Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A couple weeks ago Elder Barrus was in the Supermercado with Paulo, the other counselor in the Branch Presidency, when a young lady approached and said, "Elder Barrus, I am Erika from English class." She had attended for awhile and had to quit because of her work schedule.
She said she was interested in our church and had been studying about it in on the internet. She wanted to know when our meetings started. Elder Barrus, Elder Langford and Elder Campos have been teaching her and her fiance, Joao. Joao graduated in philosophy. They both attended Church on Sunday and really enjoyed it. When they are baptized they will be real assets to our Branch.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Top photo: This is a little store we popped into as we were walking back to our apartment. These bins were full of all kinds of flours, spices, nuts and herbs. We purchased a jar of dolce de leite and had a delightful visit with the young lady who waited on us. She had lived in Santa Barbara, California for a year and spoke English very well. As we were getting ready to leave she said, wait, I want to give you a gift. She gave us another jar of dolce de leite with pineapple. I am constantly amazed at how kind and generous the Brazilian people are.
Photo #2: Motorcycles are the common mode of transportation here. They are a daring group of people, on a one way, narrow cobblestone street, you will have a moto pass you on both sides at once! It is very fortunate that it is the law here you have to wear a helmet, you never, ever see anyone without a helmet when they are on their moto.
Photos 3 and 4: Every morning Al and I walk over to this beautiful park to walk and exercise. They have a wonderful array of exercise machines and beautiful walkways with huge, manga trees. We've never seen a tree here lose their leaves in the nine months we've been here. They just bloom and bloom!
Bottom Photo: Early in the morning, all over Tatui, you will see workers sweeping the streets by hand with brooms that are made with a bamboo handle and palm fronds to sweep with.