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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle child in my family. I have an older sister, a younger brother, and two wonderful parents. I recently returned from serving a two-year church mission in Portland, OR. I am currently studying Information Systems at Brigham Young University and love it! I am a proud Texan—Gig’em Aggies! I love sports: volleyball is my favorite to play, college football my favorite to watch, and growing up I played on over a dozen baseball, football, and basketball teams. I love music and movies. Bullet for My Valentine is (currently) my favorite band and Oceans 11 is my favorite film. I played the French horn for seven years. I like learning, sleeping, gaming, working out, the beach, snowboarding, cooking, shopping, technology, traveling, boating, and Panda Express. I have a nerdy side, I am a bit of a neat freak and perfectionist, I can be very sarcastic, I like to have fun, and I love spending time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful to have grown up in the Church with parents who taught me by example to love the Lord. But as we all do I eventually had to decide for myself that following Christ was something I wanted to do. When I was little I attended Church because my parents went. But as I continued to listen to and live gospel principles I steadily began developing faith and a testimony. However, I was never sure that I had faith. Looking back I can now see that this changed as a result of a specific trial in my life. Several years ago a very dear member of my family passed away unexpectedly. There were many tears and much sorrow accompanying his passing. I felt sad to be separated from a loved one, but I knew that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ this separation would only be temporary. I did not question or wonder whether my family could be together again. The things I had been taught in my youth about God’s marvelous plan for His children brought understanding and perspective. I felt peace then and was hopeful about the future. I learned through this experience how dear to me the gospel is, and from this trial I have come to realize that I do have a strong faith in Jesus Christ and in his teachings. This faith constantly guides the choices I make and as I continue to follow the teachings of the Savior I have experienced immense peace and happiness. I know now that I want to always follow Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

For two years I lived my faith as a missionary in the great state of Oregon. As a missionary it was my privilege to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me by inviting them to build and strengthen their faith in Christ, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Another part of missionary work that I loved was the opportunity I had to work with and learn from the examples of church members around me. I also had numerous opportunities to provide service for those in need including helping people move, cooking meals for the homeless, and visiting the sick and elderly. Since I have been home I have held various responsibilities in my local congregations. I feel that through my service to others I can show my gratitude to the Savior for what he did. Perhaps on a more intimate level I live my faith by trying every day to learn more about the life of my Savior and the doctrines he taught. I do this by studying the scriptures daily, seeking the words of living prophets, and striving to understand and live what I learn with the help of the Holy Ghost. By trying a little harder to be a little better each day, I feel peace in my heart that I am becoming the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be.