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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a behavior therapist working with children on the autism spectrum. I love music, art, friends, and being in the great outdoors

About Me

I take after both of my parents in that I've always had a green thumb. I love being around growing things and helping them grow. As a child that meant spending time running free in the forest. As I got older it meant learning how to garden, care for flowers, and take care of animals. And after graduating college it meant going to work in the field of behavior therapy, working primarily with children on the autism spectrum. So I still get to watch growth and development happen every day. The best part of my week happens when one of my clients learns a new skill, says a new word, or develops an adaptive interaction with another person. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, painting, listening to music, and going for walks at night when the city is quiet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) family. But as a child I never really learned for myself if it was true. I always felt a strong belief in the existence of something greater than myself. But beyond that I didn't know what to believe. I tried to learn for myself if the church was true. I read the holy scriptures (both Bible and Book of Mormon) cover-to-cover many times. I prayed to know if they were true. I fasted to know the truth. But still I felt like no answer came. So in my early 20's I left the church to hunt for truth on my own. I considered many established religions, both Christian and others. I very seriously investigated atheism. But no belief system I looked at was able to satisfactorily answer my questions. I've always been scientifically-minded but the theory of evolution was so unscientific and full of holes that I couldn't bring myself to believe it, and the other faiths I examined left me feeling like something was missing. So for a time I drifted. I didn't have a belief system to call my own, and I'd given up looking. After a while of living without direction though I realized my life was hollow. It was a difficult time for me, and the thought came to me to give my childhood faith another look. Though I was something of a prodigal son, the church welcomed me back with open arms, and as I really tried to live the teachings of the church, I came to know for myself that they were true. I still have a couple of questions I'm seeking answers to, but I know that this is the church of Christ on the earth today. I'm so grateful to God for giving me that knowledge when he did. The fact that I had to wait so many years to learn the truth made it all the sweeter when it came to me. I guess that's just another witness to how much God really does love us and know us. I can honestly say that it is in living according to the teachings of the church that I've finally found an inner calm, and that has been more than worth the effort and the wait.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon isn't just a name, it's a lifestyle. It's not a faith where I go to church on Sunday and forget about it the rest of the week. It affects everything I do. I live it in the little actions I take every day. I live my faith as I try to be 100% honest with my employer, even though it would be easy to bend the hours and overcharge for my work. I live my faith every week as I attend my church meetings, even if I'm tired and would rather just sleep through the meeting time. I live my faith as I choose to live a sexually abstinent life, even when there are those around me pressuring me to do otherwise. I live my faith as I try to be courteous to everyone and give others the benefit of the doubt, even if they're rude or disrespectful to me. To some I may sound a little old fashioned. I'm okay with that. Living my faith isn't easy. But it's worth it, because at the end of the day I feel good about myself and my standing with God. Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm about as far from perfect as a man gets. I make mistakes, I have plenty of flaws, but because of my faith I have hope of improving, and I have something to look forward to. Feeling that hope is part of living my faith as well. I think every person who lives the teachings of the church will feel the same hope that I feel. And it's a wonderful feeling.