Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Greetings from Brazil 7/2/2014

Dear Family,
The past week has passed rapidly for us here in Pampulha. The winter weather is cooler (only in the 80s) and the sun is not overhead in the afternoon. The current second most popular pastime (after futebol/soccer) is kite flying by adults and children alike.
The World Cup game between Brazil and Chile was here last week. I don’t know if any of the coverage of the game in the U.S. showed any of the sites around Belo Horizonte. People that we talk with are pessimistic Brazil’s chances going forward. However, there is a level of excitement about the tournament. People are wearing their Brazil team shirts. Cars are decked out with flags. Various neighborhoods have strung up banners, flags, and bunting. Some have even painted their sidewalks green, yellow, and blue. We will see if the party continues after their game with Colombia on Friday.
Our work goes well. At our zone meeting last week, the mission and stake presidents emphasized the need for conversion as well as activation of worthy priesthood holders. The goal is a challenging one that requires the service of the missionaries as well as the local leaders and members. This goal aligns with our efforts in the ward. The stake president made a visit with us to a members returning to church. We were grateful for his added instruction and testimony.
I have now had my second birthday in Brazil. A friend from the ward organized a party for me at our apartment. Per local tradition, everyone brought food and refreshments for the party. It was a great evening with our new Brazilian friends. We look forward to the opportunity to return the kindness in service here and hopefully when they visit us in the States after our mission. I am grateful for the opportunities that come from serving a mission with your Mom/Diane.
That’s all for now.

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