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Hi I'm Ben

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada . I love to learn, play volleyball, and laugh and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Sin City but I`m no sinner. In fact I`m in Mexico right now serving the Lord as a full-time missionary, which means that i have the divine responsibility of serving others and helping them receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a missionary i am not paid. I am here for two reasons: I decided when I was very young that i wanted to share the gospel with other people at some point in my life. I guess now is that time. The more important reason is this: I was called by a Prophet of God to Serve here in Mexico. God called me specifically to serve him in this part of the world and when God asks you to do something, you do it. I am currently learning Spanish and I love it. I am growing to love spicy food, the word spicy actually meaning turn-your-face-red hot. I love to play volleyball and i am slowly learning Soccer... More than anything I love my family. There are days here that its hard for me to carry on my family is so far away. I have 6 siblings and i am the second oldest. One of my sisters is currently on the other side waiting for us to join her in the kingdom of God. Something that i have come to know here in Mexico is that the entire World is a family. Realizing that gives me great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this Faith but that is not the reason I am a Member. The teachings of the church were great and all but i needed to know if they were actually true. So I decided to ask God. Really it was as simple as that. I was Iear a river praying with more sincerity then i have ever had in my life, praying to know two things: 1. If God was actually there, 2. If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His Church. In retrospect it seems kinda weird that I was asking Heavenly Father if he existed but that is besides the point. After I had poured out my heart to the Lord i waited to feel anything. And I didn`t. I literally felt numb due to the nothingness that I felt. I was disapointed and more than a little annoyed. And then something really strange happened. I felt a tangible peace descend on me. I really can`t explain it but i suddenly knew He was there and I felt His love. In that moment, I felt the truth of the teachings of the Mormon (LDS)Church. Since that moment my conviction of the truth of the teachings of this church has only increased. Beacuse of the church I know Christ lives and that due to His divine mercy, I have the opportunity to be cleansed of my sins, if i choose to repent and change my life to become like the Redeemer. I know Joseph Smith Restored the pure Doctrine of Christ and more importantly the Power to act in God`s name (the Priesthood) and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have never been so sure of the truth as this

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Well for one, I study the scriptures every day . The teachings of the prophets therein aren´t just for the ancient people that were on the earth during the time of Moses or Jesus. Their words are truly eternal and if we truly think about the teachings we find in the various books of scriptures we can find examples of people´s lives that apply to us. I know this is true because time and time again I have found scriptures that seem to be written for me. But reading the Scriptures is just a part of how I live my Faith. I have found that studying the words of the Prophets doesn´t help if i don´t ask God to know if the things that are written are true. Pray is truly incredible. Through pray i can communicate my feelings, whatever they may be, to my Father in Heaven. I know that He answers my prayers even if i don´t always realize it. Aside from the daily actions of study and pray I also attend Church every Sunday. Why? Because every Sunday I have the chance to renew promises I have made with My Father in Heaven. Going to church reminds me that I need to live my life as Christ did, following his example and demonstrating love to everyone. Really, that´s what its all about. Patterning my life after that of Christ´s. There is a joy that comes from truly remembering HIm and becoming as He was and Is.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ben
I grew up in "Sin City", a city that is encompassed in the terrible addiction that is pornography. I have seen how this evil mocking of the temple which God has given us and the mocking of the God Given power of procreation destroys life. Sadly, this sacred gift has been defiled by the pornographic media. This type of media portrays this great evil as something normal and even natural. It seems as if this temporary pleasure is the most desirable joy on this earth and that there is no consequence of such an action. There is and always will be a consequence to our actions. Some may believe that the only consequence of viewing pornography is pleasure. What these people may not realize is that pornography destroys relationships and skews reality. If we desire to be truly happy we must allow virtue to dwell in our hearts as well as in our minds. Virtue is the desire to do as God would have us do. If we submit our will to His, we will have the desire to do good continually. In order to stop the evil addictive power of pornography, we must apply something equally powerful. I know that if we truly seek to do God's will that we will be given the power to overcome this ever growing dilemna. Show more Show less