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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a husband, father of 3 energetic kids and an orthodontic resident. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 5 boys, no sisters. My brothers and I were always throwing a ball of some sorts, wrestling, or otherwise wreaking havoc on our home. Despite getting older, not a lot has changed. I still love sports, any form of athletic competition, and the outdoors - mountain biking, hiking, camping. Most Saturdays during the summer I will try and take my wife and 3 kids out to see something in nature. Colorado is a perfect home for us. My wife and kids are my greatest joy. While most of my time currently is spent studying for school and learning my profession, I love to leave it all behind and hear my kids laugh and help them learn something new.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all, I come from a family that was always devoted to living their religion as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mom and dad encouraged church attendance and read scriptures with us every morning. They helped me develop a love for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ at a young age and those feelings have stayed with me. In addition, I have had several experiences that have helped to solidify my faith in Jesus Christ and in his Church. I can distinctly think of 2 separate experiences when I have been singing hymns about the Savior and have had an incredibly powerful feeling of warmth, love and assurance that Jesus Christ lives. Another time I was in the temple. As I walked around a corner and through a door I had an overwhelming feeling that I was walking in to a room where my Savior would be. While I did not see him, I could feel that he was there just as sure as if my eyes could see Him. It is tough to explain the feelings associated with spiritual experiences - words could never do them justice - but they strengthen my faith and give me hope. Aside from what I have felt, I can see tangible evidence of the blessings associated with membership and activity in God's church. I see the joy that I can bring my children as I live the principles that the church teaches - I am a better father by following those teachings. There is more love in my home when we practice family home evening and when I read the scriptures. I find myself having greater patience, compassion, and less selfish desires. Being a Mormon and living the teachings of Jesus Christ make me happy. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by practicing it 7 days a week. Daily study of the Bible and Book of Mormon are an important part of my life. It sets the tone for the day and reminds me of the principles I know I should live. I try to use clean language and help others whenever possible. Within the church, I work with the young men's organization - the boys aged 12-18. I help them learn the gospel, work with them on progressing within the Boy Scouts of America organization, teach them life skills and take them camping. I love my calling and the opportunity to work with them.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope, peace, and happiness. Most important, it is true. Every man, woman and child can benefit from the teachings of the Savior of the world, both in this life and the next. Something this special must be actively shared. To keep it to ourselves would be selfish. The Savior said "Behold, do me light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; Therefore let your light so shine . . ." We let our light shine through by inviting our friends, neighbors and co-workers to see what brings us so much joy. We let our light shine by sending missionaries all across the world to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We do this because of the love that Jesus Christ has for every person on this earth and for the love that we feel for our fellowman. We don't mean to be pushy or to force you to believe as we do. We are sorry if our efforts make you feel this way. But we will continue to share the gospel because every day there is someone who is happy when they learn of the personal love Jesus has for them. Show more Show less