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Hi I'm Benjamin

As of July 9th, 2014, I'm a full-time missionary Santa Rosa, California area. I love to run. I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an average, mellow, young man. I love to laugh and to be around people. I'm not very charismatic, but I really enjoy talking and listening to others. I don't usually talk much, but I have a lot of thoughts to share. I think that I'm pretty hard to offend. I have 3 older siblings, loving parents, and step parents. I feel so blessed to have been born in a family that cares for me and knows how to love. I've also been blessed with a rich childhood filled with happy and sad moments. I graduated from high school in 2013 and recently I received my mission call for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to serve in the Spanish speaking mission of Santa Rosa, California! I'm very excited to serve with my whole heart!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church. Until I graduated from high school, I had always accepted the lifestyle the gospel offers but only because that was normal for me. Shortly after I graduated, and just before I had to decide whether or not to serve a 2 year mission for my church, I realized that I had not been converted to the gospel in my heart and my mind. I became unsure of whether or not any of it was true, and I knew that if it wasn't, I could not live a lie and continue my way of life in the church. So I then started to pursue the truth. I realized that I needed to gain a testimony of the basic foundations of our beliefs. I decided I wanted my own true testimony given to me by the Holy Ghost. It was a scary thing to know that whatever answer I did or did not receive would completely alter whether or not I went on a mission, who I married, where I went for education, and essentially who I am and the lifestyle I lead. I took a lot of time to ponder, study, read, and write down a lot of my thoughts. I prayed to know what was true, and I reflected on my feelings as the Holy Ghost testified of truth to me through those feelings. During this time, I learned so many truths and so many lessons. I learned how to find truth, and what the Holy Ghost feels like to me. The result of all this work has been a testimony I can call my own. To me, a testimony is based on your faith that you show, and the Holy Ghost's quiet whisper to you that the gospel is true. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and the literal father of our spirits. He has given us a body to live on this Earth, and to experience happiness, which is found in his teachings. I know this joy is found in Christ's atonement, and His gospel. God has restored this gospel in our day through Joseph Smith, who with divine assistance, has translated the Book of Mormon, which is scripture for our day. The LDS church is Christ's restored church, and is today led by a prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

At our church, I've been assigned to help find other people who want to learn more about the gospel. They call this assignment a "ward missionary". I go assist the full-time missionaries that serve in our area to teach lessons and meet people that are curious about our church. I also try to help new comers feel welcome in our church. After July 9th, 2014, I will have left home and will be serving as a full-time missionary for the Church. I will be giving service to others, and I will be seeking out people who want to learn more about Jesus Christ. Aside from my church calling, I do my best to follow the commandments given in the scriptures, and revealed to us by God through our prophet and apostles on the Earth today. By my faith and my own experience, I can testify that following God's commandments brings long lasting happiness and peace!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Benjamin
The best way to know whether or not Mormonism is true is to pray to God in faith, and ask Him, that He may touch your heart by the Holy Ghost. An ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon named Moroni teaches us this in Moroni 10:4-5. The Holy Ghost will give you feelings of peace, comfort, understanding, joy, and many other good feelings. (Galatians 5:22-23) He gives us these feelings so that we can know what we've heard is true. (Matthew 7:20) The Holy Ghost is not loud or attention seeking, so the feelings you receive will likely come with quiet reverence. (Kings 19:11-12) For me, this is has been the best way to come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's restored church on Earth. It was helpful for me to realize that even though people may try to find evidence to support or tear down this Church, God has never meant for us to know that this Church is true because of scientific proofs or evidence, but He gave us the Holy Ghost, that His Spirit might tell us what is true in our hearts. Show more Show less