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Hi I'm Benson

I grew up in Lee's Summit. I am a musician, self taught to play piano. and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Idaho, my family moved to Missouri just before I started Kindergarten. I grew up a normal life, with a passion for music. I learned to play trumpet in the 5th grade, started to sing in the school choir, taught myself to play the piano, learned the basics of flute and clarinet, and finally played euphonium (baritone) my senior year of High School. I also spun flag and rifle in Winter Guard my senior year. Growing up I was a quiet kid. I didn't really have that many friends. I had one friend that I was really close to who moved away at the start of middle school. At this time my father was really sick. My music teachers started to be my safe place. They were there for me in ways i didn't fully understand. Music became, and still is a huge part of my life. It always will be. In 2003, my family got a call that there was a new born boy that needed a home. We were not looking to adopt but somehow my family's name got brought up. This boy would come with his own set of challenges apart from normal adoption. His birth mother had been on drugs while she was pregnant and he is still dealing with those consequences. I love my brother so much. I am so grateful that he is part of my family. although it is hard, and it is quite often, he adds so much to our home. He annoys me, and I annoy him. We get along great. I cannot imagine life without him.

Why I am a Mormon

As I was growing up in the church, I never really doubted that what I was being taught was true. When I got older, however, I had times when I had to make a choice. Was I going turn my back on what I had been taught, or was I going to put my faith in my Lord. I then received a miracle that I did not know I needed. I started to teach the 12 and 13 year old Sunday school class. Teaching these youth gave me a deeper love for the Savior and the gospel. studying a new lesson each week to teach to others helped me learn it just as much as my teaching helped the youth. I know that my Savior lives. without Him I am nothing. He is my friend and my helpmate. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. He restored the gospel as Christ had taught it on the earth in its fullness. Through the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon and published it for the world to see. I receive my own witness to its truth every time i study its pages. It is the word of God. I know there is a prophet leading the church today. Thomas S. Monson. He is directed by the Spirit of the Lord to know how to lead the church today. Jesus Christ's sacrifice for me is the only way that I can return to live in His presence. It allows me to repent of my sins and gives me a place to cast my burdens. Without Him I could do nothing. I would be helpless. I love this gospel and the peace it brings.

How I live my faith

I work at a job that requires availability on Sunday. As a Mormon, I believe in keeping the Sabbath day holy. When I started working there, i made a deal that instead of being able to work every other weekend, I would work every Saturday and never on Sunday. This arrangement has worked great for 2+ years. If I were to open up Sundays to work there I would get better hours and more pay. However, I know that this is what my Father in Heaven wants me to do. I feel the blessings I receive from keeping the Sabbath day holy in my life. At church, I spent two years as a piano player for the primary children. This gave me a grate opportunity to expand my musical skills as well as remind my self of the basics of the Gospel. In Primary, the children, ranging ages 3-11, are taught simple truths about the gospel. listening to these lessons, and the reinforcing them through music helped increase my faith in Christ. After this time, I was given the assignment to teach a Sunday School class, over ages 12 and 13. I was scared out of my mind! I did not know a thing about teaching middle schoolers! Despite that, i accepted the assignment and began to teach. after a full year, and a full curriculum, I am amazed at how much the youth of today know, and how much they can learn. They love out Lord with all their hearts. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to teach them. I am also on a committee that plans regional activities for Young Single Adults from Missouri and Kansas. planning these activities for single people ages 18-31 has been eye opening. and challenging. trying to do things that will attract a wide range of interests, ages, and personalities from up to 4+ hours away is difficult to do. It has taught me that I cannot please everyone. It is just not possible. Now I am preparing to serve a mission for this church that I love so much. I will be serving the lord 24 hours a day 7 days a week for two years of life. I am both excited and nervous and cannot wait.