FELICIDADES!

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! IT WAS SOOOO GOOD TO SKYPE WITH YOU! And i just love you a lot.

I also love to be a missionary. As much as i love and miss you, I would not choose to be home right now. I would rather be here on a mission, serving the Lord. I am going to take advantage of EVERY  SECOND I HAVE!
Sorry for the lack of words, but i just want to say again that I love you. And i wish i could communicate what its really like to be here, because i want you all to love it as much as i do. And know that I’m happy!
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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Here’s a note from her sister Rachel (me, posting this update): We got the chance to Skype Sarah yesterday and it was such a tender, joyful hour that we wished didn’t have to end. She introduced us to her sweet companion Sister Ayala, shared stories with us, and showed off her awesome tan lines from her Chacos, haha! We even got her to speak some Portuguese for us, it was awesome 😉 We love our sister/daughter/friend and know that she is truly happy and doing well on her mission for the Lord.
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È O Melhor Epoca do Ano…

Translation- It’s the Best time of the Year…

I am here in Brazil, I get to wear a name tag with the Saviors name on it, this week we are celebrating the birth of the Savior, and I get to skype with my family this week!  WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR?

I have so many imperfections, but the Lord is blessing me so much. He is so good. The mission is a great place to learn humility and see the Lord bless his children.  Last Saturday was the baptism of Luciana, and it was SO BEAUTIFUL. There was not a huge party, or anything like that, but the spirit that was there with her as she came out of the waters was incredible, and I am especially grateful this week to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am grateful that I get to be here for the next month and a half in Iguatemi. I am grateful for Sister Ayala, for the mission, for my family, for my weaknesses (because it is out of weaknesses that we grow), for the opportunity to share the gospel, and for the Savior. I am grateful for happiness that comes through the gospel. I am  grateful that my body is getting accustomed to the heat here, and that it hasn’t been that hot, and has been raining a lot. I am grateful for Christmas music. I am grateful for miracles, for the priesthood, for the church, for the atonement, and for eternal families. I am grateful for angels. I love you all.

And I love 1 Nephi 21:15-16 –

15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

P.S. Congrats to my cousin Josh Egbert and Miranda Randall on their marriage! And congrats to Spencer Chapple for his mission call to the Ireland/Scottland mission! I LOVE THE PICTURES and am so proud of all of my family. I can’t believe I’m so lucky. And I can’t wait to skype with you so soon…..

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. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY MOM AND DAD WHO WOULD BE HAVING 24 YEARS TOGETHER TODAY! I love you and can’t tell you how grateful I am for you two! I LOVE YOU! ((FAMILIES ARE FOREVER!!))

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Algumas das (muitas ) Bençãos dala Iguatemi

Translation- Some of the (many) blessings of Iguatemi

First things first…. I WAS NOT TRANSFERRED!!!! WOOOTT!!! Which means that I will be staying here in Iguatemi for the next 7 weeks, until the end of January! And, to make things even better, I get to stay with Sister Ayala! Which is a HUGE BLESSING! And we get to spend Christmas together, and the new year too, and, to make things EVEN BETTER, this Saturday is THE BAPTISM OF LUCIANA! So, to sum things up, we are being so blessed here in Iguatemi!!!!

I sent a picture of Sister Ayala and I with Luciana at church this Sunday. She was so beautiful, and bought a new outfit just for church, and was more prepared for this conference than anyone else. We watched a broadcast from SLC for Brazil, with a few different general authorities that spoke. It was awesome to hear Elder Holland, and he even started and ended his talk in Portuguese (which was neat and also funny) but I learned so much from what he shared. He spoke about how we can make our homes like the temple, a sacred place where we can receive revelation, and always feel the spirit. Really, we can make our LIVES like this when we are doing the right things. He also spoke about tithing, how we always need to be paying diligently. For the first time I realized more strongly how some of the many blessings promised from tithing come literally in our opportunity to go to the temple!  I miss the temple SO MUCH here in the mission, and am grateful for how blessed I am, and the council from President Holland about how we can apply the blessings of the temple more and more in our lives each day.

I am extremely blessed during this conference. Since it was in our stake, I also got to see Rose. So there I was, with all of the people I have worked with here in Iguatemi, that have made the decision to let the gospel really bless their lives, who have been or will be baptized!  I sat with Rose at my side, and on the other side, was Luciana, and also, right there with Adão too.  And Ofcourse, Vitinho was there as well. SO, I AM SO SO BLESSED, AND HAPPY!
I sent home pictures from our family home evening Monday night with Luciana at Vitinho, Isabel, and Carlão’s house.  Vitinho made this art with play dough that says “the book of mormon”. I am so excited to see him grow up in the gospel. He is going to do GREAT things for the Lord.

Last of all, I know there are tons of things I am forgetting, but I want to share my testimony of the prophets. I have been studying the general conference talks, and I know that when we follow the words they say, we will be blessed. Because they are called of God and they do His will. And through them, the words of the Lord will heal our wounded souls.

I love you all and can’t wait to SKYPE ON CHRISTMAS!  And know that I will cry so much of happiness because I love you so much!  And congrats to Josh and MIranda. I will be sure to work so hard this Friday to not think too much of the wedding party I am missing out on.. but I sure do 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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With Rose and children

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Book of Mormon written in portuguese and play dough by Vitinho!

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Sister Ayala, Luiciana and Sister Chapple

 

 

 

 


			

O Evangelho é a solução p/a todos os problemas!

Translation- The Gospel is still the solution to all problems!

Well, we have already arrived in week 6 of this transfer, which is impossible to believe. This week was AWESOME and we had Mission Tour, which is where the mission (or half of the mission) gets together to hear a member of the quorum of the 70 talk. Elder Costa, from the Area Presidency here in Brazil, (and member of the presidency of the quorum of the 70) spoke to us and I felt the spirit SO STRONGLY!

I wish I had more time. This Sunday I had the opportunity to bear my testimony during sacrament meeting and reflect on 2016 and how it has been so different and good and has built me so much. I got to talk to Rose, my recent convert, twice this week, once on the phone, and once when we ran into her in the street. She is SO HAPPY and says that she has never been this happy. The gospel is the solution!

This week, Adão has been going through some tuff stough ( I am just going to leave that typo because it shows how my English is deteriorating, ha, ha).  Having the gospel does not mean we will not pass through difficulties, but with the gospel, passing through difficulties is much better, with the Savior.

I wanted to take most of my time to talk about Luciana. When we found her the other week, we knocked on her door when we saw that someone was home (and after our lesson with Jennifer fell through). She just opened the door and let us in before we even said anything, and then during our lesson she even cried, but not because she was sad. She told us that she has depression and is on a ton of meds for it, but our lesson was awesome, and she said the closing prayer without problem, and came to church and everything! And was LOVING ALL OF IT! And we always testify how the gospel is a solution. But that quote I love in preach my gospel about how the gospel really is the solution to everything is so true for her. With each lesson, we learn more about how the gospel is blessing her life. First of all, she is the same investigator who read the book of mormon and always feels peace, and who planned to bring it to her doctors appointment where they were going to tell her if she needed surgery or not.  She brought it, opened up to a random page, read about the will of god and felt peace, and then when the doctor told her that she would be having surgery but to trust the will of god, she told us that she already knew everything he told her, because of the book of mormon! And so we have been helping her get to know some of the Irmãs here in the ward, and have been learning through what she tells them more and more about the miracles the gospel is already doing in her life. She told us that since we knocked at her gate, she has not cried (her depression is getting better), and that she had never prayed out loud before we taught her how, the first day. and even when we started to teach her husband, she prayed so confidently and volunteered and was so happy to do so that we would have had no idea if she hadn’t have told us.  So  then she was going to have surgery on Tuesday, but when we found out, sister Ayala just said, Sister Chapple, just trust that it will work out anyways. and then HER SURGERY FELL THROUGH. Which means that she can now get baptized!  It’s too bad that the surgery was postponed, but the Lord will protect her health and bless her. We are helping her prepare for baptism, and to begin following the Savior in all things. She has been, and is being so prepared by the Lord.

We brought Irmã Isabel (with whom Vitinho lives) to a lesson with Luciana, and it was inspired to do so, because they have SO MUCH in common, with how they were raised in the church, the things they believed and didn’t believe, and it was so beautiful to hear Isabel share her testimony and conversion and see how it was helping Luciana make the decision to follow the spirit that she has been feeling these weeks and follow the Savior. Testimonies, and the testimony of Isabel in this moment, was so powerful, and we even had tears in our eyes.  Sister Ayala told me that the gospel will solve so many problems in the life of Luciana, even problems with her health.
I am SO GRATEFUL for the gospel. I KNOW that the Savior Lives, that he loves us, and that we are his brothers and sisters.  I hope that everyone had a chance to see the video the church made for this Christmas #SejaALuzDoMundo (be a light to the world) and is reaching out to serve others this week!

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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