Meus Cincos Sonhos

Oí from Ribeirão Preto, you’re favorite Brazilian city in the world! This week was filled with moments where we  could see the Lord’s hand working in our lives.

      First things first, we have been so blessed by the Lord to have an opportunity to teach a child, Vitinho. HE IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS  THURSDAY— on his eighth birthday. It is the best feeling ever to see his testimony growing and help another one of Heavenly Fathers children take the first step in returning home to him. Vitinho has 5 dreams, and he is always talking to us about them- 1) Be baptized 2) Join scouts 3) Pass the sacrament 4) Join Young Mens and 5) Serve a mission, in the USA. I hope he gets called to the Tempe, AZ mission, the best mission in the world (after Ribeirão Preto of course 🙂 He is such a good example to us. He comes from a really hard home, but the light of the gospel shines so much in him, and I know he will do SUCH great things in the church. I will send you lots of pics next week of his baptism!
      This week, we taught him the law of chastity, and we had to teach it the same as we would to an adult. Before we even taught much of anything, he was SO COMPLETELY lost, but we got at least part of the message across. It was so funny that we had to teach that.
This week he told me that I must be really rich, since everyone in the USA is.  (NOT true) Also after our lesson on the word of wisdom, Sister Moura said to him “You’re so cute I just want to KISS you!”  but Vitinho said, you can’t, because my body is sacred.  I think he got the message from our lessons on the word of wisdom and chastity, haha!
     One specific moment this week when we saw the Lord directing our paths was when we brought a Sister from the ward to our lesson with Angela and her family. We are praying so much for her and her family to receive answers about the gospel, and Sister Isa was the perfect person to bring to help fellowship this family. When I hear members bear SPECIFIC testimonies about the gospel, it touches me so much, and it is impossible not to feel the spirit. That’s how it was with Irma Isa. The cool thing about it was that we had originally asked her to come to our lesson with Angela, but changed our plans two times before re-deciding to visit Angela. This is the Lords work, and the strength and direction he gives us everyday are testimonies of that.
      This week we had the opportunity to do lots of FINDING, and we have lots of lessons marked this week. The Lord is always preparing his children for the gospel. It us up to us to find them and then open our mouths to share this gift.
      I have taken lots of  strength this week from prayer. We have this incredible opportunity here to talk with our Father in Heaven, and that is something that we don’t take advantage of like we could. I know that this is true for me. But, this week, I have learned to lean on prayer a little more, and have been so grateful for this gift.
I am so grateful for Sister Moura and her love for the gospel! She teaches me more everyday, and I have learned a lot from her about prayer. I am so grateful to the Lord for putting her in my life here in the mission.
      It is cool here in the mission how everyone wears pants!  Who would have ever thought that this would happen? Even the mission Presidents wife wears pants. Also, as a side note, I have already started working on my Chaco tan line (my favorite sandals), not that it matters, but maybe that will make you smile.
      We also had a really difficult experience this week with our investigator Branca. We had a really spiritual lesson, and she is so ready for the gospel. But she saw somethings about the church and is really confused, and things ended up crashing really hard. We will keep praying for her, and praying for us to see that the Lord is all around us. The hard thing is that Satan is always trying to destroy this work, because he KNOWS how valuable it is. But, as Sister Moura reminded me this week, there are more of the Lords angels around us than the forces of the adversary (2 Kings 6:16). How true this is. The Lord is always at our side to help us! 
      Today, all of the Sisters here in the city are going to Presidents house for lunch. I think we are having burritos again (a miracle since it’s hard to find tortillas here).  I love them so much!  It feels like they are my other parents or something!
      I love you all! Smile so much this week for me today, okay?
      Have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.
      What does he ask? Live like his Son. I love you!! (cant say it enough right?)
           Sister Chapple
     p.s. This week I have started introducing myself as shAH-pull, to save probably 100 hours of me explaining over and over how to pronounce Chapple correctly haha. All is well, here in Ribeirão Preto!
     p.p.s. Here is a picture of a tiny bible a bought, and more pictures of how everything here is sized wrong. (notice the AVOCADO is way bigger than the banana, and I guess this is a small avocado?)
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Sarah with Vitinho

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Sister Chapple and Sister Moura

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Tiny Stream

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MELHOR LMA DO MONDO

A luz em suas olhos

Oì from an internet café aqui em Riberão Preto!
I have almost been out in the field for one week now! Woah! My testimony has grown so much this week, and will continue to keep growing, along with my love for the people here in Brazil, and more importantly, my love for the Savior. As I spend my time thinking of him and yearning to share this gospel with others, I am continually touched by his love and our opportunity to return to live with him, our Father in heaven, and our families forever! How great is this work!
This week has been way different than any other week in my life, which is to be expected. But it has been really good. Sister Moura is an angel, and I am so grateful for her every day! She is teaching me so much, and inspiring me with love!  I am greatful to have Sister Moura as my companion. She will be one of my friends for the rest of my life!  I cant wait to keep working along side her, and learning about how the gospel can really impact others. We have been having lots of fun together too! Here are a few fun things about Brazil.
Everyone has gates in front of their house, we just walk right down the middle of the street most of the time, you have to lock the door to your house from the inside of the house, and lots of things are way different. I love it!
Something really neat this week was that during our first lesson together on the restoration. It was with Angela and William. Sister Moura is really good.  I apologized for if my Portuguese was hard to understand, but our investigator said the coolest thing. She told me that not to worry about it, because she could see it in my eyes. That’s how testimonies are. I KNOW that we don’t need to have a perfect knowledge, but when we open our mouths to share about our Savior, He will help carry our testimonies to the hearts of the people. I AM SO GREATFUL FOR THIS PROMISE!!!
This week our recent converso João received the Aaronic priesthood and we got to watch him get ordained. It was really neat. I didn’t know Rosangela e João before, but S. Moura tells me that the gospel has, and is, changing their lives. This gospel is incredible! We have had two lessons with them, and also spent one of our dinner hours at their house. It is cool to have this experience with them the first week so that I can see the fullness of the gospel accepted, and lived. I am so lucky to have this opportunity to share the gospel with more people!
Speaking of dinner, whenever we show up to a members house for anything, even to use the bathroom or get water or anything, we can´t leave without food. We are so lucky here, and so loved. The big meal here is lunch, and we are so spoiled. The phrase we hear most often is sister, eat more. ALWAYS. Its so fun to put a little on your plate the first time because you know you’ll get more haha.
Also, I need to tell you about Vitinho. He is the cutest boy ever, who we are teaching. I’m not sure if my account of this story is true, since my whole life here is in Portuguese, but He pretty much lives with a member of the ward, because he would always walk down the street to visit her house, and his parents are chill with him just sort of living with her, so she invited him to church one Sunday, and he has come with her ever since. He is turning 8 on 01 September, and since his family are not members, we get to teach him before he is baptized. He thinks my accent is pretty funny so I hope he can understand what I’m trying to teach him. But our first lesson with him was so beautiful! He asked all the best questions and is so excited, and I just cant wait. I am so greatful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with this experience! He is practically more excited to serve a misison in the USA than to get baptized. I hope he gets to serve in our Tempe AZ mission. He is getting baptized on his birthday. 🙂
I can’t believe I almost forgot! I don’t know anything about the olympics here except that the little boy of Rosangela e Joao(recent converts) told me right away that the USA had already lost in soccer. He likes to give me a hard time about that. And I knew when Brazil was playing Germany, because in the very front room of everyones houses, they have TVs, and also the restaurants on the streets are all really open with TVs, and so for those 3 or 4 hours, the whole world rotated around that. Soccer is pretty much all people here care about here and I know the olympics are a bigger deal at home, which is really funny. But, we went to the bishops house Saturday night so I could meet him, but since the game was on, we had to wait. So after eating cake (of course) we said a prayer and went and knocked on the neighbors door, and it was awesome! The lord definately directed us to her, and we had an awesome lesson. Everyone here believes in God, it is incredible! The people here are so ready for the gospel. but, during our lesson, we heard a HUGE boom of fireworks and tons of cheering that totally interrupted the spirit, letting us know that Brazil scored a goal to break the tie. So we had to stop and talk about soccer for a second and get back on track. And it happened two more times! It was so funny but also really bad, you know?  So I guess that helped my lesson on the foundation of Christs church make more sense since it would have fallen much easier with these fireworks happening right outside the house, haha.
Here it seems like everyone does fireworks during the middle of the day and I always think their guns.  But im really glad that it’s not!!
I KNOW that this is the work of the Lord. I know because I feel him strengthening me every day. How grateful I am for this. This morning, as we were practicing teaching the Plan of Salvation, I was touched again by the love of Heavenly Father that he gave us this way to live again with him. We owe the Savior everything we have. This gospel is SO beautiful, and so is this opportunity to be a missionary!
Have Faith, Have Hope, Live Like his son, help others on their way,
XOXO, Love U all buckets and buckets!
Sister Chapple
P.S. Some other things about my life to make you smile: this week i taught S. Moura the word (awkward) since it doesn’t exist in Portuguese, I ate lots of good sorvete ( ice cream), had lots of cake, helped sister Moura make fruit salad, ate some random fruits I can’t tell you about from trees that we walked past, discovered that I actually like caju juice, ate this meal with (various partes do porko, or various parts of pig) and made lots more good memories. You should all come to Brazil, okay? I love you!!
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Sarah and her companion, Sister Moura

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View of Ribeirao Preto from her apartment

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Sister Chapple and Sister Moura with Vitinho

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We can’t believe she found small cacti even in her first area. She has a love of small cacti and gave everyone in our family a small cacti to remember her by when she was away at college and on her mission! The smile on her face says it all. Love this girl!

Iguatemi- First Area

Oííí! I am here in Riberão Preto, on my second day with my TRAINER, Sister Moura, who is from Rio de Janeiro! She is incredibly perfect for me, which is not too surprising since this is the Lords work, and he directs every minute of it. As you can probably imagine, she is incredibly energetic, and makes me smile all the time.

I love President and Sister Scholz! They could not be any more perfect! Again, this is the Lords work. My area is named Iguatemi, and it is right in the city of Ribeirão Preto. The city looks exactly like the pictures and is incredibly beautiful. It is much much smaller than the city of São Paulo, which is really exciting. Sister Moura and I have our own apartment, on the fourth floor. It is awesome! I am so excited to get to know this city.
When I arrived here, the President and his wife were waiting to pick up Sister Cunha and I, which was really cool, and they brought us to the mission home, where the APs were waiting for us. So we had some orientations and stuff and then we got to meet our trainers also there was  a HUGE FESTA for us there in the mission home with more sisters there to welcome them and they wanted us to guess our trainers and it was just so fun! And they sang ‘Called to Serve’, and we were being filmed, and everyone was making jokes and laughing so hard and especially President. He is so fun, and inspired, and I cant wait to get to know him even more. We walked down to their house and had burritos for dinner which was INCREDIBLE since they do not really have tortillas here, but Sister Scholz had them! We were welcomed so warmly, and I am so grateful for that.
I loved my first interview with the President. He told me that it was easy to know who my trainer was supposed to be. It is funny, as we were taking pictures together right when we met (also Sister Moura made me this cute present with bon bons (candies) and a planner she decorated for me and everything — she is my FAVORITE) and then Sister Hawlkin, who works in the office, told us that together we were like Vanilla and Chocolate! President was laughing so much, all day. He is going to help us work hard and bring so many souls to Christ, but also absolutely LOVE this next year and a half of my life.
Life here in Riberão Preto is good. My Português is feeling way less good, but Sister Moura is going to help me a ton! People will sometimes tell her that she looks like shes from Africa, not Brazil, and since she was impressed with my portuguese on day one she always tells me to tell people that I’m from the South of Brazil, Curtitiba, since many more Brazilians there are light skinned. I hope that makes you smile, because it sure does make us smile haha. 🙂
I am so glad that this is the Lords work, because without him, I could do nothing. We are so blessed to have this gospel again on the Earth. I am blessed to be able to experience a piece of the Gift of Tongues, and I know that I will continue to grow in this way, with the Lord.
This is not easy work, but neither is Salvation. There is a really good video by Jeffery Holland that you should watch that talks about that, and it will remind you of the importance of sharing this gospel. It is called Missionary work and the Atonement.
I love my Savior. I love Riberão Preto. I love this gospel.
Have Faith, Have Hope, Live Like his son, Help others on their way.
XOXO.  Love, your Brazilian, – Sister Chapple
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Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

 

Departure of Sister Chapple from Brazil CTM and Arrival at Mission Home

This week Sarah is finished up her 6 week stay at the Brazil CTM (MTC) and will be transferred to her first area in the mission field.  She has loved her stay at the Brazil CTM and has especially loved being able to attend the Sao Paulo temple weekly. The highlight of this past week for her was being able to attend the Brazil Campinas temple. On p-days she was able to go out on the streets of Sao Paulo for short periods of time to give out livros de mormon and loves the interactions she has had.  She feels blessed to be learning Portuguese quickly.  She LOVES her mission!

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This is her with her CTM instructor (sitting next to Sarah), her companion Sister Cook from Mesa (who I believe is sitting directly across from her), and some other sister from her CTM district. Her instructor took them all out for ice cream on their last p-day before leaving the CTM.

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Sarah with her CTM district in front of the Sao Paulo Temple

Today we received this letter from her Mission President, President Scholz saying that she arrived safely at the mission home this morning and has already been assigned to her first area.

Dear Chapple/Turley Family,

We are excited to have your daughter, Sister Chapple, in our mission. This will be a great opportunity for continued growth and development as she serves faithfully here in the mission field.  She will meet, teach, convert and touch the lives of many people who are seeking to know, understand and live the truths of the restored gospel. Your daughter will have the opportunity to grow closer to the Lord and better understand how to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Through her continued study and application of gospel principles, we pray her testimony will increase as will her love and obedience to Heavenly

I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

Father’s revealed truths will forge a pattern for the rest of her life.

Your daughter has already been assigned to her first area. She will be working in Iguatemi in the city of Ribeirão Preto, and will be trained by Sister Moura. The area is very blessed, and your daughter’s trainer is a reliable and responsible missionary. Your daughter will certainly have much success and great spiritual experiences.

Along with missionary service comes many new and interesting demands and challenges.  Your daughter will continue to learn and adapt to new and interesting customs, cultures and foods, as well as a new language and schedule. As parents, you play a very important role in the well-being of your missionary.  Your continued love and encouragement will give her the support and help she needs. Please write her regularly, sharing your testimony and love of this great gospel plan and help her stay focused on this sacred work. Also, for your information, we have created a Facebook page (Missão Brasil Ribeirão Preto 2016-2019) where we regularly post photos and items of interest for families and returned missionaries.

Trust the Lord’s watchful care as you pray regularly for all the missionaries throughout the world.  Remember the Lord has said, “I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”  (D&C 84:88)

My wife and I are very grateful to have your daughter serving by our sides in this great missionary effort. The lives of many will be influenced and blessed because of your daughter’s great service and dedication. We will do our best to help your daughter succeed in her service to the Lord. Thank you for preparing a daughter, that is willing and ready to be of service in this part of the Lord’s vineyard. May the Lord bless you for your sacrifice and help in this important and eternal endeavor.

With love,

Peter S. Scholz

Mission President

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Saying Goodbye Again

First things first I love you all! I knew before that I was blessed with the best, but on the mission it is so easy to see the blessings of the Lord in my life and you guys are all a huge blessing to me!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all of my family who contributed to that awesome group letter from Snowflake. I can not believe how lucky I am. I feel the prayers you all send my way in the strength I have to make it through each day so happily. I have such a desire to share this message and I know that it is because of your faithful prayers. I feel the love of you all every day. My district is pretty jealous that I get so much mail here, and they don’t know how jealous they should be that they don’t have you! (big shoutout to you especially Stacy Jernigan)

It is awesome how every week being a missionary is even more of a blessing. I have made friendships here that already mean so much to me. I can not believe how blessed I am, and how much the hand of the Lord Directs My Life!
Before I keep going, during my junior year of high school English Ms. Pino always talked about how the old ladies reading our AP tests didn’t want to get bored, and since I feel so stressed writing this email in no time, that’s what I remember . So I hope I can keep you guys more awake then those ladies…although I just typed out this long monologue which totally contradicts my point.  🙂
This week (just as every week) I had so many reasons to smile. I have been keeping a log of some of the MANY blessings in my life, and just after a few days of this, it became clear that so many miracles happen in my life every day. One of them right now is that the instructors are letting us have a half-hour longer P-day since we went to get acaii icecream bowls with our instructor (SO GOOD) but I’ll have to tell you about that later since I have a whole list of miracles to share with you about this week. (and a handful of things to make you laugh too)
     -We got to go to the BEAUTIFUL Campinas temple which is awesome, and so different than São Paulo. I am going to remember these experiences I am having in the temples here in Brazil for the rest of my life.
     -Our two investigators (really our instructors) were “baptized” this week. I love them so much even though they are our instructors just acting like investigators from their missions. But that makes them real. Oh I can’t wait to have investigators of my own.
     -Every time Sister Cook and I, or anyone from my district and I, are able to successfully hold conversations with the Brazilians (which is multiple times a day), it is a miracle to me. We are FAR from pros, but it is a huge testimony to me of the power of the Lord. With him, all things are possible, and we can accomplish anything that he asks of us.
     -S. Cook and I had this opportunity to talk with this lady at the Post Office last week, who was curious about the missionaries just because the missionaries she always sees around are always smiling. I loved this conversation, and loved the fact that our smiles, and the smiles of all the missionaries, allow people to see that the Spirit is with us, and gives them a desire to know us better, and therefore know the Lord better. So I encourage you to smile more this week, especially when you don’t want to. It will bless your life and the life of others. I also learned a lot about how to be a better missionary from this conversation, and I am always happy to learn, so I am really grateful.
     -Proselitismo was really good! We had much less books to give out, but it was still an awesome experience. This guy started arguing with me but I didn’t even really notice and then he gave me a little trinket he was trying to sell. But that is just random, not really important. We ended up giving our last Book of Mormon to this lady that the Sisters of our district were talking to. They were having this good conversation, and right in the moment when they needed a Book of Mormon, we showed up. The sisters feel like it was an answer to prayers, which is really neat, because when you are trying to do good things and living righteously, you can trust that the Spirit will direct you. TRUST IN THAT! It does not have to be a big thing, and often isn’t!
In other news, these are my final days here at my home in the CTM. It only took me about 3 days to start calling the place where I have been sleeping, and my little family of “27A-ING” (for English) is something that I already cherish. They have all strengthened my testimony so much, and especially reminded me that the Lord calls us to the SPECIFIC places he needs us for our SPECIFIC talents and experiences. I am so excited for all the success of these awesome missionaries, and they will always hold a special place in my heart!!!
Alright, now for some things to make you giggle or smile or wish you lived in Brazil.
     -We have pizza night every Quarta (Wednesday) and last week we had pineapple and cinnamon desert pizza!!! OH MY SO GOOD! I love the fruit here but also the fruit on pizza was just so good! I am going to have to try this one day back in the estados unidos but im sure it will never be the same as here at the CTM.
     -Also, Brazil has the best little yogurt candies ever. Theres these coconut ones like almond joys but real almond. Really all of the bon-bons are good. Also, brigadeiros. (you can probably look it up and find one if you want to be a little jealous 🙂
     -I asked an Elder here who is from Cabo Verde to describe Brazil and pretty much all he could come up with was “è verde” – it´s green. Go figure!
     -The cars are all TINY here, and so are so many of the people. This makes me think of you especially, Rachel, but also all of the Chapples that I love so much. I love thinking of you guys. You all would love it here.
     -ALL the Brazilians sing “Hello” by Adele. It is the favorite song I guess since it’s so easy and random? But all the Brazilians that speak English pretty much have learned it from Netflix, video games, music, you name it. The stores all play english music which makes no sense to me but…who knows. Living in America is awesome.
     -One huge victory here at the CTM is that I can now get up when the alarm goes off! So to all my roomies and siblings and mom, I hope you are as proud of me as I am of myself! And my body wakes itself up often too! Maybe its because here on the mission I am getting more sleep than ever before in my life, or because I’m trying to follow the rules. I also can remember my dreams every single night which is a little alarming since they are always about home. My first week here, it was that I went home because I needed to get an ipod with church music, but don’t worry I was going back to Brazil the next day. Or sometimes its that I am at home getting married??? (idk) but then I realize I want to be on my mission. Or that my boy friends at home are hugging me and I can’t hug them back. I hope those made you chuckle as much as they did for my district.
(p.s. MARIAH I caught this really cute lizard here that was maybe 1.5 inches long! All I could think about is how you would be so proud of me. All the Elders thought I was pretty cool after that.)
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRAYERS! You all mean the world to me!!
Have faith, have hope, live like his son. Help others on their way.
Signing Out From São Paulo, With Love-
Your girl who still loves to eat beans and rice every day, Sister Chapple
p.s. My name is so fun here in Brazil, because its sort of like the word for hat, chapel, apple “maça”–ch-maça, or Sister Apple, you name it, everyone likes to use them all!

Christ has the answers

Querido família e amigos,

This week in the mission was incredible, as is to be expected. This week, my testimony has grown so much on the reality of personal revelation, and the truth that through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we can find solutions to all of our problems. I remember back to the conference talk titled “Ask the Missionaries They Can Help You!” and feel like that is true only because the missionaries spend all day as representatives of Christ, sharing his love for all of Gods children, and inviting others to become more like Christ everyday. Without Christ, everything that we have would not mean anything. We are incredibly blessed.
I have had so many opportunities to feel the spirit this week, through hinos (hymns), heartfelt prayer, scripture study, the words of others, ways all around the board. I KNOW that our Heavenly Father knows us and wants us to be happy. And I challenge you all this week to take some time to think of Christ, and receive some help for some things you want to change in your life. Begin with a prayer, write down a question you have, open the scriptures, and pick just a few verses and PONDER them. The Lord speaks to us through thoughts or small feelings, but we have to  be willing to be still in order to listen and be willing to act. In an appointment we had this week a member (instructor) told us that we can have a sacred grove around us all the time as we keep a prayer in our heart always. I promise that if you do this this week, the Lord will speak to you, and testify of his love for you as his child.
This week I have made a goal to sing more hinos (hymns). Somehow, there are ALWAYS songs from back home popping into my head, but I have been trying to think of Christ more because it changes my day so much! I have also grown to love (even more than before) keeping pictures of Christ around, and yesterday even started carrying around “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” pamphlet because I love the picture of Christ it has next to the section on fé (faith). For any of you RM´s out there, you know what I´m talking about. If you have been wanting to feel the influence of Christ more in your life, I challenge you to keep more pictures of Christ around, and sing more hymns. The hinos are really sacred to me, because one of the many things that drove my desire to come out on this mission was the spirit I feel as I sing himnos in Spanish (first at the Easter Pageant on Spanish night and then at BYU Tunnell Singing.) Plus, I love music so much anyways. I LOVE being able to sing the hinos in Português, and the spirit it brings. This week, my favorite song is “Abide with Me”. (shoutout to Kris for the best gift ever!)
I set this goal around the second week of the CTM to write down 1500 words in Português by the time I leave. Let’s see how many of those words I actually learn by next week 🙂
Oh, before I forget, to my immediate family (you know who you are) please write to me and tell me how you are, and let me know how I can better pray for you! I love you guys a lot and think about how lucky I am to have you. My Worldwide stamps don’t work here since Brazil is a bureaucracy or whatever, so its harder to send letters, but I just love you guys a lot!!! (and all of you, really! xoxo) But please know that I think you guys are the best family EVER! Not many of the Brazilians were born in the covenant, and everyday I think of how lucky I am to have people like you all to love and support me. On that same note, CONGRATS TO JOSH AND MIRANDA! Please send me pics 🙂
Tomorrow we get to go proselyting out in the rua (street) again. PRAY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WE FIND TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH! I am so so so excited for the campo (field- mission field). But, I am excited to be able to proselyte tomorrow too. The Olympics started today I think but there are some events in São Paulo for futebol (soccer) so maybe I will run into some of that fun (not actually, but it’s fun to think about).
For anyone who wants a good laugh, or to learn more about Brazilian culture, ask someone who knows how to do that cool little snappy thing you do when you’re impressed or angry or just whenever you want (or YouTube it). And then imagine me learning how to do it. Sister Cook during the second week told me I look like a chicken flapping its wing when I do it. And I get my face of concentrating really hard on. But, when she told me that, she also used the word for the kind of chicken you eat, not the live one, so it was a double insult. I love her more every week, and am not ready to leave her.
Its sorta weird that next week we will be the oldest Americans here in the CTM! It feels like we are sorta just barely getting the swing of things in time to leave. I really do love it here, and am excited to send you pics in a bit so you can see more of what its like.
I also love my district. Last week, Sister Bailey met a convert of her Dad when he was on his mission here that went to the temple to find her, and then she gave Sister Bailey this paraphernalia with Pictures of Sister Bailey on it! Personalized flip-flops and a towel. We DIED because its so funny, and Sis Bailey is embarrassed so she puts them under her bed so nobody will see, haha I love it. Also, Elder Manning always makes the best mistakes speaking Português, such as introducing himself as “Hi, we´re missionaries. Can we give you a massage” or “So, did your family all die in São Paulo” (…when he meant to say does your family all LIVE in São Paulo) both in the same half hour appointment. We love him.
I am always looking for things to laugh at to brighten our somewhat repetitive days here. So this week, I thought it was pretty great when I found out that you pronounce the word for yogurt exactly like you´re-gucci. Plus, sometimes they have this yogurt drink at breakfast, and I love that, so it’s an important word to learn!
The track here has become my best friend! Its really tiny and narrow, so you can jog one lap in probably under a minute, but Sister Gates and I love running together (p.s. its so fun to have new guys in our district) Also there are pull up bars in the middle of the track and Sister Cook loves them, but she gets to help me do pull ups whenever I want to. Its a win win situation for us because we both get stronger, right? Our punishments for when we loose focus is that I have to  do more pull ups and she has to run more laps.
There is only one other missionary here for my mission, and her name is Sister Cunha. Other missions have up to 10 people, an average of like 6, so thats pretty rare! We are SO EXCITEDDDD!!!
Just a few last things, I have a collection of tiny books that I love- a dictionary, my book of words, my planner, tiny book of mormon (also a great last hour of Arizona life investment) and my hino book. So for anyone who knows that I love tiny things, know that I haven’t changed much. I also LOVE my yellow sandals, so loving yellow hasn’t changed about me either.
But what has changed in me is my love for the Savior and this gospel. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn everyday. It is so easy to be happy when you are constantly serving others. P-Day is sometimes hard for me because when I think about myself here, it’s pretty hard. I am grateful for the HUGE amount of preparation I brought with me. Between hearing lots of stories about the difficulty of missions and having a hard time initially deciding whether to come or not, I have been pretty well set, for the MTC  at least. Sister Cook and I are always surprised to see Americans having such a hard time. We are so lucky.
I LOVE YOU ALL! (and am constantly giving you all hugs in my imagination)
Have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.
3 Nephi 20:1
Mosiah 24:15
St. Matthew 6:32
TE AMOOOO!!!!
Sister Chapple