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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a middle child, I'm an economics major, I'm a philosopher, and I love to dance

About Me

I see truth as if it were a great puzzle. When I learn new things, they are always congruent with other truths I have already learned. If two things don't fit right, one must be wrong or I must keep searching to understand the apparent contradiction. This is why I love studying at college. Every class seems relevant to me because it helps me complete the puzzle. One of my passions is politics. I don't mean the politics that includes name-calling, dishonesty, back-room deals, or money and power-corrupted interests. I view politics as Aristotle did, as a participation of society towards the interest of the betterment of man. I see nations and governments as vehicles citizens can work through to find greater purpose, belonging, and prosperity. I believe the constitution of the United States to be inspired of God. The more I study political philosophy, the more I find that what resonates with me is those same truths that coincide with my understanding of the nature of God. I believe the two work together to bring truth to its greatest light. Philosophy helps me understand principles that carry across a variety of circumstances. Revelation from God teaches me which principles to follow and how to apply them in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

While growing up my parents struggled financially. Sickness disabled my father from working. Various job opportunities had our family moving from house to house, city to city, and across the country twice. As a child, the biggest shock to me was changing schools frequently. I had no stability with my friendships. After 6 months to 1 year of being in a new school, we transferred and I never saw them again. Being the new kid in school so many times left me feeling unacknowledged and like I didn't belong. When I was 16 we made our last move before I headed out to college. It was the summer before my Senior year of High School. I wasn't excited to miss out on graduating with the friends I had made, but I knew our parents always tried to do what was best for us. My parents found a house for us in a good school district. My mom even sent my brother and I to a church camp only a day after we arrived at the new house. There I felt the love of God, and that's why I'm a Mormon. The teenagers in the group helped me feel so included and welcome. They didn't even know my name and they welcomed me in their circle of friends. We had a meeting at the end of the music filled with church hymns and inspiring stories. A powerful witness of the savior was borne and a painting of Christ shown on the projector screen. Immediately I felt as I had never felt before. Warmth filled my heart and I knew that God loved me. God is real. I am a witness of this truth. As I have followed that warmth I have found greater joy as I learn more about Jesus Christ. I find that everything He teaches brings me closer to the God I love. And everything I have found in the Book of Mormon, everything I hear living prophets and apostles speak as they are moved by the Spirit - leaves an indelible impression on me similar to the unforgettable experience I had at a church camp in southern California.

How I live my faith

It is impossible to live a life pleasing to God without following the example of Jesus Christ. I served as a Mormon missionary in the New England area of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. I learned that to save one's life you must lose it in the service of others. Through prayer and by the grace of God I learned how to serve complete strangers, overcome temptation, patiently endure hardships, and pass divine tests. I was pushed beyond my limits doing my best to keep a good attitude every day. It was the hardest and most rewarding time of my life. I came close to the Savior as I became more like Him. I did my best to walk as He walked and though I still stumble and get frustrated with my personal weakness, I strive to be a little more like Jesus every day.