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Hi I'm Nick Allen Riggs

I am a Political Science/Global Studies Major, I am serving a mission in Russia, I long-board, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a 19-year-old young man serving a mission to the Russia, Vladivostok. Realizing I am getting ahead of myself here, we will go back to the time before I got my mission call. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but my Mom moved down to Arizona shortly after I was born. I lived in Mesa, AZ for many years and developed a passion for world travel and diplomacy after I won Best Delegate Awards in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2012 and Genoa, Italy in 2013 during Model United Nations conferences. This love of the international community influenced my desire to dual-major in Political Science and Global Studies at Arizona State University. As for hobbies, I am an Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts of America. I loved earning merit badges and trying so many fun and interesting activities with them. From these experiences, I learned to love camping and fishing. I love the fresh air and enjoying the world as it was meant to be enjoyed: birds chirping, lake water splashing across the shore... it is very relaxing. While at ASU, I also developed a love of long-boarding with my friends and playing soccer. Ultimate Frisbee and lifting weights were also fun hobbies that I acquired from my awesome roommates at ASU this past year. I can honestly say I was blessed to have known them, as it allowed me to try so many new and fulfilling things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church because my mother and family have been members for generations. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that we are able to go through life without being converted to His Gospel. It was around August that my Grandpa called me and we talked about how I was doing. I started tearing up over the phone when I realized I could not honestly answer the question, "Are you happy?" Dumb right? Here I was having a BLAST in university, but I choked at answering the simple question of happiness? I felt an urge to REALLY read the Book of Mormon, with both eyes AND heart open this time. Months went by, I continued to read and pray to my Father in Heaven asking, "Is this true" and, "What am I to get from the words of [Insert Prophet Here]?" The night came when I finished reading the words of Moroni and he said goodbye and I closed the book's back cover. It was then that I felt an amazing feeling of warmth and I said out loud, startling myself, "This IS true." The Lord doesn't force us to know him, He doesn't force us to listen, and He doesn't force us to love Him. However, he has lovingly provided for us the tools do actually make those choices and obey his words. He isn't forced to do any of those things either, yet he does them unconditionally. Prophets, both new and old, have taught time and time again that if we have any question, any concern, any inkling of wonder... that we can ask God for an answer. Moses did it, Nephi did it, Joseph Smith did it and all received answers. I was honored when I did it, and like those men, far greater than I, he answered me too. I am honored to be a servant and his house and administer to others to tell them this great message: I know my Savior lives. I know he died for me so that I can return home to see my Father. I know, with faith, all is possible. I know to be of good cheer, for these afflictions last only a second in the long run. I promise this, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I used to do a lot of service in my home wards. My favorite acts of service were probably helping young men earn there Eagle Scout awards which, as you may or may not know, requires one large service project to earn. Service has always been important to me because I always ask myself, "If I was doing this and needed help, would I not want someone to help me with my burdens?" Being a missionary was my first formal calling for the church in my life. My Mother and Grandpa told me, amongst many other things, that they were proud of the man I was becoming and my dedication to serve as a missionary to That Vast Empire. I know how serious and important this is, so I will do all in my power to magnify and strengthen my calling as a missionary.

Are Mormons Christians?

Nick Allen Riggs
We worship Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. We believe he died for us so that we may return to see our Father in Heaven again. The word "Christ" is even in the formal name of our church. So yes, we are indeed Christians. Show more Show less