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!

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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”

Um dos Melhores Semanas de Minha Vida

There is no way for me to describe how each week here seems to get 35 times better. The mission is something entirely impossible to describe, but its something worth trying to describe, because its worth a try.

     This was a week FILLED with miracles, and reasons to recognize that the Lord loves his children. I love him so much, and I love this gospel.
     I absolutely ADORED our opportunity to see Vitinho get baptized. I can not explain how lucky I am to have been a part of this experience, to have the opportunity to teach a child. It makes me so excited to be a mom one day. I think that being a mom, and having the opportunity to help my children develop the love for the Lord that I have, will seriously be the best experience ever. (thanks mom for being the best mom and inspiring me here, everyday, to teach with love, and understanding). I definitely had tears as Vitinho stood there in the font with the biggest smile EVER on his face, being baptized. We talk about baptism probably 30 times every day, so this reminder of how important baptism is, this experience to see Vitinho be baptized, was so special. It is important for us to share the gospel because we really can not return to our father in heaven with our sins. We must be baptized and endure to the end to have this eternal happiness, with our families. As we remember this gift we have, sharing the gospel will always be easier.There was so much support from the ward at his baptism! He chose me to give the closing prayer, which was awesome (although it was because I speak English…haha.) And he chose the opening song (“Joseph Smith’s First Prayer”) Sister Moura lead the music and she said there were tears in his eyes. His spirit is so sweet, and so close to the Lord.  He was confirmed on Sunday, and received the Holy Ghost. I will never forget his excitement, and his sweet spirit. He is already an incredible missionary.
     This week the Lord blessed us with the opportunity to set 3 MORE BAPTISM DATES!
First, we have Marli and Fernando. They found the church through family history, and have kids who are teenagers and young adults (like you  mom and Darren). They are SO  ready for this gospel. We are helping teach them right now with the Word of Wisdom and help them understand how when the Lord commands us to do something, he will help us along the way, and bless us in other ways as well. It was the best feeling ever to walk into church and see them there. They will be baptized on 17 September. We pray for them, everyday.
     Yesterday we went to work in a city of our area called Serrana. I guess our area is pretty huge, since we have a chunk of the city and also two other cities. Here we had the BEST LESSON EVER with Cleusa, because of the SPIRIT! Without Him, we can not teach. I am grateful to have a trainer who is so in tune with the Spirit. We started to teach lesson one, and then out of the blue, Sister Moura asked Cleusa if she had lost any family members recently. She says that the Spirit was speaking to her so clearly in this lesson, to ask this. She started crying and told us that her parents and another family member had recently died, and the she believed that was the end. It was such a BEAUTIFUL experience to help her understand that her family is living right now, in spirit, being taught the gospel, and preparing for the second coming of theSavior, when they will be resurrected, judged, and have the opportunity to live together, with their families and our Heavenly father and Savior Jesus Christ again. I KNOW with all of my heart that this is true. We taught her an adapted version of the Plan of Salvation, with focus on her specific necessities, and the spirit was directing the whole thing. S. Moura said that she felt the Spirit guide her to every point we needed to focus on, and every scripture. One neat thing for me about this lesson was that I felt so much like I could relate to this, having lost someone, but instead of the sadness and despair that she felt, I KNOW that I will live with my family again! I KNOW that the plan of happiness is just that! I know this with all of my heart, and I LOVE testifying of this and sharing it with others. She felt a lot better when we left, and you could see it in her that she really believes it. She accepted the invitation to be baptized, on 24 SEPTEMBER! I already love her more than I can explain!
     This week I was constantly reminded of how the Plan of Salvation is so incredible. We had a lesson with Fabio, who recently lost his brother, and believes that he is just sleeping now. How special it is to testify that our loved ones live! We also had a lesson with Lucio, our friend from Portugual, who is disabled. He was in a motorcycle crash here in Brazil, and lost his wife there too. But, even though he does not practice religion, his tesimony of God, and why we pass through trials in this life, is incredible! We were SO BLESSED this week, to be able to teach him about how his wife is LIVING in spirit and how Lucio will have a perfect body during the ressurrection. The Lord loves us so much! That is something we need to remember always, and let influence our days! Sadly, we have to pass Lucio off to the missionaries who work in the area where he lives. But, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to teach him, be inspired by his faith, and help him understand the gospel, the plan of salvation. You could see it in him, how it touched him.
The gospel is something that is familiar to us because it is something we accepted in the pre-existence. Something we already know. I love the EFY song that talks about this, how it is all “so familiar” — and Alma 12:30 talks about it too, how it is something we all DEFENDED! With the plan of salvation, everything makes sense! I am so grateful for the words of the Lord here, through scriptures, the prophets and personal revelation, to heal our wounded souls (Jacob 2:8).
     We knocked at the gate (haha) of a less active member named Rone, to find that he wasn’t living there anymore, BUT, the boy who answered the door was ALSO named Rone, and he invited us in, and we had an incredible first lesson. We were definitely sent to Rone, without even knowing it! We left with him a Book of Mormon and he committed to reading and praying. The incredible part was that the Book of Mormon we gave him was the same book that we took back from a house of some ex-pesqisadores we have who weren’t reading it, or appreciating it. It’s funny, because these ex-pesqisadores understand the importance of prophets, how the authority of God and the church of Jesus Christ were taken from the Earth during the apostasy, the need for the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and that the Holy Ghost will answer our prayers and testify to us of truth, but they were happy to give us back the Book of Mormon (this was during my first week here). This broke my heart. We have the best gift ever, and so often we push it aside. But, this same book, can change Rone´s life, and bless him so much.
     We had a FHE this week about the atonement, with a member family, our recent converts, and also some non-members. I am so grateful that the Savior knows how to succor me, and lift me when I am down.
Some things about this week to make you smile:
   – Remember how everyone says that the weather in Provo is bipolar? Well the weather in RP really is. It will be super hot one moment and then really cool the next, or raining, and then SUPER HOT. You get the picture.
   – I LOVE my district so much. Sister Moura says that this district leader is the best she’s had yet, and I am so grateful for him!
   – My shampoo and conditioner that I bought the first day are scented with Guarana (the most popular soda here). Imagine how it would be to wash your hair with Crush soda, or something like that. That’s pretty much how I feel everyday (but not that bad). Okay, I don’t actually mind it, but it’s pretty funny.
   – I had the best EVER goiaba juice this week, and this cake with sweetened condensed milk.
   – The elections are next month, so on the first of the month, the propaganda really hit hard. There are trucks that drive around announcing things with really loud radios, and it seems like everyone on the street is handing out fliers. But I guess it’s only for a month or so here. I am glad to be so far away from all of the elections over there in the U.S. 🙂 #blessed
     How GRATEFUL I am to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to do his work, to help bring his children to the joy that I have, to help them prepare to return home to Him. I pray that I can be all I need to be, and do all I need to do, in order to succeed in this! None of this is because of me, it is all because of him!
 Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.
SENDING LOVE AND LOTS OF HUGS!
Sister Chapple
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Sarah with some fellow Sisters

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A family in the area

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With Sister Moura in the rain!

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Sweet Vitinho’s baptism

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Sarah and Sis Moura at the baptism

Saying Goodbye Again

First things first I love you all! I knew before that I was blessed with the best, but on the mission it is so easy to see the blessings of the Lord in my life and you guys are all a huge blessing to me!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all of my family who contributed to that awesome group letter from Snowflake. I can not believe how lucky I am. I feel the prayers you all send my way in the strength I have to make it through each day so happily. I have such a desire to share this message and I know that it is because of your faithful prayers. I feel the love of you all every day. My district is pretty jealous that I get so much mail here, and they don’t know how jealous they should be that they don’t have you! (big shoutout to you especially Stacy Jernigan)

It is awesome how every week being a missionary is even more of a blessing. I have made friendships here that already mean so much to me. I can not believe how blessed I am, and how much the hand of the Lord Directs My Life!
Before I keep going, during my junior year of high school English Ms. Pino always talked about how the old ladies reading our AP tests didn’t want to get bored, and since I feel so stressed writing this email in no time, that’s what I remember . So I hope I can keep you guys more awake then those ladies…although I just typed out this long monologue which totally contradicts my point.  🙂
This week (just as every week) I had so many reasons to smile. I have been keeping a log of some of the MANY blessings in my life, and just after a few days of this, it became clear that so many miracles happen in my life every day. One of them right now is that the instructors are letting us have a half-hour longer P-day since we went to get acaii icecream bowls with our instructor (SO GOOD) but I’ll have to tell you about that later since I have a whole list of miracles to share with you about this week. (and a handful of things to make you laugh too)
     -We got to go to the BEAUTIFUL Campinas temple which is awesome, and so different than São Paulo. I am going to remember these experiences I am having in the temples here in Brazil for the rest of my life.
     -Our two investigators (really our instructors) were “baptized” this week. I love them so much even though they are our instructors just acting like investigators from their missions. But that makes them real. Oh I can’t wait to have investigators of my own.
     -Every time Sister Cook and I, or anyone from my district and I, are able to successfully hold conversations with the Brazilians (which is multiple times a day), it is a miracle to me. We are FAR from pros, but it is a huge testimony to me of the power of the Lord. With him, all things are possible, and we can accomplish anything that he asks of us.
     -S. Cook and I had this opportunity to talk with this lady at the Post Office last week, who was curious about the missionaries just because the missionaries she always sees around are always smiling. I loved this conversation, and loved the fact that our smiles, and the smiles of all the missionaries, allow people to see that the Spirit is with us, and gives them a desire to know us better, and therefore know the Lord better. So I encourage you to smile more this week, especially when you don’t want to. It will bless your life and the life of others. I also learned a lot about how to be a better missionary from this conversation, and I am always happy to learn, so I am really grateful.
     -Proselitismo was really good! We had much less books to give out, but it was still an awesome experience. This guy started arguing with me but I didn’t even really notice and then he gave me a little trinket he was trying to sell. But that is just random, not really important. We ended up giving our last Book of Mormon to this lady that the Sisters of our district were talking to. They were having this good conversation, and right in the moment when they needed a Book of Mormon, we showed up. The sisters feel like it was an answer to prayers, which is really neat, because when you are trying to do good things and living righteously, you can trust that the Spirit will direct you. TRUST IN THAT! It does not have to be a big thing, and often isn’t!
In other news, these are my final days here at my home in the CTM. It only took me about 3 days to start calling the place where I have been sleeping, and my little family of “27A-ING” (for English) is something that I already cherish. They have all strengthened my testimony so much, and especially reminded me that the Lord calls us to the SPECIFIC places he needs us for our SPECIFIC talents and experiences. I am so excited for all the success of these awesome missionaries, and they will always hold a special place in my heart!!!
Alright, now for some things to make you giggle or smile or wish you lived in Brazil.
     -We have pizza night every Quarta (Wednesday) and last week we had pineapple and cinnamon desert pizza!!! OH MY SO GOOD! I love the fruit here but also the fruit on pizza was just so good! I am going to have to try this one day back in the estados unidos but im sure it will never be the same as here at the CTM.
     -Also, Brazil has the best little yogurt candies ever. Theres these coconut ones like almond joys but real almond. Really all of the bon-bons are good. Also, brigadeiros. (you can probably look it up and find one if you want to be a little jealous 🙂
     -I asked an Elder here who is from Cabo Verde to describe Brazil and pretty much all he could come up with was “è verde” – it´s green. Go figure!
     -The cars are all TINY here, and so are so many of the people. This makes me think of you especially, Rachel, but also all of the Chapples that I love so much. I love thinking of you guys. You all would love it here.
     -ALL the Brazilians sing “Hello” by Adele. It is the favorite song I guess since it’s so easy and random? But all the Brazilians that speak English pretty much have learned it from Netflix, video games, music, you name it. The stores all play english music which makes no sense to me but…who knows. Living in America is awesome.
     -One huge victory here at the CTM is that I can now get up when the alarm goes off! So to all my roomies and siblings and mom, I hope you are as proud of me as I am of myself! And my body wakes itself up often too! Maybe its because here on the mission I am getting more sleep than ever before in my life, or because I’m trying to follow the rules. I also can remember my dreams every single night which is a little alarming since they are always about home. My first week here, it was that I went home because I needed to get an ipod with church music, but don’t worry I was going back to Brazil the next day. Or sometimes its that I am at home getting married??? (idk) but then I realize I want to be on my mission. Or that my boy friends at home are hugging me and I can’t hug them back. I hope those made you chuckle as much as they did for my district.
(p.s. MARIAH I caught this really cute lizard here that was maybe 1.5 inches long! All I could think about is how you would be so proud of me. All the Elders thought I was pretty cool after that.)
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRAYERS! You all mean the world to me!!
Have faith, have hope, live like his son. Help others on their way.
Signing Out From São Paulo, With Love-
Your girl who still loves to eat beans and rice every day, Sister Chapple
p.s. My name is so fun here in Brazil, because its sort of like the word for hat, chapel, apple “maça”–ch-maça, or Sister Apple, you name it, everyone likes to use them all!