Sunday, February 21, 2016


We are in Brasília this week.

Monday was spent getting ready for Family Home Evening. It was our turn again. The lesson was on the history of the First Quorum of Seventy - how it was formed, lost, then formed again. Diane fixed a nice Chicken Pineapple Salad for dinner with valentine sugar cookies for desert. It is not easy to find heart-shaped cookie cutters here, but she was able to pinch round cookies into the shape of a heart. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening - especially the food.

Tuesday was completely different than expected. We had a meeting scheduled with Emerson to go over the presentation he will give the seventies in our behalf (since we will be in Brasília the day of the meeting). He hurt his leg and was at home so Paulo and I went to his house for him to sign some papers and review the presentation. While there we got a call to go to the police station as soon as possible to renew our visas. We got a taxi, met Fabiano (our facilitator) then went through quite a process for renewal since we were the first to be renewed using the new system. The others would make an application then wait forever for the renewal, hoping it was renewed before they went home. Tuesday night was our first English class of the term.

Wednesday was spent making a new slide for the presentation Emerson will give. In the afternoon we gave a class on the Leadership Pattern, a Portuguese class, and were able to get ready for our trip to Brasília.

Thursday we caught a cab and went to Congonhas Airport and flew to Brasília. Lehi, the CTS for Brazilia met us at the airport, took us to the bus station to buy tickets for Goiânia, then took us to the Shopping for a late, but very good, lunch. He then took us to our hotel to check in.

Brasil 21 Suites 
Our hotel is right across the street from the TV Tower, which provides a nice view of the city.

TV Tower
We actually do love Brasília
View from the tower
At the top of the tower we met a family that were members of the church. Marcos, the father, remembered David Babbel when he was mission president here and related two stories he remembered from talks David gave.

Marcos and family
Since we had a nice, late lunch we were not very hungry so we went to the Shopping close to the hotel and bought ice cream sundaes from McDonalds and some pipoca (sweetened popped corn like hominy) from a street vender.

Friday was our day with Joênio, the FM. He picked us up at the hotel and took us to the FM office so we could go over the training we have for FMs. It went very well.

Joânio (sitting) and his assistant Eclemilson
Just as we were finishing Sister Rowe came over. We knew Elder and Sister Rowe in Salt Lake when we were all waiting for visas. They helped us get started with the Meetinghouse technology work. They are now the office couple for the Brasília Mission. Their office is next door to the FM office.

Elder and Sister Rowe
 We all walked over to the nearby Shopping for lunch then we went with Joênio to visit three chapels and discuss changes needed for the new webcast. On the way back he took us across the JK Bridge   (I´m not Just Kidding, the bridge was named after Brazilian president Jucelino Kubitschek who had Brasília built in the middle of nowhere).
JK Bridge
 After we got back to the hotel we went to the shopping and had some panelinhas, meat and rice in small pots.
Panelinhos for dinner
Saturday was our training day. Lehi picked us up at the hotel and took us to the Asa 
Sul chapel for the training meeting. It was really good to see him take charge in the training of the STSs with the FM there as part of the team. If this can be established in all of the coordinating councils in Brazil they will be on their way to self-sufficiency.

Training meeting in Brasília
 The stake was having a meeting with the bishoprics, which included lunch. We were invited to eat with them - gluten-free stroganoff.

Brasília was laid out in the shape of an airplane, with north and south wings. It included man-made lakes. Brasília became the capital of Brazil in 1960. We have actually enjoyed the city.
An airplane called Brasília
 On Saturday afternoon we decided to see some of the sights. We started by going to the Arts Feira by the TV Tower, which had a lot of handicrafts and souvenirs. From there we took a bus to the bus station then walked to the Praça dos Três Poderes, the center of government in Brazil. We went to see the National Museum. It was a big, empty dome with only a few black-and-white photos.
National Museum
Next door was the Metropolitan Cathedral. It was very impressive.

Metropolitan Cathedral
Inside the cathedral
 On the way to the National Congress we saw two owls on the lawn.
Whooo is this?
 The Brazilian congress building is known throughout the world for its modern architecture.
Congress building
Justice is blind at the Supreme Tribunal
Os Guerreiros
 With all our riding and walking around, today was a day of protection. It started out when we left the hotel this morning. we were inches of being in an accident when another car cut in front of us. While waiting for the bus after seeing the Praça dos Três Poderes a man came by and offered us a ride and was quite insistent. We held our ground and waited for the bus. People are often robbed or kidnapped in this way. While riding on the bus another man came in front of the bus with a huge rock, which he threw at the windshield of the bus. It fell short of the bus and everyone was OK. for some reason the man was angry at the bus. There is a saying in Brazil about throwing rocks at the moon, meaning someone is crazy. What does it mean to throw rocks at a bus?

We walked back to a Shopping on the north wing and had a nice fish dinner at Coco Bambu. On the way back to our hotel (on the south wing) the fountain in front of the TV Tower was on - a beautiful sight.
Evening at the TV Tower fountain
 Lehi picked us up and took us to church with him and his family at the Aguas Claras ward. We really enjoyed the meetings (we could hear the speakers). After the meetings we went to his house for lunch. It was really a nice day.
Lehi and his family
Tomorrow we head off to Goiânia, which will be a new adventure.

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