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Hi I'm Ben

I love people, the outdoors, and my country. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love all types of sports: basketball, football, soccer, tennis, you name it. In my opinion college sports are way more fun to watch than the pros, big time Ohio State fan, Go Bucks! Basketball is my favorite sport, although football and tennis are not far behind. Family and friends are very important to me, we have such a short life here on earth, I intend to spend every moment of it with the people I love. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo Utah for one year studying civil engineering with a minor in business before deciding to serve a 2 year full time mission for my church. I was called and am currently serving in the Stockholm Sweden Mission, and will be until the summer of August 2018.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the LDS church, with two older sisters by great parents who encouraged us to try hard in school and treat others fairly. That being said, I believe that at some point everyone, lifelong or convert, has to discover the truthfulness of this gospel for themselves. Simply wearing a tie on Sundays and attending church is not enough. His restored gospel is not only true, but gives me hope for the future. It eases my mind by providing insight to questions such as 'why are we here on this earth', 'where are we going', and 'how do I get to where I want to be'. I believe that so many people in this world are searching for the answers to these questions, they just do not know where to find them. I know for a fact that God lives, I have felt his love time and time again as I strive to live an honest life, overcoming the challenges and temptations that are so vital to our physical and spiritual growth. He loves each and every one of His children, and He knows all of your needs. He will never abandon you in a time of need. I can testify of the power of prayer, that it is through faithful prayer we can have a direct line of communication with God. I also know that the scriptures are a powerful tool that God has blessed us with here on the earth, they are filled with the answers we are searching for. I know that families are forever, that one day you each of us will be reunited with our brothers and sisters after this life has come to an end. I also know that Christ took upon himself the sins and sorrows of all the world in the Garden of Gethsemane, that He has crucified on the cross so that all of us could be forgiven for our transgressions. No matter how far you have traveled down the wrong path, there is always a way for you to return to happiness, you can feel that peace of mind once again. Christ makes that possible, and it is only through his infinite love and sacrifice that we can be made whole again, and return to live with our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I believe that a positive attitude goes a long way. Truly making the best of any situation often requires sacrifice on your part, but ultimately avoiding contention will help establish a peace of mind, something that so many of us desperately are in search of. Forgive and forget. Belief in God does not mean that life will be easy or simple, but it will help you feel true happiness during the good times, and hope through the bad. God doesn't protect us from the pain, He perfects us through it. I know that the trials, or struggles, that we endure in this life will bless us with experience and growth that would be impossible to achieve any other way. If I ever find myself second guessing my faith, I crack open the scriptures and become lost in the text. The Holy Ghost bears such a strong witness of the truthfulness of the scriptures, it is impossible to deny the feelings of peace, and that it is a great comfort to me. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's gospel that existed in ancient times, then again when Jesus was on the earth, and has again been restored in this dispensation through a modern prophet named Joseph Smith. God loves all of his children, and this gospel is simply another testament of His everlasting love for us. He wants us to return to live with Him someday, and is willing to help us in any way that He can, we just have to ask Him in faith. We have to take that first step, trusting that he will help guide us the rest of the way, and I know that He will.