Week of August 3-9, 2015
Change has been an inevitable part of our life since we were married almost 36 years ago. Since that time, we have lived in 7 apartments and owned 8 homes in 5 states. When we arrived in Brasil, it was our understanding that we would be assigned to the two branches in Teófilo Otoni for the two years of our mission. However, during our last zone meeting in Nanuque, President and Sister Young invited us to have breakfast with them and suggested that we consider going into Vitória to serve as the mission office staff. They asked us to fast and pray about the assignment, which we did, and then responded that we would do whatever they needed us to do. Last Monday afternoon, August 3, he called us and asked us to come to Vitória to find an apartment and begin transitioning with Elders Carvalho and McDown who are the mission financial and executive secretaries respectively. So we hurriedly arranged to leave Tuesday evening for the all-night bus ride to Vitória and on Wednesday afternoon we went into the office to start the transition.
|Mission office sign for the Missão Brasil Vitória.|
The office is near the Terçeio Ponte (Third Bridge) which connects Vitória (an island) with Vila Velha, a mainland city which is a part of the greater Vitória area. Here's a view of the mission office building and the bridge from the mission office with our apartment building and the Shopping Vitória mall.
|The Brazil Vitória Mission Office is on the 15th floor of the Enseada Office.|
|Terçeiro Ponte (Third Bridge) Vitória to Vila Velha from the Mission Office. Our apartment will be in the high rise on the far left. The Shopping Vitória mall is also visible right of center with the red CINEMARK lettering.|
We will particularly miss the Ipiranga Branch Presidente Marcio Costa and his family who have been very kind and helpful to us. We had them over to our home for Family Home Evening last week and shared with them our latest presentation for the youth - a fireside on dating and morality. Here's a PDF copy (the original was in PowerPoint) of that presentation in both Portuguese and English.
Based on the statistics from the Apple Health app on our phones, during the past four months, we have walked 1,250 miles (10.5 miles per day average), 2.5 million steps (21,000 steps per day average) and 6,000 floors or 13.6 miles vertical climb (50 floors per day average). Since most of Vitória is near the beach and therefore flat, this will be quite a bit easier physically for which we are appreciative. However, during this time we have been able to eat with "reckless abandon" and that will now have to moderate :-). However, while we are still running a high metabolism, we took advantage to have dinner a couple of evenings at the Domino's pizza near our hotel.
|Dominos is a favorite spot of the missionaries. Here's Elder Burkinshaw ordering an "Americana" which has pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions!|
|Elder Carvalho, the current financial secretary, is from São Paulo and has been a great help in the transition. He's a great missionary and after his mission he plans to study law.|
|Elder McDown, the current mission executive secretary, is from Flower Mound, TX. He speaks excellent Portuguese, in part, because his mother is a Brazilian.|
|Elder Burkinshaw in a very familiar pose behind a computer keyboard and monitor.|
Sunday evening we took a walk along the beach just across the street from our hotel. It's still winter here in Brasil, so the temperatures during the day ranges from the 60's in the morning to the 80's in the afternoon, so it's quite pleasant. Here's a selfie we took along the beach.
|Walking along the beach in Victória. We walked a couple of miles but turned around when we felt the garoa (drizzle) and got back to the hotel just as the heavy rain began.|
|Early morning picture outside our hotel window. The shore is beautiful.|
|Adelaide Hannah Burkinshaw our 21st grandchild.|
|Ewan and Adelaide (Molly says she is most like Ewan was as a baby--a good sleeper!!|
"And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." (Ether 12:6)
Elder and Sister Burkinshaw