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Hi I'm Riley

I am currently serving a full time mission in Russia. I love learning a new language and helping others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a missionary for the church, in the Russia, Vladivostok mission, Russian speaking. I am so exited to learn more about the culture and language of Russia, and to get to know the people there. I can not wait to share this message of joy with others, because I know that it is true. I know that it will bring joy and happiness to the people of Russia. After my mission I want to go to college and major in Russian -- being able to learn and speak this language is a gift and a blessing in my life, and I do not want to waste it. Rather, I want to grow this skill into something I can use throughout the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

This church is either one of the most elaborate lies ever told, and it's deceived millions of people, or it is true. I know that this is Christ's church on earth today. It is the only church that contains the fullness of His gospel. Others have bits and pieces, but this is the only place that has the whole story. I have felt and seen the truth of His gospel in this organization. I feel his love here, I feel the Holy Spirit testify to me on a regular basis that this is the true church. Now, I was raised in the Mormon church. I've never known any different. But just a couple years ago I read the Book of Mormon, intending to find out for myself if it was really true or not. When I finished I knelt beside my bed and asked my Father in Heaven if it was true. I felt unconditional love fill my heart and the confirmation that this book was in fact true entered my mind. I had never questioned that the Book of Mormon and therefore the Mormon church was true, but know I know. I have a firm testimony that it is true. I testify to you, that you, weather you are male or female, 12 or 80, uneducated or the smartest person alive, you can find out what I did. If you read, and you pray, the Lord will testify to you that it IS true. That this is HIS church and it is something you should be a part of. It might seem silly, but it will work for you. Since this point, I have read and studied the Book of Mormon, and I have learned even more about this church. It has only strengthened my belief.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full-time, eighteen month mission. I live this gospel 24/7 and I absolutely love it! I try to lift and build others in all that I say and do -- I try to communicate the love that I know God has for His children through everything I say and do.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our church is held in a three hour block schedule, but of course it's never "required" that someone attends all hours of the block. Almost all members that I know do but I have non-member friends who can't stay the entire time due to family obligations. Of course I wish they could because I love church, but I never think any less of them when they can't. The first meeting is the sacrament meeting, which begins with a song to invite the Holy Spirit, and an opening prayer. The bishop, or a member of the bishopric then speaks about ward business (i.e. upcoming activities, which families will be cleaning the church the following Saturday, ect.) We then sing another hymn, and then we partake of the sacrament (communion). After which we have a few speakers teach us about a topic of the gospel (like charity or how we feel the Holy Spirit, or something of that nature.) and they take up pretty much the rest of the hour. After the last speaker, we sing a closing hymn and have a benediction, or closing prayer. After that we split into age groups. Children 18 months to 3 years can go to a nursery, children 3 through 11 go to a group class, and also to classes separated by age. There are Sunday school classes offered to each following age group, starting at age 12. At the end of the third hour, church is over and we all go home, though usually we visit with friends for a while. Show more Show less