Feliz carnival!!!!! (feliz aniversario p/a Tito tambem!)

Translation- Happy carnival!!!!!  (Happy Birthday to Tito too!!!)

To start, it would be a little bit ignorant of me not to mention that here in Brazil, this week is the week of “carnival” a holiday that doesn’t exist in the USA, which doesn’t have much of a reason for existing other than to party and drink and dance in the streets.  Some of the members refer to it as “apostasy” or ” the devils party”, but here in rural São Paulo we don’t even see anything of it, but its still a holiday, and you know how I love holidays, haha. Also, Happy Birthday to my brother Emmett!  I’m glad that you’re turning 21 before me, haha 🙂

The Lord blessed us this week, and we had 3 investigators at church:

-Talita! there is a good chance that she will be baptized. I could just keep saying forever how grateful I am to know her.

-Adão, who was at the church for the 3rd time but who doesn’t understand too much about the restoration. We want  to help him be a true convert, not just another baptism. But we know the Lord will bless him to understand and that he will be a strong brother in the church.  We called him at 8:10 to ask if he needed help getting to church because the irma who brings him is out of town, and he was already at church waiting, 50 minutes early. Haha we laughed and told him to wait there, that we would show up soon. He greets our investigators and welcomes everyone to church and loves to participate, haha.  I love it!!

-Adaulto, a refernce from an irma. He is super excited to learn about the gospel, and is member of another church, but he wants so badly to do all the right things, and the gospel will help him so much with this.

This week I have been thinking a lot about how the gospel is much more than the  spiritual part, but it is all of who I am. Seriously, all that I am is thanks to the gospel.  As missionaries, we do not bring the church to people, but help them learn how to know the Lord, and in this, we learn how to better know him as well and the things we should value to be happy, such as education, and our families. I was reading this week about the temple and I can’t think of a bigger blessing, or a better place for us to be. I am super grateful for temples. I am grateful for being able to be here in the mission and to change and grow so much as a person.

We have an investigator that this week decided that she will get married to live the law of chastity ( a huge blessing)!  I’ll have to tell you more about her next week! This week Sister Vallejo and Sister G.Santos baptized a family, It has been really special to be able to do some splits with Sister G. Santos and get to know this family. It was the family of Fernanda, the woman who started testifying about the church to her mom the other week. We are already seeing the gospel change their lives so much!

For Corrine (a cousin who served in this same mission in this same area about seven years ago), I was able to go this week and contact the people with the addresses that you sent me. We weren’t able to find everyone, but we talked with Rebecca, who was 10 when she was baptized. We are going to work with her and the ward to bring her back to church (she is 17 now).

In order to realize how much the gospel can bless us, we need to get lost in the scriptures and pour our hearts out in prayer.  That is something I have learned here.  As I read in Mosiah this week, King Benjamin teaches that if we really want to love someone, we need to serve them. This counts for the Lord too. I know that I have so much more to improve, and the more time I am here in the mission, the more I see that. I know that with the Savior, it is possible to change and improve.

I am super excited for this week, to see the progress of the investigators here, and the find the Lords elite people, ready for the gospel!  I know the Lord will bless us here this week in Brazil, and I pray that you will see how he is blessing all of you as well!

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 some cabybaras during our super p-day at the “represa”

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Me eating a maracuja that I stepped on in the street and it opened and so we ate it.

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Fenranda’s family and I the day before they were baptized

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caldo de cana

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Fernanda at her baptism!

Cuando você decidir prestar mais atenção ao Jornal

Translation-  When you decide to pay more attention to your journal

I am loving the mission, and learning more and more every week.  As always, the week was packed with blessings.

We had a zone conference, and got to watch the mission broadcast from January.  I learned that as missionaries we have the same role not only as the apostles but as the spirit.

If we want to serve the Lord, we can start by teaching others about the Lord and what he can do for us.

We taught a family from Syria, who has been here in Brazil for 3 years. They left because of the wars.  As we taught the restoration, they pulled out their bible to compare and they read the bible in Arabic from left to right and I wish I could tell you all about how it was but in the end they didn’t want us to come back because they believe that Heavenly Father and Christ and the Holy Ghost and Virgin Maria are all one person, and they believe that anything besides the bible is unnecessary. In the end, I was so grateful for my testimony, and my knowledge of the restoration and the blessings it brings me.

We are teaching a girl named Talita.  Her mom died recently because she was killed super tragically. She needs the gospel and the plan of salvation.

I am so lucky, so loved and so 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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Fé e Amor

Translation- Faith and Love

Happy Valentines day! And to anyone who doesn’t have a valentine, if you feel left out, you can send me a letter, and I’ll be your valentine… haha.  Valentines day is in June here, which is strange, but cool I guess.

I wanted to share an experience that I had with Sister G. Santos this week during a division the day of the mission council. The sisters have an investigator named Fernanda. We got there and were planning on accompanying her fast, which we did, but her mom was there, and so we started teaching her the restoration. Her mom, Rita, had a bunch of questions, and is really quite negative about God, and religion, and everything, because she has seen so much apostasy in the world. But we kept explaining about why we pass through difficulties and how heavenly father really loves us and so he sent his son, and how they are two separate beings, with the same purpose, and a bunch of things. But the cool part was to see Fernanda, her daughter, bear such strong testimony of the church, how she knows that it is true because she prayed, how she knows that the gospel will bless her life, how she knows that baptism is important, not just in any church, but in the church of the Savior himself, how she is going to be baptized, and how her mom needs to listen to us, because we bring a message that will bring her real joy.

It was awesome to see how this INVESTIGATOR is already CONVERTED. She bore such an incredible testimony without even being asked, but because she knows these things.  She is an incredible example of what the gospel does for us when we search. Now I am super excited to see her keep progressing. Her baptism date is February, 25.

It was super neat to have my first divisions with sister G. Santos. She is from Salvador, Bahia.

This week was also a week of incredible faith. We are teaching a FAMILY of 5 people, Eder and Silvia (the couple) his mom Aparecida, and their sons Matheus (13) and Enso (3). The first day here in Parque Celeste, I had the opportunity to meet them, and was reminded of how the gospel cures us. I shared with Sister Martinez that because of Luciana I have already seen the book of mormon cure depression and that is what his family needs. They have such a need for the gospel. Eder is searching for and waiting for an answer, a spiritual confirmation that this is the only true church. Please help us pray for him and his family.  I have such faith that he will receive an answer.

Our ward had a talent show this week and we did a skit of life as a missionary, where sister G Santos and I were the arms of Sister Martinez and Sister Vallejo (who, by the way, is from Argentina) and it was super fun for us. In these two weeks, we have already had lunch 3 times at the house of Irma Fatima, who is in the picture. She loves us so much, and has a son in the mission in Sao Paulo. I am so grateful for members who help us and love us. We are going to start teaching her niece, Talita. she is only 11 and has already passed through things that nobody should ever have to experience. I am super excited to see the gospel bless her!

I love you all. thank you for the love and the prayers and everything!

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. I am super blond from all of the sun I am getting. It is the strangest thing ever. Also I miss Ribeirao Preto and Iguatemi so much and also Sister Ayala but am loving it here and know that I will learn to love it more and more here every day.

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Me and my companion Sister Martinez

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When the members bought us “lanches” that are way too expensive for us to ever buy, and so we threw a party.

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maracuja flower (passion fruit?)

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VIVA BRASIL!

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Us and Irma Fatima and Bianca (members), and Talita,
who we are going to start teaching :))

 

A MUDANÇAS NAS INDICADORES CHAVES!!!

Translation- A CHANGES IN THE KEY INDICATORS !!!

First of all, I JUST EXPERIENCED A HUGE CHANGE TAKING PLACE IN ALL THE MISSIONS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD (AKA THE KEY INDICATORS JUST CHANGED)!  I know that I’m a little behind on the news, but that’s okay…  For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, the missionaries always report how many lessons they had that week, how many contacts, how many referrals received, how many lessons with members etc., EVERYTHING YOU DO YOU REPORT!  But the first presidency just made a change so that missionaries focus more on people, and less on numbers.

And as cliche as that might sound, it made a HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR US THIS WEEK!  The first day of working with this change we practically ran through the streets talking to everyone and inviting everyone to be baptized. And it resulted in Heavenly Father blessing us IMMENSELY! 6 people accepted baptism dates.

I am SO BLESSED HERE IN PARQUE CELESTE! My companion Sister Martinez, from Mexico, is helping me to improve in so many things. She is such a talented teacher of the gospel. Heavenly Father, and President Scholz, are blessing me with the best companions ever.

There are some awesome recent converts here that I am really excited to really get to know, two siblings that remind me of DJ and Mariah, and a girl who is 17.  The youth I work with often have the ages of my younger siblings at home, and it makes me miss you and love you and really be grateful for you.

This week I learned that before trying to solve any problem, the first step is love. That is something Sister Martinez helped me to see.  That if we really want to help others change we must first understand them in order to help them.  The Savior is the perfect example of this.

I am going to help Sister Martinez finish studying her English books and take the fluency test.  Because of how everyone here helped me so much with learning Portuguese, I have had this goal to help others learn English, and so I am so happy for Pai Celestial giving me this opportunity!

Side note: the man who owns this internet house we are at today is a member, and he is trying to practice English with me right now, and he just told me his name is “worthless” haha, I think not!

I wish I had time to write about all of the miracles of this week, and all of the things that made us smile, and laugh. I know that I am going to learn to love more and more every week here in Parque Celestial, and the mission, and realize that Heavenly Father is cutting me down to build me up into what he wants me to be. That the mission is blessing me way more than I am helping anyone else out here.  But that’s what the mission is about, right, all of Heavenly Fathers children learning more about him and how to be better disciples.

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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My new companion Sister Martinez

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My new district

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Dragon fruit!

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