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Hi I'm Elder Riggs

I grew up in Arizona. I am serving a mission in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and I am serving a mission Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy camping, hunting and going off-roading as well as reading a good book. I have done public, online and homeschooling and left online school early and started college.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the tender mercies of God. When I was little my dad suffered from daily chronic headaches and was basically incapacitated for years. That was really hard on me and my family and we went through some trying times. Yet, in the times that were the hardest in my life, I saw the hand of God most clearly. We would get help from a friend out of the blue when we most needed it, we would feel peace and love when the dark cloud of trial hung over us. We were watched over and I know that for a fact. I have read the Book of Mormon, the Bible and prayed about them and felt the holy spirit witness to me that they are true. I am a Mormon because I love God and he loves me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my church meetings. I go to church every Sunday to be able to feel the spirit and to learn more about the gospel. I have gone to a religious class every morning on school days to learn more about each of the scriptures and to be able to arm myself with spiritual knowledge to battle these trying times. The church also partners with the boy scouts and by going to scouts I learn how to be a good man and am able to spend time with those of my faith so that we can build each other up. I am now serving a full time two year mission in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania so I can tell others about how this gospel can bless their lives.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Elder Riggs
In essence, God did. This is his church. It's a bold claim but it's the claim we have nevertheless. God chose Joseph Smith to bring about the restoration of his original church. Joseph Smith was his mouth piece to make this happen, but it was ultimately God who founded this church because it is his. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Elder Riggs
To simply put it, because the Lord said so. It is his divinely decreed pattern from the beginning. A lot of times we view the priesthood as a priveledge, and in part, it is. However, ultimately the priesthood is a responsibility and a mandate to serve others. Something I find that women do a lot more naturally than men. Women lead in the church by participating in the relief society. As it says, it's a society to provide relief, from whatever people may need that relief from. In the beginning God created male and female. Male and female created he them. Not as counters, but as partners. He gave man the ability to hold the priesthood, to watch over and care for the Lord's children and to administer ordinances such as baptism. To women he gave the ability that no man can have, a priveledge that is closer to what god does than any priesthood blessing. The ability to create life. God has made women partners in uniting a soul with the body that a woman creates and then to care for and nurture the child. Different functions and responsibilities, but all to help the Lord accomplish his purpose. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Elder Riggs
The church practiced polygamy in the past because the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to do so. The Lord has had polygamy in his church in the past, (i.e. Abraham, David, etc.). Perhaps it was to raise a righteous posterity to build up the church, perhaps it was to make sure everyone had the priesthood in their homes. Those reasons don't really matter. The bottom line is the Lord commanded it. "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." Doctrine and Covenants 1:38 Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Elder Riggs
We have the twelve apostles because that is the way the church was organized in Christ's time. Some claim that they were just meant for Christ's time but I know of no scriptural passage that supports that. In fact when Judas Iscariot died the apostles chose another one in Acts chapter 1. In ephesians 2:19-20 it says the church is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets. There is no scripture or modern day revelation that has revoked that building block. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Elder Riggs
The short answer? Jesus Christ does. He is the head of this church. The order that he has set forth is after the current prophet dies, the senior most apostle takes his place. That's how Peter became the leader in Christ's time right? He was the chief apostle. There is no vying for power or campaigning. This keeps the church in unity and order even when the leader has passed away. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Elder Riggs
Having the authority to perform baptism is important because that's the way God made it. Why did Jesus go to John the Baptist to get baptized? Why didn't he have some random person off the street baptize him? It's because John the Baptist had the priesthood authority to perform the baptism. The same authority that John the Baptist held has been restored to the church along with the priesthood that Peter, James and John, held. Joseph Smith was ordained by these same people returned as heavenly messengers. An unbroken chain of authority. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Elder Riggs
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is unfathomable. It was his sacrifice on the cross for each one of us as well as his suffering in the garden of gethsemene. It was through this that he took on the sins, pains, and sicknesses of all his people. To put it plainly, he made up for our mistakes and felt everything we will ever feel? Why? Because he loves us. He has perfect love for each of us and wants us to come back. So he took on our sins so that as we come to him he can satisfy the demands of justice and say the penalty has already been paid for our mistakes. He also took on our sicknesses and pains. This was so he could help us in our trials. We often hear people say that no one understands. Well, Jesus Christ understands perfectly. He knows our own individual pains and he knows how to help us through them because he's felt them. Told you it was unfathomable. As we obey his commandments, repent and receive ordinances such as baptism we access his Atonement and become more like him and are prepared to enter the presence of God. Show more Show less