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Hi I'm Riley

I'm a civil engineer, I love to read, I'm trilingual, and I'm Mormon

About Me

I'm a missionary! I'm serving in the Italy Milan Mission for the church until January 2017 and i'm excited to be able to share about Jesus Christ. I was born to a family of members of this church. I'm the third of four brothers and we all love to be together! After I complete serving, i'll complete my studies at Brigham Young University where I'm majoring in both physics and mathematics. I love to learn from anywhere I can. I love to work on electronics, read classic literature, and play sports.

Why I am a Mormon

In the scriptures, prophets regularly ask us to pray and that when we do, God will answer our prayers. The most important reason I've stayed a part of this church is God has answered my prayers. He has confirmed that this is the church he established through his son Jesus Christ. Through the same way, I learned that The Book of Mormon is true and comes from God. Trying to balance the different parts of life is stressful sometimes; working, going to school, obligations to sports teams and family. Sometimes it's overwhelming. The Saviour promised rest, and strength and forgiveness throughout his life and he hasn't failed to give it to me in those moments. I don't know how he does it, but each time I pray I get what I need. He's taught me to work hard and that i can trust him with any problem I need help with. To me, the greatest thing he's done is made me a better person so I can do more and more. My best becomes a little more with each time he helps me do things I didn't think I could and shows me how to live a better life. I can't pretend I've become who I am from my work alone. Being a scientist, i naturally love to continue to question and experiment. I've found that the more I test what the scriptures teach and the more I try to rely on Christ, he blesses me. I'm a Mormon and i will stay a Mormon because I know I can continue to put the Savior's promises to the test and find the blessings i need to make i through each day of my life. His gospel that teaches me how to do that is found in The Book of Mormon and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There I am, and there I will stay.

How I live my faith

I try my best to be an example of Christ in all parts of my life. Right now I have the unique chance to be a special representative of the church. For these two years I live my faith by teaching everyone I can about the Savior Jesus Christ and trying to serve people as He did. Outside of this service, I've tried to live my faith by learning as much as i can about it. Every week I go to church and I try to read the scriptures as often as I can. I go to school at BYU where I can take classes about all different parts of the church. There is always more to learn. As i keep learning, I try to make changes to how I live so i can be a better example to the world. Except for right now as a full time missionary, I don't usually have chances to make big, public demonstrations of my faith. Instead, I live my faith by living a moral and honorable life as close as I can to how Jesus taught us to live. I've found that by living that way, I'm comfortable and peacefully no matter what happens.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

For the men, it is a responsibility to be a missionary since we have been asked to go by prophets. Ultimately, however, it's up to each member to decide if he or she will serve. If they choose to go, they will serve for 18 to 24 months serving, teaching, and helping local church units. Though nobody is forced to go, those that go and work hard always have good experiences. One of the best ways we can show how much we appreciate our knowledge of the gospel is to share it with others. Show more Show less

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

The Atonement is the name for what Christ did for us at the end of his life on earth. He suffered, was tortured, and was executed for us. Just as importantly as his death, is his resurrection from the dead. It was necessary that he suffer so he could pay the consequences for our sins and enable us to repent. It was necessary for him to die so that he could be resurrected and enable the rest of us to be resurrected also. We will all be resurrected, but to be forgiven of our sins, Jesus has asked that we follow his commandments. Show more Show less