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Hi I'm Ben.

I'm a jazz musician and a Mormon.

About Me

I've got more kids than you can count on one hand, which my wife and I, mainly my wife, accomplished by the time I was 30. (Really, with this many kids our house is just one big party all of the time.) The Mormon stereotype is true for me: I love my kids, and I couldn't imagine life without my family. As for my career, I'm trying out perpetual studenthood, but I actually might finish my DMA in jazz studies within the next couple of years. My ax of choice is the tenor saxophone, which you can hear me attempting to destroy on a regular basis in and around Rochester, NY, where I'm attending the Eastman School of Music. I also write books on saxophone, write music, and teach music, so there is a fair amount of business in my life. I love learning about Mormon history. I find all of the successes and mistakes of the past very interesting. I have a healthy curiosity for why and how things happened, and all of that deepens my understanding of my religion. I'm currently working on a science fiction novel that relies on the extra dimensions of string theory and includes some of the folk magic culture of Joseph Smith's time. Don't hold your breath though. It might be a while.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints connects me to God. With the church I have such a greater understanding of our relationship, and the covenants I've made with God and my wife in the temple connect us in ways that I find extremely significant and spiritually powerful. Equally important, I find that living the teachings of Christ brings me peace of mind and a positive attitude through which I can enjoy life (and endure the sour parts with my sanity in tact).

How I live my faith

Every day I spend some time in prayer, reading the scriptures and pondering my life. I also volunteer at church and look for opportunities to serve others. For my family's sake, I try to find out what God wants for us. At our best, my wife and I are directed by God for our family's good. We still have yet to make a major decision we regret.