O EVANGELHO É UM MILAGRE

Translation -THE GOSPEL IS A MIRACLE

GENTE OÍ, TODAY I AM SUPER AWESOME EXCITED AND DIDN’T EVEN SLEEP LAST NIGHT BECAUSE I WAS IN THE BUS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM AND HAVE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE BUT ITS AWESOME!

First let me also tell you about this week.

I was super running out of ideas for Sister Dias and we were even out of things to talk about and every time I tried to start a conversation it died super fast and that was strange and hard. And then she was feeling sick and also Sister Santos and in the end, during the 5 week transfers, Sister German and I probably had at least 10 days where part of the day we spent working together. But, the Lord has been super, super, super blessing us, seriously.

We had an INCREDIBLE experience this week where the spirit lead us to new investigators. Which was awesome because that very morning, we had a training by our district leader that was specific and direct, about 2 sections of preach my gospel, “find when you teach and teach when you find”, and also the importance of the spirit in finding investigators.  So when we showed up to the wrong road and went down the road instead of up and landed in front of a house and was outside. She has already been to the church twice in Birigui and he already went to church in Japan, and they had read together the book of mormon, accepted baptism, and she didn’t understand it too much but so she is reading it again to understand more. Even before we gave her this idea. and she prayed and feels that what we share is true. On Sunday she came to church with us, but her boyfriend did not, because he was working and then went to his friends house in a nearby city and didn’t come home so wasn’t able to go to church. Luana started telling us about some difficulties she is having, and I KNOW that through the gospel, she will be able to find peace and solutions.  That’s what the grace of the atonement is about. Through repentance I know she will be able to change so much. So I was SUPER happy that she was at church.

There is a recent convert in our ward who has been struggling a little bit, and we had lunch at her house last week.  We started teaching her boyfriend.  He already has visited church a few times, and found it strange (which is to be expected) that he has never has had the discussions.  He is open to learn, and they both were at church this Sunday, which was a huge tender mercy. They rode their bikes and everything!  With their little boy too!

I have been working a TON with the lists of members, and Carlos Renato, another recent convert who hasn’t been coming to church, came this week. We are visiting his family (they are all members) and they are going to be passing through a really hard time, and I know that the gospel is what they need!
(ITS WHAT WE ALL NEED) In the end, this week was blessings, blessings, blessings.

Sometimes the work is hard and it’s so hard for me to see people rejecting what I feel like they know, you know??  What I see they are feeling? In my reading in the first chapters of 3 Nephi this week I just cried because I couldn’t take it anymore in real life and also in the book of mormon, that the people are seeing miracles and then rejecting it. Buuuut Ii know that discouragement is a stepping stone for us to grow.

This week I was talking with another sister and we decided that the gospel isn’t summarized by one miracle in our lives that happened  because of the gospel but rather through the gospel, and  through the small blessings, our life becomes a huge miracle.

I was able to also recognize a little bit more the power of gratitude, and really trying to count my blessings. I am amazed at the lords love for me. and at the gospel.

WE HAD A FIRESIDE WITH PRESIDENT SCHOLZ IN OUR LITTLE BRANCH ON SUNDAY NIGHT. It was AWESOME. I LOVE HIM. Tomorrow I will have a brand new comp! I’m super excited to teach her how to love Penapolis as much as I do ha-ha.  The gospel is incredible, seriously incredible, and so is my life and so is the mission.

Things aren’t perfect.  I’m not perfect, and there are difficulties. But there are blessings and I love teaching about the gospel and being able to feel the spirit and testify that what I say is true. I love helping the people know the Savior.  That is what a mission is about. Really that’s what life is about.

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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Me and my comp

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branch family home evening

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Luana!!!!!! at church!!!

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the Penapolis squad version 1

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Sister Santos is leaving Penapolis

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Some of my fav missionaries that went home today.  Love them!

 

 

“You might as well eat cancer cells!”

So I decided to title my email with a quote from dear President Scholz from my conversation with him last week when we told him that we always eat ramen hahahaha. And then this week someone left ramen on the stove sitting there for days and it was just another funny mission thing that made us laugh and so in hopes it makes you laugh too here it is. Ha-ha!

This week was full of rain, and also was a little bit sad because our investigator knows what he should do and what the Lord wants of him and he didn’t do it. There were many people (recent converts who aren’t going to church, less actives, and investigators) who told me they would go to church but didn’t. So that wasn’t very cool, but one miracle of the week is that Paula’s husband, who is not a member and never comes to church, decided to go to church! So that was awesome!!

It seriously rained this week rained a lot which was cool and we got to wear long sleeves and what saved us was that Paula ( our missionary mom here),  loves being a missionary and she was able to take us to visit the recent converts and less actives, and seriously I love her and am so grateful to Heavenly Father for her.

I know that life always has ups and downs but that life is so much more fun when we look at the ups and focus on how we can improve the downs.

I thought of another story that I could have told you, that we were with Paula visiting the recent converts and we showed up to visit a family and they said that there was a woman from another church there praying for them that very day and while she prayed the irma saw President Vagner’s (our branch President’s) face in her mind. She has been diagnosed with a serious sickness and it was inspired that we showed up this day, the spirit had to have lead us there! She received a blessing and felt better and they only didn’t go to church because her son had a fever but I believe next week they will.

I’ve really felt this week, like to follow the gospel is a personal choice. Every single day we have to commit to this. There are so many faithful members here in Penapolis who come to church alone or that are the only member of their family.  And I KNOW that the gospel is the path to happiness and peace.

I love you all! Please don’t forget to do the things you know you should to live the gospel.  And happy late birthday to my CUTIE LITTLE BRO DOUGLASSSS-  MUAH– I LOVE YOU!

P.S. This week I learned a song about a hummingbird and a flower that date, ha-ha – only here in the mission, lol!

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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Rafael I e Rafael II (Rafael 1 and Rafael 2)

HAHAHA, JUST KIDDING.   I FEEL LIKE I STILL HAVE A MILLION THINGS TO SAY. Buuuut for those of you who I saw and skyped with yesterday, I still love you and will write to tell you about some of the little miracles.

This week studying the scriptures I was reminded that miracles do not come because of our faith, but through our faith we see the miracles.  Perhaps that is because we are being molded to RECOGNIZE them.

So here are some of the miracles of the week….

Rafael, a different Rafael who I have ever talked about, is going to be baptized this week.  Basically, he was taught for  a few months before I got here but was working  Sundays and then got a new job that also worked requires him to work Sundays, and then wasn’t doing very much to search out new work.  This week we had a lesson with him and we shared a bunch of scriptures and testimonies how when we do what’s right to follow the commandments the lord blesses us.  And that was all we could do, our part. And guess what?  At Bea’s baptism Saturday night he was there and then we asked how the search for new work was going and told him we hoped he would be at church. And we showed up and he was there in the doorway with his hood on waiting to surprise us and he was like-

“Look who’s at church! Me!”

And we were like “Whoa! Okay :D”

I really want to help him be converted but also I’m feeling a little strange because I hope that he has the right intentions for all of this and he can come to understand the importance of the gospel. But I am proud of him and know he will see blessings in his life from his desire to be baptized.

And then after sacrament meeting sister Dias was like,

“What happened with your work?”

And  a Sister in the ward was like “He quit!!!” 😀

And then he was like “I want to set my baptism date!!

So that was one of many experiences this week. Please pray for him.

I was able to have a conversation, with President this week because he gave us a ride from Rio Preto to Ribeirao (2 hours or so, in a car #score), because we had to renew our visas and I asked him how he thinks our mission would be different than serving in the US, and I know that it would be really different because the cultures are different.

Being here in Brazil is awesome because the people love Jesus Christ and whenever you ask them who god is to them they say “everything!”  But then many times nobody does anything to show that love, or develop their faith, and if it means sacrifice, nothing happens.  That makes it super hard for so many people to make and keep commitments. Which is why we often have baptismal dates marked and then they don’t show up to church, nor read the Book of Mormon, nor pray about it nor do anything to search out if the church is true, or apparently, believe that the gospel can change their lives. But, as always the lord is preparing his children for the gospel, and those who are prepared will make commitments and let the gospel change their lives. That’s a little summary of the Brazilian people (in general). I know that there are challenges about every mission, but at least the people here believe they love the lord. I think maybe that will make it easier for them to accept the gospel one day, right?

We have been working like mad men to organize the list of members here and visit everyone. Seriously, so many people have already moved and I think maybe nobody has visited these people in 20 or 25 years since they were baptized, or maybe even more. I feel like now my vision of church visits like home teacher and visiting teacher will be changed forever. PLEASE LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Yes those who aren’t members but also those who are.  And I promise you that if you really do this you will be there for them in times of need.

President shared about how his mission was. I want to work hard until the last day of my mission, and really the last day of my everything, right?

This week we also were able to have a lesson with Lucillia, a reference from a member who lives in Ribeirão. AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE, because she actually understood about the restoration.  And so many times when we teach I’m not sure if the people are confused because of what we say, or how we say it, which is why we are always practicing and studying to improve. But I think many times the people don’t understand because they are close hearted and have already shut down any idea of change.  Or the apostasy here of so many churches has polluted their ability to understand. But she really understood and had such a desire to learn and a desire to always have the spirit, not just once in a while like she said she feels at church (which makes sense since her church has a part of the truth).

We had zone conference and I GOT TO SEE SISTER MACEDO AGAIN!  And Marcos is still preparing for baptism!  And we learned about what repentance really is, and what it means for ME, and the importance of being 100 dedicated to this work and all that I do, and serving the lord in all things.

Plus I GOT TO VISIT IGUATEMI, MY FIRST AREA AND IT IS DOING SO WELL.

Wow, it was the best night ever I got to visit Vitinho and Luciana and I wish I could have brought all of you there to meet them.

Besides that, the week was a week of growth and me itching to do more and more each day to serve the lord and this work.

The other Rafael is super confused and every time we visit him we have to teach the restoration over and over, and also Lucia didn’t go to church.  I think because she has been in a lot of pain recently.  Please pray for them, and that we will continue to find the lords elite people here who are prepared for the gospel.

Wow, I want you all to know that I am happy, drinking sugar cane drink (I don’t know how to say  the name ) and being taken care of by Paula, the missionary mom here in Penapolis, and that today we are going bowling…. :)) Haha!

I love you all LOTS!!!  AND HAPPY MOTHERS DAY AGAIN!!! As the Brazilians say, BEIJOS! (Kisses!)

Have Faith have hope, live like his son, help Others on their way! What does he ask? Live like his son!

Love Sister Chapple

 

MILAGRES E MAIS MILAGRES E BENÇAOS

Translation- MIRACLE AND MORE MIRACLES AND BLESSINGS

WELLLL… TODAY I FEEL A LITTLE BIT LIKE I WOULD LOVE TO WRITE IN CAPS BECAUSE I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT PENAPOLIS IS INCREDIBLE AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE!!

I can’t even start to tell you about the miracles that are happening here and the blessings that we are able to count. Even more than the nice weather, how cute it is and everything.  The lord´s work here is progressing so well and I am able to see so many miracles. I think I would be alright to stay here for the rest of my mission!

This week a young man was baptized, and the members have been being such great little missionaries and introducing the gospel to their friends who have really been prepared for the gospel. I just think that here in Penapolis will have quite a few more baptisms in these coming weeks!

The blessing of the week here in my area is named Rafael. He has now came to church twice, and the members are doing all they can to help him. I’ve never seen someone with such desire to do the things that the Lord wants him to. And its special to be someone who can help him learn all the Lord expects of him, through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m sending pictures from this week, which included a few divisions with Sister German.  Wow, I really love her and am so happy to be here living in Penapolis with her.  She reminds me of Maddie Williams Walton (whom I also love, shout out to you- and your new last name Maddie) & so really that’s awesome.  Also Sister German knows Miranda Sings (aka did you know that Miranda speaks Portuguese too?)

Here we have been having lots of successes with family home evenings that the branch has been putting together to bring investigators, and friends, and inactive members to. There is something so so special about this little branch. Being here in Penapolis reminds me a little of how it would probably be to grow up or live in a small town and so I’m loving that a lot.

A few times this week we were able to teach about the plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has for us. I know that I am so blessed to know about this plan, and I thank my Heavenly Father for his infinite love for me, and for my chance to be here in the mission.

side note: I had a dream that I was home from the mission and I was trying to help everyone understand how it was…. and when I woke up I was so happy to be here in Brazil still….( but believe me I still love you guys and will be happy to come back one day.)

For the second week in a row, both Lúcia and Rafael came to church on their own, and are going to progress super well! They love the church and know that it is not just any other church. I know that learning the gospel at church will be a huge blessing for them like it is for me.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO EVERYONE! ALSO CONGRATS RACHEL AND KADEN I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I HOPE YOU BRING A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF ME TO THE WEDDING HAHA.  LOVE YOU TWO! ALSO PLEASE SEND ME PICTURES TO LET ME KNOW HOW YOU ARE AND ALSO SO I DONT FORGET ABOUT YOU GUYS HAHA JK KIND OF. LOVE YOUUUU!  beijosss (kisses…haha)

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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Sou Brasilera, Não Sou Americana

Translation– ‘ I‘m Brazilian, I’m not American’ 

If you’re wondering about the title of this email, it’s a song that my dear Sister Dias taught me to sing, that they dance to, a dance style called forró there in the northeast of Brasil! …… Aaaaandddd as for this week, it was full of laughter, I am ABSOLUTLEY LOVING PENAPOLIS! This is my first time in a branch, and we’ve had lots and lots of good food ( I am desperately trying not to gain weight but actually not trying too hard because it’s worth it to eat this yummy food, haha).

Well, my companion is super loving and concerned and we have already had lots of fun here together.  I just just know that the rest of this transfer will be a blast.  As always, we are on the search for new investigators. I KNOW that the Lord is ALWAYS preparing his children to accept the restored gospel and it is our job to find them! So that’s what we are doing.

One of the neatest miracles of the week happened as we were working with the list of members (which is 420 people here in Penapolis). Many of them have moved or passed away, and to make the work of the branch members more effective we have been helping organize the list and update it.  We were able to talk to a man who was baptized in his youth but is not active anymore.  He shared with us how the gospel blessed his life when he was living it and what a huge difference it was. Now, he has desire to return to church, and we are going to introduce the gospel to his wife and kids, who have never known it. I will be praying that this family lets the gospel bless them just like it did for their dad, and that they can return and receive even more of the blessings that the lord has for them.

BEING IN PENAPOLIS IS AWESOME-POSSUM!!!  I am sending home a video (if my camera lets me) of me eating the best ice cream ever here, and yep I was so happy.  But even more awesome is how much the members are excited to serve in the work of the Lord.  I have already come to love being here and being a part of this branch. President Wagner, the branch Pres, has been Pres for 7 years.  I feel like he reminds me of how my dad would be if he were Brasilian and living here in Penapolis 🙂 and that makes me happy.  He is super organized and spiritual and loving and his family is AWESOME.

There is also an irma named Paula who is our mom here. She is the BEST, wow!  Super serving and loving, and when I showed her the picture I carry around of my family she was so happy and said “it must be awesome to have this huge family,  this makes me so excited!” Her husband isn’t a member of the church but Sunday night we had a family home evening with them.  We are doing our part to have the spirit touch his heart!

What more can I say?…..  In order for a branch to become a ward, there needs to be 20 active Priesthood holders and we are about half way there! There is so much potential here in Penapolis! This week there is going to be a baptism in the branch, of a boy named Henrique who lives on the other side of the city. Sunday night I was able to go there with the sisters and help with a lesson and he is another testament that the LORD IS PREPARING PEOPLE. As much as I know this, I know that he is also preparing blessings for us in our life. He knows us much more than we think, or we remember.

There are 2 quotes that I discovered this week through Sister German that I love-

“The great thing about the gospel is we get credit just for trying!”-Elder Holland

and “It doesn’t matter the situation, God will be there to help!” -Elder Renlund

How grateful I am for a father so loving and forgiving and who will do his part to strengthen us. Now it is up to us, to never lose the faith, and keep moving forward!  (And count our many blessings)

I know that there are miracles that I will see here in Penapolis, and I am determined to do my part to see them. and have fun while I’m at it! The mission is a blast, and a huge blessing in my life!

Have Faith have hope, live like his son, help Others on their way! What does he ask? Live like his son!

Sister Chapple