|This is the office building where we work, security guards, access keys, etc.|
|Kitchen (we have a dryer and hot water this time!)|
|Study (spare single bed)|
|Front room (notice TV and DVD player on left)|
|Dining table and chairs|
|Our apartment building, we're on the third floor|
|This is a pretty gazebo in our courtyard area (enclosed)|
|Us with Elder William from the Cuiabá mission.|
When we arrived, we also got a tour of the area office and it's pretty impressive what all they do here, including making garments for members throughout Brazil. We got a tour of the factory, and the distribution center for Brazil.
|In the Area Distribution Warehouse|
The senior couples here are all very nice, there must be 10 senior couples in various areas - we're the only ones in travel currently. Others are auditors, preparedness, health, IT, etc. They are very active and we do a lot (will do a lot) together. They have FHE on Mondays, go to the temple, have Portuguese classes twice a week, and visit areas around São Paulo.
Most of them eat over at the temple every day for lunch, but we are avoiding it a little since we are trying to keep our weight down. This last Saturday, we went to a feira (open market) with some of them, then I went to a tourist artsy (yes, I was going to say fartsy, but I resisted!) area with some, while mom went shopping with others.
|Mom at the open market|
|The "Artsy" place, very fun - got to hear Simon and Garfunkel played live.|
A good time was had by all.
|Our current ward building|
Their wards are super strong and well led. After church, I met up with mom and she had no less than 5 of the sisters come up afterward to tell her that her Portuguese was "excellent", "well-spoken", "very good", etc. She is doing a good job learning and our office staff is also very helpful, trying to speak Portuguese first then resorting to English if necessary. We ran into the mission president's wife this week and she said that he will likely assign us to a more remote ward or branch to attend and watch over on Sundays. I did get a couple nice temple shots this week.
|Day Shot of the São Paulo Temple|
|Night Shot of the São Paulo Temple|
That's about all the news across the nation(s). We had almost forgotten what wonderful blessings come in serving the Lord as a full-time missionary. We ask the Lord's wonderful blessings upon each of you and love you very much. The church is true.
Love, Mom and Dad