‘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)


Zone Conference



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!


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 !


You Can Call me Sister Shirp: a poem by me



Okay also, let me tell you about this week, in a poem again because that was way more fun!


Its (still) wintertime in here Brasil,

but the temperature would tell you otherwise.

This year I don’t even feel the heat,

one year was long enough to accustamize


We’ve been running around like some crazy women,

trying to find all of the people.

A million said they’d come to church, no kiddin’

but NOT a million showed up to the church with the steeple.


But life is not about the things we plan that don’t seem to go the right way,

It’s about the blessings, triumphs and all the small things that happen in the day to day.



This week was pure success,

Seeing the gospel bring light to his life.

And we can’t wait to see him there dressed,

in white on his baptism night*!

*(next week!!!  Woot! Pray for him and for us!)


Tiago and Andréia have been planning like crazy,

for the big day of their marriage,

I can’t even tell you how happy I am, the blessings flow like a race of a carriage.

(okay that was definitely a poetic stretch, ha-ha)


In other news, as always this week,

We met lots of people who the gospel can bless.

We do our part to help them feel the meek,

tender blessings, and help them act to do the rest.


Sister Ramos and I are two happy little chicks,

Here in the Penapolis branch.

We never want to be split apart

do you think we have a chance?

(*answer: no, not after 3 transfers together, and my 4th transfer in this area)


This transfer is blessings, and much much more,

we’re as happy as can be.

Working through the difficulties of the day to day,

smiling, and just being free.


I love you a lot,

and for a final thought,

(you probably thought I forgot) …..


Have faith, have hope, live like his son,

Help others on their way.

What does he ask?… Live like his son.

As for the rhymes of today, I’m cray-cray


(And I really do love you all, and it sort of really hurts to think that the mission is passing so fast and that one day I’ll have to leave. But for now…desfrute!)


Sister Edgar Alan Shirp (another pronounciation of my name this week)






a-gosto gostoso e as bençãos de ser abençoada (its a play on words about august and the blessings of being blessed)

Translation- To taste the blessings of being blessed in August (a play on words in Portuguese about August and the blessings of being blessed)

First of all my cousin is engaged!  Congrats to Tiffany and Logan!!!!  I can’t believe you’re going to be a Nebeker, and that just like Aunt Melanie beat my dad at the getting married race, my younger cousin (and her two brothers) all beat me too.  Let’s see if Lindsay beats me too. (p.s. I’m just kidding. I’m super happy for you and also happy that this time the wedding will be AFTER I get home). Now back to Brasil….

THIS WEEK WAS …YES… AWESOME!!  Okay there is always so much to say but also so little because the monitor doesn’t respond so I feel a little like I’m talking to myself but… something that made this week awesome was that we started teaching lots of people that we “found” through members, aka their friends or family or people they know…. which makes everything so much better. And ….5 PEOPLE CAME TO CHURCH. THAT’S AWESOME!

However, let me tell you something a little bit sad. It’s that recently SO MANY OF OUR INVESTIGATORS have been deciding, after just starting to know the gospel, that they don’t want anything more, and have been sending us text messages or calling to drop us, or as we say here, to “cut us” lol right?  But seriously, right now one of our AWESOME and SUPER PREPARED investigators, who came to church this week, called and said that she won’t becoming to church with us anymore- aka FOR SURE someone told her something contra about the church and so now she doesn’t want anything. But we won’t give up on her so fast. Pray with us for her that she will let the gospel bless her life. Yesterday at church she was feeling the spirit so strong, even before the meeting started.  that was something super neat, that the spirit has the responsibility to touch people and show them that this is the truth.  We had a similar experience with one of our other investigators this week, who, after coming to church and progressing so well, decided that she won’t be coming anymore and doesn’t want our help or to accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  I haven’t given up on her either, and have hope that she will accept the truth and the gospel for what it is.

We had an investigator that came to church drunk, and he needs a lot of help and wants us to help him, but he wasn’t even letting us come over to teach him. He said that this week will be different. The mission is awesome because in the mission it’s like you really have power to help people-when they want it. Well actually, with the gospel we always have that, but in the mission we spend all of our time finding people who want the help, and he is already so grateful to us.

I love being a missionary and I love the lord and his gospel. Also Leonardo also still often calls me Shirley Chapple. I love it, ha-ha! And since I updated you when we stopped sleeping with the portable fan I’ll let you know that this week we started again sleeping  WITH the portable fan.  Also, the fans run during church too.

Tomorrow we are going to have mission conference, aka, I am going to Ribeirao Preto, aka 7 hours of traveling, and I think I am going to go visit Luciana and Vitinho! (WOOT!)

Love you guys!

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


mais uma foto de eu e a Sister Ramos


in our district meeting we celebrated Elder Jones’s birthday (without him because he was transferido)


this week we got henna done on our feet – lol


me with an awesome tree that doesnt have any more leaves just a bunch of yellow flowers…(and anyone who knows me knows that i love yellow)


“The Fourth Time Around the Block” : a poem by me


I was counting my transferences in Penapolis, 1,2,3

but still I wanted more…

We asked president to leave us be

and then said “por favor”?


There are so many blessings here,

families who the gospel can bless,

people who I hold so dear,

this gospel can change them, YES!


We didn’t even believe our ears

when the elder told us we would stay!

Stiĺl with Sister Ramos now for 3 transferences, (which in the mission, is like 3 years)

some people might call us cray-cray!


This week I met 3 Americans here,

who aren’t even part of the mission.

It was strange to speak in English, don’t fear,

and I was grateful for the Brazilian mission I am livin.


We put on two activities this week

to help the branch come together.

One was a surprise party for Paula, (it worked I think)

the other a tropical fruit party (despite the rainy weather).


The skies were pouring down lots of water,


We love being wet and did not forget,

since last week it got cooler, not hotter.


We found a woman named Mirian,

who is searching for the truth.

I know we can see miracles again

and she will end her sleuth.


This transference will be full of weddings, baptisms, and more

all these things, which, of course, I completely adore!


We are going to continue to find the people that the lord has carefully prepared,

the lord Jesus Christ, the gospel restored, these things just have to be shared.


Everyday I think of how much I have changed and been blessed in the mission

and the joy I have to share what I know is something that I don’t want to be missin´


It’s not always easy,

but the lord always knows

what we need, so do all you can to stay felizes.


So to all my family friends and others

who read these long emails,

I love you, your mom, your sisters, your brothers

and all that your life entails!


And as always I think it’s fun,

to close with the same old same thing I say,

Have faith have hope live like his son

help others on their way.


What does he ask?…live like his son😊

and as for this poem, now I’m done!


Love, Sister Edgar Alan Chapple


me with Davi and Rillary


Tainara is going to the MTC (CTM) on August 30th


Paula’s birthday.  We got all wet and were carrying a bunch of cake and suprise stuff and it poured on us and we ate lunch at her house and she gave us all matching shirts haha


us and our investigators daughter


the party planners


Amelia. She made us feijoada for lunch (Brazilian black bean stew)


the birthday girl


more banana splits during language study, and p-day


my district (Edilson came to our district meeting)




“I remember your name… it’s SHIRLEY CHAPPLE.”

You won’t even believe it when I tell you what happened. This week we got a text message from Paula that said  “Edilson vai no templo hoje!”

And for all of you Americans (aka all of you) that says “Edilson is going to the temple today!”

Edilson who has only been a member 15 days now, went to the temple less than 30 days after we showed up at his door for the first time!  To say we are happy would be an understatement!! (imagine us happy) 😊))

We had interviews with President Sholz this week. I love him so so much!  And there is a chance that maybe just MAYBE me and Sister Ramos will get to stay together here in Penapolis.  To say we are hoping and praying for that would also be an understatement.

In other news, we are happy. I am happy, loving being a missionary, and it’s still not even that hot.  The people are receptive, and we have been having lots of lessons, inviting everyone to come partake of the joy we have as members of the gospel.

So turns out that last night 2 of our investigators decided that they want to get married, and it was only the 2nd or 3rd time that they saw each other. Soooo we are a little scared about that but mostly only just laughing.

Amélia,  We are teaching her, and this week our district leader is going to do her baptismal interview. She is scared but so ready. So we are going to help her recognize that. I’ll let you know how it goes. But she is our awesome Brasilian grandma.

And there were lots of other people who said they’d come to church but didn’t. There was this 9 year old, and we were teaching her family, and talking about baptism. She was all, “…AND ME? ARE YOU GOING TO INVITE ME TO BE BAPTIZED? YOU SAID I HAVE AN AGE THAT QUALIFIES! “

and we invited her and she accepted and then said, “IT IS MY BIGGEST DREAM TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE WATERS!’ Of course, with children, it’s a little more complicated than just going to church 2 times and teaching everything because their family has to help them get to church and support them, etc. But still. It was cool.

And we found a new investigator, Maria, who prayed like we invited her to, and received a spiritual confirmation that really we do have a living prophet today. I love being a missionary.

Annnndddd…. Yep, I hope that I can stay here in Penápolis and that I am not transferred.

Today we are going to have another picnic and plan Paulaś surprise birthday party-FHE.

To explain the title of this email, that’s what Leonardo told me. Basically everyone has a hard time saying sister, and he thought my name was Shirley, not sister. I just said  “Yep! Almost! ” because I’m basically you mom, right?


Love you guys, lots  like I say every single week). Now I hope you believe it.

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


me with pastels that the sisters made me to celebrate my 13 months in the mission


us happy when we heard that edilson was going to go to the temple


me and my comp


and the drinking fountains at church always have a comunity cup from which to drink. ALWAYS. so heres a picture of it.


My Very First Time Ever Calling 911

First of all, let me tell you that this keyboard doesn’t have the letter between j and l ha-ha! It rarely works, and I don’t have time to make edit now… This wee as all others have been was red hot! I am sending a picture home of this field that burnt down. In the middle of a lesson we had, there was a bunch of cracling and also smoke so we stopped to call the fire department and they were just like, just let it burn- all of it, because you aren’t allowed to burn fields of trash and weeds but the walls will keep the fire in so the only thing you could do is find the person who burnt it to turn them in. So…. I am sending the picture home of the burnt field.

Are you already tired of hearing about Edilson? Because I’m going to talk about him some more. This wee he received the aaronic priesthood and was ordained a priest which means next wee he is going to bless the sacrament. He also is going to give a talk in sacrament meeting.  And we helped him pay his tithing at church!  And I looed to him duirng testimony meeting and was all “are you going to bear your testimony?”  eeping in mind that he had never even been to a fast and testimony meeting, and he was all, “I’m embaressed but I will next wee when I give my tal .” 10 minutes later he said  “I want to go but I’m embarrassed!” so just lie a little family me and sister Ramos went with him and it was so neat. He said ” I’m so happy to have the restored gospel” and an irmao after the meeting came up and was lie, you are happy, but just imagine HOW HAPPY THE SISTERS ARE!

I want to help him as much as I can. He lives seriously super far from the church but comes to seminary which started this past week and also church and is super awesome. He is a HUGE EXAMPLE to me.

I am also sending home a pic of a new investigator, Leonardo.  It’s a little hard to see him in the pic but he is awesome and came to church last week.  More to come on him later.

As for the wedding, THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO BE MARRIED! ON SEPTEMBER 16TH! AT 9:30 AM!  Do you know what that means?  It means that we all better pray that I am not transferred here in 2 weeks. Seriously. Before this news I wanted to stay but now I MUST stay!

Hmmm.  What else can I say? This week we had a few divisions with the irmas, and with the sisters here at home, and I always learn a lot in divisions.  We ran into a member of the church who is inactive, who is mute and deaf, and so is his wife. I wanted to know sign language at that moment but also it’s different than ASL here so…

We had english class again, and some nonmembers came, and they learned super fast the song.  I think we are going to finish teaching it this week ha-ha. We received a reference of someone who wanted the book of mormon. She lives in another city, the same one that I went to my 2nd week here in Penapolis, with another reference (these are 2 of 3 media references I have received in my mission) but the lady was like, “I don’t even know how I asked for the book of mormon!  It was a mistake.  I was on the website and idk, I just put in my address unknowingly.” Okay that’s not her exact words but you understand I think.

I am so thankful to have the restored gospel as such a huge part of my life. All I have and all I am I owe to that. And, as always, 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 Chapple

DSC07409leonardo, bette caldeira, irmão valdecir and cae they made us


  • us and a bull in the middle of the street


  • i love penapolis (here jesus reigns)


  • me with Paula and Tiago and Andréia and Hilary who actually spells her name rillary or something lie that


  • me and my compy-comp


  • the field that was burning and nobody came to put it out- this was the next day after it all burnt down.


  • casually coming home from district meeting

Saudades do neginho

Translation– I miss the business

Okay family and friends.

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



Me and sister ramos at zone conference


Me and ramos again


The baptism squad 😉


Us monkeying around with our zone leaders


Festa Julinha


Me and sweet Amelia


edilson in elder jones clothes


Tornar-se uma $2 banana split

translation- Turning into a $2 banana split

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)


“Chapo” – thats me 😉


Edilson and his sister Tainara



If you’ve never seen a bunch of patriotic joven Americans here in Brazil after 1-2 years away from the USA on the fourth of July at a district meeting singing country songs at almost the top of their lungs, I hope you can imagine that, because that’s what it was last week for the fourth of July! #merica. I love the USA, and I also love Brasil!

What’s a week in the mission without miracles, am I right or am I right?  This week was incredible because we saw miracles. We are teaching Améila, again.  I think I already talked about her.  She’s the one from the Christian congregation of Brasil and she told us not to come back but we did anyway (because we are rebellious) and she came to church!  And it’s perfect because Penapolis only has about 50 active members but 2 are converts from that church!  Woot!  I love Amélia  (even though she calls me the sister who is not Sister Ramos, because it’s easy to remember Sister Ramos´s name). Ha-ha, I still love her a lot.

Tiago and Hilary came to church.  I think that we are going to see a wedding here sometime real soon.  It’s so neat to see Tiago’s testimony… all because he read and prayed about the book of mormon. If we want to let the gospel make a difference in our lives, WE have to act.  We had a ton of miracles with them this week. Seriously, the Lord is awesome, and so is being able to fast- and seeing that make a difference!

We had a trio here for a few days with sister German because she is companheira-less but her new comp will show up today at 4 ( Sister Baunillha- aka sister vanilla) she’s hispanic. I can’t wait to meet her.

I AM GOING TO STAY COMPANION WITH SISTER RAMOS (YES)! If you didn’t know, I’m happy about that.  She is teaching me about how to trust in the lord and have real patience to learn and improve. I love her. And I love being here in the mission wit these Brazilians who I love and being able to get to know the lord better every day.

I know there’s a lot I forgot to say but… I guess it’ll have to wait for next week. I LOVE YOU ALL!

I know as Hank Smith (and now I also) always say : the church is true, I PROMISE you.

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

Love Sister Chapple, (aka sister chapolin colorado)


A Million Vultures and Pinocchio´s Dad

Okay.  Let’s get started!  I will try to send home the videos of a million vultures this week and when we taught Pinochio´s dad, but I’m not sure if it will work or not.  But it was another blessed week!

Something that is happening a lot lately is that the people are like tricking us, and accepting everything, gaining the start to their testimony, coming to church, reading the Book of Mormon, and being taught basically all of the lessons. But then when we go to mark their baptismal interview one week before they change their mind about everything. So that’s been something disappointing, buuuut….. there are also many miracles.  Such as…that an investigator from my firs area in the mission, is GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SUNDAY!  I AM HERE SCREAMING OF HAPPINESS. I just found that out and am SERIOUSLY SO HAPPY, AND GRATEFUL TO BE HERE.

(and this keyboard does not want to be my friend right now…..ljskjuqio ujkcm.ej oi…..)

Buuuut something that I have been thinking about this week is how we are always planting seeds.  It is impossible to see the fruits of our labors, especially in the work of the Lord. every lesson, investigator, act of service, effort, is worth it. and just because someone wasn’t baptized doesn’t mean that we didn’t make a difference!

Presidnet Scholz, in our interviews this week, helped me to realize this. He told me that life is like a painting, we will not be able to paint it all in one day. But it is each little stroke that we make each day that influences how we will look back on our life and our experiences one day in the future. So, we can’t expect to look back on our life each day and understand everything. But as we make the most of every single day, our life will become what we want it to be, through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

When I feel discouraged, I take a minute to remember how blessed I am and what a difference that the gospel makes in my life, and that gives me the strength to move on with happiness and hope. This week we also got to do some service, helping Tiago and Andreia pack up their house to move and I felt like I was cleaning out the storage garage/garage with you again mom :))) Also I found out that Hilary (their daughter) spells her name Rillary. lol

I love being a missionary. I love working in the work of the Lord.  We have been super blessed to be working also with Irmão Robson, and he has been bringing us to teach his family and friends and that is awesome.

Love your family, love your friends, serve with your heart, and do all you can to serve your ward and make it a family.

I love you guys! And also today is super p-day with our zone here in Birigui so we are going to party and eat lots of pizza and I’m super excited (pics to come one day when I figure out these camera adapters).

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


Sister Chapple