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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a husband, a father, a PhD graduate, a fuel cell researcher at Ford, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a dad, and a mechanical engineer. In fact, I do advanced research on future vehicles. I love sledding and snowboarding with my children, going on dates with my wife, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Why I am a Mormon

The most valuable thing I've inherited from my parents is a childhood as a Mormon. Among other things, it led me to be a missionary. As a missionary, I felt the most wonderful thing I've ever felt in my life, the love of God and the feeling that my life was in line with His will. That love brought peace to my life and a sure knowledge that God lives and that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I've had a variety of responsibilities and opportunities as a member of the LDS church. I've organized Christmas and Halloween parties, taught English to members of the community, helped clean up after floods, led a scout troop, and taught religion courses to both adults and children in church meetings. Mostly, however, I am just trying my best to love God and to love my neighbor.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

I learned this principle is true while teaching it to a man in Thailand. As we sat on the rice mats in his small home, I told him that God is merciful and just because He allows all people, even those that don't have the chance in this life, to learn about Christ's commandments and to accept His required ordinances, including baptism. To me, the principle of baptism for the dead has always made sense, but as I taught it to that man in Thailand, I felt an assurance from God that the principle was true. Show more Show less