Hi I'm Steven Bennett
I'm a Marketing Manager for Ricoh-USA. I've been in the office equipment business for 44 years. I love the outdoors, love to camp, fish, hunt and enjoy nature. I love most sports but football the most. I played HS football..wasn't much good...but I tried my best. I also love to read. I'm an amature historian. I love American and British History. Touring historic sites in USA and Europe is #1 on my "Bucket List". I married Margaret 45 years ago this coming December 2, 2011. She is my best friend, a great wife, a wonderful Mother and beloved Grandmother. We have 3 wonderful children (Stephanie, Diane and Jason) and 8 super grandchildren from ages 8 to 19. We are fortunate that all our children and grandchildren live in the Phoenix Area. We love being close and watching them grow up. Prior to joining the church, our family belonged to the RLDS Church (now called the "Community of Christ"). I grew up loving the Lord and serving others. In recent months, I've tried to take better care of my health. 10 months ago I weighed 300 lbs., was borderline diabetic, have heart disease and taking 18 pills a day. I have since lost 83 lbs, only take 1 of those 18 pills a day and feel wonderful. God has truly blessed my life.
Why I am a Mormon
I have always believed Heavenly Father didn't stop speaking to His children 2000 years ago. I have always believed that when I die, I will be reunited with family. I believe that it wasn't long after our Savior's resurrection, that many simple and precious truths of the Gospel changed to accomodate man more then God. I didn't believe all the Christian churches with varying doctrines could all claim to be the Church of Christ. Back in the 70's the church I belonged to was going through many changes to be more acceptable to other christian faiths and people. During these changing years, my oldest daughter became aquainted with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Our family was very upset. Her Brother called her a traitor.She joined the Mormon Church and she didn't invite her family to the Baptism because she knew how upsetting it would be. Shortly after baptism, she had a special Blessing where she was told she would soon see the day when her whole family would join the Church. She told her friends that was one part of the Blessing she could never see happening. 3 years later, her whole family joined the Church; and her Brother (who called his Sister a traitor) served a Church Mission in Ogden, UT. . I realized the world was changing.The family was under attack. God was being taken out of our lives by society and the world was becoming less safe. I felt the church I had belonged to was changing in many ways as everything else. In investigating the Mormon Church, I found answers to my questions that strengthened the family and expanded my understanding of the scriptres. It is one of the most organized religions I ever studied. I was impressed with its people and their service to others. I felt this was a church I could grow in and become a better person. I believe the scriptures when it says God "is the same yesterday, today and forever". Therefore, I thought His Church should be the same in an ever changing world. This is reason I became a Mormon.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I testify that God does hear and answer all the prayers of the faithful...and that includes all people who believe in Him...not just Mormons. When I pray, I don't always expect the answer to be immediate. Sometines it is. Sometimes the answer isn't the one I had hoped for...yet I know it is His answer and that He loves me. I know I can speak to him on my knees in a quiet, private part of the home...or while driving in crouded, noicy traffic. He is ever with me. I know I am never alone. Does that knowledge change the way one lives his life...you bet. Our relationship is real. I not only can speak to him, He speaks to me. I can feel His presence. I can hear His desires for me and my family through the Holy Spirit. Sincere and humble prayer makes that realationship possible.
How I live my faith
The Church of Jesus Christ doesn't have a paid ministry. It isn't a Church where all one is expected to do is show up on Sundays a few times a year. The Lord saves through His grace but "Grace without works is dead". The Mormon Church offers it's members the opportunity to serve others...to be involved..to be an influence for good in the community. Since becoming a member, I have served the Church as a Ward (congregation) Missionary, Employment Specialist, High Priest (Priesthood) Group Leader and a Stake High Counselor (a Stake is a group of Wards). Most men and young men (who are found worthy) are ordained in the Priesthhod. The Priesthood consists of Deacons, Teachers, Priests, Elders and High Priests. As a man with a Priesthhod calling, I have responsibilty to represent the Savior in all my dealings. That means I follow the Commnadments, I am honest, I serve Christ by serving others, I strive to be a good Husband and Father, I strive to reflect Christian principals in all actions be they at Church, home or a work. That being said, it doesn't mean I can do it always. I make mistakes, I may do or say something that is hurtful or not in keeping with the way Jesus would respond. I can testify that repentence and forgiveness works. Studing Scriptures and prayer provide us with many answers. I know when I don't study the scriptures and pray daily, I lose sight of where Heavenly Father and I want our relationship to be. When I'm doing and saying things Heavenly Father wants, I know my family and I will be blessed and we will experience greater joy and happines. The Church has many programs that help us keep Christ in the picture and have fun in the process. I'm now 64 years old. I can see with growing clarity that my life won't last forever. I realize I need to do all I can..."while the day lasts"...to be engaged in this good work of serving the Lord. I pray my family and friends who are not of Christ's Church will check us out. It's easy and it's free. God Bless