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Hi I'm Ben

I'm both from and live in Washington. I am a business owner, father of four girls, husband to a beautiful wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing sports, like any normal kid. To this day, I really enjoy playing pretty much anything that involves a ball. I golf as often as possible - even though I'm terrible - and I play basketball every Saturday morning. I also just started playing softball on a rec league... and I can feel it. My job keeps me very busy as I own an insurance agency. I never would have imagined that I'd own a business, but it has allowed my wife and I go places that we might not otherwise have visited. It allows me to create time that I can spend with my family, too. Certainly, not as much as I would like, but there are benefits to being your own boss. We live in a great neighborhood with great neighbors and friends, and one of the things I enjoy in life is being able to get together with and meet people. Parties, barbeques, hikes, get-togethers, and any other chance to gather is always a good time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and I grew up a member of the church. I was baptized when I was eight years old and had friends that I spent my childhood with who were also members of the church. I loved going to church - it was what I knew. But for a long time, I didn't know for myself that the Gospel was true. I was "leaning on borrowed light," so to speak. My mom and dad seemed to know it was true, as did everyone at church, and that was good enough for me. But I got to a point in my life that I began to question all of the things I had ever been taught. I wanted to find out for myself if what I'd always been taught really was true. It wasn't until I was on my mission to the Philippines that I got what I was looking for. I'll never forget the day that I was reading in the Book of Mormon, all the same questions I had still lingering in my mind and heart, and I was overcome with a feeling of peace and warmth unlike anything I'd ever experienced before. I knew at that moment that my Heavenly Father understood my feelings and had wanted me to know, really know, that He loved me and wanted me to be happy. I'm a Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. His story seems simply too unbelieveable, too miraculous to some, but I know that it's true. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient records and that they are the words of prophets who lived long ago and understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that we have a living prophet today who leads us in our time. And I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. I know that he died for our sins, rose again on the third day, and that He lives today. This is what Mormons believe. This is what I believe, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The first thing I would want anyone to know about me is that I am far from perfect, and I know I am far from perfect. However, I try and live my faith every day in everything I do. I manage people at work and I try to think of how Christ would treat employees if he were a boss. I have a wife and four kids and I try to remember to treat them with love and patience, as Christ did. I try to be honest, trustworthy, and a good friend. I try to stay involved with my ward (our local congregation) by serving in my calling, which is currently as ward clerk, which means I help with the administrative side of things. I try to be a good home teacher, which means I have about three families that I've been assigned to help watch over and take care of on a regular basis. Most of all, I try to remember to do the things Jesus Christ would have me do. I'm not perfect at it, but I try. And I believe that when we try our very best, He makes up the difference for us.