|John’s Sunset shot from the front of our apartment|
– note the sky line.
Meanwhile, during seminary time, I have been teaching music lessons to one of the younger brothers using the organ in the chapel since he did not have access to a keyboard at his home. I have two youth and one adult who seem to be taking lessons seriously and two other people who like the idea of playing but have not yet caught the concept of practicing (repetition to help embed the learning and make it natural). John has even started practicing since he listens in on the majority of lessons while I am teaching.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012, was noteworthy because we had so many area authorities arrive at our small building for our branch meetings. District Presidente Guilherme Lustoza Araujo and his wife and two beautiful children; district primary and young woman’s presidents; Presidente Lustoza, a counselor in the mission presidency and father of Presidente Araujo; a driver named Brother Helãman all arrive before the 9 a.m. meetings. They greeted many of the members by name and were great representatives of the igreja (church). So they attended the block meetings ending with sacrament meeting – when we found that Presidente Cordon, Sister Cordon, and their son Dallin had arrived to participate in the release of the branch presidency who have been serving since 2007.
Cordons – Elders – Presidente McKinney
The Cordons and Elders Brooksby and Affonso ate lunch at our home. There was a period of time while the new Branch Presidency counted offerings and the Elders helped some of the young investigators return to their homes that I was able to visit with the Cordons in our apartment. Dallin is 15 and in international school in Curitiba. We talked about the advantages of having a broader education – knowing people from all over the world – and I think he is probably already a great missionary in his own right.
from the Biehns.
The week that followed involved a lot of study and preparation. We did spend a little time at the branch going through materials in the president’s and clerk’s offices and the library. There is a lot to be recycled in old leadership manuals. The Elders would like to make up Christmas baskets of the extra copies of old lesson manuals that are stacked in the library. I will report back later on how that works out.
I was also given the assignment of collecting baptism pictures from the missionaries and putting a Power Point together with the pictures and Christmas music to be shown at the mission Christmas Party December 21st. I am now trying to figure out how to attach the music to the program since, of course, the Power Point is a newer version than I have previously used. Wish me luck! I have found some beautiful music. Remember, I am trying to prepare Portuguese lyrics. I am learning from these translations that interpretations of language are broader than I would have imagined before.
|Adela & Kris at Oishis' with Elder McKinney|
souvenir to add to my collection! |
Our 1st Christmas decoration here.
One purchase that we have still been unable to make is that of a good fan. It is getting warmer here every day. With the humidity, 90 degrees gets pretty warm. It is warm enough that I have acquired some blisters on my heat rash. I am working on overcoming that! Elder McKinney just roams around trying to get cool enough to sleep at night.