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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Alaska. I am a doctor and an international humanitarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors, especially when I can enjoy nature with my wife and family. I also enjoy woodworking, gardening, and reading. I am a doctor and have done medical work in two developing nations. I am in the United States Army National Guard and enjoy serving my country in that way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the LDS Church and have always been active in it. In my early teenage years I had a great desire to know for myself if the LDS Church was true and studied and prayed until I felt the Holy Ghost witnessing to me that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. My knowledge and faith in the Restoration has only grown over the years. I am very grateful to be a Mormon and I try every day to live what I believe.

How I live my faith

I wake up every day and go on my knees to thank the Lord for the many blessings he has given me and ask for His divine influence to be with me that day. Then I read the scriptures for 10 to 30 minutes before I start getting ready for my day. As a doctor, I try very hard to keep in mind the love which Jesus has for each of us and give all my patients the kind of service the Savior would give. I try to speak and act as Christ would, avoiding profanity, speaking only kind words, and showing love in small acts of kindness. I go home to my family and try my best to show love to my wife and children through playing with them, helping with chores, and spending time together. We truly have a home full of love and faith that we can be together forever through the gospel plan. An addition, my life is blessed with Church service. I have worked as a scout master, teaching young people how to act like men. I visit families in my congregation to make sure they are well and teach them gospel lessons. I attend Church each week as my call schedule allows and when I don't have to drill with my National Guard unit. Each Monday night my family meets for family home evening when we try to teach our children about Christ. In essence, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has touched every waking moment of my life. It has made me a better father, soldier, husband, doctor, and citizen. I am not perfect, but I have faith in the power of the LDS Church to change lives through faith in Jesus Christ. It has changed me.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

In addition to what you can read in scripture, I have two more personal reasons. First, as a doctor I marvel at life. From the tiniest particle to the functioning ecosystem as a whole, the order and majesty of living creatures is a witness that there is something divine behind it all. The complexity of a single cell in our bodies is greater than all human achievement and engineering. And then to see these cells working together to create the wonder which is the human body inspires faith in higher law and higher powers. The concepts of "synergy" and "emergent properties" don't ring true with me as explaining the grandeur of the human mind, for example. I believe there must be something more, a touch of God's finger as it were, to bring us to life. Secondly, my inner spirit cries out that there is more to being than just what we see and experience here on this earth. I look inside myself and ponder the question of whether there is a God and there is no doubt. The knowledge just seems intrinsic to human nature. Show more Show less