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Hi I'm Riley

Born in Idaho, moved to Utah. Since then, I've lived the rest of my life in Cache Valley, around Logan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I played soccer and golf in high school, and love most other sports as well. Living in Utah, I've also come to love winter sports like snowboarding. I am 18, and preparing to serve a mission in Santiago, Chile.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church with both of my parents as active members. Since then, I've had my own personal conversion to why I choose to maintain the standards taught to me as a kid, and maintain active participation in church meetings. It came while preparing for the mission I'm going to leave on, and I began to question why I was doing what I was doing. 2 years would be a long time to be gone for the wrong reasons. So I had to personally question my testimony to see that I knew what I would be teaching and to gain that conviction of the restored church, and Jesus' role as our Savior. At that time I began thoroughly rereading The Book of Mormon, to learn the stories and find for myself if what was written in the book was true. I pondered the lessons taught within, and upon finishing my reading took to obtaining Moroni's promise in the end of the book. After thorough reading, and diligent prayer, the impression came upon my mind and heart undeniably, that I knew without a shadow of the doubt what I had read was word inspired of God, and was true. From that time, I rededicated myself to maintaining spiritual cleanliness, and an uplifted moral standard. From that time, I have tried harder to make the time to read the scriptures daily, and really participate when it comes to church meetings. Because of what I have done I have felt the blessings only God and the Holy Spirit can bring to you, and have seen how their presence in my life can change my outlook to give me strength.

How I live my faith

I go to a Young Single Adults Ward, where me and other youth my age go to learn more about the church, taking classes that help prepare us to serve missions, and to prepare to eventually enter the temple and make covenants with God. We meet Sunday nights for ward prayer, and have several other activities together throughout the week.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We are baptized to follow in the example of Jesus Christ during his ministry on the earth. While here, he was baptized by immersion (the greek word that the word baptism is derived from is literally translated as immersion), by John the Baptist who held the keys to do so on earth. Now, any worthy Aaronic Priesthood holder who is ordained to the office of a Priest may perform this ordinances, and baptize others to any believers over the age of 8. The act of baptism cleanses the soul of sin, and is symbolic of the rebirth we go through with resurrection. Show more Show less