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Hi I'm Elder Ben Robarts

I’m an Eagle Scout, I’m currently attending community college, and I’m a Mormon

About Me

If I wasn't able to say anything else, I'd want to say that I have a firm testimony of Jesus Christ. I'm currently serving a two year mission as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in the Daejeon, South Korea. My interests include psychology, art, and literature, and my hobbies are sketching, reading, or writing. The creative abilities of the mind amaze me, and while I don’t have a lot of talent for it myself, I love to appreciate it in the works of others. I like to consider myself a little different from the average person, although I imagine most people do. I mostly only listen to instrumental music, I enjoy organizing, and I have a deep love of service. I try to make the right choices in my life, and while I often make mistakes, those mistakes have helped me form a cherished bond with the Savior. In the past I've had the opportunity to serve in quorum presidencies in YM, but my favorite calling has been serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the eleven-year-old scouts in our ward. Seeing them grow and helping teach them has truly been one of the greatest things I've experienced. I can’t really picture my life without the Gospel, but I’m extremely grateful for its influence. It truly is something unlike anything else I’ve seen.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I could say that I was born and raised in the gospel, and that I've had parents that would always take me to church and encourage me to become excited about the scriptures, but that's only part of it. I was lucky to have had it so early on, but the real reason that I'm a Mormon is that I've received a witness for myself that the Gospel is true. No big visions or remarkable experiences– just countless confirmations and a surety that is stronger than anything else in my life. Really, that’s all you need, but the more I read and study, the more the Gospel just makes sense. I’m the kind of person that likes to have things mesh, and the Gospel has had the answer for any question I’ve ever asked. I would say that I’m a Mormon because I’ve felt the truthfulness of the Gospel, and I want to do everything I can to understand it more fully and share it with others.

How I live my faith

This is a fun thing to think about for me. It's something that plays such a large role in my life, but I don't always think about. Largely I live my faith by striving to be a good example and to live how I'm supposed to live. I’m not sure how well I do sometimes, but one thing that I love about the Gospel is that it’s all about growth. It doesn’t matter where you come from, all that matters is finding the path to becoming better and following it. I’m so very grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Without Him, we would be nothing, and no matter what we did, it wouldn’t be enough. He led a perfect life, then offered Himself as a sacrifice so that we could repent and follow Him. Being able to go to church is a wonderful thing to me. When I’m there, I can feel the spirit, learn more about the scriptures, and be around people who are all on the same journey I am. I’m also thankful for my calling. I have no doubt that it was inspired. I am a missionary, called to share His message with the world. I've seen the spirit testify of what we teach, I've felt it guide me and comfort me. The Gospel is hands on. It provides so many opportunities to serve and do good. And while I’m glad for the chances that I have, I only hope that as I grow I can become that much better at taking hold of them.