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Hi I'm Ben Hynynen

I'm a Finn who was born in Boston, currently living in Canada. I have 6 siblings and a black belt to prove it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent high school graduate with plans of attending BYU in Fall of 2016. I enjoy reading. A lot. One of my favorite things is being able to curl up in comfort with a good book. As for athletics, I enjoy playing sports more than watching them. That applies to just about any sport, but I particularly enjoy baseball, tennis and sparring (karate). However, that doesn't mean I'm good at them. I've recently gained more of an interest in playing the piano, after despising lessons since I was 9. Music-wise, I enjoy playing songs from video game soundtracks or anime, particularly songs composed by Joe Hisaishi (who composed for many, if not all of Miyazaki's films, if you're familiar with him). Overall, I'm a pretty average person. There's not much more to say!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised within the church, which has made it much more simple for me to remain a member. However, I do not believe that discredits my reasons for staying and keeping with the faith. To avoid lengthy explanation, I will keep it fairly brief. I know that each and every person on the earth today has access to personal revelation through the Holy Ghost. In other words, we can find answers to various questions we may have- whether the Book of Mormon is true or not, if there is life after death, etc. In order to know if it is worth my time to continue as a member of the church, I considered questions such as those in prayer and received answers from Heavenly Father, which confirmed my beliefs. Another rather simple way that I can explain my desire to be a Mormon is that the beliefs that I hold bring me so much joy. I know that I can live with my family for eternity--even though I have a large one! I can have emotional, mental and even physical pains lifted from me through the Atonement of Jesus Christ! There is nothing that will ultimately bring anyone unhappiness. As I live the standards of the church, I feel closer to God and am so much more cheerful as the result of it--far more than when I have not. If you want the basic reasons for why I am a Mormon...I am a Mormon because of the great happiness that doing so brings to me and my family. I am a Mormon because I was able to find out for myself that the teachings of the church and the Book of Mormon itself are true and good. I am a Mormon because it brings me lasting peace and comfort.

How I live my faith

When I think about being a Latter-day Saint, I think about performing service for others. This, of course, can span a variety of different activities, but in my case, I go with my father and visit some of the older people in our congregation. I have come to enjoy these visits as I have gotten older because of the surprising influence it can have on those whom we visit. By so doing, I have been able to form friendships with others and found new opportunities to help them wherever possible. Another major way that I live my faith (or rather, will be) is by serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soon, I will be taking a period of two years of my life to invite others to Christ and to feel the same happiness that I enjoy in my life as a result. Although it is a difficult thing to do, it is not uncommon among young men my age to do so. I find it to be one of the best opportunities that I have/will have to live my faith. Other than those two things, throughout my teenage years I have had the opportunity to be a head of a committee of youth which plans activities and conferences for all of the 12-18 year-old youth. This gave me the chance to get to know many of the people my age and find out what they wanted in their activities and events. Overall, I have found many different methods of serving others within the church and thereby have been able to live my faith.