This was the funnest dance! I have six short video clips of it----I'll try to include them in this post (?).
Two weeks after our arrival in Campo Largo, Elder Linsay was transferred. Elder Bryan (NV) filled in.
We love our Elders! And they love our food! Elder Paz from Brazilian state Espirito Santo, Elder W. Silva from São Paulo, Elder Low from Dublin, Ohio, and Elder Bryan from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Campo Largo has some industry, with a few large factories, but is mainly a residential city. Many citizens travel into Curitiba by "onibus" for their jobs. The city has two bus stations, which are major hubs: one for inter-bairro travel and for the Curitiba commute, and one ("rodoviarria") for traveling to and from other cities. To see captions on small, square pictures, hover cursor over each picture.
June 8 - June 22, 2015. We enjoyed these Elders for only 2 weeks before Elder Linsey was transferred: Elder Linsey from Boston, Massechusettes; Elder Paz from Espirito Santo (Brazilian state); Elder W. Silva from São Paolo; Elder Low from Dublin, Ohio.
President Monteiro told us in April that we would probably be transferred to Campo Largo. We would be member and leadership support there, in a very large, active ward with a new bishop. They needed help with music, helping men learn priesthood responsibilities, and preparing several couples to go to the temple. First, the apartment needed re-painting and repairs done. Four Elders had recently vacated the apartment, and were transferred, leaving just four Elders to serve in the expansive city of 110,000. We announced our transfer to people in Bocaiúva right after returning from our trip to the States for Darin's graduation from medical school. After losing two of the four Elders, and now with our being transferred elsewhere, there were feelings of abandonment, because we had "promised" to remain in Bocaiúva for our entire mission. Even the Casio keyboard--the Grupo's only musical instrument--would be returned to the Mission Office, since no one in Bocaiúva could play it or be responsible for it. It was hard for us to leave the Grupo with such a situation.
It is hard to comprehend that we may never again be with the people that have become so precious to us in Bocaiúva do Sul. Below are families and individuals that we love with all our hearts, and will never forget our experiences with them. We might forget their names over the years, though. So, to help us mostly, I've included their names and a few comments in overlay captions. To see their names, hold the cursor over each picture. We've missed a few special people--maybe "next time."
President Monteiro called an impromptu conference on June 5, 2015, so that President Hawkins, who was his mission president during his first mission, could talk to us. President Hawkins and his wife are serving a temple mission in ____, and had come to Curitiba to visit. Below is a picture of all the missionaries in the Curitiba zones (those in Ponta Grossa have their own conferences), just before the Hawkins's, the Monteiros and the Thomas's were seated in the front row. Also, we had a photo taken with Elder Arizola, who served with us in Bocaiúva during our first few months, asked for a photo with us. His mission ended the next week, and he returned to his home in Peru.