Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Family Home Evening

     We had Family Home Evening with our new convert, Angelica, Monday night at the home of Darcy and Aparecido.  In front, Darcy and Angelica.  Back, Aparecido (Darcy's husband), Antonio and Gloria and me.  Aparecido and Antonio serenaded us with several beautiful songs.

Monday, September 18, 2017


     We went to Itapetininga Sunday evening for a Fireside the Mission Presidency presented.  Presidente Ribeiro and Presidente Santos (1st Counselor) and Presidente Preito (2nd Counselor) all spoke.  After the meeting Presidente Santos said that Presidente Preito wanted to speak to me, he said that Presidente Preito spoke English.  So we went with Presidente Santos and he introduced us.  Presidente Preito spoke perfect English.  We asked him where he learned to speak English, he said he lived in the United States for awhile.  He said after his father passed away, his mother moved to Orem, Utah and married a gentleman named Anderson.  I said, 'Your mother's name isn't Vitoria, is it?' YES!  Vitoria worked with Al and I to teach us Portuguese before we left for Brazil.  While we were at the MTC we were able to spend some time with her.  She is such an awsome lady.  Vitoria translates for the MTC.  What a small world!

Carlos' Baptism

          Carlos was excited to be baptized Sunday after Sacrament Meeting.  He was baptized by his grandfather, Joao.  Pictured left to right in back, Joao (grandfather), Carlos, his Dad, Antonio, grandmother Fatima, Aunt Rita and Rita's baby Larissa.  In front, kneeling, Carlos' mother, Stacy and his sister, Isabella. Fatima is my visiting teaching companion and Al and I home/visit teach Antonio and Stacy.

Mocas e Rapazes Actividade

     The Young Women and Young Men had a combined activity on Saturday, September 16.  They had a great time!

Almoco with the Elders

     Our new Elder is Elder Lima from Fortaleza, Brazil.  Al found taco shells at our grocery store that is just a block from our apartment so we fixed tacos for Elder Lima and Elder Langford.  It was wonderful!  The Brazilians don't use the taco shells for tacos, but we did!

Professoras Visitante

     These are my beautiful Visiting Teachers, Gloria and Dalva.  They are the heart of our Branch.  I love it that I am the second tallest sister in the whole Branch!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Honoring their Priesthood

     In the middle is Savio, he was just baptized three weeks ago.  Haury, 15, and Ryan, 14,  asked Elder Barrus if he would take them to Savio's home on Monday so they could teach him about the Priesthood.  Al said they did such a wonderful job, taught him the responsibilities of the Deacon, Teacher and Priest.  Savio and Haury will be Priests by the end of September.  They read through with him For the Strength of Youth book.  The future of the Church is in good hands with such outstanding young men.