We started our leadership lessons on Monday. Every day from 9-9:30 am we have a "Pattern of Leadership" discussion (following the Savior's way of doing business for Church employees) in English with the ICS group. On Monday, however we were also responsible for the 8 am devotional. Just before noon we were informed that the Swenson's needed to go to the airport with a missionary and couldn't give the Family Home Evening lesson, so Diane prepared one on "O, Divine Redeemer" from Elder Maxwell's talk in 1981 when he was first sustained as an Apostle. She developed a Power Point with videos and music. That's pretty good since last week she had never developed a Power Point. That means we had three presentations on Monday.
Let's introduce some others in our ICS group.
|Helemã - a bright young volunteer|
|Henrique - sits next to me so he gets lots of questions|
|Evanir - a bishop in Santos|
|Vagner - not the composer|
|Fabio and Jonas in front|
|Hanging Easter eggs|
|Our fruit collection|
|A view from our window|
Every Monday and Wednesday the senior couples have a song practice. At the end of the month Elder Christoffersen is coming to visit Brazil and will be speaking in the large mosque in São Paul. We will sing "I am a child of God" as the closing number.
On April Fool's Day Evanir went to the CTM (MTC) to solve some technical problems. We asked if we could tag along so we had a nice tour. Typical of Brazilian facilities it's like a guarded prison complex. Yes, the missionaries can leave the compound, but they have everything they need there.
As I mentioned a lot of the facilities in São Paulo are fenced off and guarded. If you want a job in Brazil, try being a security guard - there are a lot of them around.
Friday was a holiday (Good Friday) so we didn't go into the office. We decided to take the bus to Paulista Avenue, the business and shopping street in town. Even though we got on the wrong bus and had to find another we found it.
|At our practice|
|We made it inside|
|Where does that wire go?|
|Isn't Portuguese fun to learn?|
|The CTM track|
|The guard for the Area offices|
|Resting in the park|
|Artwork in the mall|
|Here is the pica-pau again|
|How would this be in your bed?|
|The big city|
Between sessions of conference on Saturday we went over to the Zaugg's apartment to wish Sister Zaugg a happy birthday. We fit a lot of missionaries into a small apartment for cake and ice cream.
When I turned on the kitchen light we got some sparks and a burning smell. We called maintenance to replace the ballast. Sure enough, the circuit board was burnt. They came by to repare it, so we hope we won't have a fire in the apartment.
Since the first session of conference starts at 1 pm here, we had a little time Sunday morning for a little walk to a park up the street.
Well, another week has passed and we haven't been sick yet. The dange fever seems to be going around. It is estimated that about 100 missionaries in Brazil got it last month.
|A mural on a wall|
|This is called a lake on the park map|