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Hi I'm Ben Daniel

I love baseball. I am Deaf. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born profoundly deaf. I grew up learning how to speak and lip-read as my family moved around the country. I have lived in five different states. I learned how to be successful in life and do whatever I set my mind to. I finally learned ASL and became fluent when I served a mission in San Diego, California. I grew up playing baseball. I had dreams to play for the MLB but those ended when I tore my labrum muscle in my shoulder. Now I am a student at BYU studying to become a property manager. Growing up, I was always concerned about who I would marry. I wasn't sure if I wanted to marry a woman Deaf like me, or a woman who could hear. I was worried I would end up marrying the wrong person. I met my wife while teaching at the Missionary Training Center and after a few months of dating, knew she would be perfect for me, no matter what my concerns were. We were married in 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon. My father converted my mother during his mission and they ended up getting married a few years later. Their testimonies were what anchored my decisions to be baptized when I was 8, to stay active in the Church throughout my life, to serve a mission, and to be sealed in the temple to my wife. Many people may think Mormon families force religion on their kids. But that was not the case with my parents. They always gave me a choice. They made sure to teach me the consequences of each choice I made. I learned for myself through their example that this Church is Jesus Christ's church. I made my own decisions through my experiences to be and to stay a Mormon. I hope to be the same example to those people around me, especially my future children.

How I live my faith

I am an active member of my Deaf ward. I try to put others before myself as Jesus Christ would. I try to find opportunities to serve and become who I think my Heavenly Father would want me to be.