Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day

We are finally unpacked and are getting settled down in our new apartment. We have been working to catch up on the technology side of our mission. It doesn't take long to get behind.

This was transfer week so after our district meeting on Tuesday we took some pictures of the district. Ordinary pictures aren't good enough for this district.
Lehi's family
Lehi's modern family
Nephi and Sam's wives?
Someone brought a mask that many of the missionaries had to try on. In late 17th century Brazil there was a community of runaway slaves in the state of Alagoas called Quilombos dos Palmares (Yoruba for dwelling place). It was led by a man name Zumbi who defended the community from repeated Portuguese attacks until finally Quilombos dos Palmares fell and Zumbi was beheaded. The event is celebrated in November as Zumbi dos Palmares Day or Black Awareness Day.
Zumbi joined the church?
As we went out to the car one morning we found a flock of Cedar Waxwings enjoying the fruit from the flowering pear left in the tree. Spring must be here!
Cedar Waxwings
Crocus - spring must be here
On our way to our training meeting on Wednesday we passed a bright colored store so we decided to investigate after the meeting. This is what we found:
How can you pass this store up?
Her coat just adds to the color
One of the fun things about the store was that they had many miniature things to create a fairy garden.
A fairy garden
We passed by a large store called Scheels, so we stopped by to see what it was like. It is a big sporting goods store. We had lunch (as well as gelato and fudge) in their deli.
Our founding fathers
How's this for a fish tank?
From our apartment we can walk to the Jordan River Parkway. We went out one morning and saw frost on the golf course lawn and a reflecting pond as smooth as glass. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera so you will have to imagine what it would have been like.
Just add a little frost
Our reflecting pond
Feeding the ducks
As we went walking on Friday I noticed I wasn't wearing my glasses, which was strange. When we returned to the apartment we couldn't find them anywhere. We finally gave up and said a little prayer to help find them. We decided to walk along the street where we had walked in the morning and Diane remembered that a tree had attacked me along the way. A branch hit me in the face. Sure enough, we found my glasses on the lawn under the tree that knocked them off without me being aware of it.
I like this house with a great view
We visited several families this week. One of them is the Peart family. He was a missionary in Brazil and she is from Brazil.
The Peart family
The stake had a dinner dance for Valentine's Day. The dinner was roast beef, mashed potatoes and carrots, so I was able to eat - great! 
Two missionary valentines
For our entertainment we had Luis Meneghan sing for us. For those who follow "America's Got Talent" you will remember the Utahn who spoke with a Brazilian accent and brought the audience to tears with his opera singing.
Luiz Meneghan
 We then had a fun dance. It was casual, except for the missionaries.
The Wheelers and the Wheats
As I mentioned we had transfers this week. Elder Telles went south to Herriman and Elder Grahl Batista is training a new missionary, Elder Araújo. He's from Brazil, but his family moved to South Carolina about a year ago. Welcome Elder Araújo!
Elder Grahl Batista and Elder Araújo

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