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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Utah, and now live with my wife and three kids in Massachusetts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have three little boys, and my family is the center of my life. Aside from spending time with my family, I'm busy in school right now working on a doctoral degree in financial economics. When I do have a little spare time, I enjoy playing the piano and guitar, playing soccer, snow skiing, and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I have consistently found that when I follow the counsel given in the Scriptures or heard from our modern-day prophets, I am happy. I am a Mormon because being Mormon makes me truly happy. That doesn't mean that being a Mormon is easy; it is often difficult! But at the end of each day, even at the end of some very long days, I feel so fulfilled and satisfied with the direction my life is moving in. These feelings keep me motivated to improve myself and become better, and I believe that they come from my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet. I know these things because I have tested them out for myself through study, prayer, and action.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates every aspect of my life. I live my faith by personally studying the gospel each day, by teaching these things to my children, and by discussing them with my wife. I strive to live my faith by acting in a way that is an example of Christ. I also have a responsibility in my local congregation in the nursery. In the LDS Church, we believe that training our children to live upright lives is one of our most important responsibilities. Once children are 18 months old, they can attend a nursery class with other toddlers during our regular Sunday service. This not only allows their parents to attend Sunday School without having to worry about their small child, but it also is a time that we can teach very simple lessons to the children. It's my responsibility to teach a 5-minute lesson to a small group of kids aged 1 1/2 to 3 years old. Each week, I spend some time thinking about how to teach simple principles that the nursery class can understand, such as the power of prayer, being thankful, giving service, etc. This has been a great opportunity for me to think about the gospel on a very simple level.