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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a graduate student, uncle and baseball fan.

About Me

I am currently working on a masters degree. When I am not working I love to train for distance races, play sports and watch baseball. I love traveling with just a backpack and have visited over 20 countries, mostly in Eastern and Western Europe.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so I was brought up following common practices of the religion and encouraged to adopt Christ-like attributes. I was never too rebellious, but at 15, I decided to find out for myself if this was a lifestyle I wanted to continue. I started reading the Book of Mormon. I never read too long, sometimes just a verse before bed. When I finished, I followed the challenge in Moroni 10:3-5 and asked God in prayer if the book was true. As I knelt, I felt a sense of love and peace. I realized that the feeling was an answer to my prayer and I was no longer anxious. That experience gave me faith to continue participating in the church and similar feelings of peace have come to me as I pray, read the scriptures, visit the temple or even during hikes in the mountains.

How I live my faith

I start and end my days with a prayer to Heavenly Father thanking Him for my blessings and asking for guidance and protection. At night, I read from the Book of Mormon or a church magazine with a message from current or past prophets and apostles. I am fortunate to live within minutes of a temple and I try to go a few times a month to get a spiritual boost. In my congregation, I am responsible for planning activities and special events. Our unit consists only of single people in their 20's so we have a lot of fun social events.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ben
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a pivotal person in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ, but he was only a man. We do reverence his personal sacrifices, but our prayers and worship are always directed to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less