October 1 - 31, 2016
Pictures provide a simple chronological history for our mission so that is mostly what you will see. The work is going well here in Vitória and the missionaries have settled into this transfer (October 22nd) much better than the previous transfer. We generally have aabout 135 missionaries in the mission with about 40 of those being sisters and about one-third of the missionaries from outside Brazil. Our Brazilian missionaries are a blend of raised-in-the-church and recent converts which provides helpful perspective for both. Each day we are reminded that this is the Lord's work, it is an important work and we are grateful to be a part of that work here in Brasil.
|This is a foto of Cleiton dos Santos Oliveira with Elder Burkinshaw and Sisters Dodge and Sister Albrecht, who taught him and his family. Although the other members of the family were not baptized, they attended the baptismal service.|
|Moroni e Victória present a special musical number for Cleiton´s baptims.|
|Primary in the Vitória ward focused on Sunday-dress with this amazing origami!|
|Elder Rodrigues (from Fortaleza, CE), trainer, and Elder Thierry (from Sumaré, SP), new missionary, boarding the transfer bus we rent to take missionaries to the rodoviária (bus station). They will be serving in the Campos Zone this transfer.|
|New vertical mission logo. The warrior with sword has been replaced with the São Paulo temple. This is the first of many booklets where the logo is used.|
|Close-up of the new vertical mission logo.|
|Lunch at Subway - Elder Burkinshaw, Elders serving in the Vitória ward: Elder Passos (Belém, PA), Elder A. Oliveira (Natal, RN) and Elder Soares (Limeira, SP).|
|Lunch at Subway for two sets of sisters in on a p-day. Left to Right Sister Jenson (Kalamazoo, MI), Sister Cruz (Macapá, AM), Sister Jube (Provo, UT) and Sister Chavez (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia).|
|Lunch at Subway with Sisters from the Maruipe Ward - Left to right: Sister Araújo (Brasília, DF), Sister Dodge, (Murfreesboro, TN) and Sister Burkinshaw.|
|Baptism of eight-year-old Isabelle, in the Vitoria Ward. Sister Burkinshaw played the piano for the baptismal service.|
|Isabelle's baptism was followed by the convert baptism of Sandra Regina Dias. |
Left to right: Elder Lugarani (Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina) and Elder Conde (São Paulo, SP).
|Home teaching recent convert Renata da Silveira Cardoso, her husband Paulo, her mother Mayara and her daughter Mayra. We showed and discussed "Mans Search for Happiness."|
|In Brasil, home teaching visits usually involve treats and they were delicious! There was Guananá, which Elder Burkinshaw loves but has only been drinking on special occasions and a special cake that tasted as good as it looks!|
|Sister Chavez, Sister Jenson and Elder Burkinshaw on the street in Estrelinha. The potential apartment had some fatal flaws so the Sisters will keep looking.|
Elder and Sister Burkinshaw used their early morning walk to apartment hunt close to the mission office. Since we will not be getting a couple for the office we have begun looking for a place for Elders to live near the office.
|We continue to walk 4+ miles early each morning to start off our day. This is a new beach we found tucked away among the houses on the Ilha do Boi.|
|Another beach area we saw during our walk on the Ilha do Boi.|
|Another morning walk view of the ocean. When the tide is high and there is a strong wind, the waves become pretty intense and splash up on to the path we walk.|
|This is a sunrise behind the granite monument at the Curva do Jurema about one-half mile from our apartment. This is where our morning walk begins.|
|Morning walk sunrise. One of our regular walks takes us down a rock pier near where these boats are anchored.|