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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a family man on a relentless pursuit of truth, I enjoy gardening and hiking with my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a man in my late 40's in the thick of life. I have a fantastic wife of 25 years and four wonderful children. I'm a self-employed healthcare professional learning how to manage everything on my plate. Sometimes I feel spread so thin that I feel as though I don't do anything very well. I'm sure you can relate to that. I have my good days and bad just like everyone else. I have lived long enough to realize that everyone is delt their own share of challenges, and sooner of later will feel the weight of it all. Now with the economic, political, and global unrest surfacing all around us, adding to an already hectic life I find myself saying "It's always something" a lot lately. I don't worry too much, don't take any medications either. I guess I have always had an optomistic outlook. I have great hope or confidence that things will all turn out good in the end. It may be a bumpy ride but I can handle the bumps. I think it's my belief in and my understanding of God our Heavenly Father and His plan for each of us His children that gives me the confidence. Growing up as a Mormon I remember learning from my parents and church teachers and leaders that God is Omnipotent(all-powerful) and Omniscient(all-knowing) and very, very loving and I believed it. So knowing that my God is all these things and more, how could I not grow up with great optomism and confidence. I must say that the key to my satisfaction and peace in life is closely related to my pursuit of the truth! It is essential to base one's life on truth and worth any effort to obtain it. I don't know who said it but one of my favorite quotes is "It's not so much ignorance that ails man as much as it is that he knows too many things that are not true." You would think that with the Bible as our guide that we could figure it out better than we have. I feel the problem is is that there it too much of human philosophy allowed to mix with holy writ, and when the two mix truth is usually lost or changed. I feel that we still need divine revelation from God to a prophet. the Mormon church has just that. It brings clarity and stability to life and truth. Jean Jacques Reausseau said " Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being." So I guess for me and my family coming to the knowledge of the truth about God and our Savior Jesus Christ and their church and plan for my family is the thing that keeps me going even on those occasional rough days. I hope this helps. Ben

Why I am a Mormon

I enjoy eating, and my favorite restaurant is Carrabba's Italian Grill. I always get the Chicken Bryan because to me it is the perfect conbination of ingredients and completly satisfying. My wife on the other hand tries other dishes, but if you ask her she will say that Chicken Bryan is her favorite. I find the Mormon church to be very satisfying as well. Not only are the doctrines true and complete but the whole atmosphere is optomistic and charity is genuine. My parents are Mormon and I grew up sixth of seven children and we are all still active members. As a boy growing up I attended church every week it was a normal part of my life and believed it wholly like most people. It wasen't till I was called to be a full- time missionary that I began to realize what I had. I served in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri for a year and a half. I taught hundreds of people the gospel of Jesus Christ and saw how it changed their lives. I saw people overcome addictions, I had people tell me they had been looking for answers to their questions their whole lives and were so happy to finally get them. I had many people tell me after we taught them that they had known the truths were true, they just could not find a church that taught it or did not know where to find it. I taught one man who was from Korea who had never even been taught about God before. I taught him who God is and that we are His children. That God had created this earth and sent us here to learn and to be tested to see if we will use our agency to choose to follow Him. I taught him about the Fall of Adam, the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the gospel of repentance and baptism. He was so excited to be baptized. I was actually a mouthpiece for the Lord and taught these simple truths to many people who felt the Holy Spirit confirm that the message is true. Doing this work, and seeing the results, and feeling the spirit as I taught bore witness to me that it was all very true. My mission ended years ago but I still have many opportunities to share what I know to be true and I still get that warm feeling in my heart each time I do. That is why I'm a Mormon and will continue to be. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a perfect combination of ingredients that is completly satisfying to my soul. You should find out more about this awesome church and we can enjoy this perfect meal together. Thanks, Ben

How I live my faith

It's an all day every day venture! It is a way of life. Just like getting up every day and going to work. I love being a Mormon because I feel that I have a great deal of hope that I seem to be able to experience and share nearly every day. Not all of it has to be religious either. The world we live in can be a scary place for people at times. I find that being positive and optimistic can go a long way in helping people get through their day. I serve in a local congregation to help build faith in members and assist other members with their own responsibilities. I love the way the church is organized. The congregations are kept fairly small (around 400) people.This is so that most people who want to can serve in some way. There is no paid ministry either. None of the leaders or anyone else has a paid position, it is all volunteer. I spend 5-6 hours a week serving in some way. As a member of the church I get involved with community events, Boy Scouts, service projects, or just being a concerned citizen. I pay 10% of my income to the church and they use it to help the needy and support church activities all around the world. Each first sunday of the month I fast with my family and we give the cost of the meals we skip to feed the poor and needy. I speak in church, give lessons and ministerial blessings by laying on of the hands to the sick and afflicted. I have been given four families that I visit each month to watch over and help build faith with. I reserve Monday nights as time to spend with my family. We have a lesson, sing songs and eat treats after a game or some other activity. We read the scriptures each evening before bedtime and pray as a family. As you can see it really is a way of life, and an enjoyable one at that.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ben
I think that the best way to discover the truthfulness about the Mormon church is to study and pray about its basic doctrines. For example if you are given a copy of the Book of Mormon, then read it and pray about the things you read. Pay attention to how you feel. If you have a testimony that the Holy Bible is the word of God, then getting a testimony of the Book of Mormon is the same. If your answer is yes then that will help you learn that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God because he was given the ancient record and translated it into the Book of Mormon. You will also then be able to gain a testimony that the church that God restored through Joseph Smith is the true church. The key is in your sincerity. If you ask with real intent, with no hypocrisy God will let you know by the power of the Holy Ghost which can sometimes be recognized as a peaceful warmth in your heart. You will feel it every time you learn about truth. The Holy Ghost is a revealer of truth. I hope this helps direct your path. Ben Show more Show less