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Hi I'm Ben.

I live in Wisconsin. I'm a husband, a father, and a chiropractor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read. I love reading philosophy and I love reading clinical chiropractic literature. I love really digging into books--really studying, seeking to understand new concepts which will change the way I live and act. I particularly love studying the scriptures. I love music, both creating and appreciating music. I played guitar in a couple of college bands and wrote a number of the songs we performed. I also enjoy listening to really good quality music, music that enlarges me beyond the physical senses of life; stuff like Peter Gabriel, Alexi Murdoch, The Avett Brothers, Jónsi, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rachmaninoff, Debussy. I love running. Nothing is more exhilarating to me than finding myself all alone on a trail, surrounded by the beauty of God's creations... lakes, tress, dirt, sun. And maybe just a sprinkling of rain and a mud puddle. But mainly I love being a husband and dad. I have found nothing else in life both so challenging and so rewarding. I think Spencer Kimball, a man I believe was a modern day prophet, said it best: "Marriage... means sacrifice, sharing, and even a reduction of some personal liberties. It means long, hard economizing. It means children who bring with them financial burdens, service burdens, care and worry burdens; but it also means the sweetest and deepest emotions of all" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, 194).

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides me with profound joy. It is a vehicle by which I become acquainted with the teachings of Jesus Christ, and of His servants both present and past. These teachings have brought me to a greater understanding of the design of this life: this life is our opportunity to strive to learn and grow, and to develop faith in our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We develop faith that as we keep His commandments, as we love Him, and as we love others, that--as Paul wrote to the Romans--"all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28). As I continuously strive to live Christ's teachings in my daily life, I discover that truly, as one modern day prophet Joseph Smith once taught, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God” (History of the Church, 5:134-35). I believe not only that happiness is the end of a life of Christian discipleship, but on a microcosmic scale, I have learned that happiness is the end of a day during which I have done my best to govern my life by Christ's words.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides its members with wonderful--at times challenging--opportunities to serve others, to live our faith. It is my great privilege currently to serve as the bishop of a local congregation. My calling involves counseling (for example with those striving to overcome addiction, those experiencing marital discord, etc.), teaching, and administering. It involves time spent with youth in classes, service projects, sports, and the arts. It involves visiting members of our congregation and striving to uplift them by service and sharing messages of faith and hope in Jesus Christ. My responsibilities can be summed up by one verse out of a book I believe to be modern day scripture: "I therefore say unto you, I seal upon his head the office of a bishopric... that he may administer blessings upon the heads of the poor of my people, saith the Lord" (Doctrine and Covenants 124:21). While these activities can be wearying at times, they also bring with them a rare and unique joy: I discover a greater sense of unity both with other men and women--brothers and sisters--and with my God.