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Hi I'm Benjamin Mikell

I'm a musician, the baby boy of Mississippi parents, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a city boy surrounded by Tennessee cotton fields - a contrast in which I love to live. I've been blessed with musical abilities which I've been able to use the past few years of my life in a fun and positive way. I'm most comfortable behind a set of drums but I can't put down the bass or banjo. I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Sacramento, California and there came to know the Lord and to love His children more than I ever had before. I'm interested in working with the youth of the world because I know what a good mentoring teacher can do for a not-too motivated, often-hard-on-himself middle-class public high school student. I'm also hoping to get into print production and work closely with my friends in their art and music.

Why I am a Mormon

It's hip! I love the multi-level'd'ness of the Church. The Gospel and laws of Jesus Christ are of the most pure and simple form and lie between very defined lines, but He grants each of us ample room and varied opportunities to fulfill His will. They Might Be Giants said: "There's only one thing that I know how to do well and I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well. And that's be you. Be what you're like. Be like yourself." Christ didn't intend for His disciples to be a mass-produced SWAT team of unaware boneheads. I mean that's the whole point of this website - to show who we are and what we do and how the teachings of Christ help us do that. He expects us to be educated and involved and INVOLVING of others. I have discovered great spiritual growth as I find ways to express myself through music, art, dress, etc. Even if those things aren't necessarily wrapped around a gospel-theme. But my likings for the Church as an institution do not express my true reasons - that being my personal testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. In my relatively few years of experience I've come to know the difference between following the Lord and not - a perspective which will guide and influence my decisions for the rest of my life. I've come to know sin very well - at times it seemed as if we were the best of friends. But more importantly I've come to know change and renewal. I've come to learn that we don't have to wait until we die to find peace - we don't have to wait till we go to "the better place" to find solace. But it does require a "death" of sorts or a certain ridding oneself of traits and actions that are unfavorable before God. I understand the constant stress and gnawing-at-you unhappiness that sin brings as well as the underlying peace that repentance offers. I prefer the latter. I am a Mormon because being a Mormon has brought me to know Christ in a more full way. And knowing Christ IS eternal life (John 17:3).

How I live my faith

Most of my friends are non-members. In fact, most of my friends are not affiliated with any religious group. Some - at times - can be very critical of the Christian faith in general. My personal interests, talents, and (at times) quirks lead me to hob-knob with a very counter-culture scene of individuals. I mention this because it is when among them that I must be at my best. Knowing that each one of us is a child of God - despite background or current situation - helps me to love others as Christ would - to see them as who they really are. My understanding of this simple truth leads me to treat all equally. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Romans 8:16-17) I have come to understand that as we "suffer with Christ" or follow His example in all things we will attain that celestial inheritance. These blessings are offered to each one of us, the rightful heirs of God and His Kingdom. This knowledge guides my personal decisions and increases my love and compassion for all of God's children. Many say that they would die for Christ. I suppose I would too, but until then I'll LIVE for Christ.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Benjamin Mikell
The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives us an extended view. Indeed, an eternal perspective. As we come to learn that every decision has a consequence and that relationships are intended to be whole and fulfilling and ETERNAL, we will be motivated to do the greater good - to treat with love and kindness as we ourselves would like to be treated. We are the deciding factor. Show more Show less