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Hi I'm Bennett

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobby at this point in time is the pursuit of a Master's degree. I'm currently attending school full time looking to build on the success of my first career. My wife and I have three children so returning to school has been a bit of a sacrifice. I find that my family is my most important aspect of life for me. I enjoy many things in my life including hiking and staying physically active, but my relationship with my wife and children are what I enjoy most.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church from birth. When I was a young child attending church, I found that as I was taught simple stories about Jesus, Joseph Smith, the Bible and the Book of Mormon there was an accompanying whisper of truth that that resonated in my heart as I listened. I realized as I got older that the source of this whisper of truth was the Holy Ghost, who was testifying to me that the things I was hearing were true. I discovered that as I shared my faith with others that I could feel the same whisper of truth in my heart and I knew that as I spoke others would feel the same feeling. My understanding of the need to act on these feelings of truth led to faithful reading of the Bible, Book of Mormon and regular participation in church activities that served to confirm over and over the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is his son, and my redeemer and Savior. I know that the Book of Mormon is a second witness of Jesus Christ, and that God through Joseph Smith restored his church again on the earth to restore a fullness of his truth to the earth. I believe there is truth in all religions and faiths but the fullness is found through faith prayer and the witness of the Holy Ghost. All people of all faiths, religions, and race are promised the opportunity to be together with their families after this life through the blessings made available in the temples of our church if they so choose. May God bless you as you examine the truth of our church, for he is the only source by which its truth can be confirmed or denied.

How I live my faith

Living my faith requires a constant daily effort. I attend church meetings on a regular basis and make an effort to read something from the Bible, Book of Mormon or talks from the leadership of our church. I volunteer and serve in the leadership of our church or in other teaching positions as I am assigned or requested. This usually involves teaching a children or adults in a class on Sunday, leading meetings, or visiting with several families from the local church on a monthly basis to teach and assist them with any spiritual needs or other assistance they may need (ie. A sick family member or finding employment). I try to live my life in a way that is in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm not perfect but each day I try to treat my family and anyone I meet in a more Christ-like manner. I make an effort to lift others instead of judging and condemning them. When I see someone that is being excluded socially I make an effort to befriend them and introduce them to others. Sometimes, I live my faith just by stumbling through a day of mistakes and frustration knowing that God has put me here on earth to learn and grow, and that with his help my weaknesses can become strengths. My testimony of Jesus Christ has been strengthened by the testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, and by the witness of living prophets. There is no magic, no mysticism, in my belief in these things. I have simply repeated a pattern of reading or listening and then followed up with prayer that has been answered with the same repetitive whisper of truth in my heart. What is neat is that this whisper of truth can be felt not only in the details of church attendance and worship but is also felt in relation to family decisions, career decisions and every other aspect of my life. My favorite aspect of my faith is the truth that Jesus wants us all to return to him, and to his father. Family is the means by which this is accomplished.

Are Mormons Christians?

Bennett
Many of the problems associated with religion and the question of a person's religious standing as a Christian come as a result efforts to exclude others. The Savior was inclusive. One of his parables demonstrated the idea that the faith that of the Samaritan a religious outcast was more in keeping with his teachings than those of others who were more socially accepted as faithful. Mormon's often fall under the same social stigma as the Samaritan. As a Mormon I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ, I am a Christian. Show more Show less