This is the Riser Boot Shop in Nauvoo. Pictures of George and Christiana Riser are on either side of the clock above the mantle. George heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from an employee. George wanted to learn more so he sold his business, bought a wagon and travelled 600 miles to Nauvoo in order to meet the Prophet Joseph Smith.
George and his wife heartily joined the church and were baptized in the freezing waters of the Mississippi in January of 1843. They didn't want to wait until spring weather so ice had to be broken for the baptism by immersion to take place. The Risers wanted to act upon their faith immediately. Just like the Risers, acting upon our own faith is important.
Serving a mission is our way of acting on our faith. We love telling people about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, of how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all, and of how we can feel closer to God. Those of you who are thinking about going on a mission -- DO IT! You will never regret it! Those of you who don't know much about "the Mormons". Find out! Go to mormon.org You won't reget it! We promise!