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Hi I'm Ben.

I'm a freshman in college. I'm the oldest of four and have lived in Illinois, Indiana and Misawa, Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child out of four. I enjoy most of the usual things, reading, exercising, eating, watching movies of all sorts, singing in the shower...you get the picture. I'm really into the TV show Psych; Shawn and Gus never fail to make me laugh. One of my hobbies that I've enjoyed for years is performing on stage. I was on a performing arts team in high school and got to perform in Utah, California and New York in musical revues, Shakespeare plays and spiritual firesides. When I was nine, my family moved to Misawa Japan. My father was serving full time in the United States Air Force as an OB/GYN physician. We lived on the Misawa Air Base for two and a half years. It was very hard being in a foreign country but now I can say that those years were really influential in my personal development and I'm very glad I had that opportunity in my life. I'm currently serving a mission in Brazil. I am learning Portuguese and am enjoying the chance to get to know a new culture. I'm very grateful to be here.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a LDS family: both my parents have been active members of the church since their birth and they passed much of their beliefs onto me. My family thus introduced me to the tenets of the gospel and showed me an example of how an LDS family lives and works. Going to church, saying prayers and reading the scriptures have been a part of my life since before I can remember. I choose to live my beliefs because I have come to know that this is the gospel of Christ. The greatest gift that being a Mormon gives me is an understanding of the big picture; I feel like my life is given purpose, worth and direction because I believe in the tenets of the gospel. When I consider what my life would be like without the gospel, I see a life that feels alone and meaningless. Not to say that a life without the gospel is meaningless at all, I simply mean that for me, I don't think I would feel at peace with my life or the world without the principles of the gospel. Through reading the scriptures, I can read the words of God and feel His Spirit. Through prayer, I can receive answers and comfort. Through the organization of the church, I can meet wonderful people and be blessed through their association. Through the testimonies of the prophets, I can be strengthened in my resolve to do what is right. In the end, I'm a Mormon because I honestly believe it to be the true Church of God. I wouldn't want to lose any of the great benefits of living in the gospel; they mean the world to me. Being a Mormon has made my life more wonderful and happy than I can adequately say.

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith by serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was assigned to work in the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission. As a missionary, I will invite others to come unto Christ and seek to share the gospel in word and deed with the people of Brazil. I am serving a mission because I know that this church is true. I know that my entire life has been blessed and changed by the gospel of Christ. Every happiness that I can remember in my life has come from, in some way, the application of Christ's teachings and my membership in this church. I am grateful for the call to serve a mission because I want to share the truths that have blessed my life so richly with others. I have gained a testimony of God's love for His children and I want all people to feel of His love and join the fold as we strive to become more like Christ. I am serving a mission because I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I want to serve them and I am so grateful to give my time and effort to them. I am grateful for this chance to live my faith as a missionary.