We were scheduled for Family Home Evening for Monday night. Diane led a discussion on the conference talk "The Music of the Gospel" by Elder Wilford W. Anderson which was followed by a cultural activity "Music of Brazil" - a presentation of traditional music from the various regions of Brazil.
During the week we looked at possible travel arrangements for attending Dad's memorial service in Washington state. Elder Costa, the Area President, gave us permission to go. Reservations all came together, so we decided to return to the USA for a week.
On Saturday Elder Hall called and asked if we wanted to go to Praça Republica with them. He was looking for a butterfly tray and there are many booths there on Saturday and Sunday.
|Off we go for the outing on Saturday|
|Artwork on display at Praça Republica|
|Elder Hall talking to an angel|
|This would make quite a meal of shrimp|
|New hat from the hat booth|
June is a special month in Brazil for celebrating the saints - John, Paul, and Anthony. Different areas of the country celebrate different saints at different times, but it ends up in a celebration called Junina. It's a chance to look to the country life (like Sadie Hawkins). Many dress up as cowboys or hillbillies, eat corn on the cob, and play silly games. Our ward held the activity on Saturday night.
They had a big slide for the kids.
The corn on the cob was like field corn and reminded us of Canada.
they also had a lot of other goodies to eat. They liked my hat for the party.
Not everyone dressed up, but those who did had a lot of fun.
Sunday was our Ward Conference. The high priests were responsible for a special musical number. A group of us sang "Nearer My God to Thee". We actually sang in harmony (I was bass, of course) which is not common in Brazil.
|Setting up the food for Junina|
|We didn't go on the slide|
|This is your share!|
|The ladies of Junina|