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Hi I'm Benjamin Chapman

I'm from Australia. I milked cows for a part time job in my teenage years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to be outdoors. In my childhood I spent a lot of time climbing trees, making forts and weapons, making fires and building lots of things. In my early teenage years I did a lot of gardening, put in the reticulation with my Dad, built a chicken pen with my Dad, made a big rabbit pen and did lots of things like that. I enjoyed it and that's how I would spend my afternoons, fixing stuff and improving it with whatever I could find. When I got a little older I enjoyed a little surfing, biking off road and on, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, camping, cliff jumping... anything like that. I studied civil engineering for almost three years and now I am on a mission. I am currently serving in Washington DC area for two years and will be finished in June 2014. My mission has been a great experience where I can really focus on Jesus Christ and all that He wants me and others to learn and be blessed with. I will be greatful I decided to serve for the rest of forever. When I get home I am looking forward to getting a wife, starting a family and looking after us. My whole life I have looked forward to this and can't think of anything more rewarding, important or lasting. I am just so excited to give both my current and future family hugs everyday and play games with them and work with them for the rest of forever!!! I tremble with joy at the thought.

Why I am a Mormon

So, I have grown up being mormon. I have always believed that this gospel was true but I haven't always been sure. When I was 15 years old I did something I knew was wrong. I immediately felt gulity, scared and ashamed. Over a long time this wore me down and I became miserable and depressed most of the time. Not being happy at all. Eventually while milking the cows one night and pondering my life I thought, I am not happy and the way I am going I never will be. After another few minutes I knew that there was only two different ways, a good way and a bad way. I thought about all the people I knew on the bad way. I knew they were not happy. Then I thought about the people on the good way. I did not know if any of them were happy. I knew that the bad way would make me miserable but I still had to find out about the good way. I knew that by myself I could not go the good way. I had already tried. Will power would not cut it. The impression came that if there was a God and that if there was any point in a God that He would love me and help me now for I knew that that was what I needed. So I decided I would ask for his help. At this thought I felt a spark of hope. I decided to fast and pray that coming Saturday night and Sunday to ask for help. I did what I said I would do and it worked! I am in the good way. I am at peace. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is why I continue to be an active part of this church. This is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a full time missionary. I have saved up to pay my way for two years so that I do not have to work for money and can work full time for the Lord. I do things like teaching people that may be interested in our church for any reason, helping people clean their yards or houses and other service such as helping out food banks. I talk to people on the street (It feels good to talk to the lonely people). I eat dinner at members houses to keep them company :) and to leave an encouraging religious message. I read my scriptures, pray and try to live by what I learn from scripture, others and the Holy Ghost or that good little voice inside you. I go to church each Sunday and partake of the bread and water. We call it the sacrament. I try to be nice to people and when I don't feel like it, I try to find out why and change so that I do.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Benjamin Chapman
Mormons are asked to pay tithing so that we can be blessed both as a whole and personally. When I pay tithing I am blessed with increased gratitude, generosity and work ethic. It is a wonderful antidote for greed and unsatisfaction. I have faith that God will look after me if I pay my tithing. The Lord promises us that if we pay our tithing He will look after us. There are many scriptures on this. Malachi 3:8-10 and 3Nephi 13:25-33 and Matthew 6:25-33 are just some that touch on tithing and having faith sufficient to pay it. Show more Show less