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Hi I'm Ben

I am a disabled United States Air Force veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of three. I enjoy creating things, landscaping, pumpkin sculpting, woodworking, etc... I am always trying to improve and learn new things in all areas of life. I am also a movie fanatic, outdoor enthusiast, and I love sports.

Why I am a Mormon

As most of us, my life has been a roller coaster. When I have used my faith to follow and live the gospel, I can see and feel the truthfulness of it in my life. I can also see and feel the blessings that it gives me and those around me. These feelings stay with me and guide me in my decisions. They help me know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

How I live my faith

I love to serve others. It doesn't matter to whom or in what form of service it is either. Some examples are: teaching the youth; visiting and/or teaching families, sick and elderly; assisting others with their projects and physical needs; giving random acts of kindness.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ben
When we have faith in Jesus Christ we want to follow his example. We try to do that in all aspects of our life, including marriage, family relationships and friendships. Just as we trust in Jesus Christ, we work on being trustworthy for others and work on having mutual trust. This can help us face the challenges we encounter each day. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Ben
A nickname of Mormons was given to us because like the Bible, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Ben
The purpose of life on Earth is to teach us and prepare us that we, along with our families, might live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally.Those who do these things and are worthy to return to the presence of God and Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory. Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Ben
Church buildings are dedicated public places of worship where Mormons and visitors can meet to pray, study scripture, partake of the sacrament, and continue to learn their responsibilities as children of God. The temple is literally the "House of the Lord". The temple is a dedicated place where sacred ordinances needed for eternal life can be preformed. The temple is limited to Mormons who obey God's commandments and therefore are worthy to enter. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Ben
Faith is just like a muscle. We have to use that muscle in order for it to grow. As well if we don't use it, it will dwindle. In order to increase our faith we use it by reading the scriptures and praying, obeying the commandments, and following the Lord's will instead of our own. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ben
Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Ben
Jesus Christ. Leads and directs His Church. He gives inspiration and revelation to the Prophet to call worthy and capable men to become his counselors and the 12 Apostles. After each Church President passes away, the senior Apostle becomes the next President. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Ben
In 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith prayed to learn which church he should join. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ben
Jesus taught us that we all needed to be baptized by immersion and by someone who has the authority to perform the baptism. Baptism is necessary to be cleaned of our sins and to become members of Jesus Christ's Church. Baptism is also a promise that we make with God. We promise to accept Christ and follow His example and His commandments to the end of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, provided we keep our promises Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ben
We are on this earth to be tested. We also are here to become more like our Heavenly Father by receiving a physical body and learning and gaining experience. We also form family relationships that may become eternal. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Ben
Joseph Smith was a 14 year old boy that lived in the early 1800's. During that time, much like today, there were many churches saying things that contradicted each other. Joseph, wanting to know which church was the true Church of Jesus Christ. He went to pray and ask God. While praying, God and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. During this visit he was told that Christ's Church wasn't on the Earth. This visit and other heavenly visits restored many of the truths that were lost and restored Christ's Church on the Earth. Joseph was called to be a Prophet, just like Moses or Abraham of the Old Testament and Peter of the New Testament. Show more Show less