Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Greetings from Brazil (28 May 2014)

Dear Family,
We are happy to report that we have had another productive and interesting week here in Belo Horizonte. We have our daily routine of study, lunch with members, bumpy bus rides, long walks up steep cobblestoned streets, and visits with interesting people. At times, we have to explain that we are not here to be tourists or to attend the World Cup games, but that we are here with an important message that we have a Heavenly Father who knows each of us, who hears and answers our prayers, and who has a marvelous plan for us and our families, if we will exercise a little faith.
Visiting with people brings new and different opportunities every day. And, as Elder Anderson stated, the blessings that we receive are better and different than we could imagine. Our week has included visits with people who are making commitments to change their lives, people who want to return to full participation in the Gospel, and of course those who still trying to nurture their small faith to expand their understand of the eternal nature of the gospel.
Final preparations are underway for the World Cup games that begin in June. Watch for games in Belo Horizonte. On a past P-day, we were visiting a famous church here in Pampulha while a crew from CNN was preparing reports for the World Cup games. We expect the influx of tourists soon. Last week, we visited with a member (college student) who was happy to show us the tickets that he won to the games here. The universities have conducted classes on Saturdays so that they can be closed during the tournament. While many people are excited about the games, everyone we talk to is concerned about the costs when there are health and education needs that need to be addressed. There is a vocal opposition to the World Cup that is expected to continue to promote demonstrations and disruptions.
That’s all for now. We hope to hear from you all.


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