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Hi I'm Benjamin

I grew up in America. I'm an athlete, musician, scholar, and currently a full-time missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in America, in the state of Virginia. Growing up, my family moved around a lot, and I lived in Virginia, Colorado, and Utah. I love to read, play the piano, and run long distances. While in high school, I ran half-marathons, played the cello in the orchestra, played varsity lacrosse, and was president in my seminary class. My favorite subjects were chemistry, calculus, and statistics. I've recently been called to serve in the Philippines Laoag mission, speaking Tagalog.

Why I am a Mormon

To put it as simply as possible, I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. The point of existence is to feel joy, and to help others do the same (see 2 Nephi 2:25 in the Book of Mormon), so something that makes one truly, deeply, persistently happy must be good and true. I testify that living the commandments and being earnestly engaged in building God's kingdom brings greater happiness by far than is possible any other way.

How I live my faith

Living the LDS faith is not something that can easily be broken down into a list -- it's something that affects every decision and every minute of each day. But, as far as specifics go, I attend church every Sunday for three hours, like most Mormons; I graduated from seminary, the religious education many LDS youth undertake; I play the piano in a choir; I'm a priest, which means I often bless the sacrament each Sunday and I participate in quorum service projects; and I've recently accepted the call to serve a full time mission in the Philippines, during which I will preach to gospel in Tagalog for two years at my own expense.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries proselyte because they love those to whom they preach, among other reasons. Think of it this way: imagine everybody in the world was sick, including you. Many people don't think they will ever get well, and, because of that, have a hard time finding hope. Then, one day, you miraculously discover the cure to this omnipresent illness. Would you not immediately and enthusiastically begin to share the news of this cure? Perhaps you would first administer it to your friends and family, but, sooner or later, you would begin to give it to anyone who will accept it. That's like the Gospel. Everyone experiences adversity, unhappiness, and hopelessness in this world. Mormon missionaries and members alike share the gospel because it brings them support, happiness, and hope in the midst of their trials. And so, in a labor of love, they willingly sacrifice time, resources, and energy (in the case of full-time missionaries, all day, each day, for two years) to bring this cure to the evils of the world to everyone who will hear them. Show more Show less