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Hi I'm Ben

I'm the oldest of five siblings and the man of the house. I'm a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 5 kids, and normally I live in Phoenix, AZ. Right now, though, I'm serving a two-year mission in Texas. I love theater, and acting has been one of my main pastimes since about 7th grade. I love shows by Shakespeare and Stephen Sondheim especially, though I'll watch (or act in, if I get the chance) almost any wholesome, good-natured show. My favorite character I've played is Saunders from the show Lend Me A Tenor. I love sports as well, my favorites being football and wrestling. I also love watching MMA. The most prominent aspect of my life, though (besides my faith), is my music. Everyone in my family is a musician, and we all love to play and write music together; I've played guitar for over 5 years and I've been a singer my whole life. I've performed on my own and with bands many times, and nothing compares to the feeling of sharing something that means so much to you, doing it well, and hearing that it affected someone else for the better. That is a huge reason I decided to serve a mission, and that is the reason I will be a performer--in some capacity or another--all my life. And of course, I love listening to music as well, and I'll take anything from jazz to country to metal to reggae.

Why I am a Mormon

I live as a member of this church because I know it is true, and the good thing about real truth is that no matter what we say or do it never changes. I always believed what my parents taught me, and I always felt at home with that faith. But it was not until I made the choice to live that belief and put God first that I came to know. We cannot know anything until we've tried the experiment, just as it is impossible to know the real beauty of a song until you not only hear but really listen. That is also true of the gospel. I love my God. He is my Father, my Friend, and my Hero. One day I hope that my kids will look up to me in the same way that I look up to my earthly and Heavenly fathers. This gospel is teaching me how to do that, so why would I ever abandon it?

How I live my faith

I've always been active when it comes to church. Right now I'm serving a mission and teaching people about the church, but before that I taught the children in my church building. I've just always enjoyed teaching people about what I believe and helping them to answer questions that they have, and I've always loved to help others grow. In essence, I live my faith by doing what Jesus would do if He were here, and what really is the only way to do it: by loving, helping, and teaching those around me.

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

The Book of Mormon actually quotes the Bible in many places, occasionally using entire chapters straight from both the New and Old Testaments, which is a clear testimony to the divinity of both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. God has always and will always work through prophets (because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and His methods have always been perfect), and scripture is simply the words He gives them to speak. Moses was a prophet. So was Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, etc. The words of Jesus and his apostles are obviously scripture. So yes, the Bible must be the word of God by definition, and no one can deny it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The grace of God is, in effect, mercy. We have been given everything, including our lives, by Him, and there will never be anything we can do to pay it back. A Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, teaches that we are saved by grace after all we can do (2 Nephi 25:23), because without God's mercy and grace, our obedience to Him would never amount to anything because we would still always be in debt to Him for our existence. So, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for our sins, and He told us that all we need do is believe on His name and we will be saved. But, as James said in the Bible, faith without works to prove it is dead, for even Satan and his devils believe in God and acknowledge His Holiness (James 2). To qualify for God's grace, which redeems our works and makes them into something acceptable to Him, we must obey His commandments and follow Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith, but we do praise the man that he was just as the Jews look up to and acclaim Moses as a great Prophet and leader. All people look up to their leaders with respect, and we believe Joseph Smith to be one of the greatest leaders the world has known. But we have one God, and He is the same God worshiped by all the prophets of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less