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Hi I'm Laurel Lee Chapman

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to bake, sew and quilt. Most of all I love my family. I also love fly fishing. I love the outdoors and sharing it with my family. My husband and I have taught our grandchildren to fish and to love nature. We love our country and teach our grandchildren to respect and honor it. I love rocks and hunting for Indian artifacts that we find in our area. I was on the board of the Miss Arizona Scholarship pageant for several years. I was the interview coach and traveling companion for Miss Arizona. I traveled to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City as her traveling companion. What an experience! I also was the Co-Chairman of the Junior Miss Pageant in Arizona and loved the young women we worked with. I worked as an Escrow Office and Branch Manager for a title company. I have traveled to many countries in the world. One of my favorite experiences was the first time I saw the Statue of Liberty. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I have ancestors who immigrated to America from Denmark and I could feel the joy they had as they entered the harbor and saw Lady Liberty

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. My Mother has many generations of church members. My Father on the other hand was not a member. Growing up we always went to church without my Dad. The missionaries taught my father on many different occasions.(eight sets actually) One set of missionaries touched my Dad's heart. After his baptism and about a year later we were able to be sealed in the Temple. Growing up in the church my friends were members, I attended the activities and my life was centered in the church. As a teenager I remained active and so did my friends. In my High School there were only a few members, so many of my friends were not members. Because my friends knew I was a Mormon it never became an issue. As I have married and raised my children the values I want them to have are the values I find in my religion. My Grandchildren are growing and some are adults. I see the pressures they face and I want them to know they have a loving Heavenly Father who knows them and they can turn to for comfort, guidance, and strength. It's not about "becoming" a Mormon, it is about living my life as a Mormon. True to the knowledge I have about where I came from, where I am going, and who I am. I believe it is about being a good person, neighbor, daughter of God, and loving mankind. It is about returning to live with my Heavenly Father and my family. I know God is my father, Jesus Christ is my brother and the Son of God, He died for me. I know He was resurrected, and that He lives. He has prepared a way for me to return to live in His presence. He is my Savior and Redeemer. I know this gospel was restored. I know we have a living Prophet today who leads and guides His kingdom here on earth. There is peace and safety in this knowledge in this world today.

How I live my faith

Everyday there are new experiences. When most people reach my age they retire and travel and look for things to do. As a Mormon you never have to look far to be of use. I have women that I visit each month. I have chances to be of service to them. Oh, we still travel and have fun, but our lives are full because we can serve. Just this past week we have had a huge "Rummage Sale and Bake Sale. We are raising money to assist a homeless shelter. I not only baked, but helped organize, and give useful items to sell. It was an opportunity for our entire ward to help. The youth, the children, adults, all of us working together. Each month we have a meeting for the women and I have the chance to direct and coordinate these activities. We have had, Salsa night, Soup night, Salad night and Ice Cream Social night, not to mention our Jam and Bread night. We had a "Gratitude dinner with food featured in Africa. We can meet and talk about our varied lives and seek insight and strength from each other. I have made blankets for newborns, rest homes, and the homeless. I am able to cook meals for those having sickness, grief pain and struggles in their lives. At Christmas I was able to help prepare food for the Police in our area who do a DUI task force and were up all night protecting our community and make our roads safe. I knit hats for people who live in Peru. I have done Hygiene Kits to be used through out the world. I have volunteered at the local school to assist the Library and teachers. The world has need of many hands. My belief in God calls me to give service to others. I try to watch out for my neighbors. It is fun to share a loaf of bread or a pan of rolls with those living near me. I try to remember to say "thank you" to those who check me out at the market. I want to see the child of God in all I come in contact with.