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Hi I'm Riley

I'm a High School Science and Math teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of four. I love old black and white movies, particularly "B" sci-fi, thrillers, and mysteries. I love music of all kinds but usually listen to the "weird" stuff, like Oingo Boingo, Devo, and Skillet. I have taught High School Science and Math in three different states, including on the Cheyenne-River/Sioux Nation reservation. I grew up playing Role-Playing games and have always loved computers. I love to play MMORPG's, my favorite now being Lord of the Rings Online.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon in College. I was brought up by an atheist father and had never felt comfortable discussing religion. After several life-threatening illnesses, I decided to try to make some sense out of life. However, I had always felt uncomfortable in every church I had attended. One of my friends at college suggested I try the LDS church. I was welcomed with warmth and kindness. No matter what ward I have visited, I have been accepted with the same feelings. Every time I have been in need I have found someone from the church ready and willing to lend a hand. For example, one Christmas break I was driving home to Texas from South Dakota when my car broke down in the middle of Wyoming. I was at least 200 miles from anyone I knew. I called my church back in South Dakota and the bishop there called the bishop in Wyoming. Not only were they able to find a reliable place to get my car fixed but a family took us in for the Christmas break and offered each of my children a toy from those under their tree. I will never forget the kindness they showed us and I have tried to emulate that kindness to others since.

How I live my faith

I believe that the love our Heavenly Father has offered us is given without reservation and with the intent for us to spread it to our brothers and sisters. In that idea, I have striven to help anyone I can, including sitting with a family who was miles from home with an infant in the hospital on life support. I could do nothing for them but comfort them and help them pray. I hope that was enough, and I have never heard from them since, but that is the love our Lord has shown to us. So, it is only right for me to offer of myself.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith or any of the other latter-day prophets and more than Catholics worship any of the popes. We simply acknowledge their closeness and connection to our Heavenly Father. We honor their commitment to our spiritual and temporal needs. We strive to emulate their lives so that we may be righteous enough to be worthy of being called as a prophet ourselves. Show more Show less