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Hi I'm Benton James

I'm a musician, a hugger, a son, a brother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. I'm the oldest of a combined family. I have a dad, a step-mom, a mom, a step-dad, a sister, and two step-brothers. Not exactly a normal circumstance, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. I'm a full-time student at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I love the feel and sound of the acoustic guitar most, but I play the electric guitar or the ukulele when I'm in the mood. I like to sing, too. People tell me I give great hugs. I believe it's good to hug because it conveys so much more genuine affection and love than a handshake or a compliment. It's great to get and give compliments and expressions of love. One of my life goals is to organize a "free hugs campaign." I'm interested in cultures and languages. I love just about anything food-related. I love to cook when I can because the satisfaction of knowing I made something really good by myself makes what I made taste better. I also enjoy cooking for other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was about 5 years old. I was baptized and confirmed when I was 8. I've stuck with it because it makes sense, my life is better, I'm constantly learning and finding ways to improve myself, I have a purpose, I have direction, I have self-respect, I have love and support, I love sharing what I believe with friends and family, and I love helping others. I really can't live without the Church or the gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I've served a full-time mission in Utah, I've served as an ordinance worker in the Rexburg Idaho Temple, and I've served as an Elders' Quorum President. I like to think I'm doing the best I can. Recently, my best friend helped me focus on what's important and not fret about the little stuff so much. I try to thank my Heavenly Father for every good thing, and sometimes the things I think are bad, because He has a plan for me. When I home teach, I try to cater to their needs and wants. I try to follow the promptings and impressions from the Spirit when I get them, especially to serve others.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Benton James
The Book of Mormon recounts the history of the Nephites and the Lamanites. As it reads of the cover, it is another testament of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible in any way, shape, or form. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand-in-hand. Joseph Smith obtained the plates of brass (later to be translated, transcribed and recorded as the Book of Mormon) at a relatively young age. The angel Moroni gave Joseph Smith instruction as to how and when Joseph Smith was ready to begin the work. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Benton James
A testimony is what you think, feel, believe and/or know to be true. My testimony is my witness and personal experience(s) that I've gained by reading the scriptures, attending and participating in Church, praying, and serving others. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Benton James
"Mormon" is a nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because of the Book of Mormon. You'll notice that the name of our Savior is in the title of our faith. We're Christians. Show more Show less

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

Benton James
My family and I are closer than ever before because I'm living the gospel a lot more. Why else would reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible, attending General Conference, sacrament meeting, Sunday school and Elders' Quorum, and getting on my knees and having a conversation with my Father at least twice a day actually help me feel better and be a better person unless there was a God? and if He was a loving Heavenly Father who wanted me to be successful in life? I believe in God also because I've seen bad people become good, and good people become better. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Benton James
I guarantee you that it doesn't matter what your circumstances are: you're always welcome to worship with us. Services last for three hours each Sunday. We have sacrament meeting first, then Sunday School, and then meetings for men and women, young and old. (For the record, not every ward is like this.) During sacrament meeting we renew our baptismal covenants, listen to members of the congregation speak to us about different gospel topics, share their testimonies, etc. By the wayside, you're allowed to go up and bear your testimony regardless of who you are. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Benton James
Paying tithing is a blessing. If you think of the Savior with a large pizza with 10 slices on your doorstep, and you give Him one, that's all He's asking. Even though He gave you that pizza in the first place, He will bless you with so much more. Not all of His blessings will be cash, or a check, but they do come. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Benton James
God told us that authority is important. That's enough for me. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Benton James
First, get informed. Ask the missionaries to teach you and your family. Ask your Latter-Day Saint friends or family members questions. Second, read the Book of Mormon. Third, think about it. Fourth, ask God in prayer. You need to be willing to act on the answer you get. God will tell you through the Holy Ghost by promoting and inviting good thoughts and feelings. You're not going to get a better answer from anyone else. Show more Show less