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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a Special Educator, a Crohnie, an avid lover of life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished my graduate studies at the University of Utah in Special Education-Severe Disabilities. I currently work at an elementary school in a functional life skills classroom. In my spare time I keep busy by spending time with family and friends, volunteering with local advocacy groups and volunteering with theater programs. I also served a mission in the Southern United States. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an autoimmune disease. I currently enjoy volunteering as a mentor for Team Challenge, the fundraising and endurance training program of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I choose to be. Being true and obedient to the teachings and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way I have found true peace and happiness. I find safety and confidence in the teachings found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know them to be true. I believe in Jesus Christ and have faith in His Atonement and His gospel. I came to truly understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ while I was battling Crohn's disease. It is an incurable autoimmune disease that is more common than cancer, but because it is an Inflammatory Bowel Disorder and most symptoms are embarrasing to discuss, many people suffer in silence. The hope that the gospel brings is what kept me going through the intense pain, weight loss, fatigue and depression. My trial has now become my greatest blessing. I am a witness that God does answer our prayers, in His own way and time, but it is always for our benefit. I know that God loves all of His children regardless of who they are, where they live or how they choose to live their lives. The knowledge that I existed before I came to Earth and that life will continue after compels me to make the most of my life and live the best I can.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is more than participating in weekly Sabbath worship or other activities throughout the week involving my church, it is how I live every moment of every day. It is how I treat people and how I use my time. We all make mistakes and that's why we have the gift of the Atonement. I try to live every day with the faith that I can do better than the day before through the help of Christ. I try to find opportunities to serve others in small ways to show gratitude for what I've recieved. I believe that each of us is a child of God and we should treat others as such, regardless of how we feel about their choices. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is everything to me. How do I live my faith? My faith is my life.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

People often question the injustices of our world today. Why did someone have to die? Why did I get cancer? Though we may never understand the reasons to these ponderings in this life we can have faith that all wrongs and injustices will be made right by Christ. He alone willingly chose to experience and suffer, on our behalf, all the strife this life would bring. From petty mistakes to grevious sins, from victimization to death, Christ took all upon Him that He may act as a Mediator on our behalf to satisy the demands of justice and also mercy which laws are eternal. What He requires in return is our faith in Him and obedience to His commandments which bring us peace, safety and confidence. The Atonement, the act of taking upon himself all stains of mortality, gives me hope that whatever I am going through, if I trust in Christ, I will be able to overcome it. Show more Show less