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Hi I'm Michael Benson

I grew up in Texas, Indiana, and Utah and currently live in Kentucky where I serve as president of a University. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of five children and have a wonderful, understanding wife who is also my best friend. We enjoy being together, traveling, and experiencing new places, cultures, and opportunities. I have spent most of my professional career in public higher education and also teach in the area of U.S. government and foreign policy.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is rooted and grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His life of service to others, in His sacrifice, death, and resurrection, and in His role in my everyday life. All else, as Joseph Smith said of our religion, is mere appendages to the incontrovertible fact that Jesus died on the cross, rose again in the third day, and lives today. This faith is what motivates me to try to do good and what keeps me among the Mormon faithful. It also motivates me to continue in good standing within the LDS Church so as to avail myself of priesthood ordinances and blessings, and thereby bless the lives of my family and friends. The organization of the Church, regardless of the congregation’s location—together with its members—has proven to be a constant in my life when other influences have ebbed and flowed. I am a Mormon for many reasons, one of which is that it is the faith of my fathers. As one of our hymns concludes: "Faith of our fathers, holy faith—we will be true to thee ‘til death” (Hymns, no. 84). The examples of my forebears are not only humbling and motivating, but they also steel me for the challenges I face in my own life. In many ways, my devotion to the precepts of the LDS Church is in part an expression of gratitude to family members and others for what they sacrificed. Although I have my own agency and could choose any number of paths to take, my belief system has propelled me to never betray the trust of my family by abandoning the faith of my ancestors. And from my examination of other faiths and belief systems, Mormonism is the best fit for me personally and spiritually. It is what I know and what I believe. For me, the best way to “testify” of my beliefs is how I live my life. Jesus taught, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). Arguably one of organized religion’s most revered figures, and the author of hymn number 62 in our LDS Hymnal, St. Francis of Assisi once wrote: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

How I live my faith

My family and I are active members of our Mormon community here in Kentucky and try our best to help others through the lives we lead and the actions we take.