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Hi I'm Ben

I’m a happy husband. I’m a devoted dad. I’m a guy who likes to serve others. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

If my Mormon pioneer ancestors could see me today, what would they think? It is a question I ponder often because I believe that who I am is an important reflection on those from whom I have come. When reviewing my role as a happy husband of 17 years, or my “all-in” investment as a father of three lovely girls, or the work I do as a teacher of youth on Sundays, or even the time I spend as a small business owner and an official of my local government, what would they see? I hope they’d be pleased—not because of the roles I play, but rather, because of the way I try to play them. They’d quickly realize that I’m far from perfect; but I’d like to think they’d be happy with my efforts. Serving others has become a great motivator for me and I enjoy working on something “bigger than myself.” But when there is a spare moment, you will likely find me out running (not because I love it, but because it “does a body good”) or reading up on the latest technological gadget or the newest sports car. I have a great love for my country yet I appreciate the cultures of other lands. I speak Portuguese and hold an M.B.A. in international business.

Why I am a Mormon

God exists. He loves each of us because we are His children. It seems like I have known this since…well, since forever. I see His influence in the world—and in my life—everyday, and I appreciate how He works through people of all faiths to accomplish much good in the lives of His children here on the Earth. My faith in God has caused me turn to Him for direction in life and I am grateful for the guidance that always comes (on His timetable) to help me try to better myself, my family, and the world around me. Through sacred personal experiences and everyday assurances, I have learned for myself that His gospel is on the earth in its fulness. In it we find all of the principles and teachings we need to clearly understand the purpose of this life and how we can be who we need to be to live forever with Him and our families in the eternities. This knowledge brings me great peace and comfort.

How I live my faith

I believe that there is no work more important than creating and developing a strong family. This means putting the needs of my wife and children first and giving them all of the love, guidance and help that I can. We eat together. We work together. We pray together. We study the gospel together. And most importantly to my young girls, we play together. We are not even close to being the perfect family, but we do share the vision of being happy and we do what we can to achieve it, day by day. Of course, we could never teach our children to be Christlike outside the home if we did not try to walk the talk ourselves. Again, I fall short of the ideal everyday, but I do look for the little things that I can do to help my neighbors and fellowmen. For instance, I teach Sunday school to a group of 16-yearold boys and girls each week and I enjoy helping them see just who they can become if they follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. My wife currently leads the local LDS women’s group which focuses on helping families of all faiths in our neighborhood. I also serve actively in our local government with the goal of keeping our town a great place to live and work for individuals of every faith (or no faith) and for families of all shapes and sizes. As we serve others, I am inspired (and gently urged to do better) by the words of a song often sung by Mormon children on Sundays…“Kindness begins with me.”