My Name is Chant’e Sproat
From: Originally from Lanai, Hawaii, but now living in Ka’a’awa, Hawaii
Occupation: Stay at home mom, piano teacher
Favorite Food: Anything I don’t have to cook
Hobbies: I love anything to do with interior design, crafting, making, sewing, DIY stuff
Favorite Scripture: I love the story in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 17 when Jesus comes to Nephites and blesses the children and weeps. Then angels come down and encircle them. Being a mother, that’s such a sweet image to think of the love that Christ has for children.
Favorite Hymn: Lord, I Would Follow Thee because it talks about being your brother’s keeper. Growing up, I used to drag my brother to church because my mom didn’t go to church. So I’d always make sure my brother would go to church with me. After I moved away to college, he stopped going to church. I always think about him when I sing that song and wonder if I was a good brother’s keeper, did I force him or was I a good example?
I graduated from BYU-H certified in Elementary Ed, but I never actually taught because we decided to have children. So I became a stay at home mom. I’m currently serving in the Primary presidency. I’ve been married for 10 years and I have 3 kids ages 7, 5, and 3.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
Spending time with my family, like President Uchtdorf’s talk “Love is spelled T-I-M-E.” I feel like from a husband’s perspective, when you become a father and husband and a home owner too, I feel like he has a lot of pressure to provide for us, especially living in Hawaii where the cost of living is so high. He feels pressure to be at work a lot. I feel like the most important time is when I’m with my family. It’s not when he’s working overtime and making more money, it’s when he’s at home and we’re doing fun things together.
And when my kids listen.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
Seeing my husband magnify his priesthood, maybe this is so important to me because my dad isn’t a member, so we never had the priesthood in our home. So when we were newlyweds, my husband was asked to baptize his niece and I’d never seen him baptize. So when I saw him baptize her, I felt overcome by the Spirit knowing that he was worthy to baptize someone. And when he blessed our children, I felt how lucky they are to have a father who is able to provide for them, not only physically but spiritually as well. I look forward to have him baptize our first born this year. That will be very special to witness.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
I feel that one of my spiritual gifts is the gift of empathy. I feel like I had a good example from my mom. She was inactive for years and years, for 20 years maybe, and still even when we were finally starting to go back to church.
And I would sometimes feel a little gypped. She struggled in a lot of areas—Word of Wisdom, or attending church, never been to the temple. So it was hurtful for me realizing that this was the true church, I wanted her to be that role model for me.
But I realized that she never judged anyone. Because she knew she wasn’t perfect, she never judged, She always tried to understand each side of the story. I feel like I used to judge her for not being what I thought she should be for me, but now I realize that I have become like her in showing empathy.
I’ve learned that everyone has a different path to walk. They’re all in different walks of their life. Many people are so quick to judge and become offended and misinterpret what other people are saying, quick to pick fights and argue, not just in person, but online. And I feel like that’s never been one of my weaknesses but my strength, like my mom, to try to understand both sides of the story.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
This past Sunday, one of the speakers shared a scripture in Galatians about how the Spirit feels– love, kindness, calmness– he listed attributes off. He said whenever you pray and your feelings are these attributes, you know you’ve got your answer.
So last year, my husband Gaman was asked to move locations for work. So he moved off island from Oahu to Lanai, which is where I’m from. He was going to be working there for 7 months. It had been about 2 months since he’d been there and I’d been at home—he’d come home every weekend so we saw him regularly—but going back to my answer on happiness, I’m most happy when we’re together as a family. He’s a really hands on dad, I really scored the jackpot when it comes to my husband.
I really didn’t want to move back to Lanai. There’s not much to do there. It’s a really small branch of about 20-30 people. I couldn’t see leaving my home that we’d just built, and all of my friends who have kids the same ages as our kids’ age. My priories weren’t focused and I was depressed.
So one day I told Gaman you either need to quit your job or I need to move there because I can’t do this. And because he’s such a good provider, he said you move here because I’m not quitting my job.
The next day, I went to the temple and asked should I move? And suddenly I started to cry. I knew I had my answer. I didn’t know if I was crying because I still didn’t want to move or what, but I knew I had my answer.
I knew what I had to do, whether or not I liked it. I knew that was the answer to my prayer because I felt all of those things that Galatians mentioned.
It all worked out. We had two weeks from the day I received the answer to my prayer. We were able to sell Gaman’s truck. We were able to buy a vehicle to send to Lanai. We were able to rent our house out. I packed up my entire house, because I needed to rent it. We did all of that in two weeks. The hand of the Lord was definitely in it.
And we ended up loving it while we lived there. So it pays to listen to your answers.
Share your conversion story:
My mom was baptized when she was eight. Her grandma was the matriarch and was the active member and always took my mom to church. So when her grandma died, my mom was 12, she stopped going to church.
When we moved to Lanai, my mom’s visiting teachers knocked on her door. The branch is so small that when they get the names of members who moved in, they visited right away. One of her visiting teachers was the Primary president. She offered to bring me to church. So I would go with her. I would always want to go to church. If my mom was able to go, she would, and if not because she was tired or working, she wouldn’t.
But then, mom got a calling as Primary president. There were only five kids in the branch and two of those were her kids, so it wasn’t too overwhelming. It helped her and she started to go more regularly.
I always knew the church was true and that’s why I always wanted to go to church. We never talked about the church at home, so anything I learned about the Gospel was from church. I remember that when I was 14 years old, on a mutual night, my Young Women leader taught us about eternal families. I remember my Young Women leader saying that night that whenever you get married in the temple, it will be eternal and not till death do us part, and that is how you can get to the Celestial Kingdom.
And in that moment, I knew the church was true and I decided that I would be find a righteous priesthood holder and be married in the temple. And I would do everything I could to have an eternal family.
From that lesson on, I was truly converted and I knew that I was in the right place.
What are ways you share & live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
I’m a horrible missionary. I have a really hard time. I feel like I don’t want to pressure people, so I have a hard time straight up talking to people about the church. I did share my first Book of Mormon last year to one of my friends when I was living on Lanai.
My dad’s side of the family are not members at all. On my mom’s side of the family, a couple of people are members. So I feel like the best way we share the gospel is by being an example.
I like to post on my Instagram if we go to the temple or something my kids learn at church. I’ll try to throw in a little bit of a testimony, without it being an outright testimony, kind of sneak it in there. So through social media is probably my best way in sharing the gospel.
I think my family realizes that there is something different about us. My family wasn’t really happy about my being married so young at 19, but we’ve been married 10 years now. And they see that we live a very happy life and it’s different than most people now days. And I think they wonder “How are they able to have that?” And I think that by posting on social media, they can see why.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” I feel like women love to compare themselves to other women—their body, education, job, ability as a mother. Our lives are built on comparison and there’s always going to be someone who’s better than us so we’ll never be happy. So I feel like when we stop comparing ourselves to others, then we’ll find joy. The media defines who we should be and look like and so it takes strength to discover who you are and who you want to be and then to love yourself.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Hands down, my greatest accomplishment is getting married in the temple. No doubt about it. Every single day of my life has been blessed because of that decision. Every big blessing I’ve gotten has been because I’ve been married in the temple. And I feel like I’ve given something to my children that I’ve never had. I’m a modern day pioneer since I’m the first person in my family to go to the temple and be married in the temple, so I’m giving them an example to follow.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.