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Hi I'm Ben Sarsozo

I'm very thankful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Church on July 3rd, 1983 at 6pm in Broomfield, Colorado. I was single at the time and shortly after getting baptized I met my sweet heart, Cindy. We have been married now for over 28 wonderful years. We have been blessed with 4 sons and 4 daughters. We are now starting to experience the joy of having grand children. We have three grand children, Caden, Shiloh, Oliver and a fourth coming in December 2014. It is amazing how important it is to have purpose and meaning in family life as you watch these little people come into the world. I dont pretend to think that life is void of challenges yet the Gospel bring me great peace and encouragement and confidence that my decendants have every reason to look forward to a wonderful and exciting future!

Why I am a Mormon

I had several Mormon friends that I trusted and respected but I didn't really want to become a Mormon. When My room mate and I decided to explore churches we wanted to find a home where we could grow spiritually and fellowship with other believers. The first church we went to was the Mormon Church up in Broomfield, Colorado. I immediately felt a warm and peaceful spirit. I wanted to go back the next week but Mark wanted to go to some other churches first. We spent the next year going to different churches. We would attend the service and then request a meeting with the Pastor or Preacher. We would ask about their belief in God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. We would ask about their feelings about being paid to share the gospel with others. We would ask about other feelings and beliefs. Many times they would not make themselves available at all. After these interviews we would find ourselves moving on to the next church. We came full circle back to the Mormon Church and began to listen to the missionary lessons. There were certainly times during our discussions where it was necesary to step out on faith. Shortly after our lessons we both were baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. I have been strengthened in so many ways as I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and children. You should know that I come from a blended family and I dont believe I would have even dared to think I could be a husband or a father without associating with others who set examples of noble and honorable husbands and fathers and citizens. As I look at the fruit of this great journey so far I am very humbled and thankful for the success through almost impossible odds. One of the Prophets of the church has said " No success can compensate for failure in the home." I am a Mormon because the Lord Jesus Christ has organized his church in the last days to bless, protect and preserve the most important organization in time and eternity - the family.

How I live my faith

I find that the more I serve others the more I care about them and their well being. When I joined the church I didn't realize the opportunities I would have to apply the principles of the gospel that I was learning. I think that true religion is practical, applicable and useful in our daily lives. I have been called to serve in many ways over the years. Each assignment has been a great opportunity to develop my talents and abilities as I continue to learn to serve others and bless lives. I have had the opportunity to serve all age groups over the years. The youngest was the 18 month old Sunday School and every age group up to the adult Sunday School classes. It is a huge responsibility to share the message of the Savior with any of his children. I have found great blessings as I have pondered and studied about the life and ministry of the Savior as I have prepared messages for those I have served. It is true indeed that the teacher learns the most in the process of preparing for those he or she serves.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ben Sarsozo
I believe that the purpose of life is to accept and follow the Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Ben Sarsozo
Before I joined the Church my father died. I was just 15 and very bitter at his loss. Just 4 years later, at age 19 my mother died of cancer. I remember watching her life slip away right before my eyes. My heart broke as I watched my confidant and greatest cheerleader pass away. I felt something tangible move out of her and could not contain my grief. I had the clear feeling that she was in a better place and that brought me peace and comfort. At her funeral, I remember friends and relatives being in such pain and yet I felt a great peace and was able to comfort and encourage many as I could clearly see her smiling and happy in my mind. I had no proof but I was very confident that she was well. Almost two years later I joined the church and began to learn that the spirit lives forever and goes to the spirit world, where we will continue to learn and progress and be with loved ones who have passed on previously. The church teaches that one day my parents and all my deceased relatives will be resurrected. It brings me great comfort as I look forward to a day where my parents can meet and hold their grand children and love them the way they loved me. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ben Sarsozo
I would say that I worship Joseph Smith no more than I worship Peter, James or John or any of the other apostles of the Lord. I see him as one of the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ just like the prophets and apostles of the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ben Sarsozo
When I visited with the missionaries they shared several principles with me. Jesus Christ is our Savior and the only way to return to be with our Father in Heaven is by accepting him as our Lord and Savior. They taught other principles like, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. They talked about loving and serving one another as Jesus taught us. They also taught that we should not just be hearers of the word but "doers" of the word as well. They were very respectful and were not pushy. I think it is noteworthy that this is the first church that I have encountered that took the time to carefully review their beliefs so I could review and understand them before I joined. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Ben Sarsozo
I increase my faith in Jesus Christ by studying and pondering the scriptures and by applying the principles I learn in the service of my fellow beings starting with Cindy then the children then my work and the community and beyond. I beleve that my first priority is the temporal and spiritual well being of my wife. My second priority is to look to the temporal and spiritual well being of my children. Third is my work and fourth is my calling in church. Keeping these priorities is what the Lord would have me do. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Ben Sarsozo
The First Vision is proof to me that Joseph Smith had nothing to hide about how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to be. After 28 years, everything I have learned, felt, seen and heard testifies that the First Vision really happened. Some of the things that point to the hand of God are: 1 - Joseph was an obscure person like the apostles Jesus called when he set up his church in New Testament times. 2 - Joseph became convinced that he could ask God questions and get personal answers as The Reformers believed. 3 - Joseph was too young to realize that his description of his visit with the Father and the Son was inconsistent with agreed upon the beliefs of the churches of his day which tells me he was not fabricating a lie to trick people. 4 - Joseph went and told a minister he trusted what he had experienced and was verbally attacked and ridiculed by the minister and by the spiritual leaders of his day instead of being shown the error of his ways. 5 - Joseph's parents believed his account of the First Vision and advised him to heed the counsel in the vision which tells me they respected and trusted Joseph even at the young impressionable age of 14. Joseph’s written account of this event is a powerful testimony of what he saw and experienced. (Joseph Smith’s History chapter 1 verses 8-17.) Show more Show less