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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a student, a runner, a music lover, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I just finished up my first year of college and was a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams there. Outside of running, I love playing my guitar, going to concerts, and finding new music to share with friends. I will soon be taking time off of college to serve a two-year mission in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but it has certainly taken my whole life to gain a full knowledge of its truth. I remember a time in high school when I was in a very dark place spiritually, and felt uncertain about where I was going. We were at an away track meet, and I was feeling especially down that day, so I decided that I would pray to ask for help. I went and locked myself in the bathroom of the hotel we were staying in, got down on my knees, and for the first time truly poured my soul out unto God asking in sincerity for his guidance. I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort that enveloped me afterwards, and the specific words that entered my heart, "It's going to be OK." It was such a simple answer, but it was all I needed to hear. I can't deny that it wasn't from God, and I've always gone back to that experience whenever I've had questioning feelings about this Gospel. God is real, and he is very much alive. He loves and cares about every single one of his children, and being in this church has allowed me to feel that tenfold.

How I live my faith

I have served in several youth leadership positions growing up in the church, and most recently was a teacher for one of the classes that we have each Sunday. One thing I really love about our church is how much service and humanitarian work we do. We are always looking for people to help, and I feel strengthened every time I do something for someone other than myself.