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Hi I'm Benjamin Wallace Chapman

I am a Missionary, I am a Eagle Scout, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old. I am right now serving as a Missionary in Colorado Denver North Mission. I have moved a lot in my life, from Illinois to Arizona and several times with-in Arizona. I come from a family of seven, a Mom and Dad, four sisters, and me. Three of the four are older, but the fourth is younger. I also have a dogs, a brother-in-law, a niece, and a nephew on the way. I enjoy hiking, biking, and running(usually). I also love singing, I have been in elementary choir, junior high, and high school choir along with church choir. I love reading and watching movies(it helps to have a nice home theatre system), and hanging out with my friends. I am normally a chill and level headed guy who loves his friends deeply.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because I have felt It's truth run through me, every cell of my body feels It. It wasn't always like that, once I had no faith in the Church and gave no thought to it. It was when I lived in Illinois while I felt like this. I had only one real friend for most of my up-bringing there, I was teased everyday, got enrage every other day, and felt nearly all alone most the time. That single friend was one of the greatest blessings in my life, he helped me through it. Near the end of my life there I started to gain a couple of school buddies, but I moved shortly after that. In the next year or so in Arizona I moved about three more times. I loathed Arizona, I thought it was lifeless and worthless, as arid as it was compared to Illinois. Then I moved into this one ward, it started the same, but it end so different. The Lord saw fit to give me some of my greatest blessings there. I was on my first backpacking trip for Scouts, there was a mountain outlook, I gained my first spiritual witness there. There and then I new I belonged there, right at that moment, that the Lord meant me to see this. He opened my eyes to the beauty that lay everywhere. My heart softened and I learned the reason I was not happy at that moment was that I did not let myself be. The next great blessing came when I gained my best friends in the World. My faith has just gotten stronger in the Church since then, and even though I make mistakes, I will overcome them with Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live by example, I love sharing my testimony and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Chirst. I am a Elder and and there is no greater work, besides raising a family, than spreading the Gospel. I never miss Church unless sick or on the road to a relatives house, and I try to avoid that as much as possible. I even went to my other church programs, unless sports/school kept me, even if I was 30 minutes late. I am proud to be a Mormon.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Benjamin Wallace Chapman
While everyone, no matter what faith or situation, can enter in our churches, and the Temple grounds, the Temple is a place where we perform our most sacred ordinances and only those who carry a temple recommend can enter after the Temple is Dedicated. All Church members who enter need to be clean from sin when entering, have a current recommend. None of the Temple ordinances are secret, but they are sacred. There we receive the greatest blessings God has to offer his children while they are on this Earth. Families are bonded together by the power of God for all time and Eternity. There we also are given greater spiritual light and knowledge. The other ordinances, or rite/ceremony, that is performed there is for those who have passed on from this life with out the opportunity to receive these blessings. We do these things vicariously for them. This work we do does not force these gifts onto them, but simply gives them the chance to accept them or not. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Benjamin Wallace Chapman
Testimony is a knowledge and witness to something. Testimony, as we speak of it, is a knowledge and witness of Heavenly Father, Christ, and the Holy Ghost and their Gospel. It is something spiritual, given by the Spirit and is developed bit by bit, line upon line. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Benjamin Wallace Chapman
In the original and truest sense, we are Christians. The word Christian means, like American or Mexican, person(people) of Christ. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are disciples of Christ, we follow his teachings and try our best to become like him. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Benjamin Wallace Chapman
Faith is something you hope for, but you can not see, not a full knowledge, but something true never-the-less. Faith leads us to action, repentance, and self conversion. It gives us power to reach beyond our sight, knowledge, and fears. Faith in Christ saves, because it causes us to do all we can and calls forth the Grace of God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Benjamin Wallace Chapman
Our services are fairly simple, first off is the Sacrament, the most important part, where we renew our covenants with the Lord and God. Along side with the Sacrament we have two or three member of the ward give a talk about principles of the Gospel and other related topics, and sometimes a special musical number, and we sing hymns. After the Sacrament we go to Sunday school and learn more of Christ by teachers, and each other. The final portion of Church is spilt up into three groups; Young Women(12-18), Relief Society(18+), and Priesthood classes(12+). Primary(3-11) goes through both of the last blocks. Church lasts about three hours, which my seem a lot, but when learning of the Lord and His Gospel, it doesn't seem that long. Nursery is provided for children 18 months old to three years. Everyone is welcome to come and worship God and the Lord. Show more Show less