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Hi I'm Ben

I am a professional Jazz Musician born in New Zealand and now living in Australia.

About Me

My grandchildren call me Poly. I married my childhood sweetheart in 1982 and we have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. I have been a professional musician for over 33 years. My love is jazz but I enjoy playing all styles. Presently I have an unpaid job (known as a calling) in the Church as a Stake High Councilor. I have served many times in the church over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

My Father was a born and raised in Switzerland and my Mother was a Maori which is a native of New Zealand. They were both converted to Mormonism before they met each other. My 4 siblings and I were all baptized at 8 years of age. The reason I am Mormon today is because I had a mighty change of heart.

How I live my faith

My friends and fellow musicians know I am Mormon. Not drinking and smoking made me the odd one in the band. Now my friends have either stopped or are trying to stop smoking and drinking. I enjoy the calling's I have had to serve in the Church. My wife is a seminary teacher which requires giving religious instruction to youth 5 mornings a week. All these calling are unpaid but we believe the blessings and rewards that come from this service are real and measurable.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Talk to him as you would a loving Grandfather. Ask Him whatever your heart desires. He will answer your prayers. Sometimes in ways unexpected. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

I attended a Mormon school in New Zealand in the 1970s. From the 1950's, Church College of New Zealand provided the opportunity to an affordable level of education to the native Maori people that lived in hard to reach areas. Show more Show less