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Hi I'm Ben Sowards

I'm a kid from Idaho who loves football, baseball, and the great outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just finished my first year of college at BYU. I was born in Las Vegas, NV but grew up in Idaho where I grew to love all forms of sports and can be found on any given day watching ESPN. I am about to serve a mission in Korea and will return to school when I am finished there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church and have been so my entire life, but for a long time I was just another kid going through the motions and believing on his parents testimonies. But when I went off to school this past year, that all changed. I was no longer with my parents and no longer had them to lean on when I was struggling spiritually. Instead, I was thrust in a position where I knew only one person in my building and had no idea what the guys or girls where like. I had to grow really quickly spiritually to cope with that situation. But the Lord blessed me to be in the perfect ward for me. I was surrounded by kids who were in better positions than I spiritually and helped me grow. My testimony was solidified on day in March. My roommate, who also happened to be the R.A., held a meeting where his Doctrine and Covenants teacher came and talked us about the importance of the Doctrine and Covenants, but when he asked a question someone answered with the response "Alma 42," which coincidentally was incorrect but it got me thinking. When I returned to my building I decided to read Alma 42 and found two scriptures that were perfect for me at that point. And so from then on I have known the Lord is looking our for me and I feel so blessed to have that knowledge.

How I live my faith

During my time as an Aaronic Priesthood holder, I served as a president, first counselor, and second assistant in my various quorums. In my singles ward at school, I was a member of the activities committee. For the next two years, I will serve the Lord in the country of South Korea as a missionary where I will preach the gospel and serve the people there as needed. I am an Elder in the church and have given multiple blessings and have the capacity to do so at any time.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ben Sowards
While missionary service is considered a duty for young men in the LDS church, the choice still lies with the individual. They should pray and ask God if a mission is what is right for them at that time. Only He knows exactly what they should do. For young women, a mission is completely optional. Young men who grow up in the church are constantly taught as if they will be serving a mission. Young women on the other hand are taught other things that pertain to what is generally thought to be their duty. Once again, prayer to God is the only way a sister can know for assuridy if they need to serve a mission. I respect all the women who serve/have served (my mother being one of them) because they have gone even more out of their way than I to serve. I've been preparing since I was like 4, trying to work out how my life would develop. Some sisters decided within the last year to go which would have been a very difficult and so I respect them for that. Show more Show less