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Hi I'm Benjamin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been through two semesters so far at BYU-Idaho. I love to do any kind of water sports such as weightbording, water skiing, snowboarding, skiing, connoeing, etc. I'm also very fond of other activities: playing paintball, lazer tag, rock climbing, etc. I am quite a camper and am an Eagle Scout. I was a Patrol Leader in the 2005 National Jamboree. I have gone scuba diving on the (freezing) California coast, hawaii, and mexico. I have a large extended family (70 or so cousins and counting). I have been blessed with a family that loves me a lot and with parents that always love me and strive to give me constructive critisizm when they know it will help. I've picked up programming from college. I've had lots of fun messing around with c++ (it's a programming language). There is so much I've learned that can be programmed and so much more that I don't know yet. My recent ambition I have put myself to is focusing my life to be a Christ Emulating example to my friends and families so that they may come to know that we recieve blessings through our obedience to the commandments that God has given us. I have been given the oppurtunity to serve in the South Carolina Columbia Mission where I may "be an example of the believers, in word, conversation...". This experience in my life is truely shaping the rest of my life into something astounding. I know that God has big plans for me and I am preparing myself to be ready for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints is a true church that testifies of Jesus Christ our Savior. The Book of Mormon gives a promise: when you read the Book of Mormon, ponder the meanings of the Book of Mormon, then ask God, our Eternal Father in heaven, if it is true, we will recieve an answer if we ask with pure intent, desiring to know and expecting an answer. I have been privleged to be blessed my whole life with the blessings that come from the Lord as a result of our obiedience to the commandments of God. I absolutley know, without a doubt, that this is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Christ restored his church through the prophet Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet called of God today. I read the scriptures every day and I learn from them every day. God has made a promise in the book of mormon that we can find answers in the scriptures. I continue to find answers to everything in life through my study. One of the essential qualities Christ's church has is that it has the priesthood power. The authority to use Jesus Christ's power has been restored to the earth and it's in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been called to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I live what I teach; through Christ we can be saved, and this is who I look to for a remission of my sins. Every single day I have a set time in the morning that has been set apart for me to learn more from the scriptures, from the prophets, and from the Holy Ghost. I have seen the blessings that come of living a Christ-like life in myself and in others I have the privilege to bear testimony to. There truely are miracles in these latter-days. God has always been the same since the beginning; God is an unchanging God. I know God answers my prayers; I can name countless occasions in which I can show you he does indeed care about me. He loves me probably a lot more than I can comprehend right now. I know he is my Heavenly Father. Every chance I get I serve my fellow brother. For when you are in the service of your fellow being, you are only in the service of your God. When you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me. It is very humbling sometimes when I see the results of my service to others: I have seen some very humbling circumstances of families that have nothing and when I have the privilege to serve them I mean the world to them. I have seen so many lives blessed, especially my own: a result of the service that I do for everybody, because of the time I make to help.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Benjamin
The church service is split up into three hours: 1st hour: the most important. We call it "Sacrament Meeting". During which we partake of the sacrament (or communion) where we have an opportunity to remember Christ and the sacrafice he made on our behalf. Partaking of the sacrament renews the covenants (two way promise) that we make with God such as the ordinance of baptism. We have the priveledge of being cleansed every week from the mistakes that we've made. Also, in this first hour we have the priveledge to hear from a couple members of the congregation that were asked to study up on a certain topic where they share personal experiences of how they gained a testimony of the principal of the gospel and other things they learned about it. 2nd hour: basically a "bible study" class. We call it "sunday school". Everybody goes to different classes depending on ages so that we can be taught according to our understanding. Children under 12 go to a primary class and are taught and taken care of there. Ages 12-17 go to youth sunday school classes. Adults go to what we call Gospel Principals or Gospel Doctrine (unless they are teaching the youth or children). The teacher leads an open class discusion lesson towards a certain topic and share what they know about the topic. 3rd hour: the women go to "Relief Society" (the oldest and largest women's organization in the world), and the men go to "Priesthood" where are taught to be better fathers (patriarchs) or mothers of our families. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Benjamin
Keeping the Law of Chastity is to reserve intamacy only within the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman. Only in the bonds of marriage will that sacred priviledge bless us. We know blessings come from being obedient to the commandments God has given us. God tells us that our "body is the temple of the Holy Ghost" and we are "bought with a price" and that our bodies are not our own, but "are God's". (1 cor 6:18-20). God is pretty straightforward with how serious a crime it is to break this Law of Chastity. "It is better to marry than to burn." (1 cor 7:8-9). Alma tells us "these things ... are most abominable above all sin save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost". (Alma 39: 3,5). God is very serious about these things. Thankfully all that we have done wrong can be forgiven us. Do you remember the story about the woman that was accused to be caught in the act of breaking this law and taken to Jesus? do you remember what he said? "woman, where are those thine accusers?...neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:1-11). If this woman committed such a crime, she was forgiven of the monsterous sin; the 3rd most terrible. He will do this for all of us, for he is "no respecter of persons." (Acts 10:34). But he forgives us on condition of repentance. Remember Jesus said, "Go, and sin no more." From forgiveness we recieve peace in this life and in the life to come. The joy in our lives magnify as a result of living this law. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Benjamin
Joseph Smith had been prepared for the task he was given: to be used as the tool to restore Jesus Christ's church. That very church that Christ himself setup with apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph had dealt with many trials throughout his life both before and after he had the first vision where he saw God, our Father, and his son Jesus Christ. We all have different kind of challenges but it is not the challenges that cause us to grow, it's how we react to them. Joseph Smith knew the truth. He had literally seen Heavenly Father and our Savior. He was persecuted. He was ridiculed. He was tormented and scorned. Joseph is an example to me how I ought to go about dealing with trials in my life. Recorded in Joseph Smith—History 1:25 he said ‘"I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it" Through Joseph God revealed more scripture, just like he does with every prophet he ever has. By the kind of person you find out Joseph Smith was, and by searching the scripture that was revealed to us through him we see the fruit of a prophet it talks about in Matt 7:20 and we come to know that Joseph Smith indeed was called of God to be a prophet in these latter days. I know Joseph Smith was the first prophet of this last dispensation. I know because I have searched, pondered, and prayed about Joseph Smith and the Holy Ghost gave me an answer: it is true. Show more Show less