We have been going through files on the computer to organize our work so someone else can figure out what we have been doing. For example we had over 100 PowerPoints, some duplicates, some previous versions, some in development, and some never used. Being the end of the month, Diane started compiling the metrics for technology specialists.
We had an early meeting Wednesday with the director of finances for the area to figure out how to handle travel. He said we could get a credit card to use for travel. It will make it much easier (especially for our replacements). I was surprised when I arrived at the Portuguese class on Wednesday. They had treats and some thank-you gifts to show appreciation for teaching the class. It was really thoughtful.
Friday morning I took Diane to the hospital so she could have them check on her ankle she sprained three months ago and still hurts. The hospital is only a block from our apartment complex.
|The Leforte Hospital|
The Hales had a big Saturday activity planned and invited anyone to go along. It ended up we were the only other ones to go, so we had a foursome.
We took the bus to the metro station then walked to the Butantan Institute (part of the University of São Paulo). It is a biological research center specializing in microbiology and antivenin for snakes.
The institute has a large collection of laboratories and museums in a wooded area.
|Selfy outside the Microbiology Exhibit|
|Ready to walk up the path to the institute|
|One of the tree museums|
|Snake in the grass|
|In front of the library|
|Elder Hale talkes to members|
|Boa constrictor in a tree|
|Workers preparing another exhibit|
|No, Paul, that's a stack of glass bottles, not a microscope|
|Microscopes in the exhibit hall|
|Famous scientists in microbiology|
|Looks like a Mormon minivan|
|Snake in the glass|
|The history museum|
|Old scales (major or minor?)|
|Serpents on the wall and pathway|
|Leaving the institute|
|Nossa Senhora do Brasil|
|Azulejos - Portuguese tile|
|Is this the Cistene Chapel?|
|Flower outside the church|
|Sis Hale's new home|
|Home Depot São Paulo style|
|This house had at least 20 bathrooms|
|Exhibit of Brazilian city profiles|
We had another fast Sunday today. They seem to come quicker than when we first arrived in Brazil. We start with Priesthood/Relief Society meetings at 9am then have Sunday School, followed by Sacrament Meeting. There are a lot of people who like to bear their testimonies. They keep them short so more people can participate. Technology is alive and well in the Church (at least in São Paulo). Today in priesthood meeting the pianist used an iPad for a hymn book, the conductor used his iPhone, and several of us used iPads. Who needs books?