Weeks of November 16-December 13, 2015
Here are some the the Brazilian Elders who were going home about the same time the new missionaries were arriving.
|Sister Young, Sister Burkinshaw, Elder Benicius, who is returning to home to São Paulo, and Elder Burkinshaw.|
|Elder Rosário, who is returning home to São Paulo, with Sister and Elder Burkinshaw.|
|Elder Alves, who is returning home to Alagoas, with Sister and Elder Burkinshaw.|
|Elder Moreira who served with us in Teófilo Otoni and is returning to Recife.|
|Elder Ramos, who is returning to home to Fortaleza, with Sister and Elder Burkinshaw.|
|Elder Kuan, who is returning home to São Paulo, with Sister and Elder Burkinshaw.|
|Three of our departing missionaries with six of our newly arrived missionaries at the Vitória Airport.|
|Elder Burkinshaw signing as one of the marriage witnesses with Wenderson and Inés watching.|
|Wednerson and Inés with Elder and Sister Burkinshaw following the Civil Marriage ceremony.|
|Wenderson and Inés with Bispo Jocimar Pinto at the André Carloni meetinghouse|
|Thanksgiving dinner, 26 November, 2015.|
President and Sister Young had one of their daughters, Anika and her husband John Zito and their children visit them from Billings, MT. Their oldest daughter had turned 8 years-old and so they had the baptism and confirmation on the Friday evening of Thanksgiving weekend there in the Jardim da Penha meetinghouse. The bishop of the ward, his family and the missionaries in the area attended. It will be a very memorable baptism for the Young´s granddaughter.
|After the Baptismal Service for President and Sister Young´s granddaughter.|
|The new debit card, token (SecureID) and account for the Mission petty cash account. Merry Christmas Elder Burkinshaw!|
|Dayane Gomes and Sister Burkinshaw at the Maruipe Ward Young Women in Excellence display.|
Sister Burkinshaw is called upon regularly to play the piano and organ and the Vitória Ward asked her to play for their Primary program in Sacrament meeting. This involved several practices on Saturday afternoons and after the block of meetings on Sunday. The program was held on the second weekend of December and turned out great! After the program, many of the children gave her hugs and thank yous and she even received a Christmas basket full of chocolates!
|Sister Burkinshaw with two of the Primary girls who gave her a hug and a Christmas basket for playing the piano for their Primary program in Sacrament meeting.|
|Sister Burkinshaw and the Vitória Primary following their program in Sacrament Meeting. They were amazed when Sister Burkinshaw told them that if her 22 grandchildren were there, it would more than double their numbers!|
As we prepare for Christmas here in Brazil we are ever grateful for the life of the Savior whose birth we celebrate. We are continually reminded of the blessings that His birth has brought into our lives as well the people here in Brazil and around the world. We join our voice with those of the angels who exclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Elder and Sister Burkinshaw