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Hi I'm Ben

I´m from the United States, served a mission in Santiago, Chile, am in medical school, and love to run!

About Me

I grew up in Washington and played sports throughout my entire childhood. Before High School my favorite sport was baseball, and I played it from kindergarten through eighth grade. I liked baseball because I could succeed even though I wasn't very tall or strong. I also played a lot of football, in fact, I started playing when I was about 5 every year during our community and church Thanksgiving Turkey Bowls. I also played a couple years of soccer and had a lot of fun, but I didn't pursue it too much after that. In High School my interests turned to running and basketball. I ran cross country and track all four years, and played basketball at least once a week with friends. I didn't play football in High School because our team had a reputation of winning one or maybe two games a year, and I wanted to win! I love long distance running because no matter what level you are at, you can succeed if you push yourself to the limit. I have continued to run since High School, the longest race I have done was the Utah Valley Marathon in 2012. I also got into music in High School, playing saxophone for the jazz band. Our band was nationally acclaimed and we went to Europe and New York my senior year. Now I am studying at Brigham Young University to become a doctor. My motivation to study this is that I want to have a job where I can help others have happier, more enjoyable lives. Becoming an orthopedic surgeon will also enable me to have sports be a continual part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents and all four of my grandparents are members of the Church, so I grew up being taught about Christ and about His gospel by my parents. We would frequently study the Book of Mormon and other scriptures as a family when I was growing up, and we went to Church every Sunday. Until I was about 12, being a member of the Church was just something that I did, and it wasn't very hard because almost all my friends and family members were Mormons too. Once I got into middle school and high school though I had to choose if I would live what I had been taught when my parents weren't with me. I was often given chances to participate in activities that I had been taught not to make myself a part of. I had to decide if I wanted to be a member of the Church for the rest of my life, or if I would take another path. The reason why I have stayed in the Church is because I know that it is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon and I have prayed to ask God if it is true. Every time I do so, I get the same tingling feeling throughout my body, which is how the Spirit tells me that something is good and right. Because I have felt this I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that Jesus Christ restored His church to the earth through him. I can't imagine feeling the peace that I have felt throughout my life if I were not a member of the Church. Every time I have received an ordinance like baptism or my endowment, and every time I partake of the Sacrament on Sundays, I feel the Holy Ghost so strongly in my heart. I wouldn't trade this peace of mind and conscience for anything. Through these ordinances and through repentance, I have felt the peace that comes when the Savior forgives us of our sins. Being Mormon brings me lasting peace and happiness. I also know that if I and the members of my family stay obedient to the gospel and endure to the end, we can live together forever with God in the afterlife. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

How I live my faith

From September 2009-August 2011 I served as a missionary of the Church in Santiago, Chile. During these two years, I shared my beliefs with the people of Chile and invited them to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I helped them understand what Christ wanted them to do, and the amazing blessings that God would give them if they would obey His gospel. I formed relationships with some Chileans that I know will last forever. In addition to teaching them the gospel, I tried to help others learn English, and performed other simple acts of service to help them be happier and have better days. Now that I am home from my mission, my responsibility in the Church has been to visit other specific students at least once a month, to get to know them and be their friend, so that I can help them in anything that they need. A few times at BYU I was asked to give them Priesthood blessings. This is when men that has been given the Priesthood, or authority, of God place their hands on another person's head and bless them, whether it be for them to recover from a health issue, or to have spiritual and physical strength and comfort. It is such a blessing to be able to serve God's children in this way. Heavenly Father answers His children's prayers quite often through other people on earth. When we are willing to serve and help others, we are instruments in God's hands to help His children's prayers be answered. There is such sweet peace that comes with serving God's children. I also believe that being a good son and older brother is part of living my faith. I try to listen to my parent's counsel and to thank them for all that they have done and still do for me. I try to be the best example possible for my siblings, and to encourage them to be the very best they can be. I also try to serve others in simple ways on a frequent basis. Heavenly Father gives us so many opportunities to be a good friend and to bless others' lives. I try to take advantage of those chances.