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Hi I'm Ben Summers

I grew up in Auburn, Washington. I am an avid lover of math and science. I love to learn about anything, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a missionary in the Church of Jesus Christmas of Latter-day Saints, and I love it! I usually spend my free time running, playing tennis, or studying. I also enjoy a good board or card game when I can fit it in my schedule. While my talent in it leaves much to be desired, I love to cook, and when I have time, I much prefer making a nice baked potato over visiting a fast-food place. When it comes to learning, I love finding out about the world around us. After I return from my mission, I will ne attending Brigham Young University to study Applied and Computational Mathematics. I have a passion for figuring out how the universe, machines, and other people work. Being able to figure out why things are the way they are is important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

While I have been a Mormon all my life, I choose to be a Mormon deliberately. I am grateful for the emphasis that the scriptures put on seeking out the truth for oneself rather than going along with a crowd. I have spent many hours reading the scriptures and praying on my knees to receive a personal conviction of the truthfulness of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of modern-day prophets such as Joseph Smith and the current leader of the Church, Thomas S. Monson. I am grateful to have felt the Spirit of God testify to me that what I have read in the scriptures is true. Not only that, but I also live my faith because it brings me great joy and comfort. During a busy day, or when I feel overcome with stress, I know I can turn to my Heavenly Father to lead and guide me and to strengthen me to get back up after I fall.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving the Lord as His representative on a mission. This means that I have the opportunity to spend all day, every day, for two years, preaching what I know about Christ and bringing others to the joy that I have found. While it is a large sacrifice to give up this much time of my life to preach, I have faith that through my efforts, others will be able to feel the happiness and comfort that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Ben Summers
Family is important to me and other Mormons because members of a family support and sustain one another. My family is a great treasure to me, and they help lift me up when I am feeling down. God works through His servants here on Earth, and my family is certainly one of the greatest gifts He has given me. Members of a family support and complete one another. They teach one another valuable lessons and make the challenges of life possible to overcome in ways that one member alone could never hope to do. In a family setting, children learn necessary skills and traits to succeed and make the world a better place. Without the family, society would not be nearly as stable. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ben Summers
Mormons seek to help everybody they meet, not just other Mormons. We believe that God loves all of His children no matter what, so we look for opportunities to share that love. Sometimes Mormons serve by participating in service projects or service organizations. The Mormon Church has a special connection with Boy Scouts of America, which devotes countless hours to serving others and preparing young men to serve at all times and to "Do a good turn daily" (Scout Slogan). Other times, Mormons serve by devoting a portion of their income to help others. Some of this money goes directly to provide food and basic necessities to the poor, and needy. Other portions go to help with humanitarian aid, even in countries where there are little to no Mormons or even Christians. Show more Show less