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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Spokane, WA. Currently doing an anesthesia masters at Emory U in Atlanta. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU with a construction management degree. After working in Las Vegas for a year I was laid off, and I decided it was time for a career change. I'm doing an anesthesia masters degree (anesthesiologist assistant) at Emory university right now. I have about 8 months left in the program. I lived in Germany for a year as an exchange student, so I speak some German. I'm married and I have a 5-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy. My hobbies include running, biking, golf, rock climbing, camping, budgeting, financial management, and barbecuing. I'm also very passionate about agriculture, sustainability, and self-reliant living. Due to my construction background I also like, real estate, remodeling, and architecture.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), but that is not the reason I'm a member today. As I passed into adulthood and started my own family I had to ask myself if this was something that I wanted for my family as well as myself. After reading The Book of Mormon and doing a lot of pondering and thinking I came to know that this church is true and that God's hand guides the workings of the church. Although I don't have the space to fully explain why I know it's true, here are a few reasons: When I follow the teachings of the church, my life is filled with joy and the way is clear before me. The Book of Mormon is the fruit of Joseph Smith - If it's true, then Joseph Smith is true prophet - I've read the book many times and it is pure heaven. It's nice to know where I came from, why I'm here, and where I'm going after this life. Yes, the people of this church are not perfect (me included), but the core doctrine of the church is perfect - We're all spiritual brothers and sisters, so we should love each other, serve each other, and strengthen our families. Do good, live morally clean, and work hard in all that we do. But perhaps the most important doctrine of this church is that Jesus Christ stands at its head and it is through him that we live, breath, and return home to our father who lives in heaven. It is through the feelings in my heart from the Holy Ghost that I know that this is true. And I know that everyone who honestly searches can have those same feelings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each Sunday, reading the scriptures/pray daily, and trying to use what I learn there in my life every second. I don't live perfectly, and that is why I'm glad we've been given many things to remind us of our priorities. Things like prayer, scriptures, church, a wife, and children. At church I teach the 14-15 year-old boys and also help them with their Boy Scout activities during the week. It's very rewarding to help these boys along the path to manhood. I want to help them avoid many of the pitfalls that I was caught in as a youth.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Ben
Yes, we can be together forever. After starting a family of my own, the thought of losing someone that I've grown to love so much is heart-breaking. It's such a blessing to live on earth in families because of the love we share with each other, and it is such a blessing to know that death is only a temporary separation. Show more Show less