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Hi I'm Benoit Duquette

I grew up in Montreal and now live in South Carolina. My family is my greatest treasure. Nothing compares to being a grandpa!

About Me

My French Canadian accent definitely sets me apart from the southern accent commonly heard in South Carolina, but I feel right at home in the Palmetto state. When my family and I moved from Canada, we quickly came to appreciate the southern hospitality and the more clement winter weather. Wanting to take full advantage of all year round mild temperatures, and feeling the need to shed a few pounds and keep the shape, I started running a few years ago. At first I found myself completely out of breath over only a short distance. Since then, I have gradually increased the distance and my resistance to exercise. Now in my fifties, I enjoy and maintain good physical health by running approximately five miles a day, five times a week. I enjoy the occasional 5K race and consider myself an average runner. The great thing about running is that you only compete against yourself. I simply enjoy the feeling and benefits of daily exercise. I also keep a youthful heart by playing with my grandchildren. Keeping up with them can be much more exhausting than running a 5K race, but it is much more enjoyable. I never get tired of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eighteen years old. This decision was not one that was made lightly, and one that I never regretted. Much was at stake at the time in my life. My family did not understand my decision, friends were also wondering why I was considering this important change. But, as I earnestly prayed to find out by myself the truthfulness of the restored church of Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon, an unmistaken feeling of peace came over me, one I cannot deny, and one I have repeatedly experienced since. I then knew what I needed to do. What I found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ far exceeded my greatest expectations. Among other things I found lasting joy, happiness and a sense of direction and belonging. My family relationship has also been strengthened by it. Although they never joined the church, my siblings now know and respect it for what it is and for the good it has brought in my life and in the lives of my sweet wife, our five children and our eight grandchildren (and still counting). I am so grateful for this pivotal decision I made when I was eighteen, and in retrospect can not imagine a better path I could have followed. I know the church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, another testament of Jesus Christ and a companion to the Bible. I find great joy and happiness in living the teachings of Jesus Christ who I accept as my personal Savior.

How I live my faith

My life has been enriched since I joined the church. Like most members, I find an opportunity to serve others in the church by visiting people in their home in a spirit of brotherhood and love. Thinking of, and acting upon the needs of those around me has been fulfilling and has allowed me to develop Christlike attributes. The church also provides opportunities to serve the community and be involved in many worthwhile causes. I find that when I forget myself for the benefit of those around me, it is only then that I discover who I truly am. Serving in the church also allowed me to develop leadership skills that became a great blessing in my personal and professional life. I try to be the best I can every day. This is what life is all about, being there for each other. I find there is great joy in this.