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Hi I'm Benjamin

I was born in Idaho. I love music. I'm serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Benjamin. I'm the third son in a family of six: my mom, my dad, my older brother, my older sister, and my younger brother. I was raised a Latter Day Saint, and I'm happy to be called a Mormon. I'm the second in my immediate family to serve a mission. I also love playing the violin, hanging out with my family and friends, getting outdoors, and playing games of every kind. For the last ten years of my life violin has been my passion. I love classical music, I love playing in orchestras and quartets, and if it involves the violin, it's a guaranteed like. Before coming on my mission, I studied violin in college for a semester, but I gave up the violin to serve a mission in Taiwan for two years. While I occasionally have had the chance to play here in Taiwan, it's gone from an average of four hours a day, to about five minutes a week or less. But for the chance to help people, it's completely worth it. On the side I also ran cross country, enjoyed swimming, ran small triathlons, trained for larger , enjoyed sports like racquetball, and sword fighting with my siblings and friends with weapons created from PVC pipes and foam. I'm a fan of board games. I'm a total nerd about Star Wars. I basically love anything that gets me outside; camping, backpacking, white water rafting, and more. I love being active and living life with every chance I get, but while making sure to take those moments to be still, and just think about life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because that's the way I was raised. I was taught, from my childhood, the lessons of Jesus Christ, of the value of loving everyone, trying to serve all I come in contact with, and seeking peace through the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But more than this, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have had spiritual experiences in which the Holy Ghost has testified to me that this is the church Jesus Christ has established for the happiness of His children. Living the gospel has brought the sweetest and most profound moments in my life. The times I treasure most, the memories that I hold dearest, are inevitably the ones in which I have felt the influence of the Spirit of God. In moments of sadness, of depression, of anxiety, I have felt comforting arms when no one was there, when I had no reason to. In moments of confusion, of distress, I've felt guidance inspire me when no voice was speaking. In times of doubt, I have felt from God an overwhelming conviction that what I'm doing is right, that what I'm living is true. I know that God, who is a real and all powerful being, loves me as his son and that he sent Jesus Christ to suffer and die for my sins. I know this is his church. Because of this, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In my congregation before I came on my mission, I helped teach kids around the age of 11 the gospel, and I loved it. I got to go to church every week and help those kids understand the Savior's love for them, and help them know how they can find greater happiness. Now I am serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Taipei, Taiwan. While I won't see my friends and family for two years, I know that while I'm gone, the Lord will protect and help them. The sacrifice I give so that others can find joy through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is nothing compared to the benefits. I love my chance to spend two years with a focus of helping others be happy, and I know that while I do, I will also be happy. I have found that as I have taught others about Jesus Christ's and Heavenly Father's love for them, their lives have changed, and I've seen them become more happy, more eager to live life, and have greater strength to face their day to day struggles. It's been an amazing privilege to watch them change their lives with God, and to watch them find hope where there wasn't hope before. I try to live my life well by following the principles of the gospel, including service to others and efforts for personal improvement. While I know that I'm not perfect, I take comfort from the atonement of the Savior, and my hope in His love allows me to keep going when the times get rough. Like everybody else, I live my faith on a day to day basis, doing the best I can to be the best I can.

What is faith?

Faith is a combination of belief and action. Everybody already acts on faith that they have. Perhaps the most basic example is that of the belief that we'll still be alive tomorrow, and our action is that we plan for tomorrows activities. A belief, and an action. The reason Mormon's talk about faith so much is that faith in Jesus Christ is the first step to success and personal belief in the gospel. When we have faith in Christ, we have hope that Jesus Christ exists, has the power to help us overcome our challenges, and forgive our sins, and we then act on that hope. The most basic acts on that hope are prayer, reading the scriptures, and sincerely seeking a personal witness about Jesus Christ. In response to our faith, God can perform miracles, give answers to our prayers, and help us find truth. But we must first be willing to have hope that he exists and act on that hope, on that possibility. He promises that if we do so, he will bless us. Show more Show less