Saturday, February 17, 2018


On P-day, February 12, Sister Gerber and Sister Gamarano came over to our apartment and we made banana nut bread, Bonnie Richin's recipe. While the bread was baking we walked over to the corner sorvete store (ice cream) and had a nice, cold treat on a very hot day.

Miguel's Baptism

Sister Gerber and Sister Gamarano have been teaching Miguel and he was baptized February 11. Left to right, Sister Gerber, Sister Gamarano, Roniery ( Gracie's son), Gracie (she was baptized Christmas Eve), Miguel ( he and Gracie have been dating this past year), Miguel's son and Edsen, who baptized Miguel.

Professoras de Visitante Cha

We had a visiting teacher tea at our apartment February 10. In Brazil when there is a wedding shower or baby shower, they don't call it a shower. It is a Cha (tea) and an iced herbal tea is served. Left to right back row: Maria, Jananina, Sister Barrus, Camilla, Divina. Front: Christina, Debora, Gil and Mayra, Gloria, Angelica.

Para Bens, Jean!

It was Jean's 12th birthday so Elder Barrus took a cake over to his family's home to celebrate! The children were so excited. Left to right Nayara, who was baptized recently, Jean and Isabelle. Elder Barrus didn't realize until Jean tried to blow out his candles, that they were the kind that couldn't be blown out!!!!

The Dynamic Duo!

Edsen and Debora were married in the Campinas Temple last November. They are such a wonderful, awesome couple. Debora is the Young Women's President, she has no counselors or secretary so she does it all herself. Edsen is first counselor in the Branch Presidency, Young Men's President, Executive Secretary of the Branch Presidency AND the Seminary Teacher! He does it all with such a great and loving attitude and sweet wife that is so supportive.

Novo Inicio (New Beginnings)

The mocas had their New Beginnings Program February 6. Debora is the Young Women's President and had the chapel beautifully decorated for the occasion. I was asked to be the guest speaker. The girls were wonderful. I found tubes of M and M's at our new favorite store and bought one for each of the girls and put a tag on it that said, "Voce e Maravilhoso e Voce e Muito forca". You are wonderful and you are very strong, M and M.

District Meeting

At our last District Meeting the Elders and Sisters practiced introducing the gospel to people they might meet. One side was the missionaries and the other side played the part of the investigators. Things got pretty animated!