Thursday, November 6, 2014

Greetings from Brasil 11/5/2014

Dear Family,

We send our greetings at the end of another busy week of missionary work, from Belo Horizonte. Our schedule continues as busy as every with our three wards. We are grateful when a member offers us a ride from one end of the Stake to the other. It feels like we have discovered an extra hour of our lives.

Sunday, the bishop of Pampulha Ward announced that a set of missionaries will return to the area next week. Some of the members have been reawakened to the need for their participation in missionary work in the area. After a ward lunch on Sunday, the bishopric organized ward members to visit people that we have been teaching these past months. At least they have taken a first step.

We are spending much of our time searching and teaching in the Lagoa Ward. This has been challenging as some of the neighborhoods are not as well connected by public transportation as areas in Pampulha Ward.

For our preparation day, we spent the day in Caeté, another nearby town in the former gold mining region. It is the 5th oldest city in Minas Gerais. It is a small town that still has its 18th century baroque church. We also visited a church on top of the nearby Serra de Piedade mountain. We enjoyed the day away from the big city.

With the hot weather here, the appearance of Santa Claus decorations seems a bit out of place. While theU.S. has passed through elections and Halloween, Brazil has passed through elections and the Day of the Dead holiday. Like the U.S., people here complain that Christmas marketing started too early.

That’s all for now.



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