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Hi I'm Ben

I play the saxophone and the clarinet and I love jazz music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I have a son and two daughters and I'm married to a wonderful woman named Rita. I met her in Ukraine where I served a mission for the LDS church. Her parents live in our home, which can be nice when we need a babysitter. It does present some challenges, however, as you might imagine. They do not speak english and must rely on my wife and I for nearly everything. This is difficult for them as they are very proud people. Over all we are a very happy family. My family is the most important part of my life, next to God, and I can't imagine a day without my kids. I enjoy music of all kinds, including heavy metal, rock, and classical, violins and stuff, but my passion is for jazz. I play the saxophone and the clarinet and love to play in groups or on my own. I love how music can make one feel. Whether happy or sad, music speaks to me and can accentuate my moods or change them completely. To be able to create music is one of the gifts I am most grateful to my Heavenly Father for.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as my Savior. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know for myself that it is true. The Spirit has born testimony to me that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today named Thomas S. Monson. To me, this is one of the most important facts about our church. God continues to direct us as he did throughout history. Through a prophet. We need that now more than ever. 

How I live my faith

 I serve in the church as what is called a Ward Mission Leader. My job is to coordinate missionary efforts at the local level with the full time missionaries. I work with our ward members to help them to share the gospel with their friends and families. Together with the full time missionaries we help people to understand the mission of the Savior and why the gospel is so important in our lives. The best part about this calling is feeling the Spirit that comes as we bear our testimonies and help people to find one of their own.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ben
 Jesus Christ was of course the ultimate example of what we should strive to be as men. Unfortunately, I fall far short of his example. Many times in my life I have not been what one would call a "good person". I have, however been able to repent and call upon the name of Jesus Christ to lift me up where I belong. Faith in Christ means believing that He is and that He loves me. If He can love me, after all of my short comings, what then must I do? I must try to be like Him and live my life in harmony with His teachings. As a husband, as a father, I want to do everything I can to treat my family as Christ would treat them. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Ben
This is a complicated and politically charged issue. Just the mention of it brings tempers and passions to a boil. I have many friends and associates on both sides of this issue. My question to everyone is this. When has sex outside of marriage ever been an accepted practice in any form? From the very beginning, man has been commanded to be chaste and faithful to ones spouse. Sexual activities outside of marriage have always been an "abomination unto the Lord". So why is it such big news now that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taken a stand against this issue? I believe that the relationship between a man and a woman is one of the greatest gifts God has bestowed upon us. In this we become the most like Him. We have been given the power to create life and the joy of oneness with our partner. Just like our Heavenly Father. That is why we hold this gift with such sacred reverence. The families that we have in this life are not unique to this world. We came from families in the life before and we will return to be together again in families in the life hereafter. To change that is not in the program. Families are a fundamental part of God's plan for us and that cannot be altered, no matter what the political trends or desires of men may be.  Show more Show less