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Hi I'm Ben

I teach Physics, Chemistry, and Programming to High School students, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A transplant from the mountain west down here in the deep South of the US, I've always been a nerd. As a Computational Quantum Chemistry PhD and a high-school science teacher, I guess that's kinda part of the job description. I enjoy reading, listening to an eclectic variety of music, and big words. After two years in the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia), I enjoy reading Russian-language literature and listening to Russian music, both folk and rock.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the LDS church. That, however, wasn't sufficient to make me want to continue living by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith in Jesus Christ and in His church has grown little by little. Everything I see and experience has convinced me further that Christ is the Savior. The closer I live to the commandments and to His example, the more I feel his love permeating my soul, and the more I can rely on His strength. Too many times I have had experiences where I've said or done things where I didn't know beforehand what to say or how to accomplish the needed task. With His help, it all works--although not always in the way I had wanted.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ and His Church influences my whole week, not just Sunday. I attend church for three hours every week; I also weekly visit other members of the church and others in need of help. Service is a bulwark of my faith. I'm the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in my workplace. My faith influences everything I do and say. I stand as a witness of faith and as an example of truth every day.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

A Mormon church (meeting house) is the place where we gather weekly to teach one another the Gospel and to take the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. All are welcome here; these also serve as the local administrative and social locations for church members worldwide. Temples are holy buildings where worthy Mormons go to enter sacred agreements (called covenants) and to learn more about God. Only those who have demonstrated their worthiness and readiness can go to a Temple and participate in the worship there. This worthiness requirement is for our sake--taking these covenants means that we are expected to live up to a higher standard of personal conduct and faith. Show more Show less