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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a retired Boatswain's Mate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and we have four girls, our oldest daughter is serving a Mission in Oklahoma, she loves the people there very much and is grateful she is there, the other 3 are still at home and we love it. I retired from the Navy in 2000, after being unemployed for six months I worked for a tug company making runs to Alaska and Oregon. I'm currently working for a Naval Shipyard over 14 yrs now, I'm a Nuclear Marine Coats Specialist (Painter/Blaster) more on the painter side though. I enjoy the outdoors here in Washington State some of the thing I enjoy doing outdoors are crabbing, fishing for trout and salmon, small hikes/walk camping with our without the family and watching my girls play sports. My indoor interests are playing games with the family both board and Wii games, I'm not a big reader, but my wife has gotten me some good books to read. I love to help people when I can, I truly be leave serving others is true happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on my 9th birthday with my whole family, shortly there after we all left the church and I never thought about it until I was 17 and joining the Navy. I told them I was baptized LDS so I guess that is my religion. Once again after that I never thought of the church. While in high school I started some bad habits, joining the Navy only made those habits increase. With about 9 years in the Navy and while on shore duty I lived close to family so I started to visit them on weekends, and started to go to church with them. I'm not going to mention the faith, but I didn't change my life style, then I received a phone from a cousin's wife, she asked me if I would attend his baptism into the LDS church. The first thing that popped into my head was this is a house of God, so I told myself I couldn't go because of my life style, I tried to make excuses for not coming, but she wouldn't take no for an answer, so I told myself I wouldn't drink for a couple weeks so I could be sober and clean before going into the church building. My cousin and his wife met me at the church and introduced me to a few people that were there to support him as well, as I sat there and watched my cousin being baptized I felt and knew right then that this is were the Lord wanted me. At first it was a hard road to take, but I made some good friends and one of them is my Best Friend whom I love very much, and thanks to a wonderful Bishop who helped me get onto the right path to return to my Heavenly Father. I know without a doubt that our Heavenly Father will forgive us each of our sins, I felt that burden leave my shoulders.

How I live my faith

I've had various callings in the church from being a teacher of children, which is my favorite calling, to being a counselor for the Bishop. I have tried to live my faith also by how I talk to others. I ask others when talking to me not to use bad language, I remember when I first got active in the church that was a hard thing for me to give up and once in a while I would slip and others would remind me kindly I shouldn't use that word. My friends would also let others know that they don't talk around me with that kind of language. I believe because of the church and the blessings of the Lord I am more aware of the needs of others and can try to help them.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are a place were we can learn from each other as we grow, as a child we learn from our parents about things we should and shouldn't do our parents learn how to raise a child to the best of their capabilities, as siblings we learn to share, protect each other. Families are important to our Heavenly Father for we are is children he is our father, He wants us to know our family and love them even those that have gone before us, that is why genealogy is also important to us, it brings our whole family together. Families can strengthen each other and in doing this it strengthens our community and our country, with strong families come strong communities and country. Show more Show less