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Hi I'm Ben

I have Crohn's disease, I love cycling, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Learning that I had a chronic illness was a hard thing for me. I had grown up all of my life imagining all of the incredible things that I was going to do, but when the doctor told me that I had Crohn's disease I felt like all of those dreams would have to be put on hold. I didn't even know what it was! I remember the feelings of confusion I had as the doctor told me there isn't a cure and what would need to be done in order to treat it. I've had health problems all of my life; however, nobody could ever tell me what was wrong. I can remember going from doctor to doctor only to be told that the pain I was feeling was because of stress. So, when I was diagnosed with Crohn's it came as a relief. I finally had a name to the problem, but as I learned more and was forced to delay plans I had made I began to feel alone. It was during those times that I came to really know God. As I prayed I could feel his strength. It wasn't that I was going to be healed, but I knew that I would make it. The more time I spent on my knees the more I was able to recognize that I had incredible blessings in my life. Eventually I came to the point that I didn't even know why I had been so upset before. Crohn's? Big deal! I know that at times we can feel that God doesn't hear us. We are especially likely to feel that way when trials come as we are trying to do what we believe is right; however, I now know that everything happens for a reason. God will always help us if we will turn to him in faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know for myself that this church is true. I have been given the incredible opportunity to read The Book of Mormon and apply the principles that it teaches. I later followed the counsel of Moroni, an ancient prophet, and I prayed to our Heavenly Father to know if it was true. As I did so I felt a peace come into my heart and into my life like nothing that I have ever felt before. This church has helped me through some of the hardest times of my life and for that I am forever grateful. No matter what problems will come we can know that everything will turn out for the better if we put our trust in God. I invite anyone who has ever wondered which church is true to read the Book of Mormon and pray to our Heavenly Father to know for themselves. I promise you that as you do this with a sincere heart you can come to a sure knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I do my best to stand as a good example of what this church teaches in all things and in all places. My faith has become part of my everyday life. I do my best to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for me and to live my life worthy of that sacrifice. I can draw strength from the teachings of this church during moments of need and feel the peace that comes from living the gospel. I think that we live our faith by doing the little things day by day. While reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church may seem like little things to some, I have come to know that the "little things" are the most important. I know that we can feel of Christ's love as we pray and search the scriptures. The biggest outward expression of my faith up to this point has been serving as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What may seem like a big sacrifice to some, leaving everything behind for two years, has become easy for me as I have seen how much joy this gospel can bring into the lives of others. No matter what problems we face in this life I know that we can find strength in holding fast to this gospel and it's teachings.