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Hi I'm Ben Merkley

I'm a traveler. I am a creator. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am 1 out of 8 children; I am number 5 in my family. I grew up in the church, both my parents are members. I lived the first 12 years of my life split between Green River, Wyoming, and (Kingwood) Houston, Texas. I spent 7 years overseas due to my father's employment with ExxonMobil, and I spent my Middle and High School education in an American school. I enjoy browsing the Internet for songs and movies to add to my iTunes. I also thoroughly enjoy watching TV shows by way of either the Internet or cable television. My favorite shows include NCIS, Burn Notice, and How I Met Your Mother. I also enjoy solving Rubik's cubes (3x3), or doing mind games, Sudokus, etc. I also enjoy learning about Mythology, Symbolism, and Science, and some stuff like that. My Favorite things to learn about by any means are Dinosaurs, Dragons, Gods, and Superheroes. I also like to create and make up stories. I have ideas for possible novels, or novel series, along the lines of Science Fiction and Superhero genre. I spent one year in college and then decided to serve my two year mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon because it has benefited me every day. I am healthy, and somewhat fit. I am happy and have wonderful family members and friends that care about me. I am satisfied, I am blessed to posses modern technology, and to have all the resources at my disposal, so I almost never worry. Some people think that the standards Mormons live by to be weird, such as no smoking, no drinking, no tattoos or piercings, no sexual relations before marriage. We seem to be healthier, satisfied, and happier for it. I like to think of it as better than the alternative: being unhealthy, and unhappy, and unsatisfied, and worrying about what will happen to me in the future. I am happy with myself being who I am. I am imperfect, and I'm proud of it. But, I try to look for ways for me to be better than I was yesterday. I am happy for my life, my talents, and my blessings. I can only thank God for granting me these blessings. I am glad for life, and hope to live mine well.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, and help out with any of the members there that require assistance. I help the youth leaders and the youth whenever I can, and help participate in any ward Activities

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Ben Merkley
Well, Mormons are Christians. It would be pretty un-Christian of us to not believe in the Bible. It has excellent stories, even more excellent doctrine, and it applies to everyone. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ben Merkley
Being a Mormon is freakin sweet! I couldn't ask for a better life: I have my family, and they talk to me, and help, me support me. Then there's the church and ward members. They become a second family, very close friends. There's always someone nearby that you can talk to when you need it. Like any good family, they are kind, attentive, happy, and receptive to what you say. I like to think that all the members are just the family members I haven't met yet, and they turn out to be awesome people. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ben Merkley
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. All are encouraged to serve, but never forced. Those that wish to do so must meet certain requirements that qualify him or her to serve the Lord. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Ben Merkley
Mormons don't drink coffee, tea and alcohol because it is a law of Health that Joseph Smith received from God. Also, it is naturally healthy to us in general, as studies will show. We believe in eating meat sparingly, eating grains, fruits, and vegetables, and other such items. Alcohol, tobacco, coffe, tea, or illegal or addictive drugs and substances are not to be in our bodies. They can lead to dependance on those said substances, and can lead to addiction, if they are in continued use. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ben Merkley
The Book of Mormon was not written by one person. It is a collection of ancient scriptures from multiple ancient prophets that was compiled and abridged by the prophet Mormon, hence the name of the title. It talks of an ancient people that lived in the Americas, and contains an account of the people, their doings, their wars, their prophecies, and most importantly, it talks of Christ. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Ben Merkley
'Mormons' is the nickname for anyone who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. People call us that due to an ancient volume of scripture that the Mormons use, called the Book of Mormon Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ben Merkley
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship only God the Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph was a Prophet called of God to re-establish God's church on the earth. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ben Merkley
We can stop the spread and influence of pornography by immediately turning away from it. It will always show itself in movies, TV, Internet, magazines, pictures, and in all other convenient, and easily accessible forms. we must Discourage children and teenagers from viewing such material. constant viewing of such material perverts the mind, robs self-repsect, and destroys families. it is evil, pure and simple. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Ben Merkley
The law of Chastity is a commandment for us to be clean. By following this law, we do not participate in any sexual relations before marriage, and if we are legally married, we maintain fidelity with our spouse. The Law of Chastity discourages any homosexual activities, and infidelity. In this world where the line of sexual relations has been blurred, this law may come off as a surprise. But it can help lives, by respecting others, and not to pressure anyone into breaking the law of Chastity. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ben Merkley
Mormons do not practice Polygamy. Some of the early saints were commanded to, and some obeyed. through revelation from God, the Prophet Wilford Woodruff declared to cease the practice. Those that practice Ploygamy today are not Mormons. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Ben Merkley
The church opposes Abortion in any form, unless the life of the mother is at stake, or the pregnancy is from rape and brings trauma. Show more Show less