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Hi I'm Ben

I was born in a small conservative town. Since then, I have lived in and traveled across America in pursuit of joy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When people ask me for what makes me unique, I usually start by listing off the places I've lived and traveled across America. This is not to say that I've seen it all, but rather I've seen that joy can always be found in the journey. While some people say that change is hard, I look for changes in perspective that will help me grow. I love to learn about languages and culture. I'm also a university student studying biochemistry, and I love working in a laboratory where I get to learn of the natural, divine laws that govern the universe. Change in my life has brought me a love for adventure and the outdoors. Some of the hobbies I enjoy are running, skiing, hiking, camping, swimming, biking, scuba diving, skating, and more. I love to travel, and I hope to do so a lot more when I am older. My dream is to become a medical doctor. This is because of my fascination with the human body and the way it works, as well as my eagerness to serve the world in useful, needed ways.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because His gospel gives me hope in a world of despair. Living by the teachings of Christ and serving everyone I can find is what I feel I must do to give back to the Lord for His sacrifice. I have a firm testimony that He lives and that He loves all His children, wherever they may be in their lives. I know that God wishes to give us all the blessings He can and waits patiently for us to turn to Him so He can do so. I know the gospel strengthens relationships and I'm eager to share its joy with the people of Ecuador on my mission.

How I live my faith

My faith is what connects me to other people. Everyone hopes that the next day will be even better than the last, and the gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to have faith. Wherever my family lives, I see the importance of service. In Arizona, I enjoyed serving in my neighborhood community. In Wisconsin, I served my friends by spending time with them and getting to know everyone that I could. In New Mexico, I started service in my church as a baptized member. In Virginia, I enjoyed reaching out to the community through school organizations and volunteer work. One of these most memorable opportunities was the summer I spent in Virginia working in a public botanic garden. And now, as a university student in Utah, I spend my time learning about chemistry and the marvelous ways the world works. Throughout my life in the church, I have enjoyed serving the elderly, families, children, and my peers wherever I am. To me, living my faith means being charitable as Christ was and giving back to the community to share some of the many blessings that I have been given.