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Hi I'm Maria Rieske

I study various martial arts, both aikido and karate. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ohio and currently still live there. I'm a claims CSR for a major insurance company, which I file and process homeowner and auto claims. Since I was about ten years old, I began studying martial arts. I'm currently a black belt in karate and only about a year ago began studying Aikido. Just about my entire family does martial arts of various forms and we run a school in my hometown, teaching karate and Tai Chi.

Why I am a Mormon

If I were asked to chose one thing about the gospel that I like the most, it's that constant encouragement and opprotunity to do better. To be more today, than what you were yesterday. Because of the church, I had opprotunity to serve a mission in Hamburg Germany. I came back a very different person. On my mission I learned not just a new language, but leadership skills that have helped me tremendously in throughout my professional life. But more than even that, is this knowledge of the savior himself. Everyday trying to understand him more and more, and finding that he's known me all along, and was always very near. In martial arts, there are people who sacrifice much to travel around the world and learn the life lessons of the greatest masters and teachers. For me, the greatest master has always stood right beside me. Whether I could see him or not. And that is Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently teach in Relief Society, the women's organization of the church. I couldn't even begin to describe how much of a blessing this calling has been. I've served a mission in Hamburg Germany, where I learned to overcome my weakness of being naturally very shy. set goals, and overall look to bless the lives of people around me.

Are Mormons Christians?

Maria Rieske
Yes. In every sense of the word, we are Christian. If there is any doubt of this one needs to look no further than the Book of Mormon, in which it states, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know for source they may look for the remission of sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Maria Rieske
Sure. And why not? If you look at all the world today. All the wars. All the suffering. All the violence. If there is any time in which mankind would benefit most from a living prophet, it would be today. God has always called prophets before. He will continue to call prophets. Show more Show less