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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I'm also a husband, father, son, brother, uncle . . well, you get it. For work, I'm a marketing executive. For fun, I'm a writer, photographer, cyclist, and a science/techno-geek.

Why I am a Mormon

What a source of hope I find in the gospel of Jesus Christ! It provides a perfect balance to the science and technology which has served as a basis of my career. In fact, if I were to paint a self-portrait, it would consist of me standing at the intersection of science and faith. I'm a Mormon because the gospel puts me on a path to my Heavenly Father's home and, in this journey, there is room for joy, room for love, room for learning, room for hope.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Christ does place obligations upon us. But I have never thought of them as burdens. It simply means living the kind of life that brings joy, even in difficulty. It means trying to be the kind of person that can have a positive influence in the world, even if it's only in my little sphere of influence.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

We all have "natural" tendencies. But God asks us to subject our will to His. Living a homesexual lifestyle is contrary to God's will. He has set His own bounds upon what consistutes a family as well as the proper use of our pro-creative powers. They are His powers and must be used in His way. Those who have homosexual tendancies are no more justified in following their own nature than a heterosexual individual is in following his own nature to be un-faithful un-chaste to his or here spouse. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

These are simply names for the geographic divisions of the church. A ward or branch represents a typical congregation and several of these form a "stake." In these geographic units of the church, our membership records are kept and there is ample service opportunity for all. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Faithful members of the church tithe, which represents donating one-tenth of our income annually. We also give other offerings. These funds are used for our buildings, supplies, caring for the essential needs of members and non-members alike, and humanitarian aide. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

We are encouraged as citizens to participate in government to the extent possible based on where we live. And we are encouraged to seek out good people to be placed in political office. However, we do not endorse any particular political party, either locally or in general. We do not use our meetinghouses for political purposes. We do not endorse candidates from the pulpit. Such decisions are left to the individual. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

As we strive to learn of Christ and His gospel, we can be influenced by the Holy Spirit who can whisper truths to our heart and mind. Taken together, these truths become our "testimony." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Life here in mortality provides us opportunities to gain a physical body, to learn and grow, to exercise faith in God whom we cannot see, to endure to the end. The bottom line? We can use this time to prepare for eternity--unequalled happiness with our families and our God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Of course. This church bears the name of Christ. It bears His preisthood. It teaches his gospel. It performs His ordinances. He is my Savior and my Redeemer. He is the source of my faith and the reason for my hope. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We accept all revealed truth from God and the Bible is the word of God. We do not limit the words of a living, omnipotent, God to the finite pages of a single book. And, so, we accept the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scripture and belive that God continues to reveal his word and will today. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

We have much of the cares and concerns of most peoples around the world. And we consider our primary responsibilities to be in our own homes. But membership does challenge us to look beyond our own lives and to be a service to others. We can serve by teaching, visiting, leading, striving to do what Christ would do. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

It is authority to act in God's name. It is His power given to men on earth to perform saving ordinances and to bless the lives of His children. Show more Show less