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Hi I'm Ben

I'm from Colorado. I'm an ex-pat. I'm a corporate lawyer. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family and I moved from Dallas, Texas to Hong Kong in early 2010. Though there was lot of uncertainty about how our lives would be after the move, we knew it was what the Lord wanted us to do. Though my wife is from China and I had spent time in China before, raising a family abroad has been a new, challenging and wonderful experience for us. I have a wife that I love and admire and that helps me to be the best that I can be and I have three wonderful daughters that keep my life full of surprises and excitement. I consider myself to be the luckiest man alive. I enjoy following sports, I genuinely like my job, and I love spending time with my four girls. My life is focused on keeping my family healthy and safe, both physically and spiritually.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and I quickly learned that the things my parents taught me were true. They taught me to pray and as did I felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that I have a Father in Heaven who listens and desires to have a relationship with me. They taught me to read the scriptures and as I did I felt the Spirit resolving my doubts and teaching me truth. Over the years these and many other experiences confirmed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church and that the Gospel was restored in its fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith. While the source of my testimony is the Holy Ghost, for it is the Spirit that teaches spiritual truths, as I have grown, attended college and law school, married, started my family and began working, these "real life" experiences have further convinced me that the Church is true. It makes perfect sense that there is a God and this earth is not the product of random chance. It makes sense that this God is my father, and He loves me and wants me to be happy. Even more, just as I see the potential in my children and want them to grow and become independent adults like I am, it makes since that my Father in Heaven knows my potential and will help me to grow and progress to become like He is. I also understand that I am not perfect and that I make mistakes and so, although my Father sent me to earth to grow and progress, if I am to return to be with Him I need help. And through the Holy Ghost I have learned that Jesus Christ is the only one that can provide that help. It also makes sense that if while I am here I develop deep relationships of love with my family, that my Father would provide a way for those relationships to continue forever. And it also makes sense that our Father would continue to lead us and guide us through living prophets so that we can know this wonderful plan and all the other blessings available to me and all of His children. It just makes perfect sense.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I live my faith by trying to become the very best that I can be. I believe that as a child of God my potential is as unlimited as His power and I show my love for Him by keeping His commandments and by being the best husband, father, lawyer, friend and Mormon that I can. At home this means I try to spend time with my family, to love them unconditionally and to encourage and help them grow. At work this means I treat my coworkers with kindness and respect and that I am honest in all of my dealings. Personally it means that rather than spend time aimlessly surfing the Internet or watching hours of TV, I read and I learn and stay active and healthy. It means I make the most out of everything that the Lord has given to me and that I honor Him by living my life in the way that He would have me to. In the Church I have the privilege of serving as a counselor in our branch presidency. This means that I help to lead the local congregation that my family and I attend. My main responsibilities are to get to know every member and encourage them to keep the commandments and to do the best that they can. I love teaching the Gospel to others and I frequently have the chance to do so, in large congregations, smaller classrooms and on a one-to-one basis. We frequently have branch meetings in which we talk about how to improve our branch by making it a place where everyone feels welcome and can feel the Holy Ghost. We also talk about the needs of individuals that are struggling financially, physically and spiritually and how we as a branch can help each of them. I live me faith by listening to the needs of others, by thinking of ways to help them and by using my limited resources and abilities to help as I can. My biggest challenge is usually finding time to be the best father, husband, lawyer, friend and servant to others that I can be. I live my faith by following the Saviors example in this difficult balancing act.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ben
The purpose of this life is to learn and grow and to find and stay on the path that leads back to our Father in Heaven. We do this by entering into covenants with Him, during which we promise to do certain things that He asks of us, after which He in return grants to us certain blessings. Of course, by so doing we are double-blessed because the things our Father asks us to do are for our benefit, not His. As we prove faithful, He blesses us with the Spirit, forgiveness and, eventually, eternal life. Some of the things He asks us to do in this life include taking care of our physical bodies, entering into and strengthening family relationships, caring for and serving others, using our time wisely and developing our talents. As we understand why God expects us to do these things and as we faithfully do them, we become more like our Heavenly Father and will desire to help others fulfill their purpose in being on this earth. Show more Show less