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Hi I'm Ben Shores

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are busy parents of three: two boys and a girl. An engineer by trade, I am fascinated by physics, mathematics, and technology. I volunteer with our Church's Boy Scout troop and enjoy camping and outdoor adventures. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places--especially science museums. One of my favorite activities is trying new recipes with my family and improvising new ones based on all the items remaining in our pantry when we just didn't have time to make it to the grocery store and everyone is hungry.

Why I am a Mormon

First and foremost, because my parents are. I grew up with the teachings of Jesus because my parents taught me by precept and example. I appreciate all that my parents and other members taught me at church; they laid the foundations of my faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I think I am like many who grew up with a strong religious background at home, I found great enjoyment in my participation, but there came a time when learning from parents and leaning on the traditions of faith was not enough. Doubts crept in and my faith, at times, was fragile. It wasn't until my father invited me to pray to God and ask Him if the Book of Mormon was, in truth, His word that I discovered on my own remedy to these doubts. I knelt by my bedside, and no sooner had I uttered the heartfelt prayer than I felt an unmistakable peace and warmth that I recognized was the influence of the Holy Ghost. I knew, in that moment, that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that Joseph Smith had to be a prophet like those of the Bible. I've found that this knowledge--gained as a boy--has done more to strengthen my faith in God and the Savior Jesus Christ than any other religious sect I've been exposed to. The simplicity and frank language of the Book of Mormon has strengthened my faith in the words of the Bible and provided a clarity that I cherish. I am humbled by God's great grace and mercy in providing me the gifts of a Mormon home and childhood. With all that He's done for me, I am determined to always be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith a little each day. Every morning, before I go to work, I read from the scriptures. I'm currently reading the Old Testament for the first time. I've read the New Testament and the other books that our church accepts as scripture: the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. I study and pray each day for help from God to guide me to do what is right for myself and my family. I volunteer with the youth of my ward in the Boy Scout troop. It's challenging for me to devote the time I need to the program and still be a parent to my three children. It is my first time as an adult leader in Scouts and I often feel the weight of my inexperience as a leader and the tug of wanting to be at home with my family. Organizing camping trips and regular scout meetings is not something I'd usually want to do, but I feel a duty to do my best for the young men who depend on this program to have fun in a safe and instructive environment sponsored by an honorable organization like the Boy Scouts of America. I had dedicated scout leaders as a boy, and I try to emulate their example as best as I can; their service to me meant a great deal. I hope I am similarly inspiring. Other responsibilities including visiting other members each month to share gospel teachings in their home. Another male member and I go to the homes we've been assigned to visit, teach a brief lesson, and encourage the family to pray and seek knowledge from the scriptures. My companions and I look for ways we can provide charitable service to these families beyond the monthly visit; helping when they are in physical or spiritual want.