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Hi I'm R L Benson

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Oklahoma in 1932 and moved to California during World War II. I graduated from high school in 1950 and was picked as the outstanding athlete during my senior year. I had one year of college before serving in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War as a hospital corpsman. Sports was the center of my life for many years as I played football, basketball and baseball. My profession was working with the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in California. Following my navy service, I played on a junior college basketball team that won the state championship which helped me obtain a basketball scholarship to the University of Utah. After graduating from the University of Utah, I worked in California for 39 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a protestant environment where we attended church infrequently. While I was in the navy, most of my family became active in their churches but I went off to college still without any real church influence. In Utah, I immediately impressed by everyone I met and began reading everything I could about the LDS church. I started dating an LDS girl and we would go to church frequently. We planned to get married but I still had not considered baptism. Then one day, my future wife quietly asked me, " Have you ever thought about being baptized". It struck me right then that baptism is what I had been wanting but nobody had asked me until now. I was baptized about one month before graduation from the university and getting married. I know the church is true, that it was restored by Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith in our day.

How I live my faith

I was baptized in 1958 at age 26 in the tabernacle on the Salt lake Temple grounds just a month before graduation from the university and before getting married. I served in many positions and continued to play softball and basketball in the athletic program of the church wherever we lived. I taught the youth, adults and visited assigned families to help with their needs. .