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Hi I'm Ben

I am a convert of over 48 years. I am a retired higher education administrator and love serving in the church and in my community.

About Me

I spent 35 years as a university administrator and enjoy working with and relating to young adults. My wife and I enjoy gardening, our four daughters and their families, visiting with friends, and travel to see this beautiful world. Most of all we enjoy working together in church and community service. I believe that my deceased ancestors petitioned Heavenly Father to place one of their posterity in a position to receive the gospel so that person could do family history research and perform their temple ordinances for them. So many of my ancestors were ministers of the gospel and seekers of the truth, searching for a church closer to the apostolic church of Christ. I firmly believe that my finding the LDS church with it's emphasis on family and holding the restored priesthood authority to seal families together was prompted by their desires to be sealed to their posterity and their own ancestors. For that reason, I also enjoy doing family history research and performing saving ordinances in the temple for my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

In high school I was drawn to a number of friends who were happy, good students who excelled in academics, sports and various extracurricular activities. These friends almost all turned out to be "Mormons." I did not know what a Mormon was but I liked what I saw in their lives and in their family life. My parents were not favorable to my interest in the LDS Church at first and I did not pursue investigating the church until College. Once at the University I became absorbed in studying comparative church doctrines and practices and then began interviewing people about their religious experiences and beliefs. At the same time I enrolled in an LDS Institute of Religion class near the university I was attending. My parallel studies of comparative doctrines, personal religious practice, and what I learned in the Institute class increased my interest in the LDS faith. Mormon theology and doctrine was logical, well correlated with the Bible and fascinating. Their claim to be Christ's church restored through the prophet Joseph Smith was witnessed by the evidence of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I also felt the spirit in their meetings and around the people. Finally, I realized I needed to pray for a personal witness that this was God's plan for me and that the LDS church was the authorized administers of His Church and Gospel message. I knelt in prayer, anxious to have an authentic experience and not willing to just accept my own conclusions or personal desires. It came! I felt an overwhelming warmth and confirmation that what I had concluded from my study was true! The experience was clearly external, I could not have produced the feelings I had. I knew deeply and profoundly that God had answered my prayer. I have been an active member of the church ever since (over 48 years) and it has blessed me and my family in so many ways I cannot even begin to enumerate them.

How I live my faith

I have come to appreciate how much Jesus Christ wants more of us than merely an acknowledgement of His role as Savior. He truly wants us to follow his example and to become Christlike. He spent his life lifting, healing, comforting and serving. To the extent I can, I try to also be involved in these activities. I have served as a leader of youth including scouting, as an advisor to young adults, a student ward Bishop and as a member of several Bishoprics. I find great satisfaction and many personal and family blessings that result from serving my brothers and sisters in the church. I have also had opportunity to help people from all walks of life with employment concerns, including doing psychometric testing to determine career interests and aptitudes, coached people on interviewing skills and developing resumes and how to network to find jobs. I have also helped organize an annual food drive for our community food bank that has continued for 6 years now. Because of my interest in youth, I became involved in the Boy Scouts of America and their character building programs and have served in many capacities from chartered organization representative to a vice-president of the local council. I accepted an invitation to serve on my neighborhood Home Owner's Association board to help preserve and improve the safety and quality of life our neighborhood. Currently my wife and I are serving our second senior mission. We enjoy serving the Savior in whatever capacity we can.