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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Texas. I teach English as a Second Language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 10 years. I teach English as a Second Language at Utah Valley University. I am fascinated by languages and enjoy teaching. My research focuses on the integration of technology in language learning and exploring the experiences of both teachers and learners. I enjoy singing, photography, cycling, and the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old I decided that I needed to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it was a true book. I can still clearly remember the few days I took to read through the entire book. I am the oldest of six children and it was often hard to find a quiet place to pray. I went into the bathroom, locked the door, and knelt in prayer. I told Heavenly Father that I liked the book and the teachings within. I liked the way I felt when I read it. In my mind and in my heart it seemed to be a true book of scripture. I then asked my Father in Heaven to confirm my feelings by the power of the Holy Ghost. I immediately felt warm all over. I was so happy and couldn't keep from smiling. At that moment, I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God. Today, I still carry that same testimony. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Savior. Only through Him can we be saved and return to live with God. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fulness of the Gospel. In other words, it is the same church that Christ created when He walked among men. That church as been restored today. I love our Savior and want to be more like Him. The truths taught in the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are Christ's teaching and have helped me become more like Him.

How I live my faith

There are several ways that I live my faith. I think the most important is serving others. I often help families who need help with yard work or need some other kind of assistance. In the church, I'm assigned to be a hometeacher. This means that I visit and look after families in my community. I enjoy sharing gospel messages with them and looking for opportunities to help them out. I have had several other assignments in my local congregation. Among these, I have taught a youth Sunday School class and have worked with young men as a scout leader. Prior to my current assignment I was assigned to work with a congregation made up of Spanish members. I helped them in any way the local leaders see fit. I love serving the hispanic community and I also get to keep up with my Spanish. I currently serve as a leader in my own congregation. I find joy in giving of my time and means to help those in my neighborhood.