We had a Zone Conference with President and Sister Campos. Sister Campos announced that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be starting chemo therapy treatments. She received a blessing from Jeffrey R. Holland where he blessed her that she would be able to complete her mission. President Campos also informed us that we were being reassigned to the Sao Francisco de Paula branch. We were sad to be leaving Nova Petropolis branch, but are ready to serve wherever the Lord needs us.
Our last Sunday in Nova Petropolis we were able to move into a new building that we had helped find. Because the branch had been meeting in a school, our goal was to help them get into their own building. With our goal reached we were able to feel a sense of accomplishment on hearing we would be leaving.
Sister de Paula had heard of a waterfall called Panelao, and the pictures on the internet looked great, so we went there, but could not find a waterfall, just some rapids and an old swinging bridge that was falling apart.
The other two Sisters in Sao Francisco de Paula are Sister de Jesus and Sister Santana from Equador.
The Gramado Branch had a couples' night at a restaurant and invited us to participate, so we were able to be together again with some of our close friends. The first picture has Mariane, Heidi and Vanessa.
Rodolfo and Mariane Rezende
In Sao Francisco de Paula the poverty level is much higher than in Gramado or Nova Petropolis. We have members living in very poor neighborhoods.
The Relief Society President in Nova Petropolis decided to remarry her ex-husband Ari Luiz, and invited us to come back for the wedding, and asked me to perform a religious ceremony for them.
Sao Francisco de Paula is not a tourist town like Gramado, but they do have one beautiful lake in the city called Lago Sao Bernardo.
Gilnei and Renata Paim with Natan
One idea we had to try to improve the attendance at church meetings was to have refreshments after the meetings. Here is what we did the first Sunday, provided mostly by us.