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Hi I'm Ben

I’m a husband. I hope to be a father on day. I work as software engineer. I’m an amateur blacksmith. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of the luckiest men in the world. My Father in heaven has blessed me with a wonderful and caring wife. Although it took me a long time to find her. We got married in the Nauvoo Temple on the last day of winter and my life has been spring ever since. I also have been blessed with a great job in these triing economic times. I work at a software out-sourcing house. Basically when a company needs some custom software they hire us to make it for them. This means every project I get to work on is something different. For the most part I work on safety critical systems such as medical devices. In high school I started blacksmithing as a hobby. Well to be honest I am better at making misshapen pieces of metal than anything useful. Sadly, I have not been able to muck around the forge for awhile because I have been living in an apartment until this year. I am currently saving to build a small workshop so I can start bang on metal again. Until then I spend most of my free time playing video games and cooking. Overall I thank God for everything he has blessed me with.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church. However, that is not why I am a member today. I had a hard time growing up. I had a lot of learning disabilities and development issues. Due to this I met a lot of people who, shall we say were less than nice. I held a lot of resentment towards these individuals for a long time. Luckily, I had wonderful parents who had taught me about God and more importantly about prayer. In my early teens in went through period of depression. One day when after a partially bad day I locked myself in my room and asked God why my life was so horrible. Oddly, my mind went back to those people had wronged me in the past. I felt a distinct impression that I needed to forgive these individuals. I did not know why God asked this of me but I knew that He had. I took me a long time on my knees before I accomplished this but with God’s help I managed to release all my anger and resentment towards these people. As soon as I had done this, I felt a huge burden lift from me. I felt joy and peace beyond believe. A few minutes after this I felt the need to know where God wanted me to be. So for the first time I asked God whether the Book of Mormon was true, whether Joseph Smith was his prophet and whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His church. When I asked each question the feelings from the Holy Spirit grew stronger and knew. This was His church. From time to time I have questioned the answers I got that day but each time I have gone back to the Master of heaven in prayer and each time he has let me know that. This is His church and so I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I do not think I live that differently from most people. I live life and try to keep Gods commandments. As I fail (which I do all too often) I get back up and pray to my Father for forgiveness. I thank God for what he gives me and try to help those around me. I have served in different ways in the church. I have kept local church records and worked with the youth. I served a two year mission and hope to serve another when I retire. I do not aspire to church leadership but I do enjoy teaching. I am not sure what else to say.