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Hi I'm Benson

I'm a strategy consultant and aspiring general manager. I'm a wannabe athlete. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a second-year MBA student in Virginia. My wife and I have two children, a girl and a boy. When I am not studying or tossing the ball around with my kids, I love to play flag football or pick-up basketball. And I hate to turn down a chance to play golf. When I graduate from business school, my family and I will be moving to Dallas, Texas where I will be a management consultant. Adding to the big transition of graduate school to full-time employment, we will be welcoming our third child to the family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family whose ancestors joined the Mormon Church in England and came across the plains in the 1840s and '50s. While I never had any material struggles with the gospel or the uniqueness of the Mormon Church, I did have numerous experiences growing up to adulthood that have shaped my beliefs. One of the best experiences of my life was when my dad and I visited a place called Nauvoo, Illinois and the nearby Carthage Jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were martyred. I recall the feeling I had in the room there. I felt a welling up of emotion and spiritual confirmation that Joseph Smith was and is a Prophet of God. At that moment I knew it was all true. Joseph is a Prophet. The Book of Mormon is true. And on and on. Experiences since that moment have continuously reinforced that feeling and belief. I am a Mormon because I believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and called him to be the one to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ on this earth in our day.

How I live my faith

Most active members of the Mormon Church have a calling (an assignment or responsibility) within the ward that they attend each Sunday. My calling right now is Ward Mission Leader, which means I am responsible for coordinating the missionary efforts within our ward. I meet regularly with the full-time missionaries to facilitate the missionary work and help spread the gospel by teaching and retaining interested families and individuals.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Mormon Church is a wonderful thing. My wife and I have moved 4 times in our married life of 8 years together and each time we move we are supported by the local members in the area we move to. For example, when we moved from Utah to Virginia, we found the members here in Virginia, they helped us move in, and in many cases, we made instant friends. So there is an immediate social network and support group among Mormons no matter where you go. I believe this is because we all believe in the same teachings, we all live the same religion and so there is something that connects us all over the globe. Plus we know that we are really unique from the world so we band together to support one another. Being a member of the Mormon Church can also be time consuming. Since we don't have paid clergy, members of all kinds are called upon to serve in a variety of capacities to help run the church. Growing up in Seattle, I saw my mom and dad carry a variety of assignments to lead the church there. These assignments can sometimes require us to spend time outside of our regular Sunday church meetings in order to look after and serve others. For example, I was a leader in the Young Mens organization a formal subgroup within the Church that consists of all the boys age 12 to 18. I was responsible for the boys aged 14 to 16. I spent one weeknight per week with them doing various activities -- some spiritual in nature, others sports or outdoors -- and we often went on weekend campouts. Leaving home and family to be with them was challenging, but the experience of helping young men grow was very rewarding. Being a member of the Mormon Church can be polarizing. We are different from the world. We don't drink alcohol or smoke or drink coffee or tea. We don't have sex before marriage. We don't do a lot of things that the world does. Being a member of the Mormon Church can lead to a very uplifting and satisfying life. I am routinely grateful for the spiritual experiences and the eternal relationships that I have developed through the Mormon Church. I wouldn't want to be anything but an active member of this church. I love it. Show more Show less