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Hi I'm Ben

I grew up in Southeast Alaska, I worked as a commercial fisherman through high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southeast Alaska. My family owns two commercial fishing boats named the "Nephi" and the "North Wind." Throughout my life and specifically my high school summers I would fish with my Dad. On the Northwind we gill-netted for mostly King salmon and Chum salmon. I fished the longlining fishery on the Nephi and we fished for Halibut. I've grown up with an interest in math and science. I loved both studies in school. My idea is to become either a Nuclear, Mechanical, or Biomedical, Engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. I went every week no matter how much I pretended to be sick or asleep as a kid. I was baptized at the age of 8 and eventually grew my own testimony. At the age of 16 I really learned for myself that the Book of Mormon was true along with the rest of the church. I love the church, I would be a completely different person without it. The morals the church has taught my parents who have passed it on to me, and the knowledge I have learned for myself have really helped me in life. The gospel makes me happier and blesses my life.

How I live my faith

The town I grew up in was very small, and had very little members of the church. We had an average of 20 to 30 each week, most of which were older people with no more children at home or very young families. Only a few members were at my already small school. It was different to be one of the only ones. People all around me had different morals and ideals. It took persistence to stay in the church. You couldn't really let your guard down on certain things. My faith was and is important to me and I couldn't let it be endangered. I worked to keep the gospel in my life and it has blessed me tremendously.