Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bíblia Sagrada

This has been a furious week getting ready for training with a lot of emails going back and forth to technology specialists, stake presidents, and area seventies. 

Sister Wheeler had a real missionary experience this Monday. We often greeted a lady on the way to the office. We finally stopped to talk and found out her name was Iraci. Sister Wheeler bought a Book of Mormon to give to her and made a list of Ginny's favorite scriptures about the Savior. We went quite a while before we saw her again, but on Monday we passed her and gave her the Book of Mormon and Sister Wheeler gave her a hug. We don't know the results, but at least Sister Wheeler made the effort.

After a long wait we finally were able to download the LDS edition of the bible in Portuguese. It is linked to all of the other scriptures. We had downloaded a bible and would go back and forth during lessons, but now it is all linked together. A team had been working for years and it was finally released this week. The printed edition will come out next year.

Small palm trees at the temple
We don't have many pictures to show unless we go out on Saturday. This time we went to Barra Funda, the end of the metro on the northwest side of town.

We went through the Memorial for Latin America, a group of buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the designer of Brasîlia.

Memorial of Latin America
One building was a huge art gallery, almost empty except for a few photos on the walls.
Represents the Dominican Republic
Another gallery had large panels of carved stone showing scenes from the Americas.
Panels of stone murals
Detail of a mural
 Many of the buildings had ponds surrounding them
The mote
 There were also cute figures.
I like the one on the right
 And a giant Latin American hand.
All hands up!
 From there we went to Parque da Água Branca, which was a school of architecture turned into a park. It was a lot of fun to walk around the park.
Fish pond
Reading station
 It must have been scout day because there were a lot of scouts working on their pioneering merit badge. The troops seem to be mixed. We had a nice chat with this group.
This is a school of architecture, isn't it?
One delight was coming across these men singing real Musical Caipira, the old-time country music from the interior of São Paulo. It is sung as a duet with the melody playing the guitar and the other singing a 6th higher. It was a lot of fun listening to them.

The Música Caipira trio?

 The park also included a small, but very nice geology museum. Now I can name all of the minerals in Portuguese - oops, I have a teflon brain and it's all gone.

 There were some interesting buildings that reminded us a bit of India.
This building has an open floor plan
 It was hot and we needed a treat. Soft ice-cream cones fit the bill. Choose your flavor and he adds the  flavoring as he makes the cone.
Making ice-cream cones
 It worked well because I ate the top and Diane ate the cone.
Maracujá ice-cream cone
 It was hot and old people get tired so they had a Praça do Idoso (Square of the Aged).
This old man has had it
 We walked to a mall close by and had a Mineira lunch, food they fix in Minas Gerais. It was good food.
Lunch time
We had training today at the São Paulo Interlagos council. We took a bus to ElDorado Shopping then a train along the river.

Waiting for the train
The river is so contaminated it smells like a sewer all along it.
Don't let the nice reflection fool you
 We had a metro ride then a walk to the Santo Amaro chapel.
Santo Amaro stake center
Two missionaries on a hot day
 We enjoyed giving the training. In the future the Council Technology Specialists will give the training to the coordinating councils.
São Paulo Interlagos council
It has been a busy, but good day.

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