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Hi I'm Ben

I'm from California and I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4 children living in southern California. My wife and I met at college while we were teaching assistants in the German language program. We both love to travel, especially to Europe. We are now doing our best to raise good kids and are trying to teach them what they need to know to be happy and successful in life. We've taken them on some of our travels, and hope to be able to do that more in the future because we want to teach them to be respectful of other ideas and cultures. I studied mechanical engineering in college and am now working for a company that designs off-road vehicles, prototype automobiles and theme park rides. It is a lot of fun and I enjoy the challenges that engineering projects bring.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was raised in the faith. My parents always brought me to church and taught me the doctrine. My two older brothers went on Mormon missions and I wanted to follow their example. As I approached the age when I would leave on my mission, I began to feel somewhat anxious as I wasn't sure I could honestly tell others that they should become Mormons if I didn't truly believe it for myself. I had always gone to church and I knew the doctrine well enough that I felt I could teach it, but I didn't have a personal feeling that it was true. I had learned that no one becomes a Mormon just by studying the doctrine, they have to feel the Holy Ghost telling them that it is true. I decided that I would intently read the Book of Mormon and then ask God if it were true. I remember very clearly spending a whole Saturday in my dorm room reading. I finished about half the Book of Mormon that day. I remember getting on my knees at the end of the day and asking God if it were true. I didn't feel anything at the time. The next day, I went to church and during our worship service, a powerful feeling came over me and I knew that this was the Holy Ghost telling me that what I had read was true. It is hard to describe this feeling, but I believe that it is a spiritual feeling that is individual and personal. This experience is the basis of my testimony, or my personal knowledge that the Mormon church is true. It has been the foundation for my faith for the rest of my life, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently working within my church as one of the leaders of the congregation. In that role, I have responsibilities to set up the worship services, assist families in need and make sure that our Sunday school lessons are being taught. I also get a chance to work with the youth in our congregation and attend their various activities. That has been a lot of fun, and I am happy when I see the youth living good lives and helping others. At home, we read scriptures with our family and have family prayer each day. We pray before each meal that we eat together and we also have one night a week that we only do family activities. We call this night "Family Night" and my wife and I don't schedule any other work or non-family activities on that night. This allows us to always make time for our family, even if our schedules are very hectic.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Ben
Yes. That is one of the things I love most about being a Mormon. I have always known that I will be with my family forever. I was taught this as a child and have always believed that this is true. The time I spend with my family here on earth and the memories we make together are not finished once I die. This makes me very happy and gives my life more meaning. It makes me want to forge strong, loving relationships with my family because I know that we will be together forever. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Ben
We believe that families are the core unit of God's plan for us here on earth. He sent us here for a purpose and our families help us live according to his plan. That is why we are so active in all activities that strengthen families. We believe that God has established the traditional family of a husband and wife as the way to accomplish his plan here on earth. Show more Show less