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Hi I'm Greg Benham

I'm a music lover, I'm a biker, hiker, and runner, I'm a violinist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Hoosier return missionary preparing to go to college. I've got a bit of a non-standard family with just me, my dad, and my dog Travis at home, but with the perspective and identity given me from a loving Father in Heaven, there are no barriers to the potential I have in my life but my own choices. As I strive to reach that potential every day, I try to look for opportunities to bring light into others' lives and I continue to learn more about the life and example of Jesus Christ so I can become more like Him through His Atonement.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon today initially because of the death of my biological father when I was only two years old. Because my mother was unable to support me, her father, who adopted her, adopted me. He is a member of the church and raised me to be one as well and I have been that way ever since. Since my adoption into my now father's home, he has lost his first and second wife and has not remarried. Just us for most of my life, we never studied the scriptures much, but we would always go to church. I've always known why the Gospel was important and supposed it to be real and applicable to my life, but I learned much more about its application when I went on a mission to Oregon. Doing the work of the Lord for two years helped me to be converted, that is, really become someone who wants to follow the Savior, understand His teachings, and love Him. Now, I am a Mormon because I have learned through my own study, prayer, and experience that this is the Church of Jesus Christ restored on the earth, and I know the Book of Mormon is true and is another testament of Jesus Christ. I don't know everything, but I exercise faith in the truths I do have in my life, and I build on them as a source of joy in my life.

How I live my faith

Living faith is both a simple maintenance process, while at the same time a continual reflection and effort to change one's day to day lifestyle to seek perfection. I do so primarily by relying on the grace of the Savior by partaking of the sacrament every Sunday at church. By remembering my promise to follow Jesus Christ and committing to keep His commandments, I receive the promise that His Spirit will always be with me. This guides my scripture study, my living of the commandments, my prayers, and my actions towards others every day. By following the guidance of the Holy Ghost, I try to befriend and lift others. In studying the scriptures, the Spirit teaches me personally what I need to do better, and I can be guided to pray to my Heavenly Father for help to change and grow. As I continually go to church and renew my covenants with God, I will be helped along this path back to Him.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Greg Benham
The Atonement is a word used to describe the suffering of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane and His death on the cross of Calvary. It culminated in His resurrection from the tomb and His victory over death. This single act, given the absolute purity and sinless nature of Christ's life, enabled every person who ever lived to, through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to return to the presence of God after this life and be freed from guilt and the ultimate consequences of their mistakes and poor choices. Before coming to earth, every person that chose to be here agreed to the high standards set to be able to return to live with God, that is, being completely clean from sin. For us to do such a thing alone would mean we would need to never commit sin even once, because the consequence of sin was uncleanliness, and the consequence of uncleanliness was separation from God. Because Jesus Christ suffered the consequences for all sin, He can come to us and give us conditions to receive that forgiveness in His name. If we will exercise faith in Him, repent of our sins, be baptized by someone holding proper priesthood authority, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure in faith to the end of our lives, we will receive mercy from the justice of God, but also receive the great blessings that come from our having accepted the high standard our Father in Heaven set for us. Thus, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, true eternal happiness lies. Show more Show less