Em cuando eu amo a missão

Alright, the first transfer of my mission is officially over, and Sister Moura and I get to stay together HERE IN IGUATEMI! Which is an answer to my prayers because we still have a lot of work to do here. I love the people here so much and am so happy to stay here and help our investigators prepare for baptism this transfer!

      We are planning a huge baptism (party) on October 22 because have 4 investigators preparing to be baptized that day- Marly, Fernando, Iara, and Rose!
We have the opportunity every day here as missionaries to see the Lord work miracles, which I  LOVE!
      This week, I want to tell you about Iara and Luis Fernando. Luis is a less active that was baptized when he was 8 years old, but then lost contact with the church almost completely. Luis works at the mall here as a security guard, and went up to Elder Hawkins, a senior missionary here, recognizing him as a missionary, and gave him his address so the missionaries could drop by, telling Elder Hawkins that he needs the Lord in his life now. And we are so excited to help them see how living the gospel will bless their lives. During our first visit with Iara and Luis Fernando, I could feel the spirit so strong and felt like they are specific people here in my mission that I am supposed to know. I feel so blessed for this opportunity to work with them. This week, we have had some incredible lessons with them. I love teaching others about the atonement of Jesus Christ, how it not only covers our sins, but can help us in any situation, through our guilt, worries, imperfections, EVERYTHING, AND how through it we can return home to live with Heavenly Father. I love how this life is our time to learn and grow and PROGRESS, and when we remember this, our hard times wont get easier, but we will get stronger, and wiser, with the help of the Lord. This is something S. Moura has helped me remember here.  Our sins and weaknesses do not define us. We can always change. We are helping Luis Fernando and Iara prepare for marriage so she can be baptized. This week we will meet her kids. She is SO READY FOR THE GOSPEL! After we taught her the plan of salvation, she went home and taught it to her kids. We are so lucky to have the knowledge that we are here to grow, and that death is not the end. She is a perfect example of how anyone can receive an answer as to the truthfulness of the book of mormon when they have a desire to really know, and act on their answer. I love her so much already, and love this opportunity to see Gods children a little more like he sees them, each day.
      I have thought of a good way to describe Sister Moura, and her excitement. She is the kind of girl who would like to live at the disco skating arena if she could!  I love her and her excitement and her love and her example.
      I am SO EXCITED FOR CONFERENCE (oh my goodness). S. Moura always reminds the people we are talking to of the importance of a prophet! Really, we can find answers to all of our problems in the words they say! Conference is where we will get all the help we need for the next 6 months of our lives. We are praying for our investigators to receive force (strength) this conference in the words of the prophets!  And this is something we ALL NEED! We are having a marathon of conference preparation for Marli and Fernando, and it has been awesome to listen to a few talks, and remember how blessed we are. So please, please, please watch conference this weekend and remember how much the Lord loves you, and that the prophets are speaking to you!  I wish I had more time to write, but I have to go now!
       Have Faith Have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!
       Love, your happy daughter/sister/cousin/friend,
       Sister Chapple
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Pai Celestial, ele esta nos guiando

      Heavenly Father has his hand in our lives, especially in his work here out in the mission, but for sure back at home too. Something I was reminded of this week is that as we do our part, he will do his. So we just have to keep trusting (and keep smiling)!

      This week we had zone conference, which was awesome, and I got to be a part of the musical number, which was If the Savior Stood Beside Me, but of course in portuguese. It was AWESOME to have this opportunity, because I miss singing SO MUCH! (and dancing, but that’s another story 😉 But seriously, I am so grateful for musica and the role it plays in my life. Besides that, I loved the things that I learned, and the spirit that was there at zone conference. I’m so glad that things aren’t like the old-days when missions didn’t exist with all this structure, because conferences, and presidents, and leaders here are so inspired.
      I am LOVING our investigators Marli and Fernando. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to know them. The Lord has really prepared them to accept the gospel, and we have the chance to help them with this! They were not baptized this week, but will be soon! It is so neat to teach others about the gospel, and the things that bring me so much joy! This week, Marli told us that we will always be her girls, the ones who taught them the gospel. I am SO GRATEFUL to my heavenly father for giving me this opportunity to help others receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
      This week, we went to knock on the door of a contact we had, named Michelle, but turns out she didn’t live there. But guess who does? Rose! Who we taught the first week but lost track of, and have been meaning to get back in contact with her, because she wants to be baptized! It was so great to teach her, and she and her family came to church on Sunday. She is not exactly the person you would expect to have such a desire to get baptized, but miracles  are real, when we BELIEVE in them, and when we remember that the Lord is directing this work, and as we remember the truthfulness of the gospel, everything makes sense!
      We had the opportunity to teach the primary kids in our ward the plan of salvation, to show them what its like to receive the missionary lessons, and help them prepare to share the gospel with friends!  It was such a sweet opportunity, because they had so many sincere questions and concerns, because they know that we really have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father again!  I am so so grateful for this!
We, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, have the light and happiness that so many people are searching for! So don’t be afraid to open your mouth and share with others how you can find happiness, comfort, and peace through Jesus Christ, and his gospel. I love you all, and my email next week will be a little less jumbled okay?
      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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Todo mundo vai saber

Ohhhhkayyy, here we go. This week I have a lot to share about Marli and Fernando who are getting baptized THIS WEEK, WOOT!! One of the many miracles that I have seen from knowing them is that the Lord is really preparing his children to accept the gospel. It’s kind of funny being a missionary because I feel like I am not doing any of the work, but that it is the Lord. Because when the people are ready, and when the spirit is speaking to them, everything just falls into place. It is so cool to be a part of this work!  We always are remembering that the Lord is preparing his eleitos (people who hear his voice and obey), and I know that the gospel is so true, because without him, there would be no work. I am so lucky to be here in Brazil, where everyone already loves the Lord so much. Things here are so different in many ways, this included. It is something incredible!!!

     This week we had some cool experiences with helping Marli and Fernando complete the word of wisdom. There was one morning where we called him every hour with a different page number from the book of mormon with a specific scripture for Fernando, and he was more and more happy with each call 🙂  And when we showed up to teach the lesson we left with a few of his cigars. It was a day like those you always hear about from missionaries, and I got to be a part of it! We have been praying so much for strength for them to be able to keep the word of wisdom, and feel prepared in all aspects for their baptism THIS SATURDAY! (p.s. we found out that Fernando previously smoked more than 30 cigarettes a day, and that he makes them himself in his house) buuutt, the when the Lord commands us to do something, he will always provide a way, and Fernando really has a desire to follow the commandments of God, and he KNOWS that the church is true. So if you remember, we can use all the prayers we can get out here! But really, I am SO happy for them. I loved being with them at church yesterday. We had ward conference, and a training by the stake, where everyone except the primary was together, and Marli even shared something with everyone, participating in the conversation. She said that if she’s going to be a part of the ward, she might as well start now!  I love them so much!
     Speaking of love, I feel so blessed this week to have seen some of Gods children experience a little more of the love he has for them, but it was a difficult week in ways too.  We experienced a lot of rejection this week, and every time we are rejected, especially when we have explained the gospel and tried to explain what it means to us and how we really know the difference it will make in blessing the lives of others, it is hard. The hard thing is not that they are rejecting us, but that they are rejecting their chance to have an eternal family and to return to live with God again. We had a particularly sad experience this week where we taught a sister, she understood everything about the importance of prophets, the apostasy, and the blessing of the restoration of the gospel, and even the book of mormon, but said that she had already committed not to read it. With all the love in our hearts, we bore testimony that we KNOW these things are true, that we have a prophet today because of the love of God, and that we have the church of JESUS CHRIST, the same church that he restored when he was on the earth, with the power of God here, to bless our lives and make it possible to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I know that one day everyone will know that this is the church of Jesus, and that we need it in order to live with our families forever.  It is sad to know that one day so many people will  be sad to not have accepted this when they had the chance, for the opportunities and joy they are missing out on. How grateful I am that Heavenly Father will be our judge, because while we know he is just, he is also merciful. I am so grateful for this.
     This week I had my first division out here in the mission, and it was awesome, because Sister Ribero, my Sister Training Leader, is AWESOME! She goes home this transfer, which is sad, but what are we going to do about that? I learned so much from her about how we can share the gospel with the same impact in less words, because our testimonies, and the spirit, are the teachers. That gives me so much comfort. Also, I learned that I can actually navigate our area, which was awesome, since we used the buses and everything. Almost all of our lessons fell through, but it was still a great day. Really, every day can be great when we loose ourselves in serving others.
     I am so grateful for the atonement, that the Savior suffered for me so that he knows how to succor me, in my infirmities, weaknesses, sadness, sins, and really every single feeling I have. I am especially grateful this week for President Sholz and the help he gave me this week with his honesty and sincerity. In so many ways, he inspires me to be better. This week we are having zone conference with 5 zones, and I get to sing a song with one of the AP´s elder Bohrquiz (that’s not how you spell it but I don’t know how for sure). Sister Sholz is playing the piano for us, and we are singing (if the Savior stood beside me) in portuguese of course! It’s so great to sing like that again.
     Lastly I love all of you! and  I love the Savior!
     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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Um dos Melhores Semanas de Minha Vida

There is no way for me to describe how each week here seems to get 35 times better. The mission is something entirely impossible to describe, but its something worth trying to describe, because its worth a try.

     This was a week FILLED with miracles, and reasons to recognize that the Lord loves his children. I love him so much, and I love this gospel.
     I absolutely ADORED our opportunity to see Vitinho get baptized. I can not explain how lucky I am to have been a part of this experience, to have the opportunity to teach a child. It makes me so excited to be a mom one day. I think that being a mom, and having the opportunity to help my children develop the love for the Lord that I have, will seriously be the best experience ever. (thanks mom for being the best mom and inspiring me here, everyday, to teach with love, and understanding). I definitely had tears as Vitinho stood there in the font with the biggest smile EVER on his face, being baptized. We talk about baptism probably 30 times every day, so this reminder of how important baptism is, this experience to see Vitinho be baptized, was so special. It is important for us to share the gospel because we really can not return to our father in heaven with our sins. We must be baptized and endure to the end to have this eternal happiness, with our families. As we remember this gift we have, sharing the gospel will always be easier.There was so much support from the ward at his baptism! He chose me to give the closing prayer, which was awesome (although it was because I speak English…haha.) And he chose the opening song (“Joseph Smith’s First Prayer”) Sister Moura lead the music and she said there were tears in his eyes. His spirit is so sweet, and so close to the Lord.  He was confirmed on Sunday, and received the Holy Ghost. I will never forget his excitement, and his sweet spirit. He is already an incredible missionary.
     This week the Lord blessed us with the opportunity to set 3 MORE BAPTISM DATES!
First, we have Marli and Fernando. They found the church through family history, and have kids who are teenagers and young adults (like you  mom and Darren). They are SO  ready for this gospel. We are helping teach them right now with the Word of Wisdom and help them understand how when the Lord commands us to do something, he will help us along the way, and bless us in other ways as well. It was the best feeling ever to walk into church and see them there. They will be baptized on 17 September. We pray for them, everyday.
     Yesterday we went to work in a city of our area called Serrana. I guess our area is pretty huge, since we have a chunk of the city and also two other cities. Here we had the BEST LESSON EVER with Cleusa, because of the SPIRIT! Without Him, we can not teach. I am grateful to have a trainer who is so in tune with the Spirit. We started to teach lesson one, and then out of the blue, Sister Moura asked Cleusa if she had lost any family members recently. She says that the Spirit was speaking to her so clearly in this lesson, to ask this. She started crying and told us that her parents and another family member had recently died, and the she believed that was the end. It was such a BEAUTIFUL experience to help her understand that her family is living right now, in spirit, being taught the gospel, and preparing for the second coming of theSavior, when they will be resurrected, judged, and have the opportunity to live together, with their families and our Heavenly father and Savior Jesus Christ again. I KNOW with all of my heart that this is true. We taught her an adapted version of the Plan of Salvation, with focus on her specific necessities, and the spirit was directing the whole thing. S. Moura said that she felt the Spirit guide her to every point we needed to focus on, and every scripture. One neat thing for me about this lesson was that I felt so much like I could relate to this, having lost someone, but instead of the sadness and despair that she felt, I KNOW that I will live with my family again! I KNOW that the plan of happiness is just that! I know this with all of my heart, and I LOVE testifying of this and sharing it with others. She felt a lot better when we left, and you could see it in her that she really believes it. She accepted the invitation to be baptized, on 24 SEPTEMBER! I already love her more than I can explain!
     This week I was constantly reminded of how the Plan of Salvation is so incredible. We had a lesson with Fabio, who recently lost his brother, and believes that he is just sleeping now. How special it is to testify that our loved ones live! We also had a lesson with Lucio, our friend from Portugual, who is disabled. He was in a motorcycle crash here in Brazil, and lost his wife there too. But, even though he does not practice religion, his tesimony of God, and why we pass through trials in this life, is incredible! We were SO BLESSED this week, to be able to teach him about how his wife is LIVING in spirit and how Lucio will have a perfect body during the ressurrection. The Lord loves us so much! That is something we need to remember always, and let influence our days! Sadly, we have to pass Lucio off to the missionaries who work in the area where he lives. But, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to teach him, be inspired by his faith, and help him understand the gospel, the plan of salvation. You could see it in him, how it touched him.
The gospel is something that is familiar to us because it is something we accepted in the pre-existence. Something we already know. I love the EFY song that talks about this, how it is all “so familiar” — and Alma 12:30 talks about it too, how it is something we all DEFENDED! With the plan of salvation, everything makes sense! I am so grateful for the words of the Lord here, through scriptures, the prophets and personal revelation, to heal our wounded souls (Jacob 2:8).
     We knocked at the gate (haha) of a less active member named Rone, to find that he wasn’t living there anymore, BUT, the boy who answered the door was ALSO named Rone, and he invited us in, and we had an incredible first lesson. We were definitely sent to Rone, without even knowing it! We left with him a Book of Mormon and he committed to reading and praying. The incredible part was that the Book of Mormon we gave him was the same book that we took back from a house of some ex-pesqisadores we have who weren’t reading it, or appreciating it. It’s funny, because these ex-pesqisadores understand the importance of prophets, how the authority of God and the church of Jesus Christ were taken from the Earth during the apostasy, the need for the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and that the Holy Ghost will answer our prayers and testify to us of truth, but they were happy to give us back the Book of Mormon (this was during my first week here). This broke my heart. We have the best gift ever, and so often we push it aside. But, this same book, can change Rone´s life, and bless him so much.
     We had a FHE this week about the atonement, with a member family, our recent converts, and also some non-members. I am so grateful that the Savior knows how to succor me, and lift me when I am down.
Some things about this week to make you smile:
   – Remember how everyone says that the weather in Provo is bipolar? Well the weather in RP really is. It will be super hot one moment and then really cool the next, or raining, and then SUPER HOT. You get the picture.
   – I LOVE my district so much. Sister Moura says that this district leader is the best she’s had yet, and I am so grateful for him!
   – My shampoo and conditioner that I bought the first day are scented with Guarana (the most popular soda here). Imagine how it would be to wash your hair with Crush soda, or something like that. That’s pretty much how I feel everyday (but not that bad). Okay, I don’t actually mind it, but it’s pretty funny.
   – I had the best EVER goiaba juice this week, and this cake with sweetened condensed milk.
   – The elections are next month, so on the first of the month, the propaganda really hit hard. There are trucks that drive around announcing things with really loud radios, and it seems like everyone on the street is handing out fliers. But I guess it’s only for a month or so here. I am glad to be so far away from all of the elections over there in the U.S. 🙂 #blessed
     How GRATEFUL I am to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to do his work, to help bring his children to the joy that I have, to help them prepare to return home to Him. I pray that I can be all I need to be, and do all I need to do, in order to succeed in this! None of this is because of me, it is all because of him!
 Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.
SENDING LOVE AND LOTS OF HUGS!
Sister Chapple
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Sarah with some fellow Sisters

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A family in the area

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With Sister Moura in the rain!

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Sweet Vitinho’s baptism

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Sarah and Sis Moura at the baptism