I LOVE MY MOM — A tribute to my mom on her birthday.

Since today is my momma’s birthday on the 20th of November, here are 20 things that remind me of my mom and make me so grateful to have been sent to her.

  1. She taught me how to serve.
  2. She taught me to focus on the things that matter.
  3. She helped me to love the gospel.
  4. She helped me learn to have fun.
  5. She taught me to love who I am, and I do, I love being a missionary.
  6. She helps me remember that theres not a better place that I could be.
  7. She always taught me to make my own decisions. I will be always be so grateful for her supporting my decision to be here on a mission.
  8. She taught me the importance of perseverance/persistence.
  9. She has shown me that we can be okay with the things that happen.
  10. She reminds me always, about the power of prayer.
  11. She is a woman who loves unconditionally and that motivates me to do the same.
  12. She teaches by example. I love that I always learn from her.
  13. She taught me to have joy in the journey. Because of her I know how to make my own joy along the path.
  14. She taught me that in the hardest of times, the gospel is our anchor.
  15. She taught me to be where my feet are.
  16. She taught me that there is always something to be grateful for, in each step of the path.
  17. She taught me how to recognize who I am, and who others are.
  18. She taught me the importance of doing my best.
  19. The importance of following the gospel because of the Savior.
  20. She taught me to keep my chin up.

I am who I am because of her and how she taught me to love the gospel. I love you mom!

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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Saudades do neginho

Translation– I miss the business

Okay family and friends.

THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME POSUSM AND ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF.
EDILSON: heś basically the most elite of the elites. ( i do not know how to spell that word or really even if its a word in english- so sorry)
  • we finished teaching Edilson.
  • during his interview, well before, our district leader told him our first names (LAME) but also it was still awesome
  • turns out that the day before his baptism he moved. to the FARTHEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN PENAPOLIS. FROM US AND FROM THE CHURCH, I THINK
  • so since he also didnt have acell phone we were like, hopefully he remembers that his baptism is at 2 pm on saturday.
  • and he showed up. so did his 2 siblings!
  • and we taught them in the chapel after his baptism, and it was so neat. when he bore his testimony to them, he was all “its like ive already told you guys. now, i have much more peace and hapiness and direction. i know that this is true!” also he went to visit them in the middle of the week last week and was all, ” are you reading the book of mormon?” and them: No. and he made them promise that they would. he is the best.
  • he came to church in social church clothes, that our district leader gave him. it was aweome.
  •  and went to a ward family home evening last night. and is going to start seminary this week.
i am so lucky to know edilson. seriously i am so happy.
in other news, amelia. im pretty sure she is going to be baptized SUPER SOON.
this week we taught her the word of wisdom, and at church during the word of wisdom lesson she stood up and was like “DRINKING COFEE IS A SIN!!!!” also during our lesson with her she was like “oh how i miss that little black thing!” (right when we told her that the word of wisdom prohibits coffee. needless to say, she stopped drinking coffee. and has now come to church 5 times.
and i actually think that TIAGO AND ANDREIA ARE MARKING THEIR BAPTISM FOR TODAY! YEAH!!! (hopefully right)
in other news, we had mission conference, division in Birigui, and FESTA JULINHA!
man i loved it so much. the hardest part was that i wasnt allowed to dance, but in my head, i was dancing até o pozinho.
and there were so many potential investigators there too! Tainara, Edilson’s sister came, amélia, tiago and hilary, and so many husbands who are not members, and friends of members. it was misisonary heaven and we were super duper happy.
i love being a missionary. i highly recommend it.
when i think about the diference the gospel makes in my life i am overcome with gratitude and emotions. all that i have and all that i am i owe to the lord. i am so happy to be here for him, but even so, i know that im the one who is gaining.
I hope the mission never ends. ( or atleast this feeling of how awesome it is to be a missionary) also i am going to beg president not to transfer me from penapolis (pray for me)
have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. what does he ask?

live like his son!
Com Amor,
Sister Shappuly

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Me and sister ramos at zone conference

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Me and ramos again

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The baptism squad 😉

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Us monkeying around with our zone leaders

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Festa Julinha

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Me and sweet Amelia

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edilson in elder jones clothes

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Tornar-se uma $2 banana split

translation- Turning into a $2 banana split

I HAVE EATEN SO MANY BANANA SPLITS THAT I THINK I WILL BECOME ONE!
And thats not even the best part of the week, the best part of the week is, hands down, Edilson. I cant even tell you how special he is. And how prepared for the gospel. I’m sending a picture home of us missionaries with him and his sister (Tainara) at church.
Seriously, there is so much I want to say about him that I don’t even know where to start. He is such an example to ME of so many things in the gospel. And he is going to be such a powerful missionary. His baptism is coming up on Saturday, and we are very very excited.
Other than that our week was full of trying to run around to follow up with our investigators. Tiago and Andreia wedding TBA. Sort of…its in the process.
And Amelia, came to church yesterday, which was awesome!
There are lots of other investigators that always tell us that they will do ______ and then don’t, but I think thats to be expected.
In my studies this week I felt peace reading about how the savior looks at us with love and how thats also how he wants us to look at others around us. And specifically at ourselves, too. As we focus on HIM, we will see the beauty in life and have more gratitude. And that was something I am really needing to know. That the things I fill my head with, or the things I focus or do not focus on, will influence how I see the world around me and how I let the spirit speak to me.
I am increasingly more impressed with the grace that we have through the atonement of the lord jesus christ.

As for this week, we have zone conference again, divisions, a party at our stake presidents house, and will be planning to teach tainara, edilson’s sister.
As president Monson says, the future is as bright as our faith. Or as I like to say, the future week is as bright as the Brazilian sun (haha the elders were like, sister chapple you cant have henna tattoos in the mission- looking at my sandal tan lines) lol.
Have faith, have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!
I LOVE YOU GUYS, dontt you ever forget it!
Love, Sister Chapo (see photo)

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“Chapo” – thats me 😉

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Edilson and his sister Tainara

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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?

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 🙂

Já tá uma festa c/ a sister muh-SAY-dough

HAPPY SPRING BREAK to everyone in Chandler. This week was another week filled with bastante rice and beans (which I still LOVE) and also lots of dessert, and lots of being a missionary, and loving Brasil. This ward has members who really love us and are willing to serve us and I feel so blessed to be here!

RANDOM
For the first p-day in my life, I successfully napped. I think that I’m the only missionary doesn’t love sleeping as much as Christmas haha
Also we can now sleep without having our portable fans right next to our face and also can use a blanket which means that the weather is AWESOME (no complaints :))
This was a week of growth. My new comp is a huge blessing and I love her so much AND SHE IS LIKE YODA SMALL AND WISE it’s the best! Love you all (I’ll repent and write more next week haha….)
Have Faith have hope, live like his son, help Others on their way! What does he ask? Live like his son!
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Confiar nos planos do Senhor

Translation- Relying on the Lord’s plan

The mission is a huge opportunity to develop humility. I believe that this week in the mission has been one of the most humbling experiences that I have ever had. And I´m not really sure why, or how to explain, but the Lord is shaping me into the person that he wants me to be. And sometimes that means cutting me down first.

One of the miracles that happened this week is that Luciana’s husband, Batista (whose name is actually John Batista) is starting to me more of our friend. Which seems like a strange miracle, but we are praying for him to come to want to know the gospel.  So, without explaining everything, he is starting to like us more, and that is a miracle.

We are having a super hard time finding people to teach right now, and have also had to stop teaching a lot of people this week who are not progressing. And that´s been hard, but what´s comforting is to know that the Lord is PREPARING his children for the gospel, as he prepared Luciana. And that is what matters. That is why we are here, doing our best to be the servants that the Lord needs here, right now.  And that´s how it will always be with the Lord, he will test us and try us and stretch us and help us grow into what he wants us to be.

So, I am learning more patience and perseverance,  more love for my companion, more about the scriptures, and more trust in the Lord.

This week Erika stopped progressing. I never even got to sharing what a miracle it was that the Lord led us to her when he did. She was an answer to our prayers, and we planted seeds for her that will help her to accept the restored gospel one day.

Other than that, Luciana is inspiring me more and more every week with her incredible faith and love for the gospel, and as she says, learning more and more every day.  We had lunch at her house for the first time of many for the missionaries here  in Iguatemi. I already planned my last lunch in the mission to be here.

It’s a relief here in the mission that all of the “festas” are over now,  because it means that almost everyone is returning back home. And there were 126 people in our ward this Sunday instead of 46 like there were for Christmas. Included in the millions of the people that traveled were Vitinho, and Rosângela e João (who I missed so much- all of them).

I think that to be a missionary is a bigger blessing for me than it is for the people here. I am always working to enjoy every single second of my mission and not let it pass by with any regrets. I know that the Lord will place in my path people prepared to receive the gospel, and bless our efforts, and for this, get excited for an email next week about the Lord´s elites (that’s not english but cant remember that word in english anymore) and how he will bless us incredibly this week.

I wanted to share an experience that I had in our Gospel Principles class. We learned about signs of the second coming and watched a video about a gardener that always takes care of this huge mansion the best he can even though the owner rarely comes to visit.   That’s how our lives need to be.  We need to be always doing our best to be like Him, to prepare for when He comes again. I know that I will kneel at his feel and cry with gratitude for all he has done for me and all he is doing. For all the times that I am too weak to go on that he has carried me. I know that my Savior is and will continue to be my best friend, and that with him all things are possible. And that’s why I want to be here. To help others to know my Savior and love him as I do. And I know that I will only grow to love him more and more, and through this, he will strengthen me in all things.

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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A TINY MONKEY!!!

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I Love Sister Dobson…

FELIZ ANO NOVO, GENTE!

Translation– HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Alright, here we go! 2016 was awesome and also not always easy but looking back, it’s so easy to see how much the lord has blessed me, and my growth through the year. This is the year that I have made so many landmarks.

-finished my first year at BYU

-received my mission call

-received my endowment

-lived with my cousin and one of my best friends ever at college

-passed through the CTM

-made it to Brazil, and learned to speak Portuguese

-I’ve had 2 companions, and one area here in the Iguatemi Ward

-sang for Elder Renlund

-came to know and Love President and Sister Scholz, Brazil, and the mission

-was blessed to love and  teach Vitinho, Rose/Adão, and Luciana, and see them be baptized

-Received SO MANY BLESSINGS FROM THE LORD!!

I wish I had more time to count how much I loved 2016. But the awesome thing is that I know 2017 will be awesome too.  I am grateful for new starts.  That’s why we have repentance.  That’s why we have the sacrament.  That’s why we have the Savior.

D&C 19:16-19

16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

I love you all and miss you but will have to wait to hug you all again here in one year (p.s. I will have 6 MONTHS IN THE MISSION HERE SOON…which is CRAZY!)

I promise I will try to write more next week!

p.s. There were 7 minutes of straight fireworks for the new year when we were already sleeping—LOL and anyone who knows me knows that I slept through all of it LOL.

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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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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Eu quero ser como Élder Chapple

interpretation- I want to be like Elder Chapple

“And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” (D&C 84:88)

     This week I had the opportunity to remember the truth of this scripture. Something about spiritual experiences is that they come to us when we are looking for them, doing the right things, and being in a place where the spirit can speak to us.
     There are missionaries here and also on the other side of the veil, teaching those who have passed on. And my dad is there. This week, I was grateful for the presence of angels from the other side, and the work that my dad is doing.
     It wasn’t a huge experience that made me grateful for this, but the knowledge that as missionaries and disciples of Chirst, when we teach of him, and invite others unto him, we have the opportunity to have angels with us.
     I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me, and for my savior Jesus Christ.
I am really short on time, but Sister Moura was able to start walking this week. She still has a lot of pain, and to make a long story short, I don’t trust the doctor here at all , but it has been great to have my comp back.
     This week with our investigators was a little bit crazy…. While the Lord is in this work, so is the adversary, working to keep us from the truth. But, there are more with us than with them, like my favorite bible story in 2 Kings 16. For this I am grateful.
     Also, this week, I DREAMT IN PORTUGUESE,  also I tried to pray out loud in inglês and failed miserably. Sorry I don’t have more time! Love you all!
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 Herma Nubia in the rain!

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With Herma Moura and Vithino

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“Brazilian Plaza”