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Hi I'm Ben

I'm a missionary in Idaho. I'm a computer geek, and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a missionary in Idaho. I grew up in New England, with an amazing family. I'm an oldest child, and my younger siblings are my best friends. I attended a bit of college before I came out on my mission, where I was studying computer science. I'm a total computer geek, and enjoy programming, playing video games with my younger brother, and hanging out on online message boards. I'm also a musician namely, I play viola, and I'm an aspiring composer.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has all been members of the church for several generations, and that's obviously had some impact on my own religious life, but it doesn't account for all of my reasons for being a Mormon. When it comes down to it, I am a Mormon because of the times I've felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truthfulness of this church. I tend to not know what to say when asked to relate my conversion story, as I find it hard to pick out any one spiritual witness I've had as "the moment" when I've been converted. But many times in prayer, in scripture study, and pondering in church meetings, just to name a few times, I've felt the spirit of God witness to me that I am doing the right thing. In particular, as a missionary, I've felt the spirit strongly each time I've shared the story of Joseph Smith's first vision. To me, there is no surer truth than a witness of the spirit, straight from God. It is because I cannot deny that witness that I remain a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Well, right now, I'm serving as a full-time missionary, which means that I spend all my time seeking to serve those around me, specifically usually by making them aware of the blessings of the restored gospel. I especially love teaching as a missionary when I have the opportunity to uplift others who may be discouraged and help others understand gospel principles. I've come to better understand on my mission that living the gospel really means serving others and doing whatever I can to help those around me to be happiest. And that means everything from throwing a baseball back over the fence to asking and teaching them to change their lives for the better. Before my mission, I served as a primary teacher in my home ward for a few months. Incidentally, my little sister was in my class, which was delightful. I also served as Sunday School secretary while I was in college, which basically meant I kept the Sunday School roles. They were very different callings, but they were both rewarding in their own ways.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ben
In short, to learn and grow through experience, to gain a body, and to eventually return to live with our Heavenly Father. If you want it even shorter, the answer is to be happy. We believe that achieving the goals above is what will bring us the greatest amount of happiness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ben
This is an interesting question partly because each missionary may have different reasons in specifics. But in general, missionaries proselyte because they want to share the joy they have found in the gospel with the rest of the world, and in fact, feel it is a duty they owe to Heavenly Father, who loves each of us, to do so. We want to serve all those around us. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ben
They will talk about God and Jesus Christ, about prophets, and about our church. They will explain the origins of our church and why we believe they are important. They will teach you the message Jesus Christ has for the world today, in other words, His gospel. And if you have specific questions about anything relating to the Church or the Gospel, they will answer them to the very best of their ability.   Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Ben
As we use the term in the LDS church, the "First Vision" refers to a vision the prophet Joesph Smith had when he was 14 years old. At that time, he had serious questions about how he could know which church was true, and for a while, was simply confused on the subject. This continued until he found a promise from God in the Bible, namely in James chapter 1 verse 5, which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him." Placing his faith in that promise, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home, and said a simple prayer, asking to know which church he should join. In response to his prayer, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him, and told him that the true church had been lost from the earth for a long time, but that it would be restored again through Joseph. The First Vision is important to us in the church because it was the first time God had spoken to a prophet since the time of Christ, and represents the origin of Christ restoring his church to the earth once again. Show more Show less