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Hi I'm Ben

I am a medical student. I have a wife and two kids. I love science and I'm a huge sports fan. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play and watch sports. My favorite sports to watch are football and soccer. My other major hobby is my family. I am married and have 2 kids: a girl and a boy. Spending time with them on walks, at the park, or at the beach are my favorite hobbies. I am currently in medical school after getting a Bachelor's degree in physiology. I have always loved to study science and the human body. At times I have struggled to reconcile my knowledge of science with my religious beliefs, but I now feel that science and religion can coexist and complement each other.

Why I am a Mormon

Trying to follow Jesus and live His gospel makes me a happier person. The scriptures teach that when we are obedient to the commandments of God we will prosper. I know this promise is true because when I am reading the scriptures, saying my prayers, and trying to follow the Savior's example I am a happier person. I have found many friends at the church who motivate me to be a better person.

How I live my faith

I am a Sunday School teacher at the local congregation here in Coral Springs. I love to teach and discuss the scriptures each week during Sunday School. I try to live my faith more than once a week. I try to pattern my behavior after the Savior's example and I seek to be a Christlike husband, father, friend and I hope to be a Christlike person in my future career as a physician.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Ben
As a medical student I was blown away at times with how different my lifestyle is from my peers. After a big test all of my classmates go out to clubs and get drunk. The day after the test the class attendance is like 20% because they are too hung over to come to class. I feel bad for my classmates when they talk about how they can't remember their night out because they were so drunk. Drinking is such a fixation for my classmates that every break from tests is filled with drinking. Some of my classmates will go on to become alcoholics leading to family and marital problems. I am grateful that our heavenly father gave us the commandment to avoid alcoholic drinks so that I will not have to worry about the problems caused by alcohol. While some see the commandment not to drink as a restriction I see it as a blessing. After a big test I have many options for what I want to do for fun: I go to the beach or park with my family, I go to BBQs, or watch sports. I am grateful that I know that I don't need alcohol in order to have a good time with my friends. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives us the pattern for a happy and successful life. This lifestyle is often very different from what the world says will bring us happiness. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ben
No! While the majority of Mormons I know are very conservative and gravitate towards the Republican party, I do not. At times, members of the Church have said insensitive things about Democrats to me or my wife, but we just brush these comments aside. Church members are encouraged to be active in politics, but there is no political party that is endorsed by the Church. Show more Show less