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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a student majoring in History and Spanish Education and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo Utah and grew up in Spanish Fork Utah. I'm the second of 4 kids. My father is a police officer and my mother is a piano teacher (no I cannot play the piano because I was a stubborn little kid). As a boy I worked on our family ranch herding cattle. In highschool I became very involved with the arts. I performed in several Shakespeare festivals and Plays including Oklahoma, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. I also loved choir and participated in a show choir that won two championships at FAME competitions in LA and Branson Missuri. After highschool I began college not sure of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a dentist but after some time I felt that it wasn't for me. Soon after I decided to serve a full-time LDS mission and was called to serve in the San Jose Costa Rica Mission. While in Costa Rica I learned Spanish and learned a lot of other lessons. I meet many wonderful people who I will alway remember and hope to return and visit. I loved being able to dedicate all of my time to bringing others to Christ and can say it was the best thing I have ever done. I returned in March 2012 and began school again in the fall. While on my mission I learned that I love helping people and I love teaching which has led me to want to be a teacher and eventually a principal hopefully of a highschool.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God told me to be one. In our church we believe that everyone has the right to receive spiritual guidance directly from God. My parents are members of the church, but that doesn't mean I was always set on being one. When I was a teenager I began wondering if I was doing these things for me or if I was doing them for my family. I began praying and reading the scriptures and asking God to tell me if what I had been taught was true. I received impressions from the Holy Ghost that it was true. Later, during my service as a full time missionary for the church, I began to have doubts again. During that time I was shown many other points of view of Christianity and beliefs. I returned to prayer and sought guidance from God. I got to the point where I told him in pray that if it was his will for me to leave the church and my missionary service that I was willing to do it. I told him I was willing to go wherever he wanted and to join whatever church was most correct as long as it was what he wanted. I received such an impression that I will never forget it. I was told that I was doing what was right and I was exactly where God wanted me to be. That is why I'm a Mormon- because I decided I wanted to follow God whatever his will was and He told what to do.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing just that-living. Faith without works is dead says Paul in the Bible. I find that If I do not show what I believe with my actions then I dont truly believe it. One of the most basic ways to do this is by maintaining a relationship with our Heavenly Father. I set aside at least 20 minutes a day for personal gospel study. This includes reading from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other church materials. I also find that prayer is highly important and like to take time to meditate. That way I can communicate with God and he can communicate with me through his Holy Spirit. Another way I live my faith is by obeying the commandments. God has given us commandments that we must follow if we truly want to be happy. Within these commandments I would like to mention a few. One is the law of chastity which means we must refrain from sexual activity before marriage and after marriage be faithful to our spouses. I have promised God that I will obey this commandment and by keeping it I hope to have a beautiful and successful marriage based on trust and faithfulness. I also refrain from using substances like alcohol and illegal drugs to keep my body and mind clean. As part of keeping the Sabbath day holy I attend church meetings and dedicate Sunday to God. In addition, living faith for me also includes service. I do this by actively participating in my church 'calling' or assignment. Right now I am help church members from our local area volunteer to be taught by our missionaries. When missionaries are called to service they go through a short training and members from our church volunteer to be taught so that the missionaries can gain experience and become better teachers.