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Hi I'm Benjamin Layton

I'm an economics major, addicted to Indie music, a tennis player, a skier, a Monops champ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ben. Born in Alexandria, VA and raised in Jefferson City, MO. I am a economics major at BYU with dreams of going on to get an MBA at MIT. I like knowing how people relate to each other, why they do the things they do, and solving problems. I think people in general are very interesting and I like meeting everyone. I also like to play tennis, soccer, basketball, rock climb (when I can afford it), and pretty much all sports in general. Tennis is my number one though. I love watching tennis, college football, college basketball, and the Olympics. I love MIZZOU and BYU!!! I like to be outside in nice weather and inside watching a movie or playing video games with some friends when its not quite so nice weather. I like life. I love finding and listening to new music whenever I can, and then telling my friends about it. I love going to concerts. I always have a soundtrack for whatever mood I am in.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many many many reasons I am Mormon. I'll list 5. 1. The Book of Mormon. It doesn't replace the Bible, but it does expound on concepts within the Bible and clarifies them too. When I read it consistently life just somehow gets a little easier. 2. The Restored gospel. I firmly believe that I belong to the restored church of Jesus Christ, meaning that this is the same church the Christ himself set up while he was on the Earth. It was lost after His apostles were killed, but now it is on the Earth again today. 3. A living Prophet. For myself, I can't imagine life without a the knowledge of there being a prophet on the Earth today telling us the will of the Lord. I think that God loves us the same as he loved the people of Moses, so why wouldn't he give us a prophet too? Plus, there are problems today that didn't exist when the Bible was written. Such as cocaine, overdoses, and the internet (not that the internet is bad, just that it has some bad things in it). 4. The knowledge that I have that I can live with my family for eternity. Simple enough. 5. The joy that I have in knowing that I am walking in the footsteps that Christ himself wants me to walk in. Through the Gift of the Holy Ghost we can know all things...such as if what I am doing is something He wants me to do.

How I live my faith

It may sound like a pretty simple way to live my faith, but I try to live it best by finding ways to love those around me as much as I can. Now to get to that point, there is a lot to do. I try to read a chapter of scripture daily, and I pray at least once a day. This is how I keep in contact with my Heavenly Father, who I definitely need help from to grow a love for everyone. I also try to find ways to serve those around me. I have to admit, I'm not very good at it, but I try my best and often encounter fantastic experiences along the way.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Benjamin Layton
Because of the Book of Mormon. This Book is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is the history of the people of the Americas. One of the last of the prophets to write in this Book was named Mormon. He compiled the book and that is why it bears his name. That was in about 600 A.D. If you want a copy you can request a free one on this website. At very least its a free book. You could also request a free DVD. There is one called "The Testaments" that shows part of the story of the Book of Mormon. I recommend it. Its actually a really good movie. And again, its free. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Benjamin Layton
We believe that all people that now live, that will live, and that have ever lived must be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost by someone holding the proper authority to return to live with our Heavenly Father. It is only natural then that we perform this sacred ordinance for all those who came before us so that they may have this opportunity. It is the same reason that our church is so aggressively missionary minded. We want all people everywhere to have the greatest blessing of all. Pretty simple really. Show more Show less