9 months & 20 7/21/14

So this week I arrived at the middle of my mission and I turned 20! IT´S SO WEIRD! Time goes by fast but I have also learned so much. Yesterday I was thinking about how special it was to dedicate the day that I normally dedicate to me to the Lord. We went to church at 8 because they are remodeling our chapel so we are meeting in a different one. When we started singing the first song it sounded reverberated around the small chapel and made me think of angels singing with us. Super cool. We were also able to teach and find a new family. A mother with two young daughters. They are ready for the gospel and I am super excited. We also had a baptism! It was of the son of a less active member. The elders in the ward were working with him. He´s still 8 years old so he isn´t a convert but the Spirit in the room was so strong. It was great to see as well his family there to support him.

It was a great Sabbath Day.  There are so many things that I could share with you all about what I have learned this week but it would take much longer than I have time. Just two things.
First off, a quote. One of the elders said this in our weekly meeting.
¨Maybe I have lost my life, but I have gained an eternal one¨ (Something along those lines) I love that! The Lord asks us to give up all if necessary in this life to serve Him and help those around us. That is really hard! However, He has also given the promise that if we can do that, we can gain eternal life. What greater blessing could you ask for?
The other is a scripture that we saw in one of the classes from yesterday. We were talking about the Atonement.

15 Therefore command you to repent—repent, lest smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.

 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

 20 Wherefore, command you again to repent, lest humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time withdrew my Spirit.
DyC 19:15-20
This scripture is really strong. But I love what it says in 16. If we repent with a sincere heart, we don´t have to suffer. That´s why He did it. He suffered so we don´t have to.
I know that promise is real. I am so grateful for the opportunity to know God & to have the opportunity to repent. I know God loves each and every one of us. That is why He sent His son

 16 ¶For God so loved the worldthat he gave his only begotten Sonthat whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 John 3:16-17
Con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Hermana Chapman la menor
PS Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

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