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Hi I'm Benjamin

I have a deep love for music. I enjoy being outdoors. I laugh a little too hard in uncomfortable moments. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I find the most joy with my family and friends. I thoroughly believe the most important place to be able to escape the darkness of the world is in the home. I owe everything to my patient and loving parents. I enjoy being outside and really taking in all of God's creations. I expect answers to my questions. I feel that every day we can come to know God a little more. I love music and being outdoors. I have taught myself to play the piano and sometimes enjoy playing it longer and louder than I should. I hope to make a difference in the world, and have faith that I can. My name is Ben, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the church and were quite sure to raise me with an understanding of the teachings. We were never forced to go to church as children or really to do anything with religion, but becuase of the faithfulness of my parents and what I saw them take from religion, I wanted to follow. It took me a really long time to come to understand just why exactly "mormonism" was so special. I grew with a lot of doubts and concerns. Although I loved the church and my friends in it, it was hard for me to trust that it was the only "true" church. That is a heavy claim and very few if any churches make it. Its not that I didn't want the church to be true, but I did a lot of research to find out why others felt it wasn't. I wasted alot of my life doubting something that I should have whole heartedly accepted. I went through the motions of being a member, but knew there was something missing. Finally in time I was invited as all will be, to read the book of mormon and pray to know if it was true. This was something I had never done before. I had even read the entire book, but never thought to actually question its validity with God. After asking such a simple question, I came to know the truthfulness of the Gospel, the reality of my Savior, and the nature of Heavenly Father. Today I find such comfort in the fact that there is someone who cares enough about me, that he is willing to not only create all things I see and love, but he cares enough that he will communicate with me. That is something I didn't understand until a lot of searching. Today I live the gospel with a knowlege of its truthfulness. I live it to be happy. I am a Mormon because in the end we must know with confidence who God is. I have found that answer along with ohters in the Book of Mormon and know today that it, along with the Bible, is the Word of God.

How I live my faith

There is no point in faith unless you are going to live it. We as humans have distorted the word faith itself into some hollow noun. Simply something we believe has become our faith. Well, this is not the faith I have read about in the word. Faith is action. Faith is so much more than a noun. To be faithful is an act and a sacrificial one. It takes effort to have faith and I am doing my best to put forth that effort. Today I am a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaiming the gospel. I have been called by a prophet of the Lord to labor in the Missouri St. Louis mission. For now I am set apart from the world and my faithfulness is alive daily through my efforts to invite others unto Christ. When I return to "normal" life I will continue to live my faith. I will do all I can to invite all men unto Christ. Individually, this will be friends and family. I hold family close to my heart and will be married not for just this life, but for time and all eternity in the Holy Temple of the Lord. My children will know at a young age the stories of Jesus, and I will do all in my power to influence them for the better. I will accept and fulfill all callings given me in life and continue to seek the building of the kingdom.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Benjamin
The gift of the Holy Ghost is my favorite principle of the gospel. The church is not bashful nor hesitant to teach of his nature. He is a member of the Godhead and literally is the Spirit of God. His job is to teach and to inspire. He touches the hearts of men and carries the gospel unto their hearts. It is through the Holy Ghost that I receive answers to my prayers. And in those moments when I am truly worshiping God, or communicating with him, that is when the Holy Ghost is most present and recognizable. After baptism, you are entitled and will be given the gift of the holy ghost. Just as in times of old, priesthood holders lay their hands upon your head and the gift is given. The spirit is so exciting and wonderful, but most importantly, it is reverent and somber. God's peace is felt through this heavenly messenger. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Benjamin
The temple is the house of the Lord. It is where true holiness can be found and even absorbed. I love the temple so much and thank God daily for restoring temple worship to the earth. Do you remember where Christ went even at a young age to teach the doctrines of the kingdom? The temple. When a temple couldn't be had among the true believers, any form of sacrificial area was given. The first thing Adam and Eve constructed after being driven from the garden was an altar. This is the first typification of the house of the Lord. A place where sacrifice and holy acts can take place. If you want to know more about the mormon temples, read the bible. It is all there. Within the temple we covenant with the Lord. Just as the covenant of baptism is necassery for salvation, there are covenants necassary for exaltation or eternal life with God. Within the walls of the holy temple we make these covenants. We make promises to the Lord and learn of what he will give us in return. We are taught in a way only found within this sacred sanctuary. Temples provide work for the living and those who have passed on. Heaven and earth meet in these beautiful structures. God dwells here. His spirit is ever present. Go to the temple! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Benjamin
The Book of Mormon is the factor in which the Mormon church can either be upheld or set aside. Truth is truth and there is no in between. Right or wrong. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the American continent and God's dealings with its people. The 14 year-old Joseph Smith, who claimed to have seen God the Father and Jesus Christ, brought forth this book with a great promise. If the book is true or valid, it is the fruit of a prophet and signifies the opening of the last dispensation of time. If it is true, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's Kingdom once again established upon the earth. If it is true, there is reason to hope in God. There is reason to rejoice. If the book is not true, then this all can be set aside. That is the beauty of the matter. God does not want us to take things face-value. He wants us to think. He wants us to be big girls and boys. Read the book and experiment upon its words. With a humble heart and honest questioning to God of the validity of the Book of Mormon, one can come to truly KNOW if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. It is simple yet profound. The Book of Mormon is the determining factor of truth in our day. Show more Show less