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Hi I'm Benjamin

I'm a mountaineer, black belt, francophile, photographer, father, IT enthusiast, and...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Louisiana, and went to college before and after serving as a missionary in Madagascar. I then went to Geneva, Switzerland to attend graduate school and met my lovely wife my second summer there. I returned to the US to join her as she finished her studies and we got married that winter. Our daughter joined us in 2009 and then our son came in 2012. I thoroughly enjoy being a father and find that some of the most beautiful moments in my life are those spent with my kids. I enjoy the martial arts, and love to go running, hiking, and mountaineering in the foothills and mountains near where we live. I am interested in international affairs and health, and work as an analyst/program manager in IT. I am an unabashed Francophile, and have enjoyed many visits to Paris.

Why I am a Mormon

I have read widely and sought earnestly to find truth since I was a teenager. I found and continue to find much that is good and true in religious and philosophical texts, both ancient and modern. I have deep respect and admiration for my friends of various faiths who are faithful and committed to their beliefs. As I read the Bible and Book of Mormon, I was again and again inspired and touched by the words of Christ and His prophets and apostles. By study and reflection over many years, I came to believe that the scriptures are true, because of the good fruits they yield in my life. By trying to live in accordance with those truths I find that I am happier and more satisfied with my life. As a missionary I had the opportunity to share my faith with others in the island nations of Madagascar and La Reunion. Not only have I seen the "fruits" or positive outcomes of the gospel in my own life, but I have seen it in the lives of others who have exercised faith, sought diligently, and acted on God's voice to them that this Church is true. I have seen how the Gospel of Christ changes lives for the better and can attest to its transformative power. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, simply put, true. It was founded by God and Christ Themselves, in a restoration of authority and divine truths to Joseph Smith that were otherwise lost to mankind. There are living prophets and apostles who lead righteous lives and teach truths that uplift, strengthen, and correct us in our journey back to our Heavenly Father. I cannot count how many times I have been touched, aided, taught, inspired, and humbled by the combination of their utterances and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. For these reasons and many more, I choose to be a disciple of Christ and am actively engaged in His Church.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live in accordance with the truth as I understand it. As with many of us, I struggle to overcome selfishness, but I do find great joy when I'm able to put it aside and serve others. I've been making a conscious effort to set aside time to study God's words to his prophets and to reflect on how I can align my life more closely with those truths. I am trying to improve the quality of my prayers and have reflected on the importance of communing with Deity--what a blessing it is to be able to counsel with Him, ask for His aid for myself and others, and to receive His responses through the Holy Spirit. I also enjoy the opportunity to "be with, watch over, and strengthen" other members of our Church in our area. Whether it is helping a single mother move or visiting with a widow who's been ill, I feel great joy when I'm able to meet with others and try to help them temporally and spiritually.