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Hi I'm Benjamin

I live in Virginia. I bike to work every day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife when two angels (okay, they were actually an elderly couple, but they were really cool) guided my friend and me to her home in a small town in Germany. We had told the couple we were looking for the "Mormonen" church, and they took us to the only Mormonen that they knew in the town. My wife and I married in the Frankfurt temple, and later moved to the United States, where we are now raising our children. We have six. The littlest of the six was stillborn, but he is still very much a part of our family (he'll just never have to endure the perils of being a teenager).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have two wonderful parents, who taught me the gospel and prayed constantly for the welfare of my spirit. Because of their prayers, I was able to escape the results of my poorest choices and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so fortunate to have a mother, who heard the gospel as a young woman, recognized that it was true, and then taught it to her children (and husband, for that matter).

How I live my faith

In my local church, I am responsible for helping the members of our congregation share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people they know. This is hard for many (including me), as they are worried that they do not know what to say or that they might risk friendships by being too bold about their beliefs. I try to allay these worries by frequently sharing personal gospel-sharing experiences and encouraging others to share their own stories. We quickly realize that people aren't really as scary as we think they are, and many people are happy to hear us share the reasons why we believe the way we do.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think some call the Mormon Church a "cult" because they know that the word has a negative connotation, and they want to hurt people's feelings. That seems to be the universal goal of name callers. Show more Show less