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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a husband and a father. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father, and I work in human resources. I'm currently working on getting a Master's Degree. I'm passionate about theatre, about music, and about comedy. I love classic movies. And my son is adorable. Someday I'll figure out what I should do with my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about four years old, my dad contracted HIV. For the next twenty years, he battled the disease that eventually took his life. During my teenage years, when he was especially sick, our family cared for him every day, as he was not able to perform even the essential life functions we all take for granted. It would have been easy to surrender to feelings of betrayal, of loss, and of hate. But I knew then, as I know now, that God has a plan for us, and that plan is one of love, hope, compassion, and forgiveness. Without the church, I don't know I would have made it through those years. Without loving leaders, prayer, and support, I'm positive I would never have been able to navigate those waters. Because we couldn't do it alone. And now I have my own son. And I know that he'll eventually meet his grandfather some day. And that is simply marvelous.

How I live my faith

Every other week, I teach the adult Sunday school class in our ward. It is a wonderful experience, as I am not a scriptural expert, to learn more about the scriptures. All of the instructors in the church are called to serve from the congregation, so it is wonderful to hear the different experiences and points of view the membership can bring to the table. I'm lucky because I get to direct the discussion, but it is the experiences of the class that they share that really brings the lessons home. Someone will share an experience from their week that ties into the lesson, and I think, "wow, that can really help me out!" We are so much stronger together than we ever could be apart.