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Hi I'm Ben Hanks

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If I am with my family, I am happy. As a husband and father, working my way through school, I have come to appreciate everything from an entire day off to spend outside as a family, to a few minutes late in the evening to crawl on the floor and pretend to be tigers with my kids before bedtime. If we're together, I feel whole. Personally, I love to play sports and being outside. I especially love to play basketball and run. Cramming my two young children into a single jogging stroller and going for a run with my wife might not look like a great time to those driving by, but for me it is usually the best part of my day.

Why I am a Mormon

It means everything to me that Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, truly want us to be happy. I'm a Mormon because living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me sincere peace and happiness which I know God wants His children to have. The principles and doctrine taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have helped me to keep an eternal perspective and optimistic outlook on a day-to-day basis. This doesn't mean that life is without challenges, but it does mean that when challenges arise, I know to Whom I can turn. There is a Father in Heaven who hears and answers our prayers, even if it is not always in the manner we expect. For me, being a Latter-Day Saint has meant making promises to the Lord to do my best and keep His commandments, and then witnessing His help and love in my life--all made possible because of the atonement, or sacrifice, of His Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith means finding ways, great or small, to help others. It also means recognizing and gratefully accepting the service of others--which is not always easy. In the Lord's Church, everyone is invited to participate and help each other out--both those of our faith and friends of other faiths in the community and elsewhere. I really love visiting one-on-one with friends in the Church who are going through a difficult time for one reason or another. My kids love making cookies as a family to share with others in our neighborhood. The way I see it, I am so happy when my kids play well together and help each other out; I love to hear them laughing together, and I love to see them helping one another when they are struggling. I can’t imagine Heavenly Father feels any differently as He watches us, His children, interact with each other.