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Hi I'm Ben

I was baptized when I was eight and converted at fifteen. I'm an athlete. I'm a leader, a West Virginian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Ben! I am from a little "Po-dunk" town of 600 people in Northern West Virginia called Davis. I'm currently 20 years old and serving as a missionary for the Church in Utah. (Believe it or not, not everyone in Utah is a Mormon and they still need a lot of help). Throughout school, I did a lot of things. My first passion is athletics. I love sports: Football, Basketball, Track and Field, and weight lifting. My second passion is music. I've played the piano since I was six (though I still consider myself and amateur), and I enjoy singing. I have two happy places where I can go to relax in a way or find peace. One of those is the weight room. I can go in there feeling discouraged yet come out and feel like a new man. The other is behind a piano. I love leadership. Growing up I was always a shy person, and whenever I got to High School I decided I wanted to get over my shyness so I decided to run for President of my Freshman class. I was terrified, yet some how I got the position and I have held multiple leadership positions in different clubs and organizations since then. I used to be terrified of public speaking, but now it's exhilarating to me. My family is nuts, but they mean everything to me. I have two amazing moms, (my Birth-Mom and my Step-Mom), a strong, fun-loving father, an older brother who means the world to me, and a crazy little sister who looks up to me and I look up to her. My parents divorce was hard, but I have grown so much because of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was eight years old by my dad. Though my parents weren't perfect, they still tried their hardest to not only teach us kids about the example of Jesus Christ, but also do what they can to show what the example of Jesus Christ looks like. Even with that, there comes a time in every persons life whenever they have to figure outmformthemselves of what their parents have been telling them their whole lives is right or wrong. That happened to me when I was fifteen years old. By the time I was fifteen I hadn't read the Book of Mormon for myself. I hadn't prayed about it to know if it's true. I hadn't done a lot of things that I was supposed to do. One day I realized suddenly that I didn't know these things for myself and I had to find out. Every day I faced more and more opposition as I was at school and I had to know of it was right. So I decided then to do my part. To make a long story short, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed and prayed and prayed. I didn't get an answer immediately, but when I did it was glorious. That moment was the most important and shaping moment of my life and it has now put me in a totally different place than I could be. I know now things things for myself. I cannot deny the things I have felt and the miracles I have witnessed, and I hope and pray I never forget those feelings throughout my life.

How I live my faith

Growing up I was the only member of the church, besides family, that I actually knew around my age. I was the only member of the church in my school and so there were obviously a lot of varying beliefs surrounding me. I feel like he best I could do was try my hardest to be a good example to others. I made tons of mistakes, but I also feel like all of our mistakes help us to grow in many ways we may not even understand until years down the road. I live my faith by trying my hardest to be and do a little better each day than the previous day. I am also a very service minded person. I believe that as we serve our fellow man, we are serving God at the same time. During my service as a missionary, I not only enjoy teaching others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I try to serve them temporally as well. If I see someone working on something as I'm walking by, I want to immediately drop everything I am doing and see how I can help them.