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Hi I'm Benjamin Kraft.

I'm from Alaska, I love all things writing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What's goin on? I'm from Alaska. Born and raised. I am a convert to the Mormon Church. I became a member on my 16th birthday. I spend my time playing way too much video games, rallying Jeeps, and writing. I love literature. I tutor Ph.Ds and 40 year olds who can't read. It's the most fun I've ever had. When I turned 18, I went skydiving in Hawaii -- loved it. But tutoring is more fun! I've been practically everywhere worth seeing between Alaska and Mexico. Right now I'm in Las Vegas. It's pretty fun. When I grow up, I'm pretty sure I'll join the FBI, become a doctor, and make video games for a living. I love the Gospel. Jesus Christ affects everything I just talked about so intensely. My entertainment -- high-risk sports, games, movies, music, books -- are all carefully selected based off of prayer and faith. Christ can lead our lives and make us happier than we ever could; kind of how a good parent knows how to make their children happy. Without my parents, I'd be miserable! Why would I ever think that I know better than the best Parent there could ever be? Have a funtastic day!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Mormon Church because I found out for myself what was true. Anyone can talk to Heavenly Father and ask Him sincere questions. So, that's what I did. I was taught by the missionaries and they asked me if I had ever prayed. I had not. So, being 15 and worried about whether people would just think I was naive, I asked God to remove my doubts and that if He really was there, just let me know and tell me what was true. From this, I learned that the Book of Mormon is true scripture, side by side with the Bible. It changed my life!

How I live my faith

Faith is the first principle in the cycle of Christ's Gospel. In order to truly have faith, we must be obedient, for faith without works is dead. I like to find ways to incorporate what I learn into the everyday. For instance, when I make right choices, I can see my Heavenly Father's opinion of a song I'm listening to; if the song is spiritually destructive, I will have to make a choice: either listen to it or don't. It's simple! Happiness is easy to maintain when we follow Heavenly Father. This is just a basic example. Pray always, read your scriptures every day, and go to Church every week. You'll be alright.

What is being a Mormon like?

Benjamin Kraft.
Being a Mormon is wicked fun! Someone who really and truly adheres to Heavenly Father's plan is by far the most free person you will ever meet. By "free," I mean that nothing holds them back; they are not restricted by addiction, they don't need substance or anything artificial in order to have fun, and -- even when they're sad, at a loss, or crying -- they can honestly and truly say that they are happy. Mormonism seems to naturally sprout awesome parties, clean activities, and safe places to just hang out. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Benjamin Kraft.
The Church is almost exclusively against abortion. Abortion at any stage is only considered in extreme cases with proper counseling and, where appropriate, deep and personal prayer. Unborn children are seen as any other children, no matter what stage of development; "unborn" is an adjective and a temporary state, not an identity or lack of humanity. Every human being is a child of our Heavenly Father, and He loves them. For any Christian, this should be a basic truth. The Angel Gabriel announced Christ, not when He was born, but when He was conceived. This quite powerfully suggests that Christ was human well before He was born. Some might say that the Savior's conception was a unique situation because Christ was divine; however, Gabriel also announced John the Baptist in nearly the exact same way, who was mere human -- and these two examples, just like all unborn children, are of supreme value to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Benjamin Kraft.
To anyone who studies the English language and religion, this is a partiuclarly funny thing to say. While Webster's defines a "cult" as "a religion regarded as unorthodox," it is actually more accurate to say "a group of people(s) who hold a person, a thing, or a principle as sacred, of higher power, or other special supernatural signficance." Therefore, when a Christian says Mormonism is a cult, they are implying all of Christianity is, in turn, a cult. When someone of any fundamentally different world-view calls Mormonism a cult, they are therefore implying all religions, and potentially even most political organizations, are also cults. And, based off the definition of the word, they would be right; there is simply an inherited negative connotation to the word, and if people fail to realize just what it is they are saying, they should consider whether or not they should be saying it -- because you never know who might listen, or who might be hurt. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Benjamin Kraft.
I really believe that Alaska is evidence of God. It really is one of the most beautiful places on earth! The entire world around is often very beautiful. We see a design in nature than man can never replicate, but always feels a need to try. We strive toward emulating the creations around us that we naturally find to be beautiful. Especially in Alaska, this is important when recognizing that there is a God; people who recognize God and are grateful for His beautiful creation find even more beauty in the world and work to continue that beauty. And, at the end of the day, Alaska is just the best. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Benjamin Kraft.
Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love the family; we are the sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, and He has taught us since Genesis that the family is sacred. If a family can simply follow the Gospel, families can be together for eternity with God. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Benjamin Kraft.
Joseph Smith was Christ's team captain. The Church of Jesus Christ -- in fact, just humanity itself -- is like a team. It could be track & field, hockey, football, or rugby. Each of these sports can't function well without a critical leader; the Coach. God is our Coach. He writes plays, defines an offense & defense, and is perfect at what He does. He knows His game. However, the Coach does not play on the field itself. He influences it and makes the calls, but he's not standing here with us. Joseph was a Prophet, just like Prophets have been called since the days of Adam & Eve. The Prophet isn't the Coach; he's not in charge. However, he is given authority; he is the team captain. This is very important. We can always trust that the captain will use the plays that the Coach wants. The captain isn't as good as the Coach, but the Coach picked him as captain for a reason. Sometimes we need to remember that the captain needs to grow and learn just like us. When someone decides to make their own plays or even walk out on the team, some pretty bad things happen. The team finds that they are playing short, and so the captain and the Coach work a lot harder to make sure we can play effectively. There are lines on the field, rules to follow, and plays to carry out. These are lines not to be crossed, commandments to keep, and good to be done. This game needs more team players. Just do it. Show more Show less