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Hi I'm Ben

I love to play drums, I'm a movie enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

OH HAY. My name is Ben. I have a massive passion for music. Especially drums. All 5 males in my immediate family are drummers, from rock to latin to jazz. I, myself, have played in and performed with many groups, from symphonic and marching bands - to indie, rock and metal bands. Watching movies may be my favorite pastime. I consider myself a pragmatic, but generally favorable critic. I also like to bake, mostly because I have a pretty over-active sweet tooth. I am currently serving as a missionary in the California Carlsbad mission. I grew up in an LDS family, and we all are very close. We love to laugh, go boating, and watch movies together. I grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, but moved to Fayetteville, Georgia when I was 17. Somehow I got into BYU and went there for a year before my mission. And yes, a girl is writing to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have discovered for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been brought back to the earth in its fullness. Although I grew up as a member of this church, I did not have a personal conviction of my beliefs until recently. For a number of years I inwardly considered myself to be agnostic, and had little or no desire to follow God's teachings or listen to them. Putting myself in a better environment than I was in before, and turning to God for help while doing my best to live the way Jesus taught, is really how I have made the personal decision to remain a member. To me, this church makes logical sense, more so than any other. But, with that aside, the feelings of the Holy Ghost that I receive while reading the Book of Mormon and going to the temple are convincing evidence of the truth. Once we learn the truth, it can be hard to stand by it, and endure through all of the hardships in life. But I know that all we need to do is act, and then Christ will make up for the rest along the way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith currently by preaching the word down here in Southern California. Because the Church that Jesus established when he was on the earth is once again here, but not widely known, I am trying to spread the news to everyone that I can, so that they may be a part of it. As missionaries, we search through communities seeking those who are ready to have God play a bigger part in their life. I think one of the best ways we can live our faith is by being an example to people around us. The little things that we hardly think about can sometimes make all the difference in the world to someone else.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Ben
Many people probably wonder why we would build such beautiful, elegant structures, and then say people aren't allowed to go in them! The truth is that we want everyone to be able to enter the temple! But, just as you should attend high school first to prepare for college, so too need we to become familiar with the basic principles of the Church, and be baptized a member, before entering the temple. This is because in the temple, we learn more about how to serve God and what we need to do to live worthy of His trust and protection. We do this by making covenants, or promises with God, to obey His laws and thus recieve blessings from Him. The principles and doctrine discussed in the temple are present in the scriptures, and are nothing secret. Thus, the doctrine contained in the scriptures is put into action as we participate in sacred ordinances for both ourselves and those who have passed on. We know that through God's plan of happiness for us, we can be sealed together to our families not just till we die, but forever. The temple marriage, or sealing ceremony, binds husbands, wives, and families together so that we can enjoy each other's love and presence forever. Since many people die before they are able to be baptized, or sealed to their families for eternity, we also participate in these ceremonies by proxy for them, giving them the chance to make these promises with God, if they choose to, on the other side. What a great blessing! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ben
No, we do not practice polygamy. The standard for marriage in the Church of Jesus Christ has been and will always be monogamous, or having one spouse. This is taught clearly in our foundational scripture, the Book of Mormon (specifically Jacob, chapter 2). There have been notable exceptions to this general standard for specific purposes throughout religious history. This includes revered prophets such as Abraham, Moses, and Solomon. In these last days, after the Church of Christ was re-established by Him through Joseph Smith, a minority of early members of our Church were commanded to practice polygamy. As with any other time that God gives us a commandment, it is important to follow whether we understand the reasons for it or not (see 2 Nephi 2:24). At present day, members of the Church are strictly forbidden from practicing polygamy, and those who presume to ignore this counsel are not truly members, or are excommunicated from the Church. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Ben
As taught in the Bible, we believe that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). We are baptized to follow Christ's example in doing so. When He was baptized, it was by immersion, or going completely under the water (see Matthew 3:16). This is reaffirmed in the Book of Mormon, according to Christ's teaching: "And then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water" (3 Nephi 11:26). When we go into the water, and come back out, it is symbolic of Jesus being resurrected after suffering and dying for our sins; we are then honoring this act and taking advantage of it as we are cleaned of our sins. This all must be done by someone with the proper authority, not just by any random person. Jesus specifically saught out John the Baptist, because he was of Levitic descent, meaning he had the Priesthood, or power and authority, of God. We learn this clearly in the Bible. Christ gave this same authority to his Apostles (Luke 9:1-2). When they were killed, the Priesthood was lost. But, when Jesus restored his Church through Joseph Smith, He had the true power of God given to the prophet Joseph, so that all could be baptized once again by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ben
In a court of law, a testimony is a statement of truth dictated by personal experience and witness. A testimony in the Gospel is a statement of an eternal truth that you have come to know of for yourself, through a personal experience. It doesn't necessitate having a life-changing experience or being in an extreme circumstance, but any and all who follow the commandments of God, in any condition, can receive a testimony. For example, through living the commandment from God known as the Word of Wisdom (the reason Mormons don't drink or smoke!), found in Doctrine & Covenants 89, I have gained a personal witness that this commandment is from God, through the blessings and health it has brought me. Because of this, I am able and eager to share with people my knowledge of this truth. All we need to do to receive a similar witness is live God's commandments for us and pray to Him, inquiring after the truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ben
No. The only reason he is emphasized a lot of times in our Church is to outline the role he played, in Christ's hands, of re-establishing the Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. All that he has done was to glorify God, and never himself; likewise do we glorify God and not men, including Joseph Smith. If you would like to learn more about the important role he played as a servant of Christ, click on "Beliefs" at the top of this page and select "Joseph Smith." Show more Show less