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Hi I'm Ben

I love to read and write. I like to run and go white-water rafting. I love the South. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ben and I am a son and a brother. I love my family. I like to read and write. I could spend an entire day reading and browsing through books in a library. My favorite class in high school was AP Literature. Exploring characters and setting and symbolism is fascinating to me. Not content to be cooped up in a library, I also enjoy running. Many of my friends from high school came from our school's cross country team that I was glad to have been on. I enjoy a good laugh, good food, good movies, and good friends. Scouting enabled me to meet many new people, and make many new friends. I love working with people and discovering the best ways to help them. I think that people's personalities are the most fascinating things on the planet. There really is good in everybody, I believe.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes me feel peaceful, and happy. I know where I am going once I die. I know where I am from. As a younger man I had been following in the faith and footsteps of my parents, and not really searching to discover for myself if the church was indeed true. I decided that I needed to know, and to find out for myself if there was a God, if He really loved me, and if the Book of Mormon indeed was true. I followed James 1:5 and asked God with a sincere heart, having studied and pondered the things which I was to pray about. I received a peaceful, joyful answer that He is there for me, and that the Book of Mormon is indeed truth. Every Mormon has their conversion story when they decide to discover if the Church and the Book of Mormon is true. With this knowledge, I am happy. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. When I read it and the bible, I am happy for I am reading the words of Christ. I want others to feel this same joy, and that is why I continue to read, and to pray, and to reach out to those who are not of my faith. I have felt something good in my life and I want them to have it!

How I live my faith

In my Mormon student congregation at the college I attended, I was a Sunday school teacher. At first it was hard because I didn't know how to teach. As I progressed through the year, teaching become a source of fulfillment and joy rather than frustration. It was a blessing to be able to work with the other teachers around me and see them grow as well. As a Mormon, I also have duties outside of the church. Like all Christians, we live our faith by obeying the commandments, paying tithing, praying, reading our scriptures, and helping the needy. We operate on a lay ministry, which means that we aren't paid for our service to the church. Almost every member in a Mormon congregation has a calling, or a position in the congregation that they are asked to fill and carry out to the best of their capacity. I try to live my faith by following the example of Christ, the ultimate example. As Christians, we try our best to be like him, not only when we are in church, but also when we are among those not of our faith. We show our faith through our works and our attitudes and our actions.