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Hi I'm Ben Robinson

Grew up in California, but did most of my learning in Arizona and Utah. I love outdoor sports, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I love the joys that it brings. I love the pursuit of knowledge, however elusive it sometimes may seem. Consider, for example, that we have no idea what makes up 96% of the universe! This pursuit of knowledge has lead me to gain the most majestic of experiences. Perhaps a distinctive part in this pursuit is a determination to just have fun in life! I love the joys that come with playing a good game of basketball, as well as the breathtaking satisfaction after reaching the peak of a mountain after a long climb. I love to stare up into a beautiful starry sky and pondering just as much as I love reading a wonderful book and getting lost in imagination. I have a particular love for the Scriptures, and consider this an indispensable source to draw knowledge from. Perhaps what I love the most, though, is my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This love has prompted me to serve Him as a full time representative of His restored church. For now, and until August 3rd 2013, I will be serving as a Missionary in Perth Australia. It is for this reason why any other description other then "I'm a Mormon" may seem superfluous.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised within the Church (a blessing which I am extremely grateful for), I have a personal testimony of its truthfulness. There is not one particular moment in time where I made a conscious decision that I would "be a Mormon", rather the compilation of countless moments and experiences has lead me to have an undeniable witness and testimony of the Church. In His parabolic teaching, Jesus Christ referred to this type of testimony as the growing of a mustard seed, or of the leavening of bread. There was no distinctive moment in my life where the my testimony went from "flat" to "leavened", rather it was, and still is, a process of becoming. I try to apply what I like to call the "can I feel so now" (Alma 5:26) principle to my life. In other words, every day I try to reconfirm my testimony, or gain a testimony of a specific gospel principle. This is done by daily scripture study and prayer. I can promise that after a thousand answered prayers, a countless number of questions answered, and a dozen outright miracles I have been lead to declare with undeniable certainty that "I know this church is true". I know that my knowledge is sure. But what is most remarkable is that I know this to be a path that anybody can walk. We are given this special promise by the Savior himself: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek; and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matt. 7:7-9). But what do we ask about? Anything! I know that Heavenly Father will give us a witness of any principle if we do our part. If you are just at the start of your journey, ask if the Book of Mormon is true, if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and if Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. I know that Heavenly Father will send the Holy Ghost to answer you, just as surely as He has answered me.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith in a very special way. I am honored to serve as a Missionary in the Australia Perth Mission. I have the chance of a lifetime to devote all of myself to a cause that I love. I go out everyday and do the best I can to do the work my Father in Heaven wants me to do. What a blessed man I am to be able to do this. However, I have not always been, and certainly will not always be a full time missionary. Before I was a missionary I tried my best to live my faith through the person that I was. Although I was not perfect at it, I tried to be kind and generous. I tried to love a "Christian life" by exemplifying the teachings that Christ taught. I tried to serve and love others more then myself. Again, may I say that I was in no way perfect. I also tried to live my faith in the way that I viewed the world around me. I would try to relate anything I learned to the scriptures. Doing this made things make since to me, and would clear up a lot of confusion. I would anchor myself each night by doing a substantial study of the scriptures. This also helped me to not only know the stories and characters I would read about, but also try to be like them. In short, I live my faith by loving my faith, and by loving my faith internalizing it as a part of myself, thereby helping the Gospel light shine through.