Raquel and her three children, ages 12, 9 and 6. Raquel was a member of our Tatui Branch. She was a talented hairdresser and taught classes all over this area. Three weeks ago we took this picture of her and her family at the Church. We had an 8 by 10 made and framed it and took it over to her two weeks ago. She loved the picture and hugged it while we were talking to her. Monday, March 19, while she was teaching a class in Jau, she collapsed and died. She was only 33 years old. Here in Brasil, the burial must take place within 24 hours of passing. Our hearts and prayers are with her family. What a blessing to know that families are forever.
We've been inviting small groups of people to our apartment to serve them an American dinner. Everyone here has been so generous and we have had dinner many times at their homes. Today we fixed salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, and I made applesauce. They don't have many canned fruits or vegetables here, most all is fresh. I added a little sugar and canela (cinnamon) to the applesauce and they really liked that.
Pictured from the head of the table clockwise, Antonio, Divina, Eziekel, me, and Gloria. We had Sister Gerber and Sister Correa sit at the kid's table!
At our Multi Zone Meeting we got all the missionaries together that have and are serving in Tatui. In front, Sister Correa and Sister Gerber. Back, Sister Barrus, Elder Barrus, Elder Campos, Elder Langford, and Sister Kapp.
This is our darling Sister Evans. She entered the Mission Field the same day we did. But she had been in the CTM in Sao Paulo before that so she is a transfer ahead of us. She is headed home to Eagle, Idaho on April 3. She has been a wonderful missionary and sings and plays the piano as beautifully as she is.
Pictured with us is Sister de Paula. She is from Recife and has only been a member of the Church for a couple of years. She has a wonderful, inspiring conversion story. She is serving in Boituva but is in our District so we have the blessing of seeing her each week at District Meeting in Tatui.