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Hi I'm Riley

I'm the craziest person I know. Music and Theater are my bread and butter. Girls are cute. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm one of those people that you'll always remember, whether for good or bad. My personality will leave an impression on you. Many people have said they would pay money to see what on earth is going on in my head. I love sports. I'm like a dog, anything round that bounces gets me excited. However, nothing is more powerful to me than music and theater. Music is one of the most important things in my life. I'm basically into all kinds of music. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, I was tutored in the ways of Billy Joel and Eric Whitacre, and my favorite band is fun. In high school I was in my school's chamber choir and performed in many music festivals and competitions. I plan on continuing choir in college and possibly the rest of my life (that's if the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will let me of course...). Theater (or Theatre) is my one true love. Nothing drives me more than the acting world. It's my manna in the wilderness. I believe that the performing arts gives all people a chance to come out of their shell and express themselves in a healthy environment. Theatre, choir, and dance can help people build confidence in themselves and grow to love the things they're doing as well.

Why I am a Mormon

The church has helped shape my life in a way that nothing else has. In my life, I've always been the kind of person who's always stuck out from the crowd. I've never really blended into the background or been stereotyped because I don't fit any of those stereotypes. To put it simply, I'm a Mormon. I know the gospel, I live it every day, and I love living it. I'm a Mormon because I know with a certainty that not having the Gospel in my life would lead to my ultimate downfall. There was a point in my life where being a member of this Church didn't matter to me. I felt like God had abandoned me because of the mistakes I'd made as a young and stupid teenager. However, as time has rolled on I know that God never abandons his children, and that me living the Gospel will strengthen and help me more than I ever could by trying to do it myself. The Atonement of Jesus Christ allows me (and all people) to be forgiven of my sins and transgressions. It gives me the hope of being with my family for eternity. It gives me the knowledge that I don't have to endure this life on my own. It helps me have the courage to stand for what I know is right and give me the comfort and peace I desperately need in my life. There's so much good that comes from being a member of the church that I cannot say that it's not of God. All good things are of God and Christ, and the church is the greatest thing that I've ever had in my life. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, given to us in this day and age to help us to learn more of the promises of our Heavenly Father and the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Restored knowledge helps us to know so much more about what this Gospel holds in store for us, especially the knowledge that families are meant to be together forever. The Church holds the entire fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a missionary. I wear it on my nametag. I serve in an area and represent our Lord Jesus Christ in everything I do. Everything I do, say, and think is done as an example of Jesus Christ. I live my faith to the fullest, because if you only give less than your best you're wasting your time. I don't really want to waste my time, so I've decided give it all to the Lord because He'll never waste my time.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Riley
It's not required for a Mormon to serve a mission. However, in our church, it is highly recommended that if you are a young man from the age of 18 to 25 that you serve a mission. It has been said that every worthy young man should serve a mission, and they should. There's no better way for us to spend those final growing years than to serve the Lord that gave us life and happiness. It's also an option for the young women and also senior adult couples, although there's not quite as big of a push for them as it is for the young men. Show more Show less