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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up near Seattle. I'm a high school Japanese teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love teaching Japanese. It's a great job. I also coach a Knowledge Bowl team and work the scoreboard/clock for basketball and football games. I love to spend time at school working with young people in any capacity. At the same time I have 4 kids of my own ranging in age from 4 to 13. At home we love to play games--card games, board games, anything. If I had more time we would do more hiking. If I had more money we'd do more travelling. As it is I'm happy to play games and take walks 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. There was a time when I was ready to leave the church, but I couldn't. I couldn't because I remembered all of the times I have felt the peace, joy and love of the Holy Ghost while praying, attending meetings, and serving others. I have felt my Heavenly Father's love through the Holy Ghost so clearly . . . I could not deny it and when it came down to it I couldn't imagine anything worth trading the assurance of the Holy Ghost for. Now I am watching my own children grow up. I know that they will have to choose their own path in life, but what I want most for them is to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost like I have. If they can feel the Holy Ghost and know what it is, that it teaches truth, comforts and guides us toward happiness, peace and joy, then I can hope that they will acheive happiness in this life and in the world to come. I have found happiness, peace and joy by listening to the Holy Ghost. A chance at the same is the greatest legacy I can give my children.

How I live my faith

 I teach my children the about their Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I have enjoyed teaching youth in Sunday school and children in Primary. Now I have been called to serve as the secretary to the Bishop The Bishop leads the local congragation, counsels members, and generally watches over things I work with the Bishop to organize meetings. I schedule his appointments andmake phone calls from him. I spend a lot of time away from my family two evenings a week and most of the day on Sunday sitting in an office making sure the Bishop's appointments run smoothly. It would be easy to feel sad about the lost time, but I am happy to know that the because I give up my time the Bishop is able to concentrate his time and effort into helping the members of the church. I enjoy the chance I have to learn more about the gospel, love and leadership by working closely with the bishop and other local church leaders. I know that even though my family misses me while I gone, that they will be blessed because I am doing what the Lord wants me to do.