|Prudentopolis-Irati District Missionaries 1-3-13|
Elders Een, Smith, Affonso, McKinney, Brooksby & me.
|This is the barbecue in the side of our patio wall.|
The grill for the hamburgers is inserted in the brick.
|AJs package - The GU added by the office elders|
means Guarapuava Zone - which we are in.
I have spent time in making Christmas presentations: for the mission party, for the primary children to the music Mary, Did you Know with the translation in Portuguese, and downloading the Church Christmas version of O Emmanuel so the branch members could see the beautiful scenes from Christ’s life. I have also gone through the branch library to find out what they have and catalogue items. The bulletin boards were pretty boring and had never been changed in the time that we had been here so I used the gospel art kit and the nursery manual pictures to put up the life of Christ--centered around nativity scenes. I then used the unopened primary resource packets to do boards in the Jr. and Sr. primary classrooms. I have become very popular with the children as a supplier of coloring materials. I try to have a sheet for each child every week that corresponds to either the sharing time theme or the lesson material they are supposed to be learning that week. Last week we talked about Joseph Smith and the gifts he has given us because of the 1st vision. The 4 sheets for sharing time were about the Book of Mormon translation, having the restoration of the true church on the earth, having the priesthood restored, and knowing the Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and responds. I found it interesting the two of the young boys who are investigators knew much more about Joseph Smith than the member children. (However, we will have to talk to one of them about the crosses he put atop the church building he drew.) The most popular coloring sheet was of the first vision. One of our goals is to help the members feel the Spirit and identify it. We are worried about the children and their lack of testimony.
Our best Christmas gift was being able to call home on December 29th and talk to the family right after Jeremy was able to baptize and confirm Cy with the support of the Utah relatives. We are so grateful that both of the boys are now baptized and hope that they will lead out in reading their scriptures. We would love to tell the children here about the testimonies of our grandchildren.
However, our most creative gift was the video that Andrew sent of him working in our garage at home. He has made a wall of storage shelves around the freezer. We watched the fast motion video and picked out he and Jeremy the first time. Then we looked again and saw Phillip and Cami also involved. We are so grateful for all of our children and their thoughtfulness. We are glad when they can work together even though we are not at home.