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Hi I'm Ben

I'm from Portland Oregon, and I'm about to leave to serve the Lord on a two year mission to Copenhagen Denmark.

About Me

I'm currently a college student studying electrical engineering at Brigham Young University. I finished my second semester in December, and now I'm preparing to serve a two year mission in the Copenhagen Denmark mission. I've always been active in church and boy scouts. I've loved being in boy scouts and I've had the opportunity to learn valuable skills and serve many people through scouting. I had the experience of being able to help start a library for an orphanage in Uganda Africa for my eagle project. I was able to go to Uganda myself, and my life has forever been changed because of that experience. I learned how much I really have, and that being happy is a choice, no matter what your circumstances. I love sports, and doing pretty much anything active. I used to be a competitive gymnast, and I really enjoyed it. More recently I discovered rugby, and it's definitely my favorite sport now. I was actually able to play on a team my senior year of high school. I also love hiking, backpacking and the outdoors. I love hiking in the Columbia River gorge with my family. I pretty much love life, and I always do my best and persevere through whatever challenges I'm presented with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church. This may have been why I was a member of my church in my younger years, but now that I'm older I have truly become converted to the church. When I was about 9 or 10 I read the entire Book of Mormon. I completed the challenge that Moroni gives in Moroni chapter 10. I prayed with faith about what I had read, and I felt a spiritual confirmation of the truth of that book. It wasn't anything huge, but I felt warmth and happiness in a way that can only be brought by the spirit. Since then I have completed The Book of Mormon six more times, and each time I finish it I get that same confirmation from the spirit. I have also gained a testimony of many more things in this church. I know that the LDS church is true. I believe that all churches have truth, but my church can add to the truth of all others. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that he truly did translate the Book of Mormon. I know that the prophets and apostles that lead our church today are called of God, and I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and because of his atonement and suffering, I can be forgiven of my sins and live with him again one day. I know that through the temple families can be sealed together forever. I love the Mormon church and its teachings. I would't be the person I am today without it, and I feel that from what I've learned I can make a positive difference in the world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be at all times and all places. I feel like I have always done my best to do whats right. I've made mistakes, but I've learned from them, and I'm a better person because of them. I haven't had too many callings in my church yet, but I try to magnify my callings. When I was sixteen I was able to serve as the priests quorum (16-18 year olds) first assistant for almost two years. I had the opportunity of leading our activities, and we were able to have a lot of fun together and we helped lots of people that needed assistance. For example, an older couple in our neighborhood needed help clearing out their yard so their dog could run around, so our priest quorum got together and we cleared all the weeds and debris out of their yard and then laid down some bark dust. In my student ward in college, I was able to serve as a Sunday school teacher and an assistant clerk. As a Sunday school teacher, I was able to teach important gospel principles. I feel like being a teacher was a good learning experience for me. I struggled at times, but I think eventually I was able to teach some good lessons where the spirit was present. As an assistant ward clerk I mostly helped with the collection and counting of fast offerings. Fast offerings are kind of like donations that members give each month when we fast for two meals. These fast offerings are used to help people in the area that are less fortunate and are in need of financial help. I feel like I was able to fulfill my duty as an assistant ward clerk and it was a good experience for me. Now I am preparing to be a full time missionary for two years, and I'm going to try to be the best missionary I can be. I know I'll experience some of the hardest years of my life, and I'll really miss my friends and family, but I will persevere no matter what. I'm excited to get out into the mission field and serve the Lord.