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Hi I'm Benson

I'm a Mormon from Canada, Alberta. Life is pretty swell for me, I am currently serving my mission in Halifax (2011-2013)

About Me

I'm serving a mission in Halifax Canada between Aug 3, 2011-2 years after the fact. My hobbies include crafting things out of metal (either by smelting and casting, welding, or hitting it with a hammer). I also enjoy sculpting and several other forms of art. I have performed in plays, more specifically musicals, I also like to read, and if I decide to not be lazy I write too. I decided to serve a mission for my church out of a desire to share my beliefs with other people. It is through my belief in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that I know that I can be with my family in this life as well as the next. I can think of no greater blessing of assurance that one may require than this.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church so I guess I've always had the teachings of the restored gospel in my life. I have been told from time to time that I cannot possibly know whether the religion I am associated with is true or not because I was raised in it so I am potentially "brainwashed". This of course is not the case, for it is one of the main teachings of the church that one cannot use the testimony as another for a crutch all their lives and must find out for themselves if the church is true. How this is accomplished is by taking the invitation within the book of Mormon: Study the book and pray to know for yourself whether it is true or not and it will be revealed unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. I have done just that and as a result I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is The Lords Kingdom once again established on the earth, Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration and most importantly Jesus Christ is the savior of the entire world. That is not the result of brainwashing but is in fact my solid testimony that I have gained through the power of the Holy Ghost upon my study of said book.

How I live my faith

Well, I'm on a mission right now so you could say that that is how I am currently living my faith. As I said above it is through my faith and devotion to studying the scriptures that I have come to know that there is a God and he does, in fact, have a plan for us his children. These scriptures are not just the Bible but the Book of Mormon as well. It is through the study of these two books that I have been able to come to an understanding of a few simple facts: God is our loving heavenly father and we are on this earth to provide us with an opportunity to learn the difference between good and evil so we may understand what true joy is. Families can be together forever and are central to our father in heavens plan. To experience true joy in life one must learn about God and follow the commandments he has given for the benefit of us his children. The most essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ is faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, Baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and then enduring to the end. As many if not all missionaries know, it is very difficult to express this point on a doorstep when only given a scarce few seconds to do so before being turned away.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Benson
There are no restrictions on who can join the church and there never has been. It is true that for a period of time certain races of people could not receive the priesthood. There is no legitimate historical reference for why this restriction was put in place. But God - through revelation to the Prophet Heber C. Kimbal - told us there should no longer be any restrictions based on race for receiving the priesthood. (see Official Declaration 2) I wont try to defend this restriction because I honestly do not know why it was in place. However, it reminds me of the bible during the time of Moses. Only two of the tribes of Israel at the time were allowed to hold the priesthood. Although God loved all the Israelites He only allowed certain members, through birthright, the Priesthood. I don't know why that was, but what I do know is that even though a select number of people could hold the priesthood, it was their duty to share the blessings of their calling with all men. Even in the past when God only allowed a select few to hold the Priesthood, it was there to bless everyone. But as stated before, in this day and age there are no restrictions on who can hold the Priesthood (so long as they remain worthy), and there was never any racial restrictions on who could be a member of the church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Benson
We believe that baptism is an essential ordinance for salvation. Even the savior himself was baptized to set the perfect example for us. He was baptized by John the baptist who had the Levitical Priesthood (Authority of God by birthright of the time). This authority from God is essential to perform baptism, however, there are points in time in history where no man on earth had such authority from God. God, in his loving wisdom has provided a way for those who did not receive baptism in life the opportunity to accept a proxy baptism while residing in the spirit world. This shows that God truly loves all of his children because eventually every person who has ever lived will receive this work. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Benson
This can be summed up in one word: No. We do not worship any Prophet of any age, we recognize them for their testimony of Jesus Christ, our savior, and we understand that a prophet is a tool God uses to communicate his will to earth. As well as receiving and then giving revelation for the entire world. This applies to all Prophets since the begging of the world. However what is said by the current Prophet on earth should be the most relevant because he has receive specific instruction for our time and our problems. Most of us are not slaves like the people in the time of Moses, so we need no Prophet to call down fire and divide large bodies of water. On the other hand we are living in a time when the value people place in a strong family unit is dwindling. Thus we need guidance from God, through his authorized servants the prophets, as to how we should approach and deal with this problem. Although this may seem like some form of worship, following the commandments given by a man called a Prophet, it is through a testimony of his calling by God that we follow his advice. We do not worship Prophets, we worship God our Eternal Father, as well as His son the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less