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!
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.
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.
Peter S. Scholz