We had a nice District Meeting with all of the other missionaries using their new iPads. We even had a role play on safe use of iPads.
|On the white board for district meeting|
We were so excited we didn't know what to do next to get ready, so we went for a long walk to sort things out. It helped a lot. We had two lessons scheduled with the elders for the evening. At the first family the father was working (at home we think) and the mother in the bath so we talked to the 8-year-old daughter for while. No one was home at the second family either so we went with the elders to Iceberg for shakes (too big to eat). We tried the family again with the same results. We stopped by to say goodbye to the bishop and his family then went back home.
Wednesday was packing and errand-running day. We had our exit interview with President Chambers then had a FHE with the Francisco family who had several non-member friends and family visiting from Brazil. It was a good opportunity to show them the importance of family and what FHE is all about.
Thursday we went to Logan to drop off all of our kitchen utensils we are not taking to Brazil. It was a trunk load. It was good to see the family again. We took them all to Chick-Fil-A for our last dinner with them.
|The last supper|
We got to the airport at about 9am for an 11:15 flight to Atlanta. the family came to see us off.
After a brief layover in Atlanta we were on our way to Brazil. It was a long overnight flight. I couldn't sleep and passed the time watching movies. My feet are just too big. At least they had some gluten-free food for me.
We had an interesting drive across São Paulo to our apartment, which is very nice.
|Who's this crazy bunch?|
|Family at the airport|
|Andrea's turn to send us off on a mission|
We arrived about 6:15 am São Paulo time (3 hours ahead of Salt Lake).We were met at the airport by Elder Zaugg and Elder Hall. Paulo (from the ICS office) came later and took our luggage.
|Our welcoming committee|
|Brazil area office building|
|Paulo and Sister Wheeler on top of the building|
|São Paulo countryside|
|São Paulo Temple|
|São Paulo Stake Center|
We then went shopping to get some groceries for the weekend. Actually the senior couples supplied us with some essential food, but we wanted to see what was available. There is a supermarket (Pão de Açucar) a short block away, a Walmart beyond that and a mall across the street from the Temple. There are also some small stores along the street. While we were in Pão de Açucar there was a man singing Bossa Nova music for background music. He told me he had a nephew who served a mission.
|Fish department of the supermarket|
|Background music for the supermarket|
The São Paul Stake had stake conference this weekend. We went to the Saturday night session. It was hard staying awake. We went to the main session Sunday morning. After the conference we were greeted by Paulo and Zuleika Grahl whom I knew in Alegrete as a young missionary. Paulo is the stake patriarch and we worked with their grandson (Elder Grahl Baptista) in the Portuguese ward in Salt Lake.
|The Grahls and us|
Last Sunday evening we were looking forward to four lessons we marked for the week and going to the temple with the missionaries. Little did we know we would get our visas, fulfill our missionary effort in Salt Lake, pack, make a trip to Logan, and be in Brazil all during this week. Tomorrow we start our mission as Area Technology Specialists in Brasil.