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Hi I'm Benjamin

I'm a law student interested in community service and fancy myself a moderate environmentalist. I love the outdoors.

About Me

I recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Philosophy and am beginning an education in Chicago for law. I enjoy the outdoors and go to National Parks often. In my spare time I work with middle school students to help them recognize their capacity for excellence. Recently, some friends and I started an NGO to provide employment to Burmese refugees as well as teach them English and vocational skills. I think serving others is very important and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to be a member of this church because, deep down inside, I feel very strongly that it is true. I feel great peace when I contemplate the teachings of the church, as well as my membership within the church. When participating in activities that are unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as serving a full-time mission, I have received undeniable direction in counsel in those efforts and strong confirmations that what I was doing was what the Lord wanted me to do. Such efforts on my part to do the things the church teaches have always brought about great blessings in my life, and I count them among some of my most cherished memories. Finally, my understanding of and love for the Savior, Jesus Christ, has developed in ways I doubt would have been possible had I gone through my life without being a Latter-day Saint. I know deep down His love for me, His concern for me, and His mercy. I have been led by Him in many ways, and I cherish the sweet peace and guidance that He provides through the Holy Ghost. He lives and atoned for my sins. He is my Savior. I count this knowledge as the most precious I have, and credit the church for the events that set me on the path that led me to discover these things for myself.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the Church. One of my favorite service opportunities was teaching a Sunday School class in one of my past local congregation which was made up almost entirely of young men and women who were attending college. I loved studying the gospel for the purpose of teaching it forced me to think about things in a much different way. I also enjoyed the responses class members provided to the discussions we had they helped me learn and grow even while I was trying to teach them the lesson material. On a personal level I try to live so that I can be directed by the Lord in my daily life. Sometimes this amounts to what some may call meditation. Other times it is simply serving when asked to serve. I think we can all be tools in the hands of the Lord, and I believe the better we prepare ourselves for His service, the more effectively, and more often, He can work His will through us. I analogize it to the tools in a carpenter's tool box. No carpenter is going to want to use a hammer that leaps out of his hand whenever he picks it up to perform an undesirable task. The good tool is one that does whatever task the carpenter needs done, no matter how big or little, important or trivial, hard or easy that task may seem to the hammer. I hope that someday, I can be like a trusty hammer.

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

My most cherished experiences that tell me there is a God are those times in which I pray and receive undeniable direction, comfort, peace, and/or understanding that I can not replicate myself. It does not occur at every prayer, but often, particularly when I am praying in earnest, with real intent, I become aware of God's influence. In-fact, often times such feelings and direction have come not when praying, but when studying the scriptures, or serving others. Each time however, the influence of the Holy Ghost is similar. I have come to recognize it and, through such familiarity, would find it difficult to conclude that God did not exist. Show more Show less