Wednesday, November 15, 2017
In Brazil, the law is you have to be married civilly before you can be married in the Temple. The morning after their wedding at the Tatui Branch Chapel, we went to pick up Edsen and Debora to take them to the Campinas Temple. It is about an hour and a half drive from Tatui. Edsen told us Friday night to pick him up at Dalva's the next morning. We arrived at Dalva's at 7 a.m. We woke Dalva up but she said Edsen wasn't there and she wasn't sure where he was. So the saga continues..... We decided to pick up Debora and she would know where Edsen was. We went to Debora's and clapped and Edsen came walking out. Debora had stayed at Angelica's the night before because the water at her home had been turned off. Debora needed to go back to her place to get her make-up and hair stuff. We got there and it wasn't there so she thought it might be at the Church. Just as we arrived at the Church, she decided to just use Edsen's sister's make-up since she was coming with us also. We picked up Edsen's sister and Edsen and Al had to run in and give his other sister's baby a blessing because he had been sick all night running a fever. It was close to 8 a.m. when we were on the road to the Temple. It was a beautiful day and so beautiful in the Temple Sealing Room. We felt so blessed to be a part of their memorable day to be sealed for time and eternity.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
One year ago today, we began our mission. The year has gone by so fast. We have been so blessed as has our family. We are so thankful for all the support and encouragement we have received from family, friends and our Pella Second Ward family. We are looking forward to the next six months here in Tatui working with and loving the wonderful friends here.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Picture 6: Beautiful crypt. Many of the crypts have statues on them. None of the burial places are in the ground, all are above ground. Many of them are granite. Granite here is very reasonable, much of the granite used in the States is from Brazil.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
They were up out of their chairs dancing to the music and clapping. They have a good time. A clip was shown of the famous Brazilian soccer player, Pele, making a goal. You would have thought they were watching it live and it just happened! Fun, fun, fun!
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
We went to a park that was huge and very lush and beautiful. Most everyone in Brazil has a dog or more, parked at the side of the street in the park was a van that was a mobile pet wash and groomer. That is service!
After arriving at Jo and Ricardo's we went to the Sao Paulo Temple and went through an endowment session. The Sao Paulo Temple is elegant, elegant. The wood is a luxurious dark cherry color. There is a wonderful story that goes with the type of wood that was used. There are beautiful stained glass murals as you come in.
Picture 4: Antonio, Jo, Gloria, Kathy and Al. We are standing in front of the Theatro Municipal. It is a beautiful, elegant theatre. It reminded me of the Pantages in Los Angeles. We saw ballet that was called the Ballet of the Blind. All the dancers were either blind, deaf or handicapped in some way. It was heartwarming and inspiring to see how they had overcome their challenges so beautifully in their ballet performances.
Pictures 5 and 6: We went to the Mercado, a huge, huge market. Booths are set up by individuals selling fruits, vegetables, gifts, cheeses, anything you can think of. Upstairs were restaurants where we had lunch. They are famous for their 'Dagwood' sandwiches.
Pictures 7, 8 and 9: Jo and I at another park. Orchids just grow wild in Brazil, eye candy.
Pictures 10 and 11: At the Mercado we bought some fruit. The fruit guy was quite the salesman, he kept slicing off these different fruits to try. After a while you felt obligated to buy something. The fruits above are Pitaya Amarela (Dragon Fruit), Dekopon, Granadilla and Kiwi Gold. The Dragon Fruit is delicious, sweet and smooth. Fruit in Brazil is very inexpensive so we didn't ask how much the Dragon Fruit was, we should have! When we went to pay for it all, the Dragon Fruit was about $12 American dollars apiece! Good thing it was so good!