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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a husband, and a father of five. I'm a writer. And I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and kids think I'm pretty swell. I teach College Composition in Virginia. I served a fulltime mission in Brazil, I've served in many positions in the Church, and hope to be able to serve in many more.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was a convert, but my mom grew up in the Church. They permeated my childhood with interest in God and His ways, but never forced me to participate in the Church. I did that on my own because I love the Lord and I want to please Him. I've always known that God is real, that He's got a plan for everyone individually and collectively, and that He will never force me to conform to it. I'm a Mormon because I have to be true to myself and everything I know and believe. I blame every good thing on God. I don't blame everything bad on Satan because he can't make anyone do anything. I take responsibility for my actions, and that makes me a better person, brings me closer to Father, and gives me greater access to the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. If not for Him, I could never hope for more than a fleeting happiness. Because of Him, through grace after all I can do, I will be happy for eternity, and not live just with Jesus, but in the presence of Father with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I pray daily with my family. I read and discuss scriptures with my wife and children, and encourage them to read the word of the Lord for themselves. I strive to be honest in everything I do, and to practice true religion, which means to live a Christlike life. I try not to expose myself to harmful spiritual influences like bad books, movies, TV shows, and music. I don't drink or smoke or ingest anything that will alter or impede my judgment. I'm courteous, kind, calm, patient, and quick to forgive and apologize, which can be very difficult at times—especially when one's wife is pregnant!

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Many prophets, though a single prophet, Mormon, compiled and abridged the words of many of those American prophets. During a visitation by God the Father and God the Son, Joseph Smith was informed he was to become a new prophet. Later he was told that one of his first roles as a latter-day prophet was to bring forth the words God had given to ancient American prophets. In that role, Joseph acted as the translator of that record by virtue of the gift and power of God through the Spirit. In other words, Joseph Smith didn't write the Book of Mormon—God did, and that through ancient prophets. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Lord told the prophet Moroni: "Good cometh of none save it be of me." Every good thing is a blessing, and no good thing comes from any source other than God. In other words, we can receive every blessing through the gift of the Holy Ghost, provided it falls within His time frame and is His will. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, a man and a woman, lawfully wedded and sealed together at an altar in the temple of God, can live together eternally as husband and wife. I believe this, and have married the woman of my dreams in the Lord's House. It happened in a white room, both of us dressed in white, and kneeling face-to-face at the altar. We held hands. A man authorized to exercise God's sealing power on earth, called a Sealer, flanked by two witnesses—my dad and hers—and before an audience of dozens, spoke the words of the ordinance, promising us the most beautiful blessings, including eternal life, if, of course, we endure to the end. Afterward, we stood side by side, gazing into opposing mirrors so that we saw ourselves stretching endlessly into eternity. We will be together forever, and so can you, if you're sealed in one of the temples of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No! Anyone claiming to be Mormon who practices polygamy is not really a member of the Church. Any Mormon caught encouraging polygamy will be warned, and any member caught practicing it will be excommunicated. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Because the Lord commanded it, just like He did with Abraham and Moses and other Biblical prophets. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Joseph Smith said "Happiness is the object and design of our existence and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.” Another prophet said, "Adam fell that men might be and men are, that they might have joy." The purpose of our mortal life is to prove ourselves to our Father in Heaven—by faith, and by obedience to all His commandments and ordinances. If we weather all our trials to the best of our abilities, and receive all the Gospel ordinances, we'll live with Father again. Living in His presence, receiving all He has, is called receiving "a fullness of joy." True happiness can therefore only be achieved by accepting the atonement of Jesus Christ and living His Gospel, thereby returning to live again with our loving Father-God for all eternity as families, friends, and children of God. Show more Show less