MILAGRES E MAIS MILAGRES E BENÇAOS

Translation- MIRACLE AND MORE MIRACLES AND BLESSINGS

WELLLL… TODAY I FEEL A LITTLE BIT LIKE I WOULD LOVE TO WRITE IN CAPS BECAUSE I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT PENAPOLIS IS INCREDIBLE AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE!!

I can’t even start to tell you about the miracles that are happening here and the blessings that we are able to count. Even more than the nice weather, how cute it is and everything.  The lord´s work here is progressing so well and I am able to see so many miracles. I think I would be alright to stay here for the rest of my mission!

This week a young man was baptized, and the members have been being such great little missionaries and introducing the gospel to their friends who have really been prepared for the gospel. I just think that here in Penapolis will have quite a few more baptisms in these coming weeks!

The blessing of the week here in my area is named Rafael. He has now came to church twice, and the members are doing all they can to help him. I’ve never seen someone with such desire to do the things that the Lord wants him to. And its special to be someone who can help him learn all the Lord expects of him, through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m sending pictures from this week, which included a few divisions with Sister German.  Wow, I really love her and am so happy to be here living in Penapolis with her.  She reminds me of Maddie Williams Walton (whom I also love, shout out to you- and your new last name Maddie) & so really that’s awesome.  Also Sister German knows Miranda Sings (aka did you know that Miranda speaks Portuguese too?)

Here we have been having lots of successes with family home evenings that the branch has been putting together to bring investigators, and friends, and inactive members to. There is something so so special about this little branch. Being here in Penapolis reminds me a little of how it would probably be to grow up or live in a small town and so I’m loving that a lot.

A few times this week we were able to teach about the plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has for us. I know that I am so blessed to know about this plan, and I thank my Heavenly Father for his infinite love for me, and for my chance to be here in the mission.

side note: I had a dream that I was home from the mission and I was trying to help everyone understand how it was…. and when I woke up I was so happy to be here in Brazil still….( but believe me I still love you guys and will be happy to come back one day.)

For the second week in a row, both Lúcia and Rafael came to church on their own, and are going to progress super well! They love the church and know that it is not just any other church. I know that learning the gospel at church will be a huge blessing for them like it is for me.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO EVERYONE! ALSO CONGRATS RACHEL AND KADEN I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I HOPE YOU BRING A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF ME TO THE WEDDING HAHA.  LOVE YOU TWO! ALSO PLEASE SEND ME PICTURES TO LET ME KNOW HOW YOU ARE AND ALSO SO I DONT FORGET ABOUT YOU GUYS HAHA JK KIND OF. LOVE YOUUUU!  beijosss (kisses…haha)

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

Love Sister Chapple

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Sou Brasilera, Não Sou Americana

Translation– ‘ I‘m Brazilian, I’m not American’ 

If you’re wondering about the title of this email, it’s a song that my dear Sister Dias taught me to sing, that they dance to, a dance style called forró there in the northeast of Brasil! …… Aaaaandddd as for this week, it was full of laughter, I am ABSOLUTLEY LOVING PENAPOLIS! This is my first time in a branch, and we’ve had lots and lots of good food ( I am desperately trying not to gain weight but actually not trying too hard because it’s worth it to eat this yummy food, haha).

Well, my companion is super loving and concerned and we have already had lots of fun here together.  I just just know that the rest of this transfer will be a blast.  As always, we are on the search for new investigators. I KNOW that the Lord is ALWAYS preparing his children to accept the restored gospel and it is our job to find them! So that’s what we are doing.

One of the neatest miracles of the week happened as we were working with the list of members (which is 420 people here in Penapolis). Many of them have moved or passed away, and to make the work of the branch members more effective we have been helping organize the list and update it.  We were able to talk to a man who was baptized in his youth but is not active anymore.  He shared with us how the gospel blessed his life when he was living it and what a huge difference it was. Now, he has desire to return to church, and we are going to introduce the gospel to his wife and kids, who have never known it. I will be praying that this family lets the gospel bless them just like it did for their dad, and that they can return and receive even more of the blessings that the lord has for them.

BEING IN PENAPOLIS IS AWESOME-POSSUM!!!  I am sending home a video (if my camera lets me) of me eating the best ice cream ever here, and yep I was so happy.  But even more awesome is how much the members are excited to serve in the work of the Lord.  I have already come to love being here and being a part of this branch. President Wagner, the branch Pres, has been Pres for 7 years.  I feel like he reminds me of how my dad would be if he were Brasilian and living here in Penapolis 🙂 and that makes me happy.  He is super organized and spiritual and loving and his family is AWESOME.

There is also an irma named Paula who is our mom here. She is the BEST, wow!  Super serving and loving, and when I showed her the picture I carry around of my family she was so happy and said “it must be awesome to have this huge family,  this makes me so excited!” Her husband isn’t a member of the church but Sunday night we had a family home evening with them.  We are doing our part to have the spirit touch his heart!

What more can I say?…..  In order for a branch to become a ward, there needs to be 20 active Priesthood holders and we are about half way there! There is so much potential here in Penapolis! This week there is going to be a baptism in the branch, of a boy named Henrique who lives on the other side of the city. Sunday night I was able to go there with the sisters and help with a lesson and he is another testament that the LORD IS PREPARING PEOPLE. As much as I know this, I know that he is also preparing blessings for us in our life. He knows us much more than we think, or we remember.

There are 2 quotes that I discovered this week through Sister German that I love-

“The great thing about the gospel is we get credit just for trying!”-Elder Holland

and “It doesn’t matter the situation, God will be there to help!” -Elder Renlund

How grateful I am for a father so loving and forgiving and who will do his part to strengthen us. Now it is up to us, to never lose the faith, and keep moving forward!  (And count our many blessings)

I know that there are miracles that I will see here in Penapolis, and I am determined to do my part to see them. and have fun while I’m at it! The mission is a blast, and a huge blessing in my life!

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

Sister Chapple

 

Drumrolll…………WOAH!

And just like that I was transferred, and had to depart from my beloved Parque Celeste to embark on a new adventure here in Penapolis, a city here close to Matto Grosso.  And as I sit here typing out this email I have am already here, in the library, writing as fast as I can and thinking about how my suitcases are way too heavy and also about how much I will love this new place. Here are a few things I can tell you about how these next 6 weeks of my life will be:

  • My Companion, Sister Dias, is from Fortaleza, and she arrived here in the mission field 6 weeks before me. She loves to sing and joke (from what I’ve heard of her) and so that means that it’ll be a party.
  • Also, Sister German, a sister in the mission who I have loved since day one, will be living with me, #score.
  • Anddd, here in Penapolis it is a branch, with a frequency of 65 or so, but the list of members has 400 people.
  • The members here LOVE the missionaries, and of course, we love them too!
  • Also this area is nearly the hottest area here in the mission that has Sisters, buuut right now is winter, so,,, #score *(again)

I just know that I will love it here, and, that, as always, the lord is preparing his children to receive the gospel.  Now it’s my job to use his help and find them!

As for last week, I didn’t expect to feel so sad leaving Parque Celeste, but I know that here in Penapolis, I am in the right place. Having said that, last week in Parque Celeste was full of awesome experiences, and we were blessed by the lord.There is a young man there, Marcos, who is almost ready to be baptized! I am so grateful that I was able to know him, and am excited to hear of his progress.

Parque Celeste will now have a trio of sisters, and I am excited to hear from them about Marcos and everyone else there whom I love there!

My time is already up (sorry) buuuut…, I hope you all have a rockin’ week and eat lots of ice cream and therefore have lots of felicidades!

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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My last pictures before leaving Parque Celeste.

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Sei Lá sobre o que fallar neste email… (e feliz Pascoa)

Translation- I don’t know what to say in this email… (and Happy Easter)

Então,

I feel like I am losing a bit of steam on these weekly emails. It’s not that things don’t happen or that I don’t have anything to say, but sometimes I just don’t do a very good job at writing (aka if you have questions or anything that you would like to know, help a Sister out and shoot me an email:).

Happy (late) Easter to everyone! This was the first Easter of my life in which I didn’t eat any eggs or anything shaped like an egg on Easter. But you can be certain that it wasn’t an Easter where I let the commercialism of Easter get in the way of thinking of the Savior. For anyone who hasn’t yet seen the new video of the church this Easter, it’s here at mormon.org  (english version) and its one you NEED to see  https://www.mormon.org./pascoa   #PrinceOfPeace

Well, this week was full of teaching my companion nonsense in English, such as “whose your daddy,  I´m your daddy” or “haters gonna hate”, interviews with president (always the best ever) and something funny about this week is that president, in my interview with him, asked how long I had been in the mission, and when I said 9 months he said, “Wow Sister it’s all over.  You’re already done!”  That’s a little dramatic I think, president, haha 🙂

I wanted to spend the bulk of my email talking about the miracles of the week, which, a majority  of them were related to Marcos, I think I’ve already talked about him, right?  This week, we focused on helping him gain a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and we watched the movie Jospeh Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, with him, and his sister Antonia…. AND THE SPIRIT DID THE WORK THIS WEEK AND WAS AN ANSWER TO OUR PRAYERS!  Because when we got there before watching the film, he told us he had not yet prayed about the book of mormon or Joseph or the church because he felt unprepared, and the spirit that came as we watched the movie was incredible. As it finished they testified about the prophet, that he was a man of faith and of god.  We left as soon as possible, to leave the spirit with them, and he read the book of mormon again and prayed and received a confirmation, right then and there!  And from that point on, he is really becoming converted.  Seriously, the difference that praying and receiving this answer made is huge! He is not only accepting the invitations we leave with him, to live the word of wisdom, law of chastity, to honor the Sabbath day, but asking questions about these things even before we explain.  For example, he started thinking about the kind of music he listens to and the movies he watches, and thinking about what the lord would want of him in that aspect, even before we said anything!  We are so so blessed here.

Besides Marcos, we are working to find the other “elites” of the lord here in Parque Celeste. I know that the lord is always preparing people to receive the gospel and I am learning to have more faith each and every day.

We also had a ward activity this week that was super fun and neat because one of the purposes of ward integration activities is to have investigators come and that actually happened; and we played group charades which was super funny and did a mini-Easter egg hunt (with chocolate) in the church and it was just super fun (what about life isn’t cool or fun, right??? hahaha)

Oh! also last night when we were knocking doors, a man told me he was a cop and made me show my document that I was allowed to be there in Brazil, so good thing I had it so I didn’t get kicked out or something, haha!  Also this week a woman asked me why I was speaking Spanish if I was from the US… haha, because I speak Spanish right? #trilingual

In the end, there is always something to laugh about, every single day. And that’s how we can know that heavenly father has a good sense of humor 🙂   BUUUTTT I know I forgot a lot about this week that I wanted to say, but that’s okay.  One thing I wanted to share is that here it is incredible how so many people remember the crucifixion of the savior and forget the resurrection. THE SAVIOR LIVES!  And this is makes a huge difference! How grateful I am to be a member of his church, and to be able to come to know him more each and every day, and hopefully help others do so as well.

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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Um menino chamado Marcos

Translation- A boy named Marcos

Where to start?

Well, first of all, Happy Birthday, Megan!  You’re 22 now which means that I’m old… ha-ha! In remembrance and celebration, I will sing the Taylor Swift song.  I will sing it all day and also make a translation of it ha-ha and dance as much as I am allowed to… 🙂 (Love you, Sis!)

This week was a week FULL of miracles, and felicidades to be here in the mission.  It started with 3 days in a row of divisions with Sister G. Santos, I love her, and it ended with spending 3 days with my dear companion, I also love her too.  And the week ended with Marcos going to church!  He understands the gospel and our messages SUPER WELL and I am so happy to be working with him.

There was a man who asked me if I was from Rio Grande Do Sul (in the south ) and I said yes (oops) and he believed me but also he was drunk and we all started laughing so hard, and in that same hour there was a man who was desperately calling to us ” Good morning, good morning, GOOD MORNING, EXCUSE ME GOOD MORNING!”  And that’s just one example of the sort of fun we have here in the streets.

I completed 9 months, and can’t believe that its passing but I’m happy to stay here for 9 more. And just I’m happy.  I love you all, and miss 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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Arrepender é Melhorar

Translation- To repent is to become better

This week was full of conferences, and blessings. If I haven’t already told you, things are a party here with the Sisters I live with, and we are always finding something to laugh about- like the man who told me last week that his Portuguese from Portugal accent was because he was from Portugal in another life (trying to make me believe in reincarnation), or how we didn’t have money to pay for our acai but the man gave it to us anyway because he knows we’ll go back and pay since we eat acai so much, or coordinating the outfits for our zone to have a coordinated mission picture, or drinking terere  but not knowing how and having everyone mad at me for a minute… or how we played the BEST EVER April fools prank on our zone leaders (I’ll have to share that story another time)!  But this week was full of blessings from Pai Celestial.

We had zone conference, which is where half of the mission gets together to talk about what we can do to improve and be better missionaries. We learned about repentance, and how to feel like we are forgiven, we must have faith. Faith is to believe that the promises of the Savior are not only real but apply to us in the realest ways.

Although this week was short in terms of working hours, the Lord blessed us so much. After pleading with the Lord in prayer for help that we were desperately needing, he lead us to some people who are willing to know the gospel and follow the Savior.  We have been having difficulty finding people to teach but this week were super blessed. and everything we learned in the conference applied perfectly and it was all just perfect and a huge blessing.  It felt like general conference was planned by President Scholz because all of the talks were on things he has told us… like this very week, or maybe its because they are the things important for us to focus on in the gospel right now. The gospel and our lives can be as simple as we make them.  As we remember who the savior is, learn about him, and strive to be like him, we will have joy and be who the lord wants us, and needs us to be.

My favorite talks were the ones on the holy ghost, Elder Renlund, Elder Holland, and the other ones that talked about how repentance is improvement and happiness. I learned that not only do we need repentance when we make a mistake, but because as ´people we are imperfect- it is not only for mess ups or bad choices but our weaknesses too. And as I shared earlier, I loved remembering that there is NOTHING we can do to take away the love the lord has for us. And for this he has given us the holy ghost to comfort us and lead us to help strengthen his kingdom.

I know that the Lord will keep blessing me as I keep doing my part, and I know that as you do yours, he will bless you too.

This week I had a division with Sister Dunlop and she is the chiquest and I loved being with her and being with Americans sometimes, because is so funny and awesome and we laugh about how things are at home and things are here and just laugh and it reminds me a little of what it was like back home.

I don’t think there is a missionary luckier than I… and also I love you guys. Seriously, I hope you remember that I love each of you. I feel like I can’t say I love you enough…( or that I love Brasil enough). Have I said that I am happy to be here in the mission? Or that I love  acai? or talking about Jesus Christ? or doing Jilian Michael workouts every morning? 😉

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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Ta tudo bem?

What to say about this week? Well, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be here for one more week full of laughter and fun and blessings. (Have I already said that my companion is a party?)

This week, we decided to change a few of the things we have been trying. Lately, we have been working in a part of our area that is super far away. But we realized that more than anything we were wasting a bit of time, because our investigators haven’t been coming to church, so we started working in the neighborhood closest to our house (have I already shared that we live in another ward boundary? And that it is a 25 minute walk to the closest part of our area? Good thing I have always loved walking… right Grandma Chapple?)

We have been working with the list of members to help the ward, and focusing on prospective elders (to receive the Melchezidik Priesthood). We will keep working and I know that Heavenly Father will bless us.

We had a Sabado-festa this Saturday with a ton of food just to have a party. It made me feel like I was back in freshman year (but only for 5 minutes because there were a lot of things that reminded me that I am here in Brazil, ha ha).

Here´s something funny about the week, that since I sang the other Sunday in sacrament meeting, there are a few members who have given me the chance to sing a little more (something I miss a ton—singing (I still sing, but it’s not the same)) and they wouldn’t let us leave lunch until I sang ha ha. #blessings,#ICouldBeFamousHere

That’s about all for me this week. The weather here is cooling off and that’s making me SUPER happy and I wish you could all be here to enjoy Brazil with me!

THIS WEEKEND IS GENERAL CONFERNECE (can you tell I’m excited )!  I hope that everyone will watch it (even those of you who read this who don’t know what that is, if there are any of you). Ask one of your other mormon friends and they’ll be happy to explain it to you 🙂

I’ll be waiting for you all to email my your favorite talk and why.

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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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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Parque Celeste: Parte 2

Então, this week already ended (WHAT???) and Sister Martinez is already almost on her way to Mexico, and Sister Ayala on her way to Paraguay too, and we received our transference, and I AM GOING TO BE COMPS WITH SISTER MACEDO!

I am sending a picture from the baptism here this week, of Talita. During the baptismal service, there was such a beautiful spirit, and Talita even got emotional. She was super excited to be baptized.  We are going to start working more with her dad, and his girlfriend.  Yesterday we had a lesson with Talita and her stepmom and it was neat to hear Talita testify of  the confirmation she received about the book of mormon.

This week flew by because the Sisters (Martinez and Vallejo) were getting ready to go home, and left for Ribeirão Preto early Saturday morning, which meant more divisions with Sister G. Santos, and, we had Talita´s interview, and baptism, which left hardly any complete days working together in our area but what’s a mission if it’s not a little bit like regular life, right?

I am also sending this picture that Fernanda and Julio´s kids made of us. We went to their pizzaria to have dinner with them this week, and it’s neat to see the gospel bless their lives. AND THEY BLESS OUR LIVES WITH THE BEST PIZZA THAT I’VE EVER ATE (seriously) ((que saudades vou ter um dia…)

As always, there is so much to say, and such little time, which leaves me confused about what to write to communicate about how the mission is….

This week we had about a million people tell us that they would come to church and for a million different reasons only one young man was able to show up. But it was all worth it because of this young man, and the experience that he had at church. He was contacted by Sister Martinez the transference BEFORE I got here, and we only taught him for the first time last week, but he had an awesome experience at church, and I know that the gospel is what he is searching for right now in life.

I know that I am going to absolutely LOVE these next 6 weeks here in Parque Celeste with Sister Macedo.  This week, I was able to study a little bit about grace, and in the moment that I was needing most to feel the lords comfort, the lord answered my prayers. All of the sacrament meeting talks, and even the lessons at church, were exactly what I needed. I am loving learning more about the Savior Jesus Christ, and the more I study the more I realize I am lacking. As I come to understand the atonement, repentance, and grace, I know that I will start to become more like the Savior.

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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Para Siempre Dios Este Con Vos// Graça Por Graça

Translation- God be with you til we meet again // Grace by grace

HULLO!!! BOM DIA QUERIDOS! I hope that everyone is well, and not too cold, and that this week was full of blessings and the spirit, like it was for me. I know that I have already said it a million times, but I am so happy and so blessed to be here in the mission.

This week Sister Martinez and Sister Ayala (my last tow companions) will finish their missions, which means that as of next week, I will have 0 companions here in the mission field. I am grateful for the things that each of my companions have helped teach me.

We had a super neat companionship interview with President Scholz this week, in which he asked me a million questions about my companion, such as how she is feeling about going home, and her plans, and if someone is waiting for her, and how she has helped me and how I can help her, which was super funny and just to show how awesome our mission president is and how at ease we feel with him, I will share that I responded “Well, I can keep making her do exercise videos with me in the morning to help her get skinnier, to get ready to go back home!” haha, even though nobody in the mission is overweight we always joke about that and President almost cried laughing right there in our interview.  We were able to receive help from him for our investigator, feel his love, and feel the spirit, and I am grateful for that.

THIS WEEK will be the baptism of Talita. (WOOT!!!) I wanted to share with you an awesome experience that we had this week with fasting. I decided to fast for a few things, one of them being for Talita to receive a spiritual confirmation of these things, to be a testimony for her, to help her always stay firm in the gospel. And in our division, sister Vallejo and I AGAIN spoke about the importance of receiving a confirmation of the truth book of mormon.  Talita is so pure and good, but we have to teach things super simply in order for her to understand. Yesterday, we followed up with Talita and although I was not able to be in the lesson, the sisters told me what happened. They said that Talita did what we invited her to do, prayed to ask specifically if the book of mormon was true, and then thought about how we shared with her how the spirit would talk to her , in feelings of peace and happiness and something inside of us, and she said that she felt this feeling!  They shared that she was super excited to share with them about this experience that she had.  I know that the gospel will make a HUGE difference for her. She is already feeling so much comfort to know that one day she will be able to live with her mom again.

This 10 year old is a great example of the simplicity of the gospel, and I am so blessed to be able to be here in Parque Celesete to INVITE her to experience conversion. I am so grateful for this answer to my prayers and personal fast.

Sister Vallejo and I sang a million hymns in Spanish during our division and I was reminded how much I love music and how it brings the spirit…

I was blessed this week to feel the lords love for others and myself and once again, grow to become more of who he wants me to be. I know that we will keep seeing miracles!!

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

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