thought, "If Jesus Christ can change a man as much as it did this man, then certainly it can change me for the better, too." All of the good things that have happened in my life since then I attribute to my Father in Heaven and his Son, Jesus Christ. I continue to try harder to live the gospel.

How I live my faith

For me, it is all of the little things that I try to do to live my faith. Everything from holding the door open for a little, old lady, to lending a helping hand to my neighbor when he needs it. Jesus always remembered the "little" people in his life--like the woman with an issue of blood who thought if she could just touch his robe as he passed by, and when she did Jesus turned and asked who had touched him, and upon discovering the woman, he told her that her faith had made her whole--so we, too, should try to make a difference in other people's lives, even with just the smallest things. I try to be involved in my community by helping with food drives, community clean-up and other service projects, volunteering my time to help with worthwhile programs like Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America. Being a Boy Scout in my teen years, really shaped me in who I am today. And although I did not earn my Eagle Scout award, I wanted to help other young boys succeed and hopefully earn their Eagle Scout awards, so I help out with the Scouting program whenever I can.