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Hi I'm Benjamin Jeffrey Burrell

I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I love learning and playing video games, I'm serving a mission, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a college student studying software engineering, and I want to design video games. I love music, reading, playing video games, and playing around with computers. I can pretty often be found buried in a book or a video game whenever I'm not performing on a stage or goofing around with friends. I love listening to music as much as I love to perform it, and I especially enjoy listening to a cappela and instrumental music. Growing up as the son of two teachers, I was taught the value of hard work and how to be thrifty with my money. I was also taught the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ since I was born. Both of my parents grew up in the church, and even though money sometimes got tight, we stayed together and paid our tithing. Because of my upbringing, I was able to gain a strong testimony of the Gospel, and that God has a plan for all of us to be happy, safe, and wise. The Gospel has brought me immeasurable happiness, and that's why I'm putting my life's ambitions on hold for two years, and serving as a missionary for my church in the North Carolina Raleigh mission. As a missionary, it is my constant duty to share the gospel that has brought me so much happiness with everyone around me, and to become even more intimately familiar with its doctrines.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first and foremost, because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, makes sense to me. Joseph Smith, a man with roughly a third grade education, could not have translated the Book of Mormon without help from God himself. In addition, I know of my own surety that the Book of Mormon is true, and is a companion book to the Bible, and only supports, clarifies, and adds to the doctrine in the Bible, not replace any of it. Through those two statements, I know that God lives, has a body of flesh and bone, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet on Earth, and that Thomas S. Monson, the current President of the Church, is a prophet today. I know that God and Jesus Christ love everybody, and that they know and love each and every person individually, despite whatever mistakes they may have made. Because of that love, Jesus suffered for our sins, to allow us to repent and return to God the Father, in order to become as he is. I, through my own experiences facing down my own demons, have felt healing relief of the Atonement. I testify of what I have said, and I am willing to stake my reputation and good name on the truthfulness of this faith.

How I live my faith

I live the gospel of the LDS church quite openly. I'm not in the least afraid to tell people that I'm a Mormon, true blue, through and through, or to read my scriptures in public view. At work, I'm one of two or three active members in a fairly large crew that, while they respect my beliefs and standards, certainly don't live the same beliefs and standards. Nonetheless, they know I'm happy to answer any questions they have, even the more, shall we say, bizarre ones. At school, the classes I take are definitely more rigorous, so there are fewer people in them, and i'm used to being pretty much the only Mormon in the room. I have a solid testimony of the Book of Mormon, and it only grows stronger with every passing day.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Benjamin Jeffrey Burrell
Lol. Nope, not anymore. At one point, some people were called upon to practice it, but that practice ceased all the way back in 1890. Any "Mormon" church that still practices polygamy today has broken away for whatever reason, and they are no longer associated with us. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Benjamin Jeffrey Burrell
Technically, the people of Earth have not always had the Bible in its current state. The Bible is, however, a powerful witness of Jesus Christ, his mission, and his gospel. The Restoration was necessary because all of the members given the authority to act and preach the gospel in Christ's name died in a time known as the Apostasy. Because nobody on Earth had the proper keys and true authority to lead the Church or perform saving rites and ordinances, a restoration was needed. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Benjamin Jeffrey Burrell
Yes, we do. We acknowledge that the Bible is not altogether perfect, as, during the Apostasy, many less-than-inspired (though educated) people had a hand in the organization of the Bible into its current state, but we believe it to be the word of God so far as it is translated correctly. We also acknowledge that the Bible is not the end of recorded scripture, and that the entirety of God's word was not solely given to prophets in the New and Old Testament. This is where the Book of Mormon, and other additional scripture, comes in, to clarify and supplement the Bible's witness of Christ by adding its own. Show more Show less