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Hi I'm Ben

Raised on an Idaho farm, Forever a husband and father, now a Western New York-er, professionally a home care aid, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in rural South Eastern Idaho on a small farm. Whenever anyone would ask my dad what he raised on his farm he'd tell them, "children," and that was accurate. My parents had nine children; in was on our little farm that I learned the principal of work as well as doing and completing hard things. On our little farm I grew to love freedom, independence, and choice. I spent my time working outdoors, dreaming big, exploring, creating, and fishing. The most fond memories I have with my parents and family growing up was when we were working together outdoors on some project on our little farm. Those experiences were special to me. As a boy, I looked up to my older brother and as he'd done, hoped to earn my Eagle Scout Award and to serve a mission for the church. I was blessed to realize both of these; and both have had a significant shaping influence on my life. Growing up my greatest desire was to have a wonderful marriage and family; I am richly blessed to be living those desires today. My family and I now live in Western New York near Lake Ontario and the Erie Canal. My wife and I home-school our five children, participate in our community, and provide church service.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned that the quest for truth is a journey that has only one destination. My quest for truth has led me to a sure belief in God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost. I know Jesus Christ is the literal son of God our Father in Heaven. I know Jesus is my Lord Savior and Redeemer; he truly suffered and died for me. Because of his sacrifice I know I will live again and be resurrected and because of him I know I have a way to be fully cleansed of my sins and to be made perfect through him. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have found truth I have found Christ, I have found the way to eternal life! I am a Mormon because it has been through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I have come to this truth! It is true that I grew up in the church and that my parents were faithful in the church; I am so thankful for this upbringing and foundation! As I grew I learned that I had to know and find the truth for my self! It was through prayer and the Holy Ghost that I found that truth. A belief in truth and a conviction of that believe, in order to endure, has to be a growing, active, living thing. The one action that has increased my faith in Christ more than anything else has been my desire to repent and to be cleansed of my sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It has been repentance that has strengthened my testimony in Christ the rock of my Salvation. I am a Mormon because of my quest for truth and my testimony in and of God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith now has much to do with the important building blocks I acquired and was ultimately blessed with along the way throughout my life. Among these building blocks was family prayer and the teachings of Christ being taught in our home. As children we attended children's Sunday school classes where what we learned at home was reinforced. As a child and a youth I participated in scouting and as a cub scout I earned my Arrow of Light award and as a boy scout I earned my Eagle award. As a youth I attended four years of Seminary which further strengthened my belief of and relationship with Christ. It was in Seminary that I learned for my self that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and redeemer and that only through him can all impediments to my eternal Salvation be overcome. Adding to the building blocks of my faith in Christ was my opportunity to serve as a missionary for the church for two years in Nashville Tennessee. Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ solidified my firm belief in him and gave me a firm foundation to build the rest of my life. If I had not served a mission I would have never developed the faith and confidence I needed to enroll at BYU-Idaho and graduate with my bachelors degree. Furthermore if I had not attended BYU-Idaho I would never have met my dear wife and eternal companion. Truly, living the gospel has been a path to true joy and happiness for me. As my wife and I have served in the Church in our little ward in Western New York we have been strengthened in our marriage and have been strengthened in our responsibilities as parents. For the past five years I have had opportunities to serve in the leadership of our ward and to participate in and also lead meetings to find ways to strengthen individuals and families in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and to invite and introduce others to learn of him and discover this joy for them selves. Living my faith has taught me what life is all about.