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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a cheesehead by birth. I live for my family. I used to make video games. I've been a Mormon since 2000.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in Wisconsin as a Presbyterian. I love the Green Bay Packers and am thrilled that they won the Super Bowl. I've been married for 10 years now. I have two boys with a little princess. I'm a software engineer specializing in computer graphics. I used to make video games so young men think I'm cool. I used to be a band geek. I played in a house dixie band for the Atlanta Braves during college. I enjoy playing golf and basketball. I love cooking and my wife loves that I love cooking. I help coach my sons' baseball teams. I enjoy reading and watching TV.

Why I am a Mormon

I was almost finished with college and had accepted an internship with a company in Salt Lake City for the summer. A few weeks after arriving in Utah, I received a Dear John email from my girlfriend. Heartbroken, and in a new place, a friend decided to hook me up with an old high school friend who was attending BYU. We planned a group outing to go ice skating and see some of the local sites. When I showed up, everyone bailed except for my wife and her roommate. Her roommate quckly excused herself and it turned into a blind date. We went on a handful of dates and before I headed back to school. I was impressed with her standards, intelligence, and strong desire to be a mom. Very different from the career driven women at my school. She was also pretty cute. She gave me a brand new set of scriptures with my name embossed on the front cover. Bold to say the least. I went on to finish my last semster of grad school. I read bits and pieces of the Book of Mormon and even attended church with her family one Sunday. After graduation, I moved permanently out to Salt Lake City to begin my career. I invited the Mormon missionaries to come and teach me. Their first lesson was so powerful. There was very little that they taught to me that I didn't already know to be true. That is when I knew that they were true messengers of God reminding me of His love for me and His expectations for me. One week later, I asked to be baptised. One year after that, I married the young lady who shared the gospel with me. I have been a member of the Mormon church for over 10 years now and it has been nothing but a blessing to me. My marriage is strong because of the covenants that my wife and I made before the Lord in the temple. I'm able to teach my children how to be valiant and to be good examples in a world of confusion and mixed messages. I love the gospel and bear testimony that the Mormon Church is the restored gosple of Jesus Christ as prophesied in the Bible.

How I live my faith

 I pray to my Heavenly Father and read my scriptures daily. I spend a lot of time providing for my family both financially and spiritually. This is my number one priority. I know how important I am to my Heavenly Father. My family is just as important to me. We always have dinner toghther and share our days' events. We set aside Monday nights to spend time together learning the gospel, singing hymns, and having fun. I attend church every Sunday. During the week I'm responsible for training our local missionary leaders. We discuss doctrine and ways to help our members share the joy that they receive from living the gospel. Sharing something so personal and so "touchy" as religious beliefs is scary for most people, myself included. When a Mormon shares the gospel with you, it is an indication of just how much they love you. I also frequently help my wife teaching the youth at church on Sundays. I try my best to keep the commandments and to set a good example of the believers. I show compassion on the less fortunate and pay an honest tithing of one tenth of my increase.