Templo! 2/25/15

How are you all? From your letters it sounds like there are some wonderful things happening in life. Isn`t this life beautiful? Something that I have been thinking lately is how beautiful and wonderful it is even in those difficult moments. I love learning from them and know that God trusts us all to make it through them.

Something that I wanted to share with all of you was about our potential. It is IMMENSE! (I hope I spelled that right ūüėČ One of the elders that`s in the ward with me shared this scripture the other day and I loved it:
12 No estáis limitados por nosotros, sino que estáis limitados por vuestro propio corazón.
2 Cor 6:12 I know I put it in Spanish but it just isn`t the same in English. Makay if you could help in the translation ūüôā
We only are limited by our own hearts. What does your heart tell you that you can do?
We got to watch Meet the Mormons this week because it will be here in two days in the theaters. I loved it! Mostly, I felt that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to. With God`s help we can become who He sees and who He needs. Look for His guide as you look for that being. I know you will be incredible.
I love you all so much!
Almost all of my companions went to the temple with me this morning! Only missing Hna S and Hna B and Hna A.
I FINISHED THE BOOK OF MORMON! It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot. I hope you are enjoying this blessing.
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Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso!
Hermana Chapman
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2/16/15 the sacrament

Hola Familia!

This week was great. We had rainy days and today is feels like the middle of summer. The weather here never lets you get bored.
We had a great experience with an investigator. His name is A. He didn`t want to come to church because he felt like it was a big step. He just wanted to keep learning. So we took him to the church building on Saturday so that he could see it and feel a little more comfortable before going. We also took a returned missionary to the appointment. The best part was when we walked into the Sacrament Room. There a peace so calming there. I wanted to stay forever! Later, he told us that he still wasn`t sure about going. So I reminded him of that peace that we had felt. I told him it was like a little bread crumb of what we really can feel and what we are all looking for. The feast at the end of the trail of crumbs. We just need to keep following those bread crumbs. He came to church!!!!
We also have another investigator that went who will be baptised this week! E. He is so prepared but has a lot of opposition from his family. However, we have been seeing miracles from that because their hearts are being softened. We tried singing to his wife the other day for Valentines Day. She said no but we got to talk to her for a bit. We are also having Stake Conference this week so we might be having a stake baptism. We`ll see how that goes.
Just wanted to share something that I learned with you all, as always. I love reading the scriptures!
I read when Christ came to the Americas and how he set up the sacrament. But something that I learned about it is that the sacrament is a commandment!
 12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these
 things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.
3Nefi18:12
Taking the sacrament every week is not just a habit or a good idea. It is something that the Lord has asked us to do to show Him that we are willing to remember Him always. And He gives us one of the greatest blessings that we can ask for in this earthly life. He promises to send us the Spirit which will lead you to all the secrets of returning to Heavenly Father and eternal happiness. Who doesn`t want that!?
One more point of news. We heart-attacked President Swapp`s door in the offices for Valentine`s Day. It was fun ūüôā
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Happy Valentines Day!!! (Sorry it`s a little late)
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Hermana Chapman

I love being here 2/9/15

This week was awesome! We have been seeing a lot of success in our area. I haven`t been very good at telling you all about the people we are working with but here`s what`s been going on. We have 3 investigators

First, M. She is really great but has been going through a lot of struggles. It has been a new kind of experience to work on helping her trust in the Lord to help her through her problems. Something I`ve learned from it: you can`t keep feeling sorry for yourself. You have to work hard to get yourself out and that is when the blessings and miracles will come.
Second, E. He is amazing. He has gone to church 2 by himself! We contacted him in the street a while ago. He understands everything very well. His son, who is 14, also told us that he wants to be baptized! They, however, are receiving a lot of opposition from their family. I know the Lord will help us overcome this struggle.
Third, Y. She is a young mom with 2 kids. She told us that just last year she became really interested in finding out more about God. We`re the right ones for that! It has been amazing to see her progress. She came to church with us for the first time yesterday and was participating in the classes! She is amazing and I can`t wait to help her change even more her family to become what God wants them to be.
Well, I love being here. I was looking around at the ward yesterday and thinking about how much I love each and every one of them. I know that they are so important to our Heavenly Father. I hope you can all get to know the people in your wards. They are pretty amazing and each is so different and incredible.
I love you all and I hope you can have a wonderful week!
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Hermana Chapman

The Book of Mormon ‚ÄŹ 2/3/15

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This week I wanted to share with you all some of the thoughts I have had while taking on this challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 45 days. I am working on it and am a little behind… but loving it! I don¬īt know if I told you, but I have a little notebook that I decorated that I am writing a small summary of every chapter. It is interesting because I am not looking at specific verses but at the chapter as a whole I have learned some great things. In Chapter 20 of Alma it is talking about Ammon and Lamoni his convert. They decide to go to another area to save the brothers of Ammon but run into Lamoni¬īs dad, who gets mad because he is with a Nephite. So that¬īs the basic story. What I took out of it was the love that has to exist between all of us. Lamoni was so willing to help Ammon save his brothers.

 4 Now Lamoni said unto Ammon: I know, in the strength of the Lord thou canst do all things. But behold, I will go with thee to the land of Middoni
 7 And he said unto Ammon: Come, I will go with thee down to the land of Middoni, and there I will plead with the king that he will cast thy brethren out of prison.
verse 4/7
Ammon was willing to defend Lamoni at the cost of his own life:
17 But Ammon stood forth and said unto him: Behold, thou shalt not slay thy son
verse17
This astonished the king and changed his heart:

 26 And when he saw that Ammon had no desire to destroy him,and when he also saw the great love he had for his son Lamoni, he was astonished exceedingly, and said:

¬†Because¬†this¬†is¬†all¬†that¬†thou hast¬†desired,¬†that¬†I¬†would¬†release¬†thy¬†brethren,¬†and¬†suffer¬†that¬†my son¬†Lamoni¬†should¬†retain¬†his¬†kingdom,¬†behold,¬†I¬†will¬†grant¬†unto you¬†that¬†my¬†son¬†may¬†retain¬†his¬†kingdom¬†from¬†this¬†time¬†and forever;¬†and¬†I¬†will¬†govern¬†him¬†no¬†more‚ÄĒ

 27 And I will also grant unto thee that thy brethren may be cast out of prison, and thou and thy brethren may come unto me, in my kingdom; for I shall greatly desire to see thee. For the king was greatly astonished at the words which he had spoken, and also at the words which had been spoken by his son Lamoni, therefore he was desirous to learn them. verse 26/27

I loved reading this story. Now to apply it to us. What can we do to help someone in our ward that needs it? It doesn¬īt have to be anything big. Support them in their personal needs. Showing love for others is a very powerful way to share the gospel with others. It doesn¬īt have to be limited to just those that are members of the church either. Serve those around you. Love them like the Savior would do.
Now think about it: Who needs my love and support to become closer to their Heavenly Father today?
con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Hermana Chapman

New companion 1/26/15

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This is a new fruit I tried. It was really good so I bought one ūüôā It¬īs called Guanabana. It¬īs spiny.
This week could be explained by a phrase from A Tale of Two Cities: √Źt was the best of times, it was the worst of times¬®. This week was pretty crazy. I saw some opposition that I never expected. But I wouldn¬īt change it for anything because we saw some amazing miracles! You can usually tell when blessings are come because Satan gives himself away.
We found a bunch of new people that want to listen to the gospel. I have an amazing new companion that is very ready to work. I love being a missionary.
Sometimes as a missionary, or in life in general, we get a little down. I have felt it many times. Those are the moments when sometimes you just have to keep plowing through and the blessings will show. There is a scripture that I love in the Book of Mormon that says,
¨27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine
afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

Alma 26:27-28,31

The Lord knows how to help us. In school, in work, in callings, etc… Go amongst thy [challenges] and bear with patience thine afflictions,and [the Lord] will give unto you success.

Look for the tender mercies of the Lord. The small miracles in every day that are there. We are in the best times! Enjoy this week like I know I will. I hope to hear about some miracles that you have all seen this week. Tell me about them and thank God that you can see them.

Con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso

Hermana Chapman

Busy Week!‚ÄŹ1-19-15

I¬īm glad everyone is doing well!

This week went by really fast. And we finished another transfer so I will be letting you next week what my changes are.
We actually had a really eventful week.
Last zone meeting! Our zone has the most sisters ūüôā
As sister training leaders we had a meeting with Hna Swapp and a friend of hers that came to visit. I learned a ton! I also got to translate for my companion so that was pretty cool. The biggest thing that I learned was that the scriptures have all the answers. In whatever problem or circumstance that we may find ourselves we can find someone in the scriptures that has gone through it before and how they trusted in the Lord to help them get through it. Sister McDurmid is a psychologist by profession but she said that the scriptures are the best textbook. Alma 31:5
My companion bought me cotton candy for my 15 month mark! I¬īm glad that I have been able to dedicate this time to the Lord
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R was my investigator before we divided the area. I am so glad he could get baptized! He¬īs had a hard life.
We got to see a baby 4 days old! We were teaching them. She is a member from when she was little but hasn¬īt gone in a long time.The babies name is C.
I love you all so much. This week I just want to share my testimony with you all. I know this gospel is a blessing even bigger than we can imagine in our lives. I know that God loves each and every one of us. He is always watching over us and listening to our needs. I know that the principle of fasting helps us grow closer to Him. Life is hard, but it is worth the journey. The scriptures are manuals for life that can help us in our lives. We need to be familiar with them. I love the scriptures! As Nefi says, ¨my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord.¨ Keep going. Whatever fight we have to fight; Whatever temptation we may face; Whatever heartache we suffer, the Lord is there and will help us gain all  the Father hath.
I love you all so much and I hope that this week can be one of new adventures and happy moments.
Con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Hermana Chapman

Feliz D√¨a de Reyes! (Jan 6)‚ÄŹ 1/12/15

 Don`t ask me what exactly is celebrated this day because I don`t know. All I know is that you eat Rosca de Reyes. (Three Kings bread.)
They hide little plastic dolls in it and the person that gets the doll has to make tamales on the 2nd of Feb I believe. Its taste pretty good too!
We got to go with a couple of girls this week and, I was able to see Hna G again! That was super fun.
This week I found out as well that one of the people that Hna B and I were teaching before will get baptized this Sunday! His name is R. C.  The other sisters have been teaching him because we divided the area but I am super excited.
Another fun thing that we did this week:
‚ÄčWe made tortillas! It`s a nice arm workout.
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They turned out really thick but they tasted good. Now I know how to do it and all the little secrets ūüôā It was a lot of fun.
Last thing for this week. It was interesting this week as we started the challenge that we have from President Swapp to read the Book of Mormon, we also had some opposition around that point. We are strengthening that part of our testimony and, as always, the enemy sticks his head in. But I loved a scripture that I read
1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day 
that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the 
taking¬†away¬†of¬†their¬†stumbling¬†blocks‚ÄĒ
1 Nephi 14:1
What I understood from that scripture (reading it again) isn`t really what it say but I liked what I felt. If we can give heed to the word of God, He will take away all of our stumbling blocks. We need not worry about other people. What we need to worry about is our relationship with God, knowing that He will always hear us.
Reading this scripture and many others this week has strengthened my testimony that this book is true. I am so grateful that we have it and that, as we read it, we can hear exactly what the Lord wants us to understand. I know He is watching over us.
I love you all. I hope you can make this week a great one.
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso!
Hermana Chapman
info from Mexico in my Kitchen-
While children on M√©xico‚Äôs Northern states received their presents in Christmas day, those living in Central M√©xico and the Southern states are still waiting for January 6th. Why? Because it is the day when the 3 wise men from the Orient will arrive and bring their presents to baby Jesus, or at least that‚Äôs how the story goes. That day they will also celebrate eating the popular ‚ÄúThree Kings Bread‚ÄĚ called Rosca de Reyes in M√©xico, and Mexican hot chocolate. People do not usually bake their Rosca bread. This is a busy time for the Mexican bakeries that will be selling these delicious Roscas not just to eat at home, but also in the office or school. Inside the bread, or rosca, is a plastic little doll (about one inch long) representing baby Jesus. Whoever gets the doll in their slice has to cook tamales on February 2nd. Also called Candelaria Day.