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Hi I'm Ben

I love my family. I crave mountain biking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of seven. I grew up in San Jose, California and have an older sister and three younger brothers. I love to hang out with friends and one of my favorite sports is basketball. I love to be outdoors and enjoy mountain biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, and going to the beach. I am planning on going to school for Construction Management. I am an Eagle Scout and love to help others and spend quality time with family and friends. I am a pretty simple minded guy and love to have fun no matter what I'm doing. I love to keep it simple all the time and if I could have it my way all the time it would be 70-80 degrees with a slight wind, and I'd be wearing a t-shirt and basketball shorts. Ahh what a wonderful life that would be, right?

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I want understanding in life. That is what the gospel has given me. It has not necessarily gotten rid of life's problems but it has given me the means to get through just about anything. I was born into the church and am thankful to have two parents who showed by their loving example why church is so important. My dad joined the church after my parents got married and he has told me the impact that the church has had in his life and how happy he is now that he is a member. I believe that God loves his children and because he does he has a reason for everything and he wants all of his children to understand the reason for everything and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to live with my family forever and through the gospel it's possible. I am so thankful for the sacrifice that Christ made for all of us so that we can return to our Father in heaven and be happy.

How I live my faith

 I try to be the most Christlike example that I can be. I believe that's the best way to live any faith. The way I live mine is being an example and standing up for what I believe in. I help out in church wherever I am needed. I have been a teacher and have worked with people my own age to continue to fellowship others and share the gospel with them.

What is faith?

Ben
With faith the size of a mustard seed we can move a mountain. That's a lot of power! So what is faith? Faith is to hope for something you can't see, but you know is true. Faith is powerful and faith in something is miraculous. Faith in Jesus Christ and in God helps us to get through lifes challenges and look towards something better. We all have faith of an after life but none of us have seen it. Faith is an action word that keeps us pushing along when there is nothing to push for. Faith has impacted my life immensley because I have a belief in something bigger and better than all of us that can make us happier than we have ever been. That is why we all need faith. Everyday, everywhere. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ben
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name. To perform any ordinances in the church we need the priesthood. We need the authority from God in order to perform those saving ordinances for our lives. It's just like a police officer needs a badge to confirm that he has the authority to perform all of his duties. Without the authority from God, or the priesthood, we are basically doing it without his permission. The priesthood was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith and I am so grateful for it in my life. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Ben
Tithing, or a tenth of our income, is given back to the Lord to construct church buildings, temples, provide materials to teach from and to help with education. There are so many ways that we are blessed in a full circle for paying tithing because you never know when it will help you in your life. I have been blessed for paying my titihing by having the Spirit with me and knowing that I am helping the Lord's Kingdom grow. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ben
It's awesome! I think the best part is that my questions can be answered by the gospel. What could be better than that? I love serving those around me and being happy because I know that a loving God cares about me and wants me to be happy too. I find joy and happiness in the gospel and I know that anyone who lives it will feel the same way. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ben
We establish rules in our house like shoes or no shoes, only eat in the kitchen, don't let the muddy dog walk around, and don't throw balls around in the house. Why do we have these rules? Probably to keep the house clean and be sure not to break anything. I think of it the same way with the Lord. The temple is the house of the Lord and he has set rules for those who enter into His house. Anybody can enter the temple once they have taken the necessary steps and are obeying the rules. There is nothing secret going on in the temple, but it is sacred. We learn more about Jesus Christ and things that we will need to know in order to return to God's presence. These things we learn mean more to us as we prepare to enter the temple with the necessary steps taken to get there. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Ben
I believe my body is a gift from God and I try to take care of it, just as I would with any gift I receive from family members So why would this body be any different from a gift you would receive on your birthday or graduation? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Ben
When we die our bodies stay here on earth and our spirits continue on to the spirit world. The spirit world is like a waiting room before we are judged and resurrected. Death does not end our life, it just helps us to continue progressing in God's plan. We can live with family members after we die, and eventually live with God. Show more Show less