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Hi I'm Ben

I live in Tennessee. I'm a husband, a father of four, a pilot, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, I am the third of six children and had a very active youth. My parents taught us the value of hard work. We had 3/4 acre land with over 100 fruit trees, grass to mow, a garden to tend, and plenty of small farm animals to take care of. My father would bring us boys hunting a lot and we loved to go camping as a family. I was an avid scouter earning my Eagle Scout and enjoying great youth leaders in church, scouting, and school. I played a number of sports. Soccer was the main one and I enjoyed skiing the Utah snow in the winters. I also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Czech Republic and still love the people of that great country. After my mission I went to college and began hanging drywall to help pay my way through. I met and married my sweet wife now of 16 years and together we struggled through those college years and the right-out-of-college low paying first jobs. I trained in college to be a pilot. After flight instructing for a few years, I was hired by a regional airline. Although the industry is cyclical and the schedule challenging for a family, my wife was ever my greatest support. Together we moved across the country, enjoyed serving in the church, waded through a lot of adversity and trials, welcomed four beautiful children into our home, and have learned to cherish one another. We now live in Tennessee and I'm working for a major airline. We feel blessed in all aspects of our lives and I am a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents taught us actively in the home and brought us to church every Sunday. As a child I didn't know any different and often took for granted what a gift I had been given in the gospel. One of the great doctrines of the Mormon Church is to have your own personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus through the inspiration and teachings of the Holy Ghost. Having grown up in The Church, I had plenty of experiences and feelings from the Spirit to know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. As an early teen, I felt the need to exercise Christ's atonement in my life. It was through this experience that I really began to find out and know for myself the love that God had for me as an individual and I became committed to Him on a personal level. Never again would I doubt His reality or His love for me. I decided to serve a mission for His church and share what I felt with others. Even before my mission, as I spoke to people, I was for the first time introduced to the huge and real world of anti-Mormon literature. This was brand new to me and although my witness of God and Christ were firm, I had not yet had to put my witness or testimony of the Mormon church to any test or trial. Thankfully I had the tools necessary for the task. I had been taught early the importance of study, pondering, and then praying to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to find truth. I had also learned that truth from God comes through the inspiration and promptings of the Holy Ghost. Thus I employed this formula time and time again over the next decade to learn the truth for myself from the Source, independent of any earthly influence. I can say that in every instance and with all my heart and a clean conscience before God that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true and restored gospel here on earth today and that through it the Lord is preparing this earth for His second coming.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith day to day while keeping the big picture and end goal in sight. The Savior said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent". I have found that there are unlimited distractions and different paths to follow or philosophies to adapt in life. It is easy to get so involved in other things that the most important thing gets squished out of the schedule. That's why I like to stay involved as much as possible. I strive to follow the counsel of our prophets to have personal and family prayer and scripture study each day. We also strive to have family home evening each week despite soccer and piano practices, school, scouts and everything else we are doing. This keeps me grounded and focused on Christ, the gospel, and my responsibilities as a husband and father. It also helps me be aware of any time I might be doing something which would draw me away from the Lord. "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" Mosiah 5:13. I also stay involved by accepting callings of service in my church family or ward which can be demanding but rewarding. In all these things I focus on returning to our loving Heavenly Father as an eternal family. Like all things that are good and worthwhile in life, it does require desire, perseverance, and a lot of faith and hope. I have found that because of The Church I have been able to have the necessary foundation in Jesus Christ to overcome trials and temptations that have allowed me to remain true and faithful. I can attest that whenever I have been most happy and at peace with myself and with God is when I have been actively trying to keep the commandments. On the other hand, I have found when I have been confused, depressed, and without hope or direction in life, it has been when I had forgotten the Lord and been preoccupied with the cares of the world.