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Hi I'm Benjamin (明豪)

I lived in China for 3 years and am an international affairs professional.

About Me

I was born the third son and sixth of seven children in a devoted, hardworking, patriotic working-class American family. My father is a retired enlisted Air Force and postal service carrier and my mother is a licensed in-home childcare provider. From a young age, I have loved to learn about the world around me. Involvement debating in Model United Nations in middle school, high school, and college sparked within me an interest in International Affairs. I studied International Affairs at the George H.W. Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, continue to increase my professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, and enjoy writing opinion editorials on domestic issues and foreign affairs.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, many friends would frequently ask me about my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Aren't you just following your parents in their faith? Do you really believe this? These were honest, earnest questions that deserve answers of an equal caliber. While at times it is difficult to know how to respond to such weighty inquiries, all of that practice helped me think through some better explanations for who I am and why I believe what I do. Simply put, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the life experiences I have had. In my life, I have felt too many times, both in my mind and in my heart, that the principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are true. I know, because of experience, that God is the loving father of our spirits, that Jesus Christ, His Son, is the Redeemer and Savior of all men and women everywhere, and that through the Holy Spirit we are able to receive heavenly guidance or inspiration that helps us live healthier, happier lives in preparation to return and live in God's presence forever with our family and friends. When I think of what of my life would be like without the gospel of Jesus Christ, I shudder. I cannot imagine the loneliness, the hopelessness, the utter lack of direction and motivation that would cause me to trip and fall. Of course, like everyone else, my life has days of difficulty, times of trial, those moments when you feel that you cannot keep going or that no one truly understands how you feel. In those moments, it is a blessing, a relief, a strength beyond description to feel the Holy Spirit bear witness to me that I am not alone, that God exists and loves me, that He knows me better than I know myself, and that His individual plan for me is greater than any plan which I could come up with on my own.

How I live my faith

Faith means different things to different people. To me, my faith is grounded in the firm belief that no matter what, I can apply the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life daily, be cleansed and forgiven of sins, and prepare to become perfect and return to live with my Heavenly Father, family, and friends for eternity. There are many ways to live one's faith. I have always felt that if I do not exert my time, my energy, my abilities and talents to encourage, inspire, strengthen, and uplift those around me, then I am failing the Lord and wasting away my life. It gives me great joy to give someone a ride home from the grocery store, to help edit a friend's paper for class, or to help in some other seemingly insignificant way. The joy of service and a simple "Thank you" can do more to brighten your day than earning any amount of money or other reward. I love to research family history. Learning more about my ancestors, their lives, their habits, the way contributed to the communities where they lived, helps me better know who I am and elevates my life goals and desires.