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Hi I'm Ben

I live in Ohio and have and will always cherish being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

My wonderful wife and I have a beautiful baby girl, from whom we receive daily doses of pure joy as she continually discovers her world. Raising a daughter is an adventure because, growing up, I had five other brothers to contend with (no sisters). Though barely a year old, my daughter has already been exposed what I know best; having a lack of knowledge about what girls like to do, I have taught her about camping, hiking, preparedness, canoeing, history, and service, all of which I learned in my childhood and continue to enjoy. While my daughter is too young to participate, I feel blessed to lead a local Boy Scout troop as Scoutmaster. Before marriage, I had the opportunity to serve a mission in Culiacan, Mexico and then later to return as a student to central Mexico for further study. I incorporated the three-month program into my International Relations degree, though I acquired a job in home finance with a major US bank. My brothers and I dabbled in film when we were younger. Though the movies are not Blockbusters, the effort helped me develop my writing skills (in my journal, poetry, or stories). When I am not participating in any of those activities, I collect coins, read about history and international relations, collect items reminiscent of history (one of my best Christmas presents was a replica shield made by my dad with my family's coat of arms painted on it), play games, tell jokes, solve puzzles, play Frisbee or baseball, and spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has blessed my life in every aspect. I love it! I continually learn better about who I am and what Heavenly Father's purpose in life is for me. Years ago, I developed a great love for the scriptures and the joy we are shown through them. I grew up with great examples of selfless service, charity, and love through those written examples of ancient prophets, the visible examples of the modern prophets, and the palpable examples of my family. I know that those great people before me were inspired, directed, and led through personal inspiration to be what they were to me and others. As I prepared to serve my mission in Mexico, I studied hard to attain a deep level of knowledge and understanding about what it means to be Mormon. The harder I prayed, the more I read, the longer I prepared, the deeper my love for the gospel grew. I did not then, nor have I since, doubted the love our Heavenly Father has for each of us. It was at that time that I gained an appreciation for Him being infused with love and that, should we desire to be like Him, we must do the same. My personal motto from that moment in my life has been, taken from 1 John 4, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." I follow my Lord and God because I know that He will not ask anything of us except we have the ability to accomplish whatever He may require. I'm a Mormon because, through the restored Priesthood, I am sealed to my family forever. I'm a Mormon because I know our Heavenly Father desires us to be happy and there is not a thing more joyful nor wonderful than to belong to His church and spread joy, love, hope, and service to those around me. It is the greatest adventure and I would not trade my experiences, my knowledge, my testimony...my happiness for anything.

How I live my faith

I feel it is important to live my faith in all I do. Faith is not a dead work, nor can it survive without constant nourishment through uplifting experiences, personal study, and practical application. I cannot justly attend church and live a false facade there while returning home to do as I please. Whatever I may face in my life, no matter the challenge, I continually strive to serve and act as a true disciple of Christ. While I am far from achieving the ultimate goal of perfection, I try to make each day a little better than the last. I work with - and love doing so! - the youth at church. I am an advisor to the twelve and thirteen year olds and am heavily involved in planning, assisting, teaching, mentoring, and having fun with them as they develop their own testimonies in the sacred work in which we are involved. These boys with whom I work comprise the troop that I work with as Scoutmaster. Between the spiritual experiences at church and the practical ones through Boy Scouts, I have many teaching opportunities in various aspects of life. My family is an important focus as I strive to live my faith because no one knows me better - faults or positive attributes - than them. Just as I strive to be a good example to the youth at church, I try harder to provide my family with what they need. The small and simple things like daily scripture study, fervent prayer, fun and uplifting evenings at home, or unfettered love and attention are becoming an increasingly important opportunity to demonstrate my testimony on a foundational level as we strive for a loving and protective home for our current child (and future children).