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Hi I'm Shane Riding

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. I am currently studying to be a mechanical engineer. I am a novice saxophonist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently studying to become a mechanical engineer. I also play in several ensembles at my university playing mostly either alto or tenor saxophone. I am an avid outdoorsman. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and just about anything outside. I run quite a bit and enjoy ultimate, disc golf, and mountain biking for fun. I also take part in a lot of musical activities, mostly consisting of some form of instrumental performance such as jazz bands, small ensembles, and jam sessions with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I was born into the church and I always had a pretty strong testimony of the church. Until I was a freshman in highschool however, I had never really thought about why this church, and not any other. I decided that I should really sit and ponder and pray to know if this is the true church. I mean, sure, I always felt good when I went to church and it felt like a great place to be, but I wondered if it was the best place to be. I decided I needed to read the Book of Mormon all the way through and study the story of the Restoration if I was ever going to have any idea if this really was Christ's true church on the Earth today. As I prayed and studied the Book of Mormon three different things happened to me. The first was that I noticed that on days that I read the Book of Mormon, I was happier, more patient, and my day was just all around better than on days that I didn't read the book. The second was that I began to gain a love for the church. I loved going to church, I loved reading and sharing things from the book of Mormon. I even started to love going to early morning seminary at 5:30 am. Which is not something I would ever list as fun or enjoyable, but I did begin to love it. I loved everything about the church and i found no greater peace than in fulfilling the callings I had at church. The last thing is I began to have what the scriptures call "a mighty change of heart". I no longer had a desire to do evil. As a teenager I never wanted to break the rules, I found no joy in trying to be rebellious or attempt to cut corners. I enjoyed and loved doing good. All of this came from humbly and prayfully reading the Book of Mormon. Once I had finished the Book I decided to take Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:3-5 and to pray about what I had read. I prayed, and the peace and comfort I felt were so powerful that I knew this book was the word of God, and because of that truth, Joseph smith was a prophet of God, and this church is his true on Earth.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon effects me in everything that I do. I often times am called to help teach the youth or go on activities with them. Often I am also found helping the missionaries, aiding them in teaching people about the church and giving them rides whenever I can. I am often ask to teach classes on sunday after our main service. I also go and visit several members of the ward as part of a program entitled home teaching. This is where members are assigned other members of the ward to go and visit in an effort to watch over everyone in the ward and provide any help that is needed. I also am a part of the scouting program that is promoted by our church and do everything that I can to help the young men gain the rank of eagle scout, the highest rank awarded. I try to help with service projects and give them any help they may need.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Shane Riding
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ given through the eyes of prophets who lived in the western hemisphere. It contains the writings of ancient prophets similiar to those found in the bible. It testifies that our Heavenly Father loves all of his children and gave prophets to those who were not in the areas written about in the bible. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Shane Riding
In order to enter into the temple, since it is the House of the Lord and is considered an extremely holy place, one must live up to the highest standards of the law of Heavenly Father. One needs to go through an interview process to ensure that one is following the commandments of God. The ordinances that go on in the temple are sacred and so are not discussed outside of the holy temple. Inside the temples Members partake in ordinances and accept covenants that help them to be with their families for forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Shane Riding
Mormons love the Bible and see it as the Holy word of God given to his prophets. It is a testament of Jesus Christ and it along with the book of Mormon testify that Christ is the Savior and the Son of God. Show more Show less