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Hi I'm Ben Stratton

I am a grandfather, a father and a college student again. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, I enjoyed the best of two worlds. During the school year I lived in southern California with its beaches, snow clad mountains and Disneyland, then escaped every summer to my Grandparent's cattle ranch in the rough and rugged mountains of Arizona. From the bustling city to the quite isolated small town I have found beautiful vistas, living heroes and wonderful interesting people, which have enriched and shaped my perspectives of life in unique ways. I am grateful for these varied encounters and experiences. Skim reading books is a favorite pastime or break in a days activities. Nothing like taking a lunch break at the book store and reading a book on history, current events or science fiction. I love taking the family camping, and hiking especially when we find a great spot with a running creek. I find that the beauty of nature is very energizing and uplifting. Reflecting on my careers in two different industries, I realized the times I enjoyed the most were when I was training or teaching others. So I am back in college as a "Grandfather" working to obtain a teaching degree. I guess, "I finally know what I want to be when I grow up." The greatest thrills have been watching the accomplishments of our six children and now 3 grandchildren. Its been a whirlwind of soccer, football, track meets, booster clubs, fund raising, assistant coaching and a lot of cheering and encouragement from the sidelines.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, my Mother had taught me about Jesus Christ. During my teen age years I drifted away from any intrest in religion. My senior year in High School the captain on the wrestling team invited me to go to "Bible Study". I was only a 98lb wrestler and he was a 182lb wrestler. While his size difference had some persuasive powers it wasn't until he mentioned some of the cheer leaders would be there that I accepted his invitation. It was a great experience, I felt something that awakened my feelings about the Savior. I realized how utterly dependent and grateful I was for His atoning sacrifice. I learned we each have gifts and talents that we can use to help others learn about Him. I wanted to know how and where I could best help others accept the Savior. It was one way I could show my gratitude! I promised God I would read the Bible that summer and pray to know which church I should join. During that summer, I wrecked my truck, hitting a pine tree. I nearly lost my life. It was while I was in the hospital that my 2nd cousin brought me some pamphlets about the "Mormon Church". I read them and thought, it can't be this church that God wants me to be a part of, surely not! One pamphlet had a statement that caused me to reconsider, it said " If you knew Jesus Christ had visited the earth in our day and restored His church with living prophets and apostles just like He promised He would, would you be interested". That caused me to pause. If that was true, then that is where God would want me to be, to use my gifts and talents what ever they were to help bring others to His Son Jesus Christ. So I prayed and reviewed my questions about the "Mormon" church and asked Him to show me in the scriptures the answers I needed. As I read the verses that pertained to my questions I felt that same warm, comforting feeling that I had felt the first time I had gone to "Bible Study". I knew God was answering my prayers and sincere desire to know!. I knew! I was baptized!

How I live my faith

My wonderful wife and I are always on the go, being involved in our kids activities and serving in our church callings. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps us keep things in perspective and balanced, we feel a strong sense of purpose and know where we are heading. Its just different being a "forever family". I really like how it makes our love for each other feel so much stronger than any thing I ever experienced before I joined the church. Whether it's being the assistant coach for my daughters soccer team, running the consession stand for the high school football team booster's club, or teaching a class in church, its a great feeling to be serving others, making friends and trying to be kind!