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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a nerdy outdoorsman, who loves ultimate frisbee, bowling, and having a good time with friends.

About Me

I go to school at Brigham Young University with a major in Recreational Management and Nonprofit management. With that degree I hope to work in the National headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America, possibly as an ambassador between the Boy scouts in the US and those in Japan. I have an internship with the BSA as a translator for Japanese and I couldn't be more excited! Family is a big part of my life; I come from a big southern family and it's always a good time with holidays come around: Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, family reunions, and whatever else we feel like is fun. I do live in the south in good ol' North Carolina, and it's a blast to be down there. The food's good (deep fried twinkies, cheesecake, cheeseburgers, macaroni, and whatever else we can fit in a fryer) the nature is beautiful, the weather is perfect, and I love it. As much as I love being outdoors, playing sports, or whatever else, I'm really just a nerd at heart, and I have a great time being in the balance.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and grow up in it my whole life; but by no means did that ensure that I would be a practicing Mormon today. I would do the whole church thing, go to meetings, participate in activities, and have a good time; but for the longest time, that's what the church was for me, just a good time. Something I found out quickly was that if the only reason you go to church is because you think it's fun, then you won't last in the church for a very long time. Right now out of all my siblings I am the only one that still is an active member of the Church. While my siblings have all chosen different paths, our parents impressed on us the importance of making our own decisions and I have decided to stick with the church and its teachings. It's more than just a place to go and have a fun time, it's something that bolsters you when you're weak, supports you when you have a hard time, and gives you strength to carry on past your normal limits. I am a member of the church because I have gained my own testimony that it is true. Prior to starting as a missionary for the Church I had never, of my own time, read through the Book of Mormon to gain a testimony of its truth. As I have read the text, put its teachings into practice, tried and tested the revealed truth contained therein, I have come to know for my self of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, the nature of God the Father, and His son Jesus Christ, and of the true importance of the phrase "I am a Child of God" I'm a Mormon because I know this church is true through study, heartfelt prayer, and evidence from my life and the lives of others.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. One of the most important things that I've found through this church is the joy and good feelings from serving others. By far my favorite responsibility I've had throughout my church service has been the opportunity to serve as a Scoutmaster for the 11 year-old boys in our area. One of the best ways I've learned to serve, through various activities in the Boy Scouts of America and other service activities, is the method of service by example. When it comes right down to it, you can talk about the good things that can come, the great mysteries of the world, and whatever might tickle your fancy until you lips fall off, but it really means absolutely nothing until its put into action. This church teaches principles of action and that's how I intend to live my faith, do all that I can, serve, love, and help others, and bring them closer to Christ. I live my faith by doing the best I can to become more like Christ everyday and by serving, loving, and assisting anybody, and any way I see.