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Hi I'm Ben

I'm an entrepreneurial web geek. I've operated three businesses at the same time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm passionate about technology -- specifically, I love writing software. For the past twelve years I've been been working for web startups, running a few of my own web startups, and helping others get their startup ideas off the ground. I enjoy being an entrepreneur and bringing ideas to life. I also enjoy participating in Open Source projects and contributing back to the community that has provided me so many fun things that I enjoy. When I first got into web development, I used Perl and PHP, and these days I primarily use Ruby on Rails. When I'm not in front of the computer, I like spending time with my family, playing board games and doing other fun stuff like that. I also enjoy going to the gym, running, and riding my road bike. Living in Kirkland, Washington gives me many opportunities to enjoy the beauties of nature, and I'll take any excuse to get outside and play.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my parents joined the Church when I was four years old, I grew up with the Church in my life. I grew up in area where Mormons were few and far between, so starting early in my youth I had many opportunities to really examine what I believed. When I was younger, I believed largely because the principles taught in the Church made sense to me. It was logical to me that I had a Father in Heaven that loved me, that He had a plan for me that included sending me to Earth to learn to be like Him, and that families could be together even after this life was over. It seemed reasonable to me that the Church would have all the answers to life's most important questions because it was Christ's church, and Christ certainly has all the answers. As I got older, and especially as I served a mission in Anaheim, California, my belief in the teachings of the Church was strengthened through experiences of the heart, as well as the mind. As I taught people about Joseph Smith and his calling as a prophet by God, and as I studied more intently the doctrines taught in the Book of Mormon, I had repeated witnesses through peaceful and happy feelings in my heart that these things truly were from God. It is through those experiences, and many others that have happened and that continue to happen to me, that I've come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does indeed contain the full gospel of Jesus Christ. I also know that the Church today is lead by a prophet that has been called of God to lead His people, just as prophets were called of God in ancient times. This knowledge brings me a peace and a happiness that I cherish, and that gives me the strength to endure life's toughest challenges.

How I live my faith

Like many other members of the Church, I volunteer my time to help out in my local congregation, and I also give of my resources to help those that are in need. That said, I think that the life one leads on a day-to-day basis really speaks volumes about an individual's desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I try my best to live my faith by recognizing that everyone around me is my brother or my sister, and by treating people with love and kindness. I think the way that we can best make Jesus Christ happy is by loving one another and serving one another, so I try to treat others as I think He would do if He were here. Of course I make mistakes like anyone does, and I'm not always as kind and caring as I should be, but I hope that others who are around me can feel that I respect them, that I love them, and that I want them to be happy.