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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a musician. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 18 years old, and I'm preparing to serve a mission in the Adriatic South mission, but I'm currently training in the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC). My family are my best friends in the whole world. I know I'm going to miss them so much once I leave, but I also know that serving my mission will be worth my while. I have had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel ever since I was about 12 or 13. My love for this gospel has carried me through my life encouraging me to be Christlike to others, and I cannot imagine where my life would be today were I not a member of this glorious church. I love music! I started playing the piano when I was 8, and that was the first instrument I learned how to play. I am so happy I had that background to help me in the future. When I was about 12, I got a guitar for my birthday, and I have loved playing that ever since. When I was in 8th grade, I started playing the cello, which led me to be a 2-year member of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, and play in the pit orchestra for two musicals. My guitar playing has led me to start a band called Swimming With Ferrets. Swimming Ferrets has won 2 talent shows, and we even played a personal concert in the park one night in the summer! I also love skateboarding and riding my Ripstik. I'm not the best skater around, but I love it because it helps me work towards something and let off steam. Being a member of this church is in every aspect of my life. I love being a Mormon :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church with all of the members of my immediate family being members. For me, being a Mormon was just part of who I was, and part of being a member of my family. I did not really begin to start gaining a testimony of the truthfulness of this church until I was about 12 or 13. I started reading the Book of Mormon every day, and I started getting callings (positions of responsibility in the church), both which helped me to feel I belonged to this church, and that I was able to help others and make a difference by being a member. The youth programs also were tremendous in helping me gain a testimony, because I was surrounded by other boys my age who went through the same kinds of things i went through. Through the youth programs, I was able to go to Scout Camps, and other activities where I was able to learn and grow together with these amazing friends of mine. I participated in the Youth Programs of the church all the way until I left on my mission. Now that I am on a mission, I am so excited to be able to share my testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel with all those I come in contact with. I know that being a Mormon has rewarded my life in so many ways, that I can't even keep track of them all. I also know that when others will listen to my message, their lives will ultimately be so blessed, because being a Mormon has blessed my life so much! All in all, I am a Mormon, and have continued to be one, because this gospel brings me peace. It gives me direction in a very confusing world. This gospel promises me great blessings in this life, and in the life to come. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When I was senior in high school, I got to be a member of Seminary Council. For the members of my church that are high school age, we have the opportunity to participate in Seminary which is a religious class aside from our Sunday meetings where we learn and discuss the gospel in a more casual setting. At my high school, we had over 900 seminary students, and a council made up of 10 students. As a member of the Seminary Council, I was to be an example of being Christlike by serving others and having high standards that I would uphold under any circumstance. This calling was an incredible blessing for me, because I was able to gain a better understanding of what Christlike service is all about. It helped me to have an increased desire to serve others everywhere I go, because I was able to see how much the people we served appreciated what we were doing for them. Another one of Seminary Council's responsibilities is to organize and plan activities that are wholesome and fun that will ultimately work towards increasing attendance in Seminary. We also would design challenges for the students to participate in that would encourage them to take part in practicing their religion outside of Seminary or church. Such challenges would encourage students to read the Book of Mormon or Bible, attend the temple, serve others, or do family history work. I enjoyed participating in these responsibilities. It allowed me to be creative in figuring out ways to encourage my peers to be more involved in their religious lives, which I know would increase their own quality of life. Being a member of Seminary Council has helped me come closer to Jesus Christ as I serve God's children. Now I'm a missionary! As I'm being trained in the MTC, I'm getting very excited to devote two entire years to the Lord by sharing his gospel, and living my faith. I have already learned that by allowing myself to be completely dependent on Jesus Christ, I will be enabled to become a great missionary.