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Hi I'm Benjamin.

I'm college student studying computer science at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an undergraduate student studying computer science. I grew up in North Carolina, but study in Utah. I just got back from two years of missionary service in Hawaii.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were active members of the church when I was born. When I was little, I went because I was told. Not that I minded - I had fun, but that's what I did when I was little, I followed. Something changes when you get older though. All of a sudden, the things that you were taught when you were a little kid - that there was life after death, that God knows you by name - things like that, start to take on more meaning. When you get older and bad things happen, you realize how much you rely on the knowledge you have that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world. I guess a good summary would be that in every phase of my life - through thick and thin - I've felt God's love for me in His church. I know that He is always there and loves everyone - and I wouldn't trade that knowledge for anything.

How I live my faith

I recently completed two years of full-time missionary service in Hawaii for my church. I got to travel to several different islands and loved my time there. Wherever I go, I receive an assignment or a calling in the congregation closest to where I leave, and we call this a calling. This is not unique to me - it happens all over the church. The responsibilities I have had include speaking assignments, organizing activities, and leading training meetings. I have been ill-prepared to fulfill the responsibilities I have been given, but with the help of the Lord, they have been great learning experiences for me. I also study from the scriptures - the Bible and the Book of Mormon - each day. I try to live my life like the Savior Jesus Christ.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Benjamin.
Sure. : Going to a typical service at a "Mormon" church is wonderful. People dress in their Sunday best. The congregation starts together in a meeting called sacrament meeting. Our church has not paid clergy, so the people that speak at these meetings are regular members that have been asked to speak. The congregation then divides for the 2nd hour into smaller classes called "Sunday School." Generally - at lest, where I live - youth and younger children are divided by age, and most of the adults meet together. Again, all the people teaching are volunteers. Finally, the congregation is split into meetings of Men and Women for adults, Young Men and Young Women, for youth and primary for children. As far as our holidays - unless I'm much mistaken we worship the same major holidays as the rest of the Christian world - Christmas and Easter. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Benjamin.
Mormons believe that family essential to God's plan for us. We come to the earth together as a family so that we can support and sustain one another. The unit of the family does not end after death. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Benjamin.
No. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Benjamin.
"Mormon" is a term that can be applied to any member of the Mormon church, the full name being "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Benjamin.
No. Mormons help other people all the time. For example, the town where I live recently threw a celebration and a large part of our church congregation went and assisted the set-up and take-down of that event. Once, I helped organize a small music group to go and play and play at different nursing homes - my friends from church were among the first to volunteer. Our congregation also holds a yearly event called the "Stake Day of Service." Stake is a word for larger congregation The specific projects vary, but include helping spread mulch at community parks to building hygine and care kits to send to those in less fortunate parts of the world. Although I've never personally participated, I know that our church frequently organizes and sends aid professionals to places in the world that have suffered a natural disaster. As a missionary for two years, often while we were knocking door to door or walking we met people who needed help with easy tasks (lawn care, moving, things like that). We were encouraged to help such people - whether members or not - and we made every effort to. Show more Show less