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Hi I'm Ben B.

I love languages. I love to sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 24 years old. I served a mission for the Church in Finland. I'm the oldest of four children, so I feel the need to be an example for my sister and my brothers. Sometimes they're the ones who are the examples for me. I'm at school studying linguistics with a TESOL emphasis. I loved learning Finnish and learning about Finnish while serving as a missionary, so that's what I've decided to study--languages and language learning. Life as college student doesn't leave a lot of time for many hobbies, but I love to read--just about anything but textbooks--and I sing--in the shower, at work, while walking to class--everywhere. I also sing with the Brigham Young University Singers. My dad just lost his job, where he's worked my entire life. It's a new situation that our family has never experienced before. We're not in dire financial straits (my dad has seen this layoff coming for a while so he was able to prepare for it) but it's an adjustment.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been in the Church for a long time. I was born into the Church and raised in it. But I'm not a Mormon because my family is. I'm a member because I had an experience as a 17-year-old where Heavenly Father answered a prayer, and the Spirit testified to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its teachings are true, and that I would be all right if I kept following what I had been taught. My life still has its challenges, and there are still times when my confidence in what I believe wavers a little, but I can't deny the peace I felt when I was 17. Heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit, reaffirms to me often that I have chosen the correct path. I know Heavenly Father lives and loves us in a deeply, deeply personal way. He knows us, because we are His children. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can become clean and pure, ready to be in the presence of God. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church, and the only place to find all of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, like the Bible and other revealed scripture. We have a living prophet who speaks the word of God in modern times. I know these things because I have prayed to know, and I have received answers.

How I live my faith

I am currently the president of the Sunday School organization in my young single adult ward in Utah. I help select and train teachers for several classes on topics ranging from a Gospel Doctrine class taught from the scriptures to preparing to enter the temple to strengthening family relationships. I am also a home teacher, which means that I and another brother in the ward are responsible for visiting and meeting the temporal and spiritual needs of some of the other members of our ward. We usually visit our 'home teachees' at least once a month to share a short spiritual message, but we are mostly there to be a friend and to be someone they can call on in a pinch if they need help. My favorite way to serve in my ward is to sing in the ward choir. Everyone in my ward is my age--we're all either students at the university or working and living away from home. I really enjoy being able to go to church with people my age--we're all having similar experiences, so we're able to relate to each other and strengthen each other.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Ben B.
The bishop and his clerks count it, then send it to Church Headquarters, where a special council distributes the tithing funds to run the Church and its programs. Tithing funds are used especially to fund the building and maintenance of temples, meetinghouses, and other Church facilities around the world. In addition to tithing, members of the Church pay fast offerings on a voluntary basis; these funds are used to run the Church's extensive humanitarian aid programs. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Ben B.
Yes, it is. You can read about the Savior's visit to the Americas in 3 Nephi 11-26. The people who live in the Americas at that time were the "other sheep" the Savior referred to in John 10:16. Jesus taught many of the same things to them that He taught to His followers in Jerusalem. Show more Show less