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Hi I'm Ben

I'm an artist, an optimist, an adventurer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey I'm Ben! I'm from NJ. I’m 21 years old and come from a big family. I'm child number six out of seven and I only have one mother. My family is the most important thing to me. I love to paint, sculpt, carve and draw and I'm always trying to explore new forms of art. Art is my life. I love volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming...(so most sports), anything outdoors, music, making friends, jokes, spending time with friends, movies, trying and learning new things, serving others and I'm a dork. In a nut shell, I love to work hard, and play hard, which pretty much boils down to: I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty or be myself. In my free time, I’m teaching myself to play the piano and do all of the above.

Why I am a Mormon

Like anyone that has experienced the joys of being a teenager, I acknowledged when I was 16 that I have the freedom to choose whether to live the "Mormon lifestyle" or not, so despite growing up in a very strong Mormon family I decided that I needed to find out for myself if this is the right church to be in. I recognized that this decision was something that would affect everything that I am and choose to do in the future, so I decided to put a lot of effort in getting an answer. At some point along the way in my investigation I came to the conclusion that it was all either true or it's not—Joseph Smith was either a prophet or he wasn’t. As the Bible says, “By their fruits ye shall know them,” so I studied the Book of Mormon and sincerely prayed to find out if it was truly another testament of Jesus Christ and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Like most people that have prayed, I didn't get my answer all at once or in some miraculous manifestation, but I instead felt what can be best described as a warm comforting feeling that penetrated me to the core. This warmth brought with it an overwhelming feeling of reassurance that this was in fact Christ's church in all of its fullness and that I've known that my whole life. Since then I have had many experiences that have furthered my conversion and have helped me to gradually become the person God would have me be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good person and being my very best each and every day. Whether that be through simple random acts of kindness or applying the teachings of Jesus Christ in everything I do, think or say. I also do the standard stuff like reading scriptures, praying daily, going to church weekly, paying my tithing, and so on. Being the person God would have me be is my ultimate goal and is something I'm constantly trying to achieve.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

I like to think of our life here on earth like college. Right now we're away from home and the only way we can get advice, help, and support or maintain a relationship with our parents is by staying in touch. Most parents would love more than anything for you to call them multiple times a day to talk to them, but they can't really force that upon you. Same with God, He's not going to force you to talk to Him, but like any parent He wants us to talk to Him and can help us when we do. Scripture study is equally as important as praying. If you take the time to study the scriptures daily, God will bless you in all that you do and will help you become a better person. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) As we thoroughly study the scriptures and put ourselves in the shoes of those we read about, we will not only come to know who God is, but learn how He can help us gain answers to whatever questions or concerns we may have in our lives. God not only is our Heavenly Father, but our Perfect, Omnipotent, Heavenly Friend and is there for us when we let Him. As we pray and study the scriptures we can get to know Him better, we will gain the necessary help we need to face the challenges life often brings our way. Show more Show less