Thursday, October 30, 2014

Greetings from Brasil 10/29/2014

Dear Family,
We hope that you are all well. We are happy to report another busy week for us here in Belo Horizonte. We continue our travels between our three wards. We have been happy to expand our contacts in the Pampulha Stake. Since last week, we have kept busy teaching as well as searching for members on the ward rolls. We are surprised by the number of people who have moved out of the area without members being aware of their absence. However, we are especially dismayed to learn that some member have passed away unnoticed.
We had a well-deserved P-Day today. We made a trip to the mission office for supplies. We find that the office elders are especially grateful (and helpful) when Diane brings them treats (such as today’s brownies). The energy of the presidential election held Sunday has been suddenly replaced by preparations for Christmas. Today, however, we were unable to find the right crèche to bring back with us.
This morning, we attended the setting apart of a young sister from the Pampulha Ward as a missionary. He enters theMission Training Center in São Paulo this evening. Sister Freitas will be serving in the Brazil São Paulo East Mission. She is a convert of about 2 years. She is the only member of her family. Many ward members, but no family members, were in attendance. Sister Freitas has happily shared the gospel and her testimony with many people in the area, including Rodrigo who was baptized last month. Diane has developed a special relationship with her since our arrival.
May we ask a favor? We would appreciate it if you would all (including those that see our blog) send her a letter today for her first preparation day. Don’t worry if it is in English. Her mission e-mail address is:
Thank you!

Best wishes to all.

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