Weeks of August 10-29, 2015
Following a week and a half of training in the mission office, we boarded the bus from Vitória to Teófilo Otoni at 9:00pm Thursday evening, August 13 and arrived there at about 8:00am Friday morning. The FitBit said we did not sleep at all which is accurate. We took a quick shower and then took the Elders and our favorite taxi driver, Cleiton, to lunch.
On Friday afternoon, Irmão Winston Franklin da Silva called and asked if we could give him a priesthood blessing, so we arranged to go by to visit him. Elders Machado and Chaves met us there and Elder Chaves annointed and I sealed the annointing. Since Franklin was recently ordained an Elder, we made it a teaching experience and also gave him his own small vial of consecrated oil to keep on his key chain and a booklet of chapter 20 of Handbook 2 Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings (in Portuguese). He seemed genuinely touched and appreciative. He then offered to take us to our next appointment which was a special family home evening.
|Irmão Winston Franklin da Silva, a recent convert who was ordained an Elder who we have been teaching about church government.|
|Family home evening (l to r) Rebeca, Daiane and Jeanderson do Anjos, Elder Machado, Elder Chaves, Marcelo Barbosa, Karina Soares, her father Alvino da Silva and a neighbor.|
|Changing a flat tire with Irmão Alvino da Silva after Family Home Evening. The process was quick and it was more work to get the tools out than change the tire - pois é!|
|The Primary children and their parents at the Fathers Day activity. If our family moved to the Branch, our 21 grandchildren would more than double the attendance!|
|The "egg on a spoon in your mouth" relay race at the Primary Fathers Day activity.|
|The gunnysack relay race at the Primary Fathers Day activity. Elder Burkinshaw and Presidente Costa were very competitive. Presidente Costa went a little too fast and fell just before this picture was taken--Elder Burkinshaw won!!|
|At Donna Pizza to honor Elder Daniel who turns 25 the following day (Sunday). Elder Machado and Elder Oliveira not shown because Elder Oliveira was home with a sore foot. It was matching tie day for the Elder's, two black and two pink (ha, ha).|
|Elder Daniel's birthday present from Sister Burkinshaw - a jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter.|
|Elder Burkinshaw with Pedro Filgueiras who will soon receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.|
|Sister and Elder Burkinshaw with Juliano da Silva, Teófilo Otoni Branch President.|
|Elder and Sister Burkinshaw with Bruna Pires, Sister Burkinshaw's best English student.|
|With recently baptized Rayssa de Oliveira and her grandparents and younger sister.|
|With Franklin Fernandes who just received his mission call to Brasilia starting in October.|
|With the family of Celso Vogel. Daniel (L) and Mateus (R) will soon be missionaries.|
|Presidente Marcio Costa and his mother Irmã Eva after almoço (lunch) at their home.|
|Elder Burkinshaw gave his favorite blue ties to João Pedro (15) and William (17) with the understanding that they would wear these ties when they go into the mission field.|
|In front of the Teófilo Otoni house in Ipiranga bairro with the moving van loaded and ready.|
|Pudim de maracujá and UNO cards for our final activity with the Teófilo Otoni Elders.|
|The Teófilo Otoni Elders after loading our stuff into the moving van and eating pudim de maracujá. Elder Daniel is feigning sleep already!|
|At the Rodoviária (bus station) with Elder Burkinshaw is Presidente Marcio Costa, his son João Pedro and wife Andreya, Douglas Gonçalves and William Ferreira.|
|Sister Burkinshaw at the Rodoviária (bus station) with Laurinha Heloisa dos Santos and Bruna Rayssa de Oliveira, two of her excellent English students.|
|Sister Burkinshaw with Dayana Santos de Jesus who is submitting her mission papers.|
|Elder and Sister Burkinshaw with four of our most promising future missionaries, Marcelo Vitor Barbosa, João Pedro Monteiro, Douglas Fernandes Gonçalves and William Ferreira.|
|A group picture of some of the members who came to see us off at the Teófilo Otoni Rodoviária (bus station) on Monday evening before we left for Vitória. We will miss them!|
|Members of the Vitória Zone ready to help us unload the moving van and move our things to the 14th floor of the Affinity Home Edifício (Building). We will post more pictures of the apartment next week.|
On Wednesday, we continued our training with Elder Carvalho (financial secretary) and Elder McDown (executive secretary). Transfers occur every six weeks and the next transfer would begin next weekend so we were hurrying to prepare for that event. Since we now work in the mission office, our Preparation Day is on Saturday. Saturday morning, we cleaned our apartment and went grocery shopping at the nearby Horto (Garden) Supermercado. When we got back, we had a text from President Young that the transfer board was complete, so our P-Day was cut short and we began the logistics for the transfers which included preparing a schedule of who would come into Vitória on Tuesday for the transfer meeting and then buying bus tickets for all them, which we completed about 9:00pm.
Sunday was Stake Conference for the Vitória Stake. We had been advised that the general session would be at 10:00am so we arrived early at 9:40am only to discover that they hold split sessions beginning at 8:00am and again at 11:00am. We got to hear the last 20 minutes of conference and then headed back home for lunch and back to the office to complete preparations for the transfers.
Monday we finished paying bills and preparing documents and training for the newly arriving missionaries and adjusting bus tickets for the zone leaders who also come in for the Transfer Meeting. We also cleaned the meetinghouse (following two sessions of stake conference, it was in need of cleaning) in preparation for the transfer meeting the following day and then organized the packages and letters going out to the different zones across the mission. Tuesday morning at 7:00am, we were at the Vitória airport to greet four new sister missionaries arriving from the CTM (Centro de Treinamento de Missionários or Missionary Training Center - MTC in English). Two of the new sisters were from Brazil, one was from Bolivia and one from the United States. We took them to the Mission Home where President and Sister Young greeted them and we had a two hour training and testimony meeting which was excellent followed by a wonderful lunch.
We then took the new Sisters to the nearby Jardim da Penha meetinghouse where the transfer meeting began at 2:00pm. At this meeting, President Young announced over the pulpit the transfers associated with replacing 12 missionaries who had completed their missions and were going home. Assistants, zone leaders, district leaders, sister trainer leaders, trainers and new senior companions were announced following by their geographical assignments. The zone leaders then received the bus tickets for the members of their zones and we loaded those going out of town on to a large bus and went with them
to the rodoviária.
|Cascade of missionaries visiting about their new assignments following transfer meeting.|
|Picking up packages and letters following the transfer meeting.|
|Loading the taxi bus for the ride from the transfer meeting to the Rodoviária (bus station)|
|Unloading the taxi bus in front of the Rodoviária.|
|Getting everyone to their gate at the Rodoviária (bus station)|
|Elder Burkinshaw with Elder Garcia and Elder Carvalho, the two previous financial secretaries, including the obligatory "money" tie which is passed to the new secretary.|
|Sister Burkinshaw with Elder McDown and Elder Olsen, the two previous executive secretaries.|
Friday morning, Irmão Guilherme de Oliviera from the São Paulo central offices in Brasil came to train me. It turns out that Guilherme is from Teófilo Otoni and was baptized there and trained as a home teaching companion to Presidente Marcio. He then went on a mission to São Paulo, returned home to Teófilo Otoni but then went back to São Paul to work for the Church. He is now 29 years old, has a wife and 3 children, is finishing the last two semester of his accounting degree and was recently called as a bishop. We had a great time discussing the financial secretaries duties and also visiting about people we knew in Teófilo Otoni. We also shared our training materials for new bishops with him.
|Sister and Elder Burkinshaw with Guilherme de Oliveira who will be our contact at the church's central office in São Paulo. He was a great trainer and will be a great resource.|
More on our adventures in Vitória next week!
Elder and Sister Burkinshaw