Being at Home

I never got the chance to write about my last week in the mission. As you probably know, maybe, I’m home now, in Arizona.

So here’s my final post, with some of the final pictures.

As is to be expected, there is so much that could be said about this special time that the Lord gave me to serve in Brasil. Now that it’s came to an ene, its even easier to see many of the blessings and miracles.

I have now been home for about 10 days, and while it feels strange in many ways its hard to believe that I really was gone for 18 months. I am so grateful for my experiences and growth and will have to keep on working so that i can really apply all that i have learned and be the person the lord has shaped me into.  I know that I am so blessed to have been able to share this time with my companions and the incredible people of Brasil.

During my last week in the mission, the hi-light was Irmão Antônio’s baptism. I’m attaching pictures. I also got to go back and visit  Iguatemi, my first area, which was full of awesome surprises and memories. I LOVE this week, it was incredible and a great way to end off the mission!!!! I am so so SO blessed.

My mission report will be  THIS SUNDAY,  DEC 31 @ 1 PM. The address is 650 S Cooper Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225. I’d LOVE to see you all there. (spoiler: it looks like my sisters and i are going to sing. so COME!!!!)

Thanks to everyone for tuning into my posts, i hope in this time I could help you a little, as the Lord and the people of Brasil have helped me.

love you all.

have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. what does he ask? LIVE LIKE HIS SON!!!!

love, sarah

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Reinivaldo

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Silvanei

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Vitória

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Irmaã Carmelita

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açai de GRAÇA

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LUCIANA FEZ UM ANO DE MEMBRO E ALMOCEI COM ELA!!! (i ate lunch at luciana’s house on her 1 year since baptism date) she is the gospel principles president

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a mosaic of the são paulo temple that irmã yolanda made for me

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the beautiful sister abdo- who traveled with me and was visa waiting in our mission. she is now in the florida fort lauderdale misison!!! i love her.

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Reminder: THIS SUNDAY,  DEC 31 @ 1 PM. The address is 650 S Cooper Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225.

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The last episode: até LOGO LOGO

OKAY WHAT TO EVEN SAY WHEN YOU’VE GOT SO MANY EMOTIONS? OR ATLEAST WHEN YOU KNOW YOU´RE GOING TO HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS in the next couple of weeks?? Ha ha it doesn’t even feel real, but I guess this is the last email.

Thanks to my YouTube fans, who always tune in to hear my Brasil stories, in this episode, Antonio is still “about to be baptized” because there was a complication for him to be interviewed last week, but we are excited for this week! (now there’s planning to do), Victoria is doing incredibly awesome, and it’s not even that hot (I am still shocked, because I basically died this time last year and this year I’m so totally alright with the weather).

I am very grateful and very happy that Pai Celestial gave me this chance to serve a mission here in Ribeiro Preto.  I have learned and grown a lot. I can’t wait to tell you all more about it and hug you and love you! I look forward to seeing many of you next week!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!

Love,

Sister Chappie (as Irmão Antônio said)

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Light the World

One of the best things ever is the church´s December Christmas campaign, “Be the Light of the World”, as in Portuguese, or better yet, “Light the World”.  Last year I shared this video probably a MILLION TIMES and have the music memorized and just really love it. This week we have loved starting the light the world campaign. I love it so much!  One thing we did was to get together some of our clothes and things we did not need or use and give it to an investigator who never buys things for herself. It was her first time ever having a dress, and her daughter came to church in one of the shirts we gave them too.  Also, I tried to give water to a homeless man, but he didn’t accept it since he just finished drinking refri . Looks like the homeless are on a new level haha.  Another thing I did was to sing in church to share my talents, and the fun continues this week. The miracles are so good and so abundant when we light the world and this pretty much sums it all up, haha!

But seriously we are being so blessed! As often does, it took a while for us to find some prepared people here in our area to accept the gospel. We are working with Victoria and Antonio. We are helping Antonio understand more about the restoration. He already lives many of the commandments, and we are helping him to live the others. He is seriously so, so funny and always says “Oh, glória!”  My companion had the idea to sing “Angels we have Heard on High” at his baptism, since it says “gloria! ” so many times. We love being with him!  It is sweet to hear about how his depression and everything has gone away since he met us and has learned more about the gospel.

His baptism is this week, and it was Sister Mevs and I who first started teaching him. Actually finding him was really neat too, since our zone leader had promised us that, that same night we would find someone to teach, and we immediately found him!! Answers to prayers and miracles all around.  One of the neatest experiences ever from here in Americo, and my entire mission, are with this man named Reinivaldo. He found us on Sister Rodriguez´s first day in the mission and he stopped his car in the middle of the street to ask us if we speak english and then invited us to teach him, in english.  He has an english degree, and is a portuguese and english teacher. He is Christian and knows the bible VERY well and is taking the discussions but is trying to decide if he is willing to really seek out if this is the truth and follow it. He came to church yesterday, but showed up late. Teaching him is one of the coolest experiences ever. We found out this week, that 5 months ago, he lost his wife. We feel like his wife helped him find us so he can have the gospel and an eternal family. He has 2 kids, a 16 yr old girl and a 10 year old boy. He is very special, and needs the gospel and the branch family here in Americo.

It is so weird that time is coming and going SO FAST.  In a blink of an eye I’ll be at home with you all. I have SO MUCH more to do here, and am so grateful for all of your prayers and for this incredible experience. I hope you all are doing the light the world campaign with us, too.

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.  What does he ask?  Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

P.S. Sorry for no email last week :))) Here are some pics from this week and last week too!

P.S.S. And one last note from the editor too (aka Sister Sarah Chapple’s mom).  Sarah returns in just 2 weeks on December 19th at noon. Contact me for her flight information if you’d like to join us 🙂 .  Her mission report will be on Jan. 31st, at 1;00 pm, at the LDS Church building on Cooper Rd just north of Pecos in Chandler.

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I LOVE MY MOM — A tribute to my mom on her birthday.

Since today is my momma’s birthday on the 20th of November, here are 20 things that remind me of my mom and make me so grateful to have been sent to her.

  1. She taught me how to serve.
  2. She taught me to focus on the things that matter.
  3. She helped me to love the gospel.
  4. She helped me learn to have fun.
  5. She taught me to love who I am, and I do, I love being a missionary.
  6. She helps me remember that theres not a better place that I could be.
  7. She always taught me to make my own decisions. I will be always be so grateful for her supporting my decision to be here on a mission.
  8. She taught me the importance of perseverance/persistence.
  9. She has shown me that we can be okay with the things that happen.
  10. She reminds me always, about the power of prayer.
  11. She is a woman who loves unconditionally and that motivates me to do the same.
  12. She teaches by example. I love that I always learn from her.
  13. She taught me to have joy in the journey. Because of her I know how to make my own joy along the path.
  14. She taught me that in the hardest of times, the gospel is our anchor.
  15. She taught me to be where my feet are.
  16. She taught me that there is always something to be grateful for, in each step of the path.
  17. She taught me how to recognize who I am, and who others are.
  18. She taught me the importance of doing my best.
  19. The importance of following the gospel because of the Savior.
  20. She taught me to keep my chin up.

I am who I am because of her and how she taught me to love the gospel. I love you mom!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like His Son!
Sister Chapple

This Week yo Soy Hispanica

My new companion Sister Rodriguez is (in the little boy from Incredibles voice), “SO TOTALLY AWESOME!” Before I tell you about the week let me tell you about her. She’s from the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, which means she’s maybe my companion who will be the easiest/closest for me to visit (after sister Martinez in Mexico).  This week she completed one month in the mission. SHE IS WHITER THAN ME! (FIRST COMP EVER) AT LEAST FOR NOW, SINCE I HAVE MORE TIME THAN HER IN THE MISSION SUN… HA HA.  She is fluent in English, and I am learning some Spanish as she learns more Portuguese!  She is so excited to be in the mission and work hard and I love that.  I have a lot to learn from her and with her.

We have been working to follow up with our investigators, and since last week had we had so many new investigators, that left us with a challenge for this week! Many of the people we found last week have already moved (4 of them) and one or two don’t want our visits anymore, but we were also able to find some awesome new investigators this week! What will help a lot is for them to come to church. BUT it was neat to see people with such need for the gospel, because we know that what we have will help them SO MUCH.

Stake conference was SO GOOD.  Just so you know, Elder Nunes didn’t believe that Joaquim E Costa came, and bet us 1 liter of acai that he didn’t come so that should give you something to laugh about, ha ha, and I loved hearing him talk.  But sadly, it was hard for members and especially investigators to come. So that was one mission scandal of the week.

WE HAD A BRANCH HALLOWEEK PARTY AND IT WAS AWESOME, AND ALSO, LIKE I SAID, A GENERAL AUTHORITY CAME AND SPOKE IN STAKE CONFERENCE! The spirit was so awesome during stake conferences, and I learned a lot from President and Sister Scholz’s talks.

I’m sending home pics from the week, and from Jessica’s baptism!  She reminds us a lot of Luciana, and is so converted to the gospel. She was baptized in a little portable swimming pool that the church has for baptisms, which we cleaned and set up for Saturday.

Things have been flying by since things have been all happening at the same time. But I love being able to be a missionary, and I love my companion, and I love you all, but most of all I love the blessings of the gospel, and the Savior Jesus Christ.

This week I read 3 Nephi 17 which I LOVE.  We WILL receive the blessings as we work to do our part, and look at ourselves how the lord does.

Love you guys!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.  What does he ask?  Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

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Me and my new companion Sister Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic

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Jessica’s baptism

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THIS WEEK : YES, YES AND A LOT MORE YES!

*Be sure to read the Editor’s note at the end with Sarah’s return information 🙂

JUST YES!  Everything is so, so good here and transfers came!  I am staying in Americo, and am going to be here with a brand new missionary.  I am glad I get to be able to be a trainer again for my last transfer! I feel this will be the best way for me to finish up my mission. So I am pumped!

This week we saw SO SO SO MANY MIRACLES.  I haven’t even been able to write in my journal like I wanted and won’t be able to really tell you about them but we are being very blessed. We have been planting lots of seeds and the Lord has been blessing us.

I love my companion Sister Mevs!  This week we have a Halloween party planned, and …. my thoughts are so totally scrambled, and I don’t have much time, so sorry. But I emailed a few pics, and think that next week I will have more time to email and my thoughts will be more organized.  I especially loved going to church yesterday and feeling the spirit so strongly.  I am so grateful for how the gospel really blesses my life. I  love you all!!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.  What does he ask? Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

* Sister Sarah Chapple will be returning from her mission on December 19th.  Her mission homecoming report will be on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 pm at the LDS church house on Cooper Road just North of Pecos (650 South Cooper Rd, Chandler).  You are all invited to attend!

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Raining (or better, HAILING) blessings in the mission

That’s right!  First of all, let me start off by sharing (another) one of the miracles of the week, there from Penápolis (which is basically on the other side of the world from where I am right now… literally 8? hours from where I am now, if you stop in Ribeirao Preto on the way.)

Tiago, who now has just more than one month as member, was able use the priesthood which he has had for just a few weeks, and baptize Jessica.  I was only able to teach Jessica once.  She´s a young woman who lives SUPER close to the chapel, which is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and from what Paula has told me, her dad, who is a member but is currently inactive, said he is going to return to be active in the church.  Paula sent pictures of Tiago smiling but SO MUCH and I am so happy and love when the gospel makes others so happy too. This week was quite rainy and stuffy and also there was one day when it hailed, so I sent home pics of the hail, and also I got the cards that you sent for my birthday and a million from Stacy. Basically, everyone here in the mission wants Sister Jernigan to send them letters too, so good thing I like to share her stories, ha-ha.

We were able to find some people to teach this week who seem to be pretty prepared to receive the restored gospel, 2 couples who accepted baptism dates, with determination, and then they didn’t come to church…. but we did what we could to help them, and will keep doing so.

Other than that, that’s about it for this week.  I sent home some pics to describe what I didn’t with words. I love you!!!!

Have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.  What does he ask?

Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

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us with the free icecream man

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me and Sister Moss eating our hearts out with açai

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right before the hailstorm (a few hours b4)

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huge hail

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us and huge hail right before our miracle

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probably you can’t tell how wet I am but I am 🙂

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us a little bit sunburned

 

“Elderes! Elderes!”

WELL once again this week we were called “Elderes! Elderes!”, which was fun, and good, because at least it means that people recognize the church, right?

In the good news, this week is not hot!  Also, we are seeing lots of miracles here in Americo, especificamente with the other sisters, who have so many people who have been coming to church and loving it!  As for us, we are doing our part, and we know that the lord is preparing the people.

I am trying to learn more about what my specific purpose is here in Americo, and I am working to do all I can.  It’s been a bit hard, which is good since I am coming to the end of my mission and can’t get comfortable now. I want to keep working hard.  There is always so much I want to improve.

I have really loved reading the scriptures more and more, and conference talks too, and remembering to focus on the Savior.  One of the miracles of this week was that after a long day of work on Sunday, (which for lunch we had a barbecue) we were able to find a family to teach, who loves the lord, and are willing to hear our message.

The lord is awesome. This is his work, and I am so blessed.  I know that this week will be full of even more miracles.

I love you guys!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.

What does he ask? Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

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Me and my comp Sister Mevs

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Zone Conference

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The slats on the bottom of my bed broke and this is how the rest of the frame was left standing.

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“…e Nosa Senhora Aparecida..”

Translation-  “….and our lady appeared…”

THIS WEEK there was this holiday, “children’s day,” that was invented because, well, Brazil has a lot of holidays, and this one was named after a catholic saint (which Brazil also has a lot of), who loves children, so children are celebrated, and also this Catholic saint is celebrated too. So there was a huge parade for her… (the only time we saw anyone in the street that day).  And in our lesson with our investigator Elisabeth, a little girl, who is the sister of someone we teach, came in and wanted to say the prayer.  But we wanted Elisabeth to say it, but the little girl wanted to help, and to teach her- sooo she spoke, for Elisabeth to repeat, and asked her to thank heavenly father for the saint, Nossa Senhora Aparecida. But Elisabeth had just told us that she doesn’t believe in saints and was like “huh?”  So she almost was forced to pray for the catholic saint, something we also don’t believe….. so that was a fun situation of the week.

Other than that, things are going well here.  This week was way better than last week, and time is flying by SO fast. Something else also fun that happened is that the wood slabs that keep my bed up fell through as I was sitting on the bed so the bed frame is there with my mattress on the ground in the middle (typical missino things). But we are going to fix it as soon as we find a screwdriver.

Okay, this week we had an awesome surprise because Elisabeth and her son, Victor (Vitinho) came to church! And we didn’t even see that they had come until sacrament meeting was ending!  We also had a neat experience teaching Maria Edinalva, who is really needing the gospel.  I know that if she does the simple things we invite her too, that she will feel the lords help, and that will make a difference.

I GOT TO GO BACK AND VISIT MY FIRST AREA AND SEE THE PEOPLE THERE AND IT WAS SO GREAT!  Here are some updates- Luciana, and her daughters, are doing so well.  Luciana’s daughter who didn’t ever come to church or the baptism when I was there has been going to church for almost 3 months now and never misses a Sunday.  And Ana Laura is doing so well.  Rosangela is so happy and their family is now sealed! And Rose and Adao, it looks like they moved back from Brasilia! Plus Maisa went to the temple baptistery on Saturday!  Basically things are awesome and we even bought a pizza to celebrate!

Okay, so….. the work here in Americo Brasiliense is going well, and we are working to find the lord´s elites, who are ready to receive the gospel. The search never ends.  We went to a nearby city (Matão) to do divisions. I am sending pics home of Sister Dias and I. She was my first comp in Penapolis and it was fun to be with her again.  Matao city has orange factories so the orange smell is so strong.

Other than that, we are going to keep working hard, and the lord is going to keep blessing us. I love the gospel, and I love my Savior, and I love you all!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.  What does he ask? Live like his son!

Love,

Sister Chapple

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I Love October

Good thing it’s October because I love October, just that also it doesn’t feel much like October, haha- but it’s still October! Do you know what else I love? There is this man here in Americo with the best ice cream in the city and he gives it to the sisters for free!

I sent home a bunch of pics that were sent to me this week from Penapolis and some from Sister Moura also! LEONARDO WAS BAPTIZED! YAY!! …..And… OUR OTHER INVESTIGATOR WENT TO CHRUCH AND IS PROGRESSING!… And…AND ROSANGELA AND JOAO WERE SEALED IN THE TEMPLE (THEY WERE BAPTIZED 2 WEEKS BEFORE I GOT TO MY 1ST AREA). I am so happy for all of this!

Mom, all of the piano lessons with the hymns paid off. This branch has about 60 ppl but nobody plays piano, so I got to play during sacrament meeting!  You would have been so happy and proud!  And it looks like I get to accompany the primary program not this but next Sunday! During the beginning of the week it was pretty hard to find people to teach (pretty really hard) but then we started having miracles. we found Bianca, who is awesome.  More to come later about Bianca.

I LOVE my new comp and our house is awesome, and so is the house that is a chapel, and also it’s not even hot here (yet) and I am excited to be here!  I’m out of time, but thanks for all the b-day wishes and love!  I love you!

Have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!

Love,  (sister 21-years-old-now) Chapple

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My b-day celebration

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The sister missionaries with Bianca

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Rosangela and Joao and their boys with Sister Moura after being sealed

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Me and my new companion