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Hi I'm Ben

I'm 23. I build websites for a living and I have an amazing little family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a medium-sized town in New Mexico, USA. I didn't care much for high school, probably because i was a bit rebellious and immature. As it happens, i grew up... I lived in Portugal for two years as a missionary for the Lord. I now again live in New Mexico with my wonderful wife and son. I am working and trying to do my best to be a good husband, brother, son, and friend. Sometimes it's hard to focus on what's most important... that's when i hit my knees the most.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were born into Mormon families, as was I. That made it easy for me to believe the teachings of the Church as a child. It's what felt right to me, and frankly it's all I knew. Soon enough though I entered my teenage years and became a bit rebellious and proud. I made some wrong choices and learned some life lessons the hard way. Eventually I reached a point when I began to seriously reflect on my life. It was caused by something dramatic that had occurred that really provoked deep and sincere thought. The reality that life would not end with death became more real to me than it ever had before, and I knew without a doubt that I would one day have to give an account of my life on earth. That gave me powerful motivation to make some changes in my life. Making those changes was not easy, but eventually the light came. The hope and faith that I had exercised during that process grew even stronger through the love of God which I felt. It was not a make-believe feeling. It was as real as anything on earth. Even more real. The power of Heavenly Father's love isn't easily understood or explained, but it is real. My testimony of the reality of a Heavenly Father grew extremely strong through that entire experience. I came to know without a doubt that there is a reason for our life on earth. I came to understand the reality of the plan that God has for us, and that our life on earth is just a short pit-stop in the full plan of happiness. I came to know for myself, that the story of Jesus Christ is real. That he is our older brother who paid the price of sin for me, so that repentance would be possible. I often ponder on the life, the blessings, and all of the truth and happiness that I now have in my life because of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Life is good. God is merciful. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way back, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches that gospel in its fullness. My Name is Ben. I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living by what you know to be true is not always easy. Once you learn the truth for yourself from a divine source, you understand that by living according to what you know you'll be blessed. The other side of that coin is that you know that if you do NOT live according to the truth you have learned, you'll be judged accordingly. Sometimes we are put into situations that once may not have bothered us, but since a real conversion to Christ, we may find offensive. In those circumstances, we can take a humble stand for what we believe... and it's those things that aren't always easy to to. I live my faith by trying to make the right decision in those circumstances. I also attend my church meetings every Sunday. Church for me is not a chore. I sincerely enjoy it because it's there that I can recharge my Spiritual batteries for another week in the world. I also try to do my best to keep the commandments and perform whatever church responsibilities have been assigned to me. Right now I teach the young men on Sundays at church. There's a good chance that next year I'll be doing something entirely different, because that's just the way the Lord's church works. Lots of the members help out on Sunday, and nobody gets paid for it. It really is the way the Lord's Church is supposed to be.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

As a full time missionary in Portugal, I met people who believed that the church's teachings were true, but they couldn't understand why they needed to be baptized if they had already been baptized in their previous church. The answer is only as clear as it is explained. In the book of John, Christ teaches us very clearly that we are all to be baptized. In Chapter three he says to Nicodemus: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John the Baptist had Authority to baptize from God, as did Jesus, as did Peter, Paul and the other Apostles. We cant just be baptized from anyone who talks of Christ and think that it will be accepted. That would be like trying to purchase groceries at the store with Monopoly money... it may resemble money but if it's not the real thing, it wont be accepted. I believe that being baptized in other Christian churches can be a step in the right direction. It can help us be more prepared to accept the invitation to be baptized by the proper, restored authority of Christ. Show more Show less