Quando o povo tenta nos enganar, só que não nos atrapalha

Translation– When the people try to deceive us, it just does not bother us

It was yet another awesome possum week.

This week was MISSION TOUR!!! Which was awesome and the happy news of the week is that marcos from parque celeste WAS BAPTIZED I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT and I saw sister macedo and elder da rosa and everyone else and it was awesome. But even better was feeling the spirit so strongly and learning so much. We learned about how understanding the atonement is important for our repentance. And the importance of really loving one another and of developing christlike attributes. And being bold in our call to be literal representatives of christ. (WOOT I LOVE MISSION CONFERENCES) And I love being able to be so edified. Probably it’s a little strange to hear but being a missionary sometimes just makes me want to spend the rest of forever in meetings of the church because I love being able to feel the spirit so strongly. Which is why we have to fill our lives with things that will help us have the spirit, so we can feel like that all the time!
But as is to be expected, the group we’re teaching is showing us by their actions their disposition to let the gospel bless their lives…for example, seriously, SO MANY people tell us that they are willing to do anything to follow the lord, but then many times don’t come through with compromises.
Tiago and Hilari and Andreia were at church yesterday! And they are reading the book of mormon together as a family and I am just very happy for them! But, they have to get married for Tiago be able to get baptized. Yesterday we had a lesson with these 2 young men who have already investigated the church for about 4 months, but haven’t been going recently, but they are super awesome, and wiling to follow the commandments. they are searching to do whats right. And, the 16 year old has already read the entire bible. Thats something really cool here, is that there are so many churches, and people, trying to do whats right. People who really love the lord. And brazil is blessed because of that. As for Maria, she is no longer going to be baptized, and neither is Amelia. We are pretty disappointed by this, but it’s nothing that will keep us from working and finding what the lord has prepared! I am grateful to know them and have love for them and I know that sooner or later they will accept the gospel in its fullness, starting with baptism.
To make you laugh:
Everyone always interrupts me in the middle of me bearing my testimony to ask me where I’m from and this week someone said (in Portuguese) “What language do you speak?” and I said “English!” and they said ” So THATS why you can’t speak Portuguese!” and I was like… okay… well we are speaking in Portuguese right now so if you are speaking to me that means you must be understanding. But that’s life here. Another cool thing is that my English accent always seems to rub off on my companions, and the Brazilinas always say to my companions “You have the same American accent! ” haha.
I am very happy here with sister ramos, and things are going well. As always I have been reflecting about how VERY VERY BLESSED I AM. I love the gospel and the HUGE difference it has made in my life. I am so happy to be able to live it.
So, thats that for this week.
Happy 120 Degrees there in Arizona. Also happy belated half-way-to-Christmas (yesterday) for all you Christmas lovers out there. We listened to a few Christmas songs too and thought of you guys!
Have Faith have hope, live like his son, help Others on their way! What does he ask? Live like his son!
Love, Sister Chapple
P.S. I love the book of ether and the story of the Jaradies. This week I was reading and did the math and I’ve been in the mission for longer than the Jaradites were inside of the barks…. haha congrats to me, right?

“Vou me-tornar uma bolacha aqui logo…”

Translation- “I will become a bolacha any day now…”

Well the heading of my email says “I will become a bolacha any day now…”  which is me trying to say that here I am eating so much junk food bolachas (basically processed cookies like oreos, but of poor quality) that I think soon I will become a bolacha.  But bolachas are representative of blessings, because they come from members (like Paula) who love us and help us and help keep the work proceeding so well.  So I am as rich in blessings as I am in bolachas and also in kilos (because these bolachas are probably helping me gain weight haha).

But seriously, Penápolis is AWESOME and the work here is going so well. The latest updates are the following-

  • Maria from the old folks home. Everything is going awesome with her, and she has a huge desire to be baptized. She always has some questions during our lessons, and wasn’t able to come to church this week because it was stake conference in another city, and so she wasn’t able to come. But we visited her, and she is talking to her husband about the church, and basically I feel like she is another grandma or great aunt to me. She always thanks us for visiting her, and I feel like it is such sincere gratitude, because nobody visits her and she loves learning about the savior and how she can access his atonement. But basically I love her a lot.
  • Tiago and Andreia and Hillary. Tiago is super excited and super neat and is searching for all he can do to get married the quickest possible, to be baptized. We invited Hillary, who is 9, to pray about baptism, and if she should be baptized asap and she said that she just felt “yes, yes, yes!” as she prayed. So her baptism will be soon (TBA!)
  • Luana. Was also not able to come to church this week. I want SO BADLY for her to understand the importance of applying the gospel to receive the blessings!
  • Juliana. We started teaching her the other week and she was super angry with god because of the hard things that happen in life but now she is already having a lot of changes and as she applies the gospel even more. I know that she will see huge changes.

Okay so other than that, things here are awesome. It’s not even that hot, and today we are going to a club house thingy with Paula for p-day :))))  I have been loving studying conference talks and also the book of Mormon and really I love studying the gospel and I have been learning that faith is obedience and also hope and having a good attitude about everything always.

I know that life will always have difficulties, including the mission, but with the lord and the gospel, we can ALWAYS have happiness.

Happy (LATE) father’s day to all the dads out there! I have had the privilege of having lots of father-figures in my life who made all the difference, which makes me grateful to all the dads out there. Because of you guys, I’ve learned a lot about the man I want to marry!

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

Love,

Sister Chapple

P.S. Talks of the week to read-

  • The Character of Christ, BYUI- David A. Bednar
  • The Profile of a Prophet
  • Literally every talk from this conference- lol

LOVE YOU GUYS, TCHAU!

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Me and Hillary

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Maria, Sister Ramos and I

 

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Me and my companion, Sister Ramos

 

 

FRIO ATÈ O PÒ

THIS WEEK WAS FULL OF SO MANY MIRACLES!

Let me start be telling you that here in Penapolis it is 55 degrees and at home it is at least 100 degrees. Let me share with you an excerpt from my email from Rachel that made me smile:  “I saw that it was 55 degrees where you are, while it was 100 degrees here, and I laughed so hard! Because we are so jealous of you Sawduh!” HAHA.

Buuuuttt, THIS WEEK WE HAD LOTS OF BLESSINGS.

Let me share with you about the people we are teaching.

  • Luana. Already isn’t drinking coffee anymore (WOOOT) and also came to church this Sunday on her own, riding her bike, in the cold (WOOOT). SHE SHOWED up a little bit late, but I believe that its better to show up to church (or almost anything in life) late than to not show up at all! This week we watched the Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration movie with her and it was incredible (I highly recommend this movie for a family home evening, okay?)
  • Maria lives in the old folks home but we are teaching her and brought her to church and she loved it. She has a baptism date for July 1. I’m just a bit afraid because shes fragile and the font does not have a heater haha
  • Also our investigator Amélia came to church and brought her congregação cristã prayer veil but didn’t use it. She loved church also. She almost came on her motorized bike, those ones that make a ton of noise and don’t go that fast. There are a TON OF THOSE HERE, but I think hers is probably a bit more classy because shes not a teenager shes already a grandma, you know?
  • Tiago and Hilary also came to church, without us even have to bother them to come!

Basically I love being here. It is cold these days but its nice for a little change. And the work is full of miracles! And mosquitos. haha!

In other news, Luciana is moley (not doing much of anything that we ask and putting lots of other things in front of the gospel) but I’m glad for the chance we had to help her even just a little bit. Thats how this work is. Even when someones not baptized, that doesn’t mean that your time was wasted.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CAMI AND ALSO TO TYLER AND HAPPY 6 YEARS OF MARRIAGE TO MY MOM AND DARREN! Love you all and don’t you dare think that I forget about you guys!

So know that i love you all, and read a talk that I am reading called “The Character of Christ!” by Jeffrey R Holland okay? And have fun swimming for me, because its summer and thats what you do during the summer. Swim.

I love you all!!!!

 

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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It was the one month anniversary of Sister Ramos!! (pronounced ham-ohse)

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The girls I live with 🙂

See Google Images: JANE from Tarzan

WELL LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE MOST EXOTIC PERSON I’VE EVER MET HER NAME IS SISTER RAMOS AND SHE IS MY NEW COMPANION! NEW AS IN BRAND NEW. AS IN TODAY IS THE 25TH DAY OF HER MISSION! HAHA

And I love her. A LOT. Seriously, gente, she lives on an island in the middle of the Amazon River and eats crocodile for lunch. How boss is that? And to get to the temple, which by the way is in the capital of the state where she lives, the members take a boat, for an ENTIRE DAY to get there!  Driving for 5 mintues to get to the temple doesn’t seem so far anymore now, right?  You can look up where she lives-  Parintins,  Amazonas, Brasil.

Seriously, she is from a branch and their stake center is there at the site of the temple so it is difficult  to get there and so she came to the mission without a patriarchal blessing so soon we will be going to see her get her patriarchal blessing. She is engaged and her fiance already came home from the mission 3 years ago. Basically she is super loving and excited and awesome and just perfect, and together we are seeing lots and lots of miracles. I am so happy here in Penapolis with her. It was neat to go to Ribeirao to pick her up and also visit Rosangela and the boys, and I love them a lot.

An irmao from Vila Virginia gave us a reference a month ago (do you remember Luciane?) and we have been trying to teach her but she’s super busy but she came to church this week. I love the gospel. I love Jesus Christ. I love being a missionary. I love President Scholz, and I love being able to train Sister Ramos. You know that I always wanted to train and probably if I just kept training for the rest of my mission I’d be happy!  The first lessons that we taught together were the law of chastity, and so here soon I hope to be seeing a few weddings because we have investigators that have accepted baptismal dates, that need to get married.

WOOT, I LOVE WEDDINGS AND I LOVE EVERYTHING!  Aaannnnddddd, I love Paula!  We only had 2 days this week that we had to walk around Penapolis, without her help driving us around  and coming to some of our appointments with us. The difference it has made to have a member in the lessons to testify of what we share is HUGE, and I just love her a lot.

You might ask, what is so awesome about the mission? It is being able to serve, feel the spirit, learn, grow, and experience the joy of helping others know the gospel, and know the Savior, and receive blessings like you do. I was so so happy that Luciane was at church.

ALSO, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER CAMI!  WHAT, YOU’RE GROWING UP WITHOUT ME?  AND ALSO, GRANDMA CHAPPLE AND SISTER AYALA TOO, AND I CELEBRATED ALL OF YOUR BIRTHDAYS HERE WITHOUT YOU!  I HOPE YOU CELEBRATED WITHOUT ME TOO!!  ALSO CONGRATS TO RACHY BABY WHO GRADUATED – WOOT, YOURE SO OLDDD) HAHA LOVE YOU ALL!

As always my email is super scrambled but whatcha gonna do about it, you know?

I’m going to recommend 2 talks that I read this week about the restoration that are incredible:

  • Why 1820 (from a byui devitional)
  • The blueprint of Christ’s church

Ppppplllleeease remember that I love you and please also eat lots of rocky road ice-cream for me this week 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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Me and my new companion!

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