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Hi I'm Benjamin

I'm a teacher, father, husband, musician, and Mormon.

About Me

I just finished teaching my first year in public schools, and I loved it! I teach band, orchestra and debate classes. I've been married since June of 2013 and we just had our first daughter, born in July. We are very excited! I'm an avid journal keeping, going on 10+ years now of daily record keeping. I can see God's hand in my life more and more because of the record I have kept.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with parents that loved me and taught me all about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I went to church every week I could and loved hearing all about the stories in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Even with all this teaching I still had to find out for my own. I remember wondering if I really had a testimony, if I could really say I knew it was true. I prayed a lot during my teen years trying to find that feeling of confirmation that everyone seemed to have, but I never had a noticeable feeling. I never saw a light or heard a voice. For a long time I lived like this, wondering if I really knew, but I never stopped living it. The gospel path and the church had never lead me astray before, so I decided to just keep living it. That decision is what later fortified and confirmed my belief of the gospel. I came to know that this church is the Church of Jesus Christ by living the doctrines and applying the principles. By small and simple things, daily scripture study, praying, attending church, serving, the Lord opened my mind and heart to the truth of these things. I have felt that "burning in the bosom" feeling described by so many people, but not until after the trial of my faith.

How I live my faith

I feel very strongly about worshiping God and Jesus Christ everyday. That doesn't mean I go to church everyday! It's very important to build a personal relationship with God, and Christ. I do this by striving everyday to talk with God in prayer, and then seek His voice in the scriptures. I look for opportunities to offer Christ-like love to others everyday, and never miss an opportunity for service. In the church, I serve as a mission leader helping others to come to know the truth I have learned, and experience all the joys that come with it.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

We live in troubled times. Bad things happen nearly every moment. The world is in large disarray. Because of all this, some may wonder if God really does exists, and if He does, why He would let all this happen. I don't know why bad stuff happens, but I know, and without any hesitation declare, that there is a God. There have been too many experiences in my life to cause me to believe otherwise. Looking into the eyes of a loved one, walking through the rain, seeing a beautiful sunset, sharing a first kiss. All these and many more confirm in my heart that there is a God, and I think that that is the key. I know it in my heart, and sometimes my head can't explain it. I see His love all around me and I feel His love within me. I don't need to know why bad things happen, I just need to know I can get through it, and I do. And that, to me, is all that matters. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

In the Temple, the Lord desires to bless all of His children with his highest blessings. All people are invited to come to the Temple, but only those living high moral standards who have made covenants with God are prepared to come to receive these blessings and the special responsibilities. Only baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are living high moral lives are prepared for these responsibilities. Temple recommends are given to these members after an interview process to show that these members are prepared to receive the blessings and responsibilities of the Temple. In the Temple, members of the Church perform ordinances (special rites or actions) for ourselves and those of our family that have passed on. These include baptisms for the dead, the Temple Endowment, and Sealings, marriage for time and all eternity. Members of the Church believe that these blessings and ordinances allow us and our kindred dead to live together eternally with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less