What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Ben

I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite thing in life is my family and I spend most of my free time with them. I met my wife on a mission in Russia and we now have three wonderful little boys. When I'm not with them, running one of my several businesses. I’m a serial entrepreneur; I love to create something from nothing and I want to leave the world with something much bigger than myself. Other things that I love are: painting when I can find time, snowboarding when I can find money, guitar when I want to relax, and hiking when I want to enjoy the great outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by a single mom. She did her best to provide for me and to bring religion into my life, but in my teen years I struggled. I was offended at church and angry. During this very difficult time, my father passed away. I felt lost and alone. I blamed God and eventually lost my faith in him. On September 11th, 2001, the fall of the Twin Towers got me wondering about the meaning of life. I became curious about God again. I realized how miserable I was. Funny thing is, I thought I was happy, but I wasn't. I remember kneeling down, for the first time in years, and asking God, if there was a God, to please help me find happiness. A clear answer came into my mind: read the Bible. I think the reason it was so clear was because the Bible was the furthest thing from my mind. It has been years since I had even seen one. Through this experience, I found out for myself that God does answer sincere prayers. I read almost non-stop for days. The Bible taught me that God wanted me to trust him. I felt divine inspiration testifying that the Bible is true. I continued to pray about what he would have me do to be happy and He again answered me in the same way: read the Book of Mormon. At the end of the book, there is a challenge that if you sincerely pray about the truth of it, that God will answer that prayer. I did, and He did. I felt its truth in a way that is hard to describe and is hard for me to deny. I became a Mormon. I had already been baptized when I was 8, but now I tried to live its teaching will all my heart. What a difference it has made. Today, I can truly say that I'm happy. I'm a Mormon because nothing has brought me more joy, more meaning, or more peace. Life hasn't been easy, but it has been easier knowing that there is a God, that he loves me enough to answer my prayers, and that his son Jesus Christ made it possible for me to leave my mistakes behind and overcome any challenge I face in the future.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith means sharing the joy I have with others. It means making time for my family. It means teaching my children. It means reading my scriptures and praying daily. It means showing kindness to all those around me.