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Hi I'm Ben

I was born and raised in Massachusetts. Married my sweetheart, Kristine and am the father of 6 children. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, the 6th of 11 children, 7 boys and 4 girls. I served a mission in Curitiba, Brazil, the same location where my mother served 30 years earlier. Upon returning home I relocated to Utah where I met my bride-to-be, Kristine. After several months of courting and 2 engagements (I got cold feet :)) we were sealed together in the Manti, Utah Temple. 14 years later we are the proud parents of 6 beautiful children, all boys except 5! I studied at both Utah Valley and Brigham Young University, earning degrees in Behavioral Science and Recreation Management. I am currently employed at Ancestry.com where I am an operations manager in the Member Services department. My hobbies are my family. I enjoy going on weekly dates with Kristine. She and I also take turns each week bringing our children on their own one-on-ones. Other interests include swimming, mountain biking, hiking, basketball, reading, frisbee, and dreaming of the day when we'll own another dog. As a child I never could have imagined the joy which awaited me as I grew up. Still growing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a second generation Mormon. My parents both became converts to the Church in their early twenties, my Mom while she was a nursing student at Simmons College in Boston and my Dad while he was a sailor in the Navy. As I hear the miraculous stories of their conversions, I know that the Lord's hand was guiding their lives to the truth and ultimately to each other. Their choices have released an outpouring of blessings in our family which have influenced generations in both directions. Following their conversion, my maternal grandmother and both paternal grandparents became baptized. Today, I am a Mormon because I choose to be. Every day I am amazed by the tiny details which bear witness of my Heavenly Father's big Plan of Happiness. I know that He desires light and life for all of His Children. In His infinite kindness, He surrounds me with evidence that He is always near, offering encouragement and divine grace. I know that my imperfections can be made whole through the priceless gift of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Thanks to His Atonement, I have the prospect and reality of peace and hope every day in my life. He makes my "scarlet" become as white as snow. He heals my broken heart, mends my broken bones, and fills my life with joy. I know that when Christ was upon the earth, He established His Church, teaching His perfect gospel. I know that following His death, there was a resulting apostasy, or falling away from the truth. Through his servant Joseph Smith, He restored his Church here upon the Earth. Today, the Priesthood of God is in full force, acting for the benefit and salvation of all His children. Today, we are led by a living prophet. Today, families can be together forever. It is because of these truths and many more that I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is comprised of a million little daily decisions which over time are leading me to Christ. I do my best to live my faith wherever I go in whatever I am doing. In my home, I am a provider, presider and protector. I know that the way I live is not just having an impact upon my immediate family, but also setting a tone and pattern for generations to follow. I find great pleasure in gathering my family for daily prayers and study of the scriptures. Our focus is not getting to the end of the next chapter, but understanding the truths and discussing real life application. I am raising my children to set their sights on the Temple, to follow the Prophet in faith, to cultivate and share their own testimonies. At work, I look for the good in everyone. I seek to build. I speak kindly of others and delight in recognizing their positive accomplishments. When occasion permits and the Spirit directs, I bear witness of gospel truths, restoring hope and perspective in the lives of my friends and co-workers. In my neighborhood, I love to open my home to everyone. I find great joy in serving others and take every opportunity to welcome and befriend those who move into our community. I currently serve on the High Council of my Stake with special assignments over missionary work and sports programs. I am so amazed at how the gospel changes lives. The transformation which occurs in a person's life as they turn themselves over to the Savior is nothing short of miraculous. There is no price too great, for the return on investment is everlasting. My two most favorite places to be on this Earth are my Home and the Temple. I go to the temple to make covenants and then return home to keep them. In the temple my vision becomes clear and Heaven is near. I am reminded of who I am and the love my Father has for me. I feel clothed with power. Upon returning home, I feel a stillness in my voice and increased desire to lead my family in righteousness.