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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in the city of Midvale, Utah. I'm a reader with a lover of both books and weird facts, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am someone who could be well defined as, and often defines himself as, a bookworm and or a nerd. I love reading books and playing video games. One of my biggest passions is reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy genera books. I can pass many hours by myself just reading and reading. Some of my favorite books to read are Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo; and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien. My favorite Non-Fiction books to read are the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible. They have helped me become a better person, and have taught me so much about the Jesus Christ and his teachings. One of my favorite quotes about the Book of Mormon comes from the sixth paragraph in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon. It reads, "Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: 'I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.'" I have seen this book work wonders in my life, and I wouldn't hesitate to testify to its truth and power to anyone else. Currently, I am not going to college or reading much fiction, as I am serving a full time mission for the LDS Church in the Tampa, Florida Mission. It has been my privilege to serve among the Haitians in South West Florida, and I have had many wonderful experiences because of my service.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this church with all my heart. It gives me the opportunity to actively participate in all of the worship services. It encourages me to develop both myself and the talents I posses, and to use those talents to help others. The LDS church also has an extremely robust charity/disaster relief program, something that I personally love and cherish. In the Bible in the book of James Ch. 1 Vs. 27 it reads: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." This church takes those words to heart, and that is one witness to me that this is truly the church of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and backs up the Bible 100%. I know that we have a prophet on the Earth today, and that God continues to call prophets to guide us, even as in the days of the Bible. I know that Jesus Christ suffered, died, and was resurrected for us, for me and for you. I know that he lives and that his father, God, lives. I know that God loves each and every one of us, his dear children, and he wants the very best for each of us. He wishes to help us become the very best we can be, and this will sometimes require us to go through trials. I have faith these trials we go through in life are for our good, and that if we endure to the end we will be blessed more that we can ever imagine. That is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full time mission for the LDS church. I am serving in the Tampa, Florida mission, speaking the language of Haitian - Creole. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Haitian peoples in Florida. It is an interesting facet of our faith, that many young men and women serve missions like this, and so willingly. I know I speak for the vast majority in saying that this was honestly no sacrifice. This is one of the biggest gifts I have ever gotten, as I have learned not only how to preach the Gospel, but also how to serve and love others, and how to truly be a disciple of Christ. It is one of those gifts that don't stop giving, and I anticipate that I will continue down this path of progression and learning throughout my life.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

When Jesus was questioned before Pilate, He taught him that His kingdom was "not of this world." (John 18:36) The LDS Church takes this scripture to heart, and has the following policies: 1.) The LDS Church does not endorse political policies or candidates, but it will make a statement on issues with significant moral consequences. Example: the LDS Church's stance on marriage is that marriage is and should remain between a man and a woman. On the other hand, the LDS Church has no stance on income tax. 2.) LDS church buildings and other church property are not allowed to be used for political events, such as fundraising or campaigning. 3.) A fundamental part of our beliefs found in the Articles of Faith states that: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." (Articles of Faith 1:12) In following this, we as members believe that we are to be good, law abiding citizens of our country. Part of this involves being involved with elections in countries where elections are held. Any further questions on this topic are best taken to http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/political-neutrality where the LDS Church has made an easy to understand statement. Show more Show less