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Hi I'm Benson.

I am a husband and father. I am a demolition estimator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a kid, I grew up mainly in Northern California, but we moved around a lot and I lived in over 20 different places by the time I graduated High School. Our family finally settled pretty much for good in the Phoenix area in Arizona. Now I am married with 4 kids, graduated from Arizona State University and work as a demolition contractor doing work all over the state of Arizona. I enjoy all sports and being outdoors. As a kid I played team sports, mainly baseball and football but also did a lot of water skiing and snow skiing. After high school I started trying out other sports. The things that I enjoy now are surfing, water skiing, snow skiing, sailing, hiking, racing in triathlons and almost anything else that gets me outside. I also really enjoy spending time with my wife, taking vacations with the family and just having fun with the kids. I am very interested in picking up new hobbies as well such as paragliding, sky diving, and whatever else I stumble onto next. Doing fun things or little projects with the kids is a favorite too. My kids are young still so it is mainly playing games, going on bike rides, going on little hikes, playing sports or just messing around in the garage and building a little bike jump.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints about 10 years before I was born, so I was raised a member of the church. We went to church every Sunday and tried to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up, there were many instances where I had to decide if I was going to commit myself to live the gospel, or if I was going to do all the not so good things that my friends were trying to pursuade me to do. As I look back now on my childhood and when I was a teenager, I realize the influence of the Holy Ghost in helping me to make good choices throughout my life. When I graduated High School, there came that time when I had to make a real decision as to how church and religion was going to fit into my life. After many months of thinking, pondering, reading scripture, praying, attending more religion classes and anything else I could think of to help me decide for myself what I was going to do with my life, I knew what I had to do. It was then, just a few months out of high school at 18 years old I made a firm commitment to myself and to God that I would serve a mission and commit to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Serving a mission in northern Japan was the best thing that I have ever done for myself and my testimony. I grew so much spiritually. My small testimony of the truth of the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints grew very strong. I loved serving. I loved teaching the gospel. I loved studying the scriptures. This was the foundation that I needed to cary me through all the hard times I would be faced with in the future.

How I live my faith

Christ showed us the example and taught us that we are to serve. We are to serve to help others see the goodness of God. That is what I try my hardest to do each day. I serve my family by first providing a good life for them by working hard. I try to make work not be the most important thing in life even though I spend a lot of time doing it. I work early so that I get home early. I eat dinner with my family every day; I spend time playing with the kids and being involved in their lives; I spend time talking to my wife, taking her on dates, doing nice things for her, helping her around the house, helping her with the kids; I read books with the kids; I do projects with the kids; I take an interest in their lives and help out wherever I can. I try to serve my neighbors by trying to be aware of them and be freindly. I try to help out when needed with fixing something in their house, or playing catch with their kids, or mowing their lawn. I try to help people on the side of the road, or speak up if an elderly couple seems like they need some help walking up the stairs. I just try to be aware and help out when I can. At church I serve by teaching sunday school to the 13 and 14 year kids. I try to help them learn and understand the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also serve by visiting assigned families in my neighborhood, get to know them, be their freinds, teach their kids little faith building lessons and help them when needed. I also live my faith by trying to do what is right each day. I remember when I was young how I thought that once I was an adult all my problems would go away. I was very wrong. It is amazing to me how many opportunities there are each day to lie, or cheat, or deceive someone else. I live my faith by trying to always be honest, forthright, respectful of others, and be fair in all my doings.