Hi I'm Ben
I'm a public school principal. I'm a local elected official. I'm 6' 10" tall...and I don't play b-ball. I'm a Mormon.
I am a married father of 6 children. I am a public school principal in the San Francisco Bay Area at an elementary school with 700 students in grades K-5. I enjoy playing and singing music in my free time. After living in Hawaii for 4 years, I picked up the ukulele, and got hooked! I love working with young people in the schools, and represent my community in the local school board where I live. I'm 6 feet 10 inches tall, that classifies me as a giant, but contrary to initial impressions, I have never played basketball on an organized team. My life tends to be busy and hectic, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have a wonderful wife who helps me to be a better person, and makes our home a haven from the outside world. Being a member of the LDS church is something that defines how I live my life, and influences the work that I do each day inside and outside of my home.
I was raised in an active Mormon family, but had to make a decision for myself to follow the teachings that I learned in my youth. I have felt the influence of the holy spirit in my life, especially when reading the scriptures and when listening to words and direction of the living prophet, apostles and other church leaders. Following the teachings of the Mormon church have brought me closer to my Savior Jesus Christ, and have helped me understand the atonement and how it applies to my life. Through this gospel I am able to access the blessings of the atonement and partake of the grace that is available through Jesus Christ, the Savior of all Mankind.
I love sharing my belief through the service I render in my profession, In my elected position as a school board member, and as a husband and father in my home. My faith defines who I am, and I love surrounding myself with people who are passionate about life, education, children, and exploring spirituality. I enjoy serving in my local congregation in whatever capacity I am asked, and have enjoyed serving in the Primary organizaiton that teaches little children from 18 months to 11 years old, in the Young Men's organization as a Boy Scout leader, in the Elder's Quorum that is one of the Church's priesthood organizations, as a counselor to the Bishop, and currently as my congregation's choir director. The main way I share my faith is by example. Being a principal of a public school, I don't have the opportunity to overtly share my beliefs with others, but I find ways to share my faith through living the moral principles that I have learned throughout my life as a member of the LDS church. My belief that all of us are children of God helps me as I help students and families navigate their way through school and family life. Helping our community raise productive members of society through teaching children and families the principles of forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, service, work, and wholesome recreational activities is what gives me the greatest satisfaction in life. The most important way that I live my faith is through raising my own family in a way that helps my own children see the benefits of living the gospel of Jesus Christ each and every day. As our own children grow, they will have the opportunity to take what they have learned in our home, and make their own decision about how to live their lives. I hope that as they see the example my wife and I have set through living gospel principles (however imperfect we are) that they will see that the greatest joy in life comes through Faith in Christ, and through following His example.