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Hi I'm Ben

I love developing software, riding bikes, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid road and mountain bike enthusiast, and a professional computer engineer. I also love photography, hiking, and raising children.

Why I am a Mormon

The various churches I have visited all teach good things, but there was always a lack of that special feeling that exists in this church. The sincerity of the members and the love for each other is not artificial feeling, or uncomfortable in any way. The teachings at the pulpit are sincere and heart-felt, and always seem to have a particular application in my own life, with my own individual problems. Real solutions to real problems that everyone experiences in our jobs, families, and communities. I actually look forward to going to church and being with others who feel the same way that I do about Christ and His perfect example, and His gospel is what we study and try to pattern our lives after. It just makes me feel good, it gives me a peace and a joy that I haven't felt anywhere else.

How I live my faith

For the past four years I have been asked to help teach the youth of the church in early morning Seminary (which starts at six a.m.). The youth of the church amaze me at their willingness to participate and discuss gospel topics an hour before school starts, and we all feel how much better our day goes when we start with prayer and scripture study. I am constantly impressed at their diligence to live a Christ-centered life even while experiencing so much craziness and irreverence that they are exposed to daily at high-school.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Going on a mission is a voluntary and personal decision. Because of the great number of returned missionaries who are amazing examples of what a mission can do, most parents teach and even expect their young men to prepare to go and serve a mission. Personally, it's nothing short of a miracle to see the tremendous growth and maturity that comes to a young man or woman by serving a mission. The Christ-like characteristics they practice and develop in two short years, is awe inspiring. I think for this reason, many parents strongly encourage their children to serve where they can. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Because the church was restored in America, we have a lot of American customs. The gospel is not necessarily the same as the culture and customs that we all enjoy as a part of our heritage, but we love all the holidays that Americans in general look forward to -- Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, etc. Halloween is even celebrated with treats and maybe a costume party, which I think helps make the holiday more harmless and cute as opposed to what it could be. In our home we do not allow our kids to be dressed in anything evil, vulgar, or morbid, or to wear a mask. Princesses which is admittedly getting old and maybe a surgeon wearing scrubs is pretty typical. We consider Sunday dress to be, for me, a suit and tie, probably a white shirt. We try to dress in our best clothes, whatever those may be, to indicate reverence for worship and to help make those around us comfortable. There is no specific dress code. Show more Show less