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Hi I'm Riley

I was born and raised in Las Vegas. I'm a student, an athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just finishing up my senior year in high school. I've done extremely well in school, and am graduating second in my class. Outside schoolwork though, I'm the Senior class VP in Student Council, the NHS President, a Freshman Mentor, a student Ambassador, part of the WorldQuest and Varsity Quiz teams, and a competitive soccer player. I love to educate myself. In my spare time, I can usually be found reading a book or an article on the internet. I also love to build things, especially when playing with Legos with my younger brother. Playing soccer is definitely my biggest hobby, and I've dedicated countless hours to practice and games. I'm also an Eagle Scout, and I'm heavily involved in the scouting program through church. I will be attending college at BYU after I serve my mission, and I couldn't be more excited for either opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church to parents who were also born into the church. So I raised in a home where the Gospel was taught regularly. As I got older and matured, though, I have come to develop my own testimony. I have a conviction for myself, not based on my parents' faith, that the Church is true. During my early teens, I decided that I wasn't sure that I wanted to keep going to church. Over the summer, I read the Book of Mormon, and when I finished, I took Moroni's challenge to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and, by extension, if the church was true. That was when I had the most powerful spiritual feeling that I have ever had. I knew then, in all certainty, that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God in these times, and that he really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon, and that it is the word of God for us in these last days. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet on the Earth today. My testimony is based on my faith in Jesus Christ: That He died to atone for our sins, and that because He lives, all people can overcome death and be resurrected to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I am filled with gratitude for a Savior that knows me so well and loves me so much that He was willing to take upon him all of my sorrows, all of my sins, and everything that I have gone and will go through. I know that if I live my life by God's commandments, I can be lifted up to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being obedient. If I am asked to serve in any way, I do my best to fulfill that calling. In the past several years, I have served as the president, or as a counselor or secretary in all of my young men groups. It has required me to be organized and to keep in touch with all of the boys in the group, and has pushed me to become more as a leader. I have organized activities and events for the group, as well as teach lessons on Sundays when I am asked. The most difficult duty that I have had so far is being asked to play the piano for the youth group and for the men. I am a self taught pianist, and proficient at best, but I decided that I would rise to the challenge, and have faith that the Lord would help me fill my job. As I played more and more, it became much easier to play in front of people, and I became much less nervous and mistake prone. Mostly, I try to live my faith by being an example to those around me. I know that most people that I'm around do not know much about the Church, or many people in the church, so I try to be a good example of what a member of our faith is supposed to be. My friends have come to respect my beliefs, and it has been good for me to remember what I represent.