We also attended our zone conference in Guarapuava on Dezembro 10th. We were served by the zone leaders as they went around and polished each set of shoes. We also learned about following instructions by folding Christmas trees from a square of paper. John went to receive the instructions by ear and then came to teach me how to make the tree without using his hands to show me how to do it. He was very good at relaying the instructions from his memory and we were able to make our tree. However, when they gave us the written instructions with pictures included, it was much easier to complete the task. In true missionary fashion I believe that they want us to teach others to read the instructions to life via the Book of Mormon. It makes things so much easier. We have been very fortunate to get to know this much of Elders for two transfers now. I think we will probably get to meet some new ones when transfers happen the week after Christmas.
|Tree floating in the pond |
in a local neighborhood
President Cordon assigned me to prepare a slide show for the Mission Christmas program. For the last three P-days I have received e-mails from the mission elders. Each of them sending one of their baptisms for the year. This will be the only "White Christmas" that we will have this year as it is getting warmer everyday here.
We have about 2 mm of rainfall a day on average. The clouds roll in and drop a significant amount of rain for a girl from the deserts of Utah. I really have to time my wash so I can hang it out to dry between the daily storms. Then the clouds roll on and the sun comes out and the sky is blue and hot like nothing happened.
Anyway, I currently have a 114 slide PowerPoint Presentation that I am putting The Piano Guys Christmas hymns to. (I have had fun purchasing and downloading this music from their website.) We will show it as part of the Christmas Party that we will all attend in Curitiba on Friday.
|This park is downtown in Prudentópolis. |
The white of the candy canes is the spray painted ends of pop bottles.
The second project was for Padre Albino whose project allows the families of the indigent patients served by the hospital to stay while they await the care of their loved ones. Many come with only the shirts on their back and have no other resources. This project would provide hygiene kits and possible newborn type kits to these people. When we met with the Padre we also met the head of his board of directors and they decided that they could decide how to spend their alloted money with out a board meeting that will not happen until after the holidays.
The third project is for Visilio Sao Vincente which is a asylum for elderly patients (an old folks home of sorts). We met with them last week to present the proposal and then again yesterday to order materials. They choose to spend their money on pillows and sheets for the patients. These will be made locally at two different stores. Margolí is the woman in charge of the facility. Again, she and her assistant prepared their priority list and were ready for us when we came to go shopping. she was very professional and caring.
The remarkable thing about the two projects that have moved along is that as we explain the sacredness of the donations and the responsibility of spending the money carefully, they agree. The merchants have given discounts and even thrown in free labor on both projects. There will be publicity for the church as well as for their facilities because they are grateful and because they hope it will motivate others to contribute.
We have had more investigators at church. On Sunday we finally had our children's Sacrament Meeting program. All 12 children (including 3 investigators) sang their hearts out. I expected to see parents in the audience but we also had the local post master and his wife-to-be last Sunday. He has been very friendly with us and is investigating the church.
One less welcome visitor arrived at our home last week. I was grateful this one was caught in a trap.