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Hi I'm Riley

I'm a hydraulic engineer, born and raised in Arizona. I'm a husband, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outdoors. Some of my favorite activities are mountain biking and camping with my family. I served a mission in Berlin Germany and love the German people and culture. After my mission I attended ASU where I graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. I have always loved science and physics and puzzle solving which is why I chose engineering as a major. I have worked many odd jobs in order to pay for my mission and my college education. I worked as a landscaper, a banquet caterer, a mason, a balloon twister, an RV rental agent, a civil engineering intern, and finally as a hydraulic engineer. During college I spent a few summers living in an RV in Alaska and absolutely loved it! Now I have an amazing wife and three kids and life just keeps getting better. I love my family more than anything else in the world and feel so lucky to have them in my life. We enjoy family night at least once a week and go camping as often as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and have been active my whole life. My dad joined the church as a teenager and my mom comes from a long line of active latter day saints. Her ancestors were some of the pioneers who helped settle land here in Arizona. For me the Mormon faith just makes sense. The more I learn and the more active I live the gospel, the more it all just makes sense, not just the gospel but everything in life starts to make more sense. It all just falls in to place and I feel an undeniable sense of peace of mind and happiness from within. I have always loved the gospel teachings and the joy it brings me. When I decided to serve a mission I knew I had to be 100% sure of what I was teaching otherwise I would not be very effective at bringing others closer to Christ. I studied the scriptures and prayed for knowledge to find out for myself if the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was really the true church. The answer I received was very clear and came as a peaceful warm feeling in my heart and mind that what I was doing was right.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in many areas of the church such as teaching the youth and to serving in the missionary efforts both on my mission and in the years since my mission. I have also enjoyed giving service to friends and neighbors whether it be doing yard work or volunteering at a retirement home. I find strength in living the gospel teachings and cannot picture my life without it. For me the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just something I try to fit into my life, it's actually the other way around. I know the gospel has been restored to the earth and God has given the gift of life and experience to us for a reason. I center my life around my family and my faith, and everything else (work, school, hobbies etc.) are all part of the experience and are small parts of the big picture.