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Hi I'm Benny

Hi, I'm Benny. I'm 19 years old from Utah and am currently serving a mission in Denmark.

About Me

Before my mission I studied physics at the University of Utah. I love to listen to and play music. I play around ten instruments along with singing and beatboxing. I compose a lot of my own music, everything from bluegrass to progressive metal to classical. Before my mission I also wrote a novel that explores the world of lucid and shared dreaming. I speak Danish, English, and some Spanish and I like Lord of the Rings, which essentially makes me Viggo Mortensen, right?

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my testimony. In The Book of Mormon, there is a promise at the end that if you read it and ask God with real intent and faith in Christ if it's true, he will manifest the truth of it unto you. I know of no other book with a comparable promise. I have done as the book exhorts and received a witness from the Spirit of God that it is indeed a true record. It is something I can not deny. Because I know it's true, I know that God loves all his children. I know that the words contained within are irrefuteable. Thus, it guides my life.

How I live my faith

I am serving a full-time LDS mission in Denmark right now. I go out with my companion every day to meet and serve people and share the glorious message of the restored gospel with them. The joy that comes into others' lives when they receive the word of Christ is of far greater value than the expense and time that I and my family give.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

A very important principle to remember about polygamy is that it is (was) only acceptable in the Lord's eyes under the circumstance that a plural wife is given by the Lord, not taken at mere whim. Jacob 2:27 and 30 state: there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things. In this dispensation of the gospel, as in old times with patriarchs like Abraham, Jacob, and David, the Lord commanded his people to practice plural marriage. God has not stated his mind on the why of this commandment, but among the myriad reasons could be to prove his people, like an Abrahamic test for the saints, and to raise up seed unto Him. Only around 15-20% of families in Utah were polygamous. About 2/3 of polygamous men had only 2 wives and over 87% had 3 or less. Plural marriage was discontinued via revelation in 1890 and thus has not been practiced for over 120 years. So, the Lord's law of marriage is monogamy unless in his infinite scope of view he deems plural marriage best for specific people at specific times. Show more Show less