This Week yo Soy Hispanica

My new companion Sister Rodriguez is (in the little boy from Incredibles voice), “SO TOTALLY AWESOME!” Before I tell you about the week let me tell you about her. She’s from the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, which means she’s maybe my companion who will be the easiest/closest for me to visit (after sister Martinez in Mexico).  This week she completed one month in the mission. SHE IS WHITER THAN ME! (FIRST COMP EVER) AT LEAST FOR NOW, SINCE I HAVE MORE TIME THAN HER IN THE MISSION SUN… HA HA.  She is fluent in English, and I am learning some Spanish as she learns more Portuguese!  She is so excited to be in the mission and work hard and I love that.  I have a lot to learn from her and with her.

We have been working to follow up with our investigators, and since last week had we had so many new investigators, that left us with a challenge for this week! Many of the people we found last week have already moved (4 of them) and one or two don’t want our visits anymore, but we were also able to find some awesome new investigators this week! What will help a lot is for them to come to church. BUT it was neat to see people with such need for the gospel, because we know that what we have will help them SO MUCH.

Stake conference was SO GOOD.  Just so you know, Elder Nunes didn’t believe that Joaquim E Costa came, and bet us 1 liter of acai that he didn’t come so that should give you something to laugh about, ha ha, and I loved hearing him talk.  But sadly, it was hard for members and especially investigators to come. So that was one mission scandal of the week.

WE HAD A BRANCH HALLOWEEK PARTY AND IT WAS AWESOME, AND ALSO, LIKE I SAID, A GENERAL AUTHORITY CAME AND SPOKE IN STAKE CONFERENCE! The spirit was so awesome during stake conferences, and I learned a lot from President and Sister Scholz’s talks.

I’m sending home pics from the week, and from Jessica’s baptism!  She reminds us a lot of Luciana, and is so converted to the gospel. She was baptized in a little portable swimming pool that the church has for baptisms, which we cleaned and set up for Saturday.

Things have been flying by since things have been all happening at the same time. But I love being able to be a missionary, and I love my companion, and I love you all, but most of all I love the blessings of the gospel, and the Savior Jesus Christ.

This week I read 3 Nephi 17 which I LOVE.  We WILL receive the blessings as we work to do our part, and look at ourselves how the lord does.

Love you guys!

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

Sister Chapple

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Me and my new companion Sister Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic

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Jessica’s baptism

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THIS WEEK : YES, YES AND A LOT MORE YES!

*Be sure to read the Editor’s note at the end with Sarah’s return information 🙂

JUST YES!  Everything is so, so good here and transfers came!  I am staying in Americo, and am going to be here with a brand new missionary.  I am glad I get to be able to be a trainer again for my last transfer! I feel this will be the best way for me to finish up my mission. So I am pumped!

This week we saw SO SO SO MANY MIRACLES.  I haven’t even been able to write in my journal like I wanted and won’t be able to really tell you about them but we are being very blessed. We have been planting lots of seeds and the Lord has been blessing us.

I love my companion Sister Mevs!  This week we have a Halloween party planned, and …. my thoughts are so totally scrambled, and I don’t have much time, so sorry. But I emailed a few pics, and think that next week I will have more time to email and my thoughts will be more organized.  I especially loved going to church yesterday and feeling the spirit so strongly.  I am so grateful for how the gospel really blesses my life. 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!

Sister Chapple

* Sister Sarah Chapple will be returning from her mission on December 19th.  Her mission homecoming report will be on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 pm at the LDS church house on Cooper Road just North of Pecos (650 South Cooper Rd, Chandler).  You are all invited to attend!

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Raining (or better, HAILING) blessings in the mission

That’s right!  First of all, let me start off by sharing (another) one of the miracles of the week, there from Penápolis (which is basically on the other side of the world from where I am right now… literally 8? hours from where I am now, if you stop in Ribeirao Preto on the way.)

Tiago, who now has just more than one month as member, was able use the priesthood which he has had for just a few weeks, and baptize Jessica.  I was only able to teach Jessica once.  She´s a young woman who lives SUPER close to the chapel, which is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and from what Paula has told me, her dad, who is a member but is currently inactive, said he is going to return to be active in the church.  Paula sent pictures of Tiago smiling but SO MUCH and I am so happy and love when the gospel makes others so happy too. This week was quite rainy and stuffy and also there was one day when it hailed, so I sent home pics of the hail, and also I got the cards that you sent for my birthday and a million from Stacy. Basically, everyone here in the mission wants Sister Jernigan to send them letters too, so good thing I like to share her stories, ha-ha.

We were able to find some people to teach this week who seem to be pretty prepared to receive the restored gospel, 2 couples who accepted baptism dates, with determination, and then they didn’t come to church…. but we did what we could to help them, and will keep doing so.

Other than that, that’s about it for this week.  I sent home some pics to describe what I didn’t with words. I love you!!!!

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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us with the free icecream man

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me and Sister Moss eating our hearts out with açai

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right before the hailstorm (a few hours b4)

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huge hail

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us and huge hail right before our miracle

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probably you can’t tell how wet I am but I am 🙂

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us a little bit sunburned

 

“Elderes! Elderes!”

WELL once again this week we were called “Elderes! Elderes!”, which was fun, and good, because at least it means that people recognize the church, right?

In the good news, this week is not hot!  Also, we are seeing lots of miracles here in Americo, especificamente with the other sisters, who have so many people who have been coming to church and loving it!  As for us, we are doing our part, and we know that the lord is preparing the people.

I am trying to learn more about what my specific purpose is here in Americo, and I am working to do all I can.  It’s been a bit hard, which is good since I am coming to the end of my mission and can’t get comfortable now. I want to keep working hard.  There is always so much I want to improve.

I have really loved reading the scriptures more and more, and conference talks too, and remembering to focus on the Savior.  One of the miracles of this week was that after a long day of work on Sunday, (which for lunch we had a barbecue) we were able to find a family to teach, who loves the lord, and are willing to hear our message.

The lord is awesome. This is his work, and I am so blessed.  I know that this week will be full of even more miracles.

I love you guys!

Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way.

What does he ask? Live like his son!

Sister Chapple

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Me and my comp Sister Mevs

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Zone Conference

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The slats on the bottom of my bed broke and this is how the rest of the frame was left standing.

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“…e Nosa Senhora Aparecida..”

Translation-  “….and our lady appeared…”

THIS WEEK there was this holiday, “children’s day,” that was invented because, well, Brazil has a lot of holidays, and this one was named after a catholic saint (which Brazil also has a lot of), who loves children, so children are celebrated, and also this Catholic saint is celebrated too. So there was a huge parade for her… (the only time we saw anyone in the street that day).  And in our lesson with our investigator Elisabeth, a little girl, who is the sister of someone we teach, came in and wanted to say the prayer.  But we wanted Elisabeth to say it, but the little girl wanted to help, and to teach her- sooo she spoke, for Elisabeth to repeat, and asked her to thank heavenly father for the saint, Nossa Senhora Aparecida. But Elisabeth had just told us that she doesn’t believe in saints and was like “huh?”  So she almost was forced to pray for the catholic saint, something we also don’t believe….. so that was a fun situation of the week.

Other than that, things are going well here.  This week was way better than last week, and time is flying by SO fast. Something else also fun that happened is that the wood slabs that keep my bed up fell through as I was sitting on the bed so the bed frame is there with my mattress on the ground in the middle (typical missino things). But we are going to fix it as soon as we find a screwdriver.

Okay, this week we had an awesome surprise because Elisabeth and her son, Victor (Vitinho) came to church! And we didn’t even see that they had come until sacrament meeting was ending!  We also had a neat experience teaching Maria Edinalva, who is really needing the gospel.  I know that if she does the simple things we invite her too, that she will feel the lords help, and that will make a difference.

I GOT TO GO BACK AND VISIT MY FIRST AREA AND SEE THE PEOPLE THERE AND IT WAS SO GREAT!  Here are some updates- Luciana, and her daughters, are doing so well.  Luciana’s daughter who didn’t ever come to church or the baptism when I was there has been going to church for almost 3 months now and never misses a Sunday.  And Ana Laura is doing so well.  Rosangela is so happy and their family is now sealed! And Rose and Adao, it looks like they moved back from Brasilia! Plus Maisa went to the temple baptistery on Saturday!  Basically things are awesome and we even bought a pizza to celebrate!

Okay, so….. the work here in Americo Brasiliense is going well, and we are working to find the lord´s elites, who are ready to receive the gospel. The search never ends.  We went to a nearby city (Matão) to do divisions. I am sending pics home of Sister Dias and I. She was my first comp in Penapolis and it was fun to be with her again.  Matao city has orange factories so the orange smell is so strong.

Other than that, we are going to keep working hard, and the lord is going to keep blessing us. I love the gospel, and I love my Savior, and 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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I Love October

Good thing it’s October because I love October, just that also it doesn’t feel much like October, haha- but it’s still October! Do you know what else I love? There is this man here in Americo with the best ice cream in the city and he gives it to the sisters for free!

I sent home a bunch of pics that were sent to me this week from Penapolis and some from Sister Moura also! LEONARDO WAS BAPTIZED! YAY!! …..And… OUR OTHER INVESTIGATOR WENT TO CHRUCH AND IS PROGRESSING!… And…AND ROSANGELA AND JOAO WERE SEALED IN THE TEMPLE (THEY WERE BAPTIZED 2 WEEKS BEFORE I GOT TO MY 1ST AREA). I am so happy for all of this!

Mom, all of the piano lessons with the hymns paid off. This branch has about 60 ppl but nobody plays piano, so I got to play during sacrament meeting!  You would have been so happy and proud!  And it looks like I get to accompany the primary program not this but next Sunday! During the beginning of the week it was pretty hard to find people to teach (pretty really hard) but then we started having miracles. we found Bianca, who is awesome.  More to come later about Bianca.

I LOVE my new comp and our house is awesome, and so is the house that is a chapel, and also it’s not even hot here (yet) and I am excited to be here!  I’m out of time, but thanks for all the b-day wishes and love!  I love you!

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

Love,  (sister 21-years-old-now) Chapple

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My b-day celebration

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The sister missionaries with Bianca

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Rosangela and Joao and their boys with Sister Moura after being sealed

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Me and my new companion

Leaving home again

Well, I have officially been transferred from my second home, Penapolis. and am now going to AMERICO BRASILIENSE with my new comp Sister Mevs who is Brazilian, from Rio Grande do Sul.

I am so happy to be here in Americo, everyone says such good things about this place! I am also so torn because I love Penapolis so much, and it was so hard to say goodbye to everyone. I am extra emotional right now since I traveled through the entire night, and I am just feeling a little bit of everything. It’s so weird to leave my Sister Ramos, Sister German and Sister Bonilla too. I am so grateful to god for them. I know I am really going to miss them, just like I miss my other companions, but I know I will love it here too.

It was so rewarding to say goodbye to Tiago and hear him say, “Thank you for all you did for my family”.  And to say goodbye to Edilson, because I KNOW he will serve a mission and bring the gospel to so many, and go on to be a HUGE LEADER in the church.  I am so happy for this. Leonardo, has a baptismal date for this Saturday, and I will be praying that all goes well and he can be baptized soon. I am so sad to be leaving the zona Birigui (the good kind of sad, you know?)

This conference I heard so many messages that were just for me. I loved how they talked about service, really losing ourselves, focusing on the Savior, relying on the book of mormon, and the prophet.  I am so grateful and so blessed.  I loved conference SO MUCH and am just happy here in Brazil!

I already look back on my mission with so much love and don’t even know why I am so lucky in my life, or not lucky, because coincidences don’t happen, but feeling so blessed.

Love you guys!! <333

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

Love, Sister Chap

p.s. Did you all hear the ‘mo’tab sing my jam this weekend? ha ha (have faith… 😉

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a plant casually growing out of the wall in the bathroom of a store

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me and Irma Bette Caldeira

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me and Irma Andrea and Zenaide and S. Ramos on our last Sunday

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us and Gabi ignore the flash that made our eyes red and watery, lol

“Quem segue ao Senhor?”

Translation- “Who Follows the Lord?”

Tiago and Rillary, that’s who!

THIS WEEK WAS SO TOTALLY AWESOME. And let me tell you all about Saturday. The Penápolis branch is literally so cool.  Almost everyone came to the baptism on Saturday! The attendance is normally from 55 to 65, and there were 40 people at the baptism!  Which is basically everyone. And we could count on 2 hands the people that didn’t show up. Everybody came out to support Tiago and his family, and it was so cool.

Irmã Bette Caldeira made 2 HUGE cakes, one was sweet and the other salty (that doesn’t even make sense) but it was basically a huge sandwich, and everyone wrote them notes for them to keep and read, and the primary sang, and it was seriously so cool. The two recent converts who are priests performed the baptisms, which was sick because I was here to see them two be baptized tooo!  Seriously, we are so happy, and I’ve never seen a ward come out so much for a baptism like this one. I am so incredibly happy.

In other news, things are going great, too. We found some awesome new investigators this week, 3 of which were people who came to the wedding last week and talked to the branch president afterwards, searching for help to improve and change their lives.

We are excited to bring people to general conference this weekend. The hardest part of a mission for me is for sure worrying about things that aren’t even important, or being hard on myself.  But I am learning and growing a lot, and the more and more I am here, the more I don’t even like thinking that one day the mission will have to come to an end.

We had interviews with President Scholz. He is so cool. I don’t think there is a mission president out there who likes to joke more than President Scholz. He knows what’s important, and lets the other stuff go.

I’m just soaking in all of the blessings……

Today starts my 18th week with Sister Ramos.  I learn SO MUCH with her, and she is helping me to improve so much!  Other than that, we are still working with Leonardo. On Monday, it was his 37th birthday and he had never had a bday party or bday cake but Irma Bette threw him a party with a surprise cake and he was so happy he cried. So many members came (it was a branch family home evening) and Irmao Antõnio shared a message from the Liahona of this month, where Elder Uchtdorf talked about happiness. I loved the part that said that we find happiness when we are not focused on finding happiness, but on doing other edifying things, like service. Really, when we focus on helping others, we will find that we become happy.  And that’s why a mission is so good, because through sharing what that I have, I come to realize how much I really do have. The rest of the family home evening was so much joking and playing around and it was so totally awesome. The first night I was here in Penapolis, we had a FHE at the same place and it was sort of like de ja vu for Sister Germann and I. I can’t believe that I have passed so much time here and also that it’s coming to an end.  So I think that’s a wrap.

I wish I could bring you all here to have been at the parties of this week, but one day I’ll share all the videos with you. I take sooo many videos, it would make Grandpa Chapple so proud. 🙂

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

Love,

Sister Shihple

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me and Rillary (as Sister Ramos)

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us (again)

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division in Morumbi B

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sisters de Penapolis nas entrevistas

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this is the cake that Irma Bette made and I decorated for her

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(r to l) Edilson, Carlos Henrique, Tiago, Rillary, me, S. Ramos, Andréia

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happiness

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more happiness

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What’s a baptism without a selfie???

 

Partyin, partyin (missionary style), YEAH! Fun, fun, fun, fun… lookin’ forward to the ‘week-end’

Or STRONG-end, as my seminary teacher Brother Grimes taught me, because everything, as is to be expected here in Brazil is awesome, and the week is finishing STRONG!

THIS PAST WEEK WAS AWESOME SERIOUSLY BECAUSE THERE WAS A WEDDING, WHICH MEANS THIS CURRENT WEEK WILL BE AWESOME TOO, because it is going to be Tiago, and Rillary, and Leonardoś baptism! Pray with us that everything will go well with all 3 of them! I’m sending home a few pictures. :)))

This week was full of miracles. We thought that we wouldn’t be able to keep teaching Leonardo, but turns out his plans fell through and so he is staying here where we can keep teaching him, and he can keep coming to church, and be baptized this week!  And Tiago, at his wedding, gave a little speech about how now, after being married, they are living correctly in the sight of the lord, and how happy he is that they are doing the right thing. I am so so so happy for him and the blessings of the gospel in his life.

We found some new super neat investigators, and the time is FLYING by. I just am not ready for that.  I’m also sending home a picture of Edilson, with a “future missionary” wrist band that Elder Jones gave him.  He never takes it off.  This weekend he is going to a tour of the MTC in Sao Paulo.  He is going with President Vagner (the branch president) and they are also going to the baptistry there in the temple to do baptisms for the dead, and hasn’t even been 2 months since Eldilson got baptized!  He’s so awesome, and would be baptizing someone this Saturday if he didn’t already have this trip planned. This week he helped the sisters in the other area here in Penapolis with one of their investigators and went by his house for them to ride their bikes to church together and it was awesome because it totally worked. he is awesome!  Buuuut yep, can’t you see that everything is awesome here for us now in Brazil?!

I am so happy and so so grateful that I wasn’t transferred from Penapolis. It was so neat to be at Tiago and Andreias wedding. We went to the Cartório (city hall for weddings) with them in the morning, where they were legally married, and at night they had a huge party at church.  Many of their family and friends came, and there were a few that sought out president Vagner after to ask for help, to stop drinking, or with other things in their life.  So we are going to go visit them this week.

It’s so neat to know how the gospel is such a huge blessing, and that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, it has power to really change our lives and bless them so much. I am so grateful for my mission and for everything, and I want to be even more grateful, because being grateful is what brings real joy, and focusing on others instead of myself- looking outwards instead of inwards.

The last weekend of this transfer will be general conference, which means I will have passed 1 general conference in each of my 3 areas. It’s weird that I’ve only have 3 areas, and 6 companions, right? But we are doing great here, and I could stay here for the rest of my mission and it would be awesome.

As for a few things from this week to make you giggle, we met someone named Hello (okay actualy Helô, as in Heloise, but it is pronounced like hello in english).  We marked with her to come back 15 hours later, at 10:30 am.  And so when we returned, were there at her door clapping our hands and screaming “Hello! Hello? hello?!?!?!” and we were laughing so much and it was awesome. So even though she wasn’t there (and we were saying hello to a closed door) we got a kick out of that one😊.

Also, we are teaching a woman who was Jehovah’s witness for 7 years but isn’t anymore and has desire to investigate the church. We are doing what we can to help her come to church.

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

Love you guys buckets and buckets,

Sister Chapple

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us with Tiagos family and his parents, right after their legal wedding

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us at the wedding party! with the bride and groom

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irmão Leonardo and us

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wearing matching outfits or “uniforms” as we say here

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Edilson with his future missionary wrist band

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so many salgados at the wedding!

 

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us with irmão leonardo when we thought we werent going ot be able to teach him anymore

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everytime we have money for lunch we make burritos, or tacos. we made homeade tortillas and homeade refried beans!!!

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me and my comp at the wedding (SO HAPPY)

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us on Sunday, there was a different glow about them after the wedding

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at the cartório on Saturday- Paula was a witness, and at the party at night, her and Edilson were a couple for the walking in and everything (padrinho e madrinha?)

 

 


			

‘Going to the Chapples (Sister Chapples area) because they’re (Tiago and Andréia) gonna get married….’

Did you get it?

Going to the “Chapples” and they’re gonna get married? ha-haTHERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY AND I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME. It’s awesome here, as always. And I am happy, and feeling awesome to be here doing missionary work.

For Leonardo, this week we are praying a lot that he can be baptized this weekend!  And we are praying also for Tiago and Andreia, that everything will go well with their wedding on SATURDAY.  YES, WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR THEM!! Think of a couple of happy missionaries, and then just look at a pic of me and my comp.  That’s us. 😊

Turns out I got Brazilian-famous this week by a video that a member posted of me singing, so that was fun, haha.  And I’m sending a bunch of pictures home of our zone conference. That’s pretty much it. I have so much that I’d like to say, and I’m grateful to be here. Seriously it’s the best ever. Also, its getting warmer, and every night now and it’s impossible to sleep without a fan, in case you wanted to know. And as always in our lives we have so much to be grateful for!

I love you all!!!!!

P.S. I know there’s a bunch more I want to say that I forgot.

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

Com Amor,

Sister Chapple

Video of Sister Chapple singing Come Unto Christ in Portuguese (just in case you haven’t already seen it)

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Zone Conference

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With Leonardo

Editor’s note : Here are some pictures of p-day with Paula. She is a member mom in the Penapolis branch where these girls are serving.  She loves and spoils the Sister Missionaries immensely.  She has said more than once they are like daughters to her and she loves them dearly. She goes on splits with them, feeds them lunch and ice cream sundaes often, plans branch parties with them (once a week it seems), goes with them on teaching appointments, takes them to do fun things on p-day, drives them to appointments when it is too far or too hot or too rainy to walk easily, and loves and cares for them with a mother’s love. We are so grateful to her for the love, kindness and support she gives them. We love Paula!

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Yes, that is a dinosaur wearing Sister Chapples missionary tag just in case you’re wondering. Not sure he would have the best door approach, lol !