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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Michigan, served in the Navy, spent 25 years in Florida where I was a CPA & moved to Colorado in 1993. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Michigan hunting, fishing, water skiing and generally loving the outdoors. After college I spent many years as a CPA and dabbling in other industries as well, with a 3 year break to serve on destroyers in the US Navy. I migrated to Florida, married, raised a son and then moved to Colorado. I was tired of driving/flying 2000 miles to hunt, fish and ski. Not everything works out as we plan though and my wife decided Florida was a better place and we divorced. My current occupation is in real estate specializing in business brokerage. I still enjoy the outdoors, hunt all I can every fall, replaced water skiing with drag racing in the summer, took up downhill skiing and snowshoeing for winter sports and remarried a few years ago. My new wife and I love to travel, and share a great love for the outdoors, family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Congregational Church but always had unanswered quesitons. As an adult I found myself always seeking the truth and joined and even became active in several protestant denominations- Prespyterian, Southern Baptist, Luthern, Church of Christ and a few non-denominational churches. None, except one small non-denominational church in Colorado, seemed to live the Gospel as it was preached or to be organized as Christ had organized His church. Although given a Book of Mormon many years ago it didn't have much meaning to me at the time. A few years ago I met a lady and started falling in love. She was/is a Mormon so I found that old Book of Mormon and started reading it again, this time with a purpose of learning if it was true. I can testify that the Holy Spirit was with me and I knew almost from the first few chapters that I had finally found the truth. Quesitons of "Where did we come from?" and "Why are we here?" were clearly answered. I knew that I had spent a lifetime asking quesitons other denominations had no answers for. My former pastor was sure I was joining a "cult" but I can assure you, as I have him, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is no cult, but a true church following the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible and further revealed through the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Although I am a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have had several callings. In each case I have had a great feeling of being unprepared or unqualified, through prayer I have always found that the Lord does not call us to a responsibility without also providing the strength and knowledge to fulfill the duty. He knows our weaknesses and will provide strength where needed if we simply ask Him for forgiveness and blessing. It is a joy to serve the Lord by helping others, whether members of the church or not.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

While the world around us seems to be in constant turmoil and chaos, as a Mormon family, we know that Heavenly Father not only has a plan for mankind but a plan for each of us and for our families. Our faith in Him along with regular scripture study and earnest prayer has provided us with a barrier that keeps that turmoil at bay, knowing that His love for His children will protect us. Our time here in this world is but a short time in eternity and only a step toward life eternal with Heavenly Father. Otherwise we live much as any other family. But as converts to the Church and having years of prior experience with other faiths we have found more peace internally and with the world at large, as well as answers to many questions never before answered. By following the Word of Wisdom we have also learned healthy living and have experienced better emotional and physical health in general. Show more Show less