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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a campfire musician. I'm a resident physician. I'm a life-long student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon and grew up in Utah with my somewhat unconventional, but awesome family. I absolutely love learning. I studied recreation management as an undergraduate, then went to medical school, and I'm now a resident in family medicine. Aside from "official" education, I enjoy learning about chaos theory, complex systems, philosophy, religion, ancient cultures and history, languages, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Currently, my favorite authors are C.S. Lewis and Hugh Nibley. I'm a musician, though somewhat untrained (I can't really read music...). I mostly play guitar and sing, but I also play random stuff like the spoons. I've written and played all kinds of music--ska, acoustic, oldies, etc., and I LOVE performing. I also enjoy hiking, camping, exploring, spelunking, ultimate frisbee, and pretty much anything else outdoors. I love traveling. So far I have visited West Africa, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East, and I look forward to many more adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

I have associated with people of various faiths all over the world, many of whom are incredibly good and devout. So, why am I a Mormon? I was raised by loving, faithful parents who taught me that there was a God, that Jesus Christ was His Son and the Savior of mankind, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet who translated a record of Christians in the ancient Americas and who restored Jesus Christ's true church. As I grew older, I recognized the need to establish my own faith. Were all these things actually true? By my teens and twenties, I became determined to find out. The first step I took was to actually read the Book of Mormon--sincerely, in its entirety, and with an open mind. As I read from its pages, I gradually came to the conclusion that Joseph Smith could not have written this book--neither of his own creative ability or with help from a more educated accomplice. My conclusion was solidified as I prayed and was given a deep spiritual confirmation that the Book of Mormon is, in fact, a true book of scripture, that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of a real and caring God. My faith in these truths has further been confirmed by the peace, confidence, and joy I have experienced in living the principles of the Gospel. Recognizing the many good principles and good people in all faiths, I nevertheless am confident that the full truth is in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is the center of my life. I go to church each week, and recently I've been serving as a Sunday school teacher, which I love. Outside of church, I also enjoy studying the scriptures on my own, participating in sports and other activities with people from my congregation, attending mid-week scripture study classes, doing community service projects, monthly spiritual checkup visits with a few members of the congregation, and a whole lot more. You can imagine that doing all this along with my medical residency keeps me incredibly busy, which is true. However, the things I do with the church are so fulfilling, rejuvenating, and meaningful that I would never give them up. I'd rather be busy and happy than have a little extra time and lose the benefits of the gospel.