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Hi I'm Jared Benjamin

I grew up in Farmington, Utah, was the Student Body President of my high school, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outdoors. I love to unicycle, ride my longboard, snow ski, run, swim, and hike. Being outside in nature helps me feel close to God and appreciate His beautiful creations. Playing the piano has been a lifelong hobby of mine. I'm slowly getting better at it. I love the power that music brings into my life and the lives of others. School choirs have always taken a place in my class schedule. Learning new music, how to sing, and making friendships with others has been such an exciting thing for me. I've also been in a few local and school musicals. Even as an ensemble member, the energy of being on stage is incredible. I love spending time with my family. Some of my favorite memories are singing around the piano with my siblings, family vacations, and watching BYU football together. I love meeting new people. People are interesting. Meeting someone for the first time is almost like finding a new book or movie but more fulfilling. I believe even the most mundane things about a person can be interesting, as well, of course, as their personal stories. It's just as fun for me to hear why someone bought the shoes they're wearing as it is to learn about their hopes and dreams. I believe everyone has a story that will make you cry and there's nothing more fulfilling than hearing that story and crying with the person. To quote Andy Warhol, "I think everybody should like everybody."

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of members. My parents were both baptized when they were 8, and I naturally followed suit. I always went to church because it was what my parents taught me that I should do but when I was 14, I started to wonder if I was just following my parents or if I actually believed it myself. As I started talking to my parents about this, they encouraged me to find my own testimony. In the next month or two, we had a youth conference in our ward. Youth conference is where all the youth ages 14-18 go camping and have different activities to build friendships and strengthen our faith. My dad got to go with us because he was the Bishop in our ward or the leader of our congregation. On one of the nights, we had a testimony meeting around the campfire where all the youth got to share their love of the Savior and the gospel. One by one, the youth would stand up and share that they knew the church was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lived. It wasn't required of us to share but I felt like I needed to. It got closer to the end and in a moment of silence, I found myself standing. I mentioned that I had been questioning my testimony and activity in the church and wondering if I knew it myself. I kept talking and the words almost feel out of my mouth that, "deep down, I can't deny it." Afterwards, my dad pulled me aside and said, "Dude, that's a testimony!" Ever since then, I've never questioned the church or my testimony, I've just done my best to live the gospel and keep the commandments. I've had difficult times, of course, but I could never fall away. It's difficult to describe the joy that comes into my life as I feel the love of my Heavenly Father and the sweet forgiveness of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm dedicating my life to being a disciple of Jesus Christ and I know He lives and loves us. I'm trying to have the way I live my life be a living sermon about my Savior.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a constant task or quest of mine. I believe that worship and living the gospel are a lifestyle, not just a few things we do. I've had a calling in my ward to be the priesthood accompanist. I did my best to practice the hymns and play them well for the men to sing along to. I've also had callings as the president of my quorum. I would try to make friends with all the boys in my quorum/group and support them in their lives. Sometimes it would be hard but I believe that even saying hi to someone can make a difference in their lives. Currently, I'm serving as a full-time volunteer missionary in New Zealand. I go around with my companions from all over the world and "invite others to come unto Christ." It's the most fulfilling thing I've done in my life so far.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jared Benjamin
Jesus Christ taught us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. The Church has welfare programs to help us do just that. Many of us are busy with school, work, family, and community responsibilities yet we want to help others. Donating to these programs are simple, quick ways to help others. The programs give needed help to those who need it after storms, sickness, and other trials. They also help people develop the skills they need to have a more successful and fulfilling life. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Jared Benjamin
Temples are the house of the Lord. They are sacred places that we learn about the Plan of Salvation, perform ordinances for the dead, and make covenants with God. We make these covenants through ordinances, like we do at baptism. One of these ordinances is called Sealing which makes it possible for husband and wife to be married for eternity. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jared Benjamin
I've heard it said that words give just a child's finger-painting of the beautiful masterpiece that the Atonement truly is. Put simply, the Atonement is Jesus' infinite suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, his suffering and death on the Cross, and his resurrection. When Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, we became separated from God, we became mortal, and we became able to sin. Death of the body, physical death, and separation from God as we sin, spiritual death, make us unable to be with God. When Christ suffered in Gethsemane, he payed the price of our sins so that we can be forgiven as we repent. When he was resurrected, he broke the bands of death and made it possible for all men to be resurrected. As we're forgiven of our sins and resurrected, we will be able to live with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father forever. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jared Benjamin
Faith is believing in something you can't necessarily see. It means to hope for things not seen. When we have faith, it leads us to act. We have faith in God, so we pray to him. We have faith in Jesus Christ, so we repent of our sins. Faith is also a principle of power. God works by power, in response to our faith. We exercise faith through our action and God responds according to our faith. His response then strengthens our faith in Him. We may not see God with our physical eyes but His response to our faith is "the evidence of things not seen." -Heb 11:1 One of the best ways to increase our faith is by prayerfully studying the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jared Benjamin
We take the commandment from Christ literally to teach and baptize all nations. I'm currently a part of the missionary army of the church. My parents and I are paying for my mission. I worked for 4 summers and saved my money and my parents are paying the rest. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jared Benjamin
The priesthood is the power and authority given to man to act in God's name. The priesthood is the power by which the earth was created. It is the power that Moses used to split the Red Sea. It is the power that Jesus Christ used and still uses to heal us of our sicknesses. God gives this authority to man to lead the church, perform ordinances such as baptism, and to give blessings of healing, comfort, and council. The LDS church is the only church on Earth that has the priesthood. It was lost with the death of the 12 apostles and was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith when John the Baptist and later, Peter, James, and John came and laid their hands on his head and gave him the priesthood. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jared Benjamin
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the nickname of the Mormon church because of the book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. It's comparable to the Bible, completes the Bible, and it testifies of Jesus Christ. Because this book is such an integral part of our faith, the nickname of Mormon has become popular. Show more Show less