|Elder McKinney waiting outisde|
Bonsucesso Chapel in Guarapuava
|More Spring blossoms |
- the wind is starting to blow them away
|This truck is carrying the gas canisters that we use to cook with - one of these sits by the side of our stove. |
We watched them unload the truck while we waited for the zone leaders to come unlock the gate & let us in.
Friday, the 20th of September, was the first Zone Conference held in Guarapuava since President Fernandes arrived. Elder McKinney and I boarded the bus in Prudentópolis along with Elders Long and Pereira from here and Elders Souza & Bestenlehner from Irati. After our arrival at 7:45, we were able to get in an hour of study before the conference started at 9 a.m.
President Fernandes’ presentation started with this quote:
“Yes, men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.” – Ezra Taft Benson
|Beautiful Bonsucesso Chapel|
|Christ knocking - waiting for us to let him in! |
One of the beautiful pictures in the church & a favorite of mine.
|Parquet flooring is used here and in our building.|
He continued speaking on Faith with some incredible references to scriptures and the words of the prophets. At 12:30 we all walked down the street and had lunch at a local launchenette where they had a meal prepared for the 20 of us with our choice of meats, salads, feijoada, etc. Then they also served a jelato and a fruit cup. It was a group of happy campers that left that meal and returned to training by the mission assistants. Their presentations and practice ended at 4:30 then we caught our bus for home after a long day.
|The Fernandes Family with McKinneys|
|Letter to our family!|
|Elders & investigators clean up roof hole pieces! Notice the light|
shining through the holes in the roof.
|This is what are protected area looked like the next morning.|
Meanwhile when we returned to church the next morning amid a nasty rain storm, we first found the whole chapel was dripping water inside. We moved everything away from the drips and made a place to hold sacrament meeting in the salon. Our attendance was sparse but it was our day to have district leaders. Most of them did not come but Helaman (one of the counselors in the district presidency) and his wife did. We shortened our Sunday School time since none of the teachers were there and broadened the combined RS-Priesthood Meeting and had a slightly longer sacrament meeting.
|Daniel Oishi mopping up chairs in the RS room|
- if you look close on the wallyou can see it dripping.
Elder McKinney’s surgery is scheduled for October 2nd in Garapuava. We had to go get one more blood test to see if it would coagulate properly. Then, he is to stay off his foot as much as possible this week to minimize the swelling in the area that will be operated on. We are holding seminary and all piano lessons in our home, studying a lot, and taking a taxi wherever we need to go.
We had an unusual day when Jill let us know that Vegas, a friend of Rachel’s, had contacted Jill via Facebook and found out from her that Rachel had passed away. It reminded us of the weeks while we traveled to Colorado for the memorial service and the returned home to have a funeral. It is hard to be without Rachel for these last two years and we think of her often. We are so glad for the Plan of Salvation. Hopefully, she and dad are working together.
We had had a week of really warm weather previous to our hail storm and it has been followed by some pretty cool days. We have been here a year today and are starting to recognize the same pattern of days that we had when we arrived.
We are in a beautiful place. As I hung the wash on Monday it was like being in the Bird House at the Zoo—there were so many various different foreign sounding chirps and warbles. As the various insects become active again, we are so grateful for the screens on our windows. Thanks to Jeremy & his boys for helping me find screen while I was home in April and to Andrew for cutting them to size, we are in a lot better shape this spring than last.
It is hard for the finite mind to imagine God creating the world but we know he did. May we all recognize our great blessings every day. We are looking forward to General Conference. Hopefully, we will all take to heart what we are taught by living prophets – especially for us – in our day.
Love, Casal McKinney
|CTR room sign - Bonsucesso|
|Valiant sign - Bonsucesso|
|Another favorite picture in the hallway of Bonsucesso|