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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Arizona and currently live with my wife Paige in central New York.

About Me

I am currently doing my PhD in Management. When I am not studying I enjoy being outdoors and playing sports. I am an identical twin and come from a family of 8 children. My wife and I plan on having our own family some day.  

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of the Church for many generations. Nevertheless, as most Mormons can attest, there arose a time when I needed to find out for myself if my parent's beliefs were true. While I cannot pin point an exact moment, during my teenage years, I became increasingly concerned with gaining my own testimony of the Book of Mormon. President Benson, a former leader of the Church, once said that the Book of Mormon was "the keystone of our religion." Therefore, if I wanted to know whether the Church was true, I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God. I read the Book of Mormon several times during my teenage years and prayed to know whether or not it was true. I can now say with absolute certainty that I know that the book is true. I know that it is true because of the feelings of peace and happiness that I feel when I read its words. It truly testifies of Jesus Christ. Because I know that it is true, I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he was called to restore the true Church of Christ upon the earth in the latter days.

How I live my faith

I participate in weekly meetings with my Branch (congregation) on Sundays. I have a calling, or and assignment, to serve as a clerk within the Branch. Some of my responsibilities include updating and maintaining membership records, collecting and accounting for donations and church expenses, and assisting the Branch President with any information that he may need. On Monday nights, my wife and I hold a "family home evening (FHE)." During this time we read the scriptures or share a lesson concerning our faith. We also tend to have a fun activity followed by treats. We often do these FHEs with other members of our Branch. As members of the Church, we have been counseled to read the Scriptures and pray daily. We strive to follow this counsel, although we are not perfect. Many of our closest friends are also members of the Church. Consequently, we spend much of our free time socializing with them, albeit in an informal manner.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Ben
If you know someone who is a member of the Church, I bet they would be more than excited to tell you about our faith. If not, you can go to lds.org and use the "meetinghouse locator" to find the nearest chapel. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ben
While the church encourages active political and community participation, it does not endorse any specific political party. Because of the Church's conservative values, many of the members tend to identify with the political right. Nevertheless, you will find that the political orientation of Church members spans both the political right and left. Show more Show less