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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in the countryside. I eat, breathe, and sleep music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a twenty-one-year-old member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love teaching and meeting people who are looking for the greatest thing in my life. I love music, especially choir and classical repertoire. I have eight siblings, I am the fourth oldest and the second in our family to serve a mission for our Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into the church has made things different for me than most people. I’ve been learning its' teachings since infancy. Growing up I had people tell me that I had been “brain-washed” and that I really only believed it because I had been told over and over again that it was the true gospel. I had only one response to this. No. I have not been brain-washed. I know for myself that it is true. I went through a time when I started to think that they were right. I was trying to decide whether I would serve as a missionary or not. I went to a summer camp held at the Joseph Smith Memorial in Sharon, Vermont. I had the hardest inner-battle that I ever experienced in my life. The strange thing was that I hadn’t come to a conclusion at the end of the week that we were there for, but something changed my mind. I went from the camping grounds with our young men’s group and we went into the memorial center. We talked about the prophet, Joseph Smith, and walked the grounds. I never felt the kind of spirit that I did that very day. I suddenly knew for myself that the gospel was true. I knew that what I had been studying in the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that Joseph Smith had translated it by the power of God. I know. I really want to help other people feel what I felt. I want people to know how awesome the gospel is. It’s important to know what we’re here on earth for and where we go when we die. We need the security that we will live with our Heavenly Father and that He is on our side. That is why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a member of the L.D.S. Church. I testify about the importance of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. I'm a representative of Jesus Christ. I give up worldly passions and generally accepted hobbies to serve people as an example. To help them when they need the gospel the most. I know Heavenly Father has placed me in this position to be of greatest use to Him.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Ben
Every Sunday we wear formal apparel to our meetings. That means dresses or skirts – that go to the knee – with appropriate tops for the women. Men wear dress pants with a white button-up shirt – with an undershirt beneath – and a tie with dress shoes. We celebrate birthdays and most holidays including Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. One thing I love is that we have a blessing on our food, like saying grace. My parents have taught me that I can pray anywhere and that’s where I find the beauty in it. It’s awesome that anyone, anywhere can pray to God when we need to. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ben
I have come to know that we have a living prophet today that tells us what God would have us do in our time. Some people believe that God doesn’t speak to us anymore and therefore we can’t have prophets. Then I think of how vast his wisdom is, as he knows everything, and I think to myself that if God knows everything then did he really say everything that he knows in the past? I can’t imagine that he would just stop. This point is just one of the many supporting facts that reassure’s my knowledge of our prophet today. Show more Show less