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Hi I'm Ben.

I'm a student at BYU, a musician, martial artist, social entrepreneur, and Missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

During my childhood in Fauquier County, Virginia, I was blessed to be part of a family that was strong in the Gospel. I have many fond memories of time spent with my Mormon friends, and I still enjoy the healthy habits I was encouraged to develop. Having enjoyed five semesters at BYU-Provo and a year-long Mission in Nampa, Idaho, I'm still preaching His Word to all those who would receive it.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into the Church, I didn't always have a testimony as firm as the one I now enjoy. I always went through the motions - went to all the meetings, filled my callings, or jobs - but I had very little fire inside. I acted only because it was what I had always done, and always known. I went through life in this manner for a long time before I realized my faith was so weak; I was built on a foundation of sand and refuse. When I realized my condition, I became very depressed; I began questioning everything I knew. I searched the scriptures fervently, along with the words of the Living Prophets, and other sources. It wasn't until I went to a Church-sponsored youth camp - Especially For Youth, or EFY - that I finally received my witness of the truth. The Lord, through His Spirit, visited me, and I finally knew that He had set me on the right path. Through the years since then, I've been taking slow, but steady, steps forward, filling my heart with His Words and my life with His Light. My joy has grown so full that it's blossomed into love, both for Him and for my fellow man. This is why I'm serving a Mission: I want the whole world to know of this joy. I could never deny that the Lord speaks to this World again, and I'm always going to live according to His Words.

How I live my faith

I live this Gospel in my life in three main ways. First, I seek it out by "feasting on the words of Christ" (2 Nephi 32:3). Second, I repent, or change my life, according to what I've learned. And third, I spread this Word to others, helping them to experience the same blessings I enjoy. When I seek the words of Christ, I study the scriptures, words of Prophets both ancient and modern. I read and write what I learn, and pray that the Lord might guide me with His Spirit, teaching me what He would have me learn. These words strengthen my faith (Romans 10:17), and open my eyes. After I've learned more about His Doctrine, I change my life according to what I've learned. I seek to serve others in Love, and to Humble myself before Him. As my life changes, I become happier, and I grow closer to Him. On my Mission, I teach the Doctrine to others. It is then their choice whether to change their lives and experience these blessings. Giving them this chance and watching their lives change is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. How wonderful it is to be a Servant of the Lord! This Gospel is the most wonderful part of my life. It has shaped everything I think and do, and as I grow closer to it I come to appreciate it more. I love my Lord, and I will forever be grateful for the sacrifice of His Son, and His Gospel given to lead us to Him.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Ben.
Yes, it is completely true. The Lord has never said that He would give salvation only to one group of people. Indeed, we read that He is "no respecter of persons," meaning that He loves every man and woman just as much as the next. Because of His powerful, perfectly equal Love, He would never preach His Gospel to one part of the world - the Middle East - and abandon another land - the Americas - to be lost and floundering, having no way to know the Truth. Jesus Christ, following His resurrection, visited the Americas, His "other sheep," and taught His Holy Gospel to them. He ministered to them, and organized His Church, so that His Gospel could spread in the Americas just as it would in the East. This is why many Native American legends speak of a great, bearded white God, wearing a white robe - in some legends, even having nail prints in His hands - who visited them, taught great things, and then left, promising He would return. I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, particularly 3 Nephi, to read the account of this eventful visit of our Lord. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ben.
The only way to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by the LDS Church is true is to study it out, and to pray. You can't know if you like a particular food until you try it; you can't know if the Church speaks the truth until you listen to it, act on it, and then ask the Lord if it truly comes from Him. The Church believes that God speaks to mankind through Prophets, messengers who bring the Lord's Words to the World. But just as important as it is to know that God speaks to Prophets is to know that God can speak to you, if you seek to come to Him by obeying His Commandments and seek to hear His Voice by praying. He speaks by the Power of the Holy Ghost, a Spirit, and a member of the Godhead. If you give Him the chance, He will send the Holy Ghost to you, filling you with a conviction that the Church is true. I myself didn't know that the Church or the Book of Mormon was true until I read out of it, sought to obey the Church's teachings, and prayed, asking for confirmation. He answered me, and now I can never deny it; I promise that He can, and will, answer you, too! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Ben.
The Mormon church, or more appropriately, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is wholly centered upon the Divine Mission and Power of Jesus Christ. Christ is the core of not only our religion, but everything we do---indeed, the foundation of everything the Father blesses us with. Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God the Father, and he came to Earth to offer himself a sacrifice for sin. He took upon Himself our weaknesses, our pains, and the consequences of our choices, even to the point of death. He died for us; and after He died, He took His life again, breaking all the bonds of death and sin. I know, by the Power of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus Christ is indeed our Savior and Redeemer. I know that we shall be saved from death, and shall be returned to the Presence of the Father, and I know that if we will have faith in Him and follow His Gospel, we shall cleanse and perfect ourselves, and be permitted to dwell with the Father forevermore. He is the center of all that is, and I know that as you come closer to Him through His revealed Gospel, these blessings will be yours, as well. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ben.
There is one simple answer to the success of the Church in the world today: its teachings are true. Its teachings are truthfully inspired by the mouth of God, and taught through Prophets who He's called. This Light shines across the nations, and those who hear its message will know of its truthfulness as they study it and ask God if it's true. Many have been searching for the Truth for a very long time, and they cling to it, and follow it; the Church grows because there are still good people in the world, who seek to follow Him! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ben.
The word, "Christian," can have a variety of different interpretations. To me, and to most members of the Church, it refers to someone who believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that He took upon Himself our sins; and that through Him we can be made free, and receive many blessings as we follow His Commandments. We love Him as our Savior and Redeemer, and will always place Him at the head of our Church; while he speaks through Prophets in scriptural and modern times, they are not our leaders. Our Lord is the one who directs this Church, and it is His Words that govern it. We will forever bear witness of the Sacrifice and Glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Show more Show less