Hi I'm Ben
My name is Ben and I just graduated high school in June 2010. I was captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, was a straight-A student, and have dreams of going to college. But for now, I'm a full-time employee working 45-70hours per week, saving up for my mission. When I'm not working, I love to ride my bike, play soccer, work out, or pretty much anything that involves exercise! Another one of my favorite things to do is volunteer work around town. I love to give back to the community! It has been about one year and one month since I converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized. My life has improved drastically since!
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a convert to the church. The gospel helps me through all the trials in life.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
I recently graduated high school and had planned on attending college for one year and then going on a mission for my church. Eventually, I found out that I could not afford to pay for college because the loans I was going to take out would require me to begin paying them back while I was on my mission. My dad offered to pay the loans for me, but I didn't want to drop it on him because he wouldn't be able to afford it. Plus, I didn't want to be in debt to him. So I spent many nights praying about what I was going to do. I got an answer, but it didn't seem very strong. I then received a blessing, which answered my prayers clearly. I was to get a job and work until I had enough money to go on my mission. College could wait until I got back. I listened to this answer and began applying for jobs. The boss for my summer job ended up offering me a full-time position after summer ended, and I picked up a job at the mall, as well as getting back into an old job that I've had but wasn't doing anything with or making any money off of. I now have 3 jobs, will be working 45-70hours per week, and can begin saving up for my mission. My prayers were answered, I chose to listen, and now He has blessed me with a path to take.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I share the gospel with friends that are interested and willing to listen to what we believe. I don't want to push my religion on anyone, so if it's brought up casually in a conversation and they have questions, I answer them. If they're willing to learn more, I'll invite them to Institute scripture study, YSA FHE, or church on Sunday. The reason I share the gospel with my friends is because I want them to have the same life-changing experience I had. My life has improved so much since accepting the gospel into my life. I was put here on Earth today for a reason, and I believe that reason is to teach people, bringing them closer to our Father in Heaven. They deserve to learn of His gospel the restored church of Jesus Christ.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
A few weeks back, I was working at a job a good distance from home, but was unsure if I it was worth keeping or not because I was on-call and some days I wasn't working there for too long before they would send me home for the day. I ended up praying for a sign as to whether or not I should keep the job. The following Monday, I'm out on my paper route at 2am at the top of a hill, backing into a driveway. I crank the wheel all the way to the left, take my foot off the brake and all of a sudden hear a SNAP!! I get out of my car to see the passenger-side wheel pushed forward into the front of the car. Turned out the boot on the wheel was torn and then there was another problem with the bearings. I guess my car breaking down that morning before work was my sign that I shouldn't keep that job. We all just have to remember that God has a sense of humor. But He also knows what's best for us, even if we don't understand it right away...
How I live my faith
Reading my scriptures, attending church, going to school, and praying.