Saturday, April 5, 2014


Edgar, our language study buddy.
Edgar moved to Ireland the week after we arrived,
but we were able to meet him just before he left.
So grateful for his help!!!
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District Relief Society Birthday Social ... March 2014
...the choir,
Sisters Barata, Freitas, Costa, Shumway,
Lybbert, dos Anjos 
A sister in the branch painted this picture
of the Relief Society seal. 
A reenactment of the lives
of the General Relief Society presidents.
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Baptism of Miguel Violante
8-year-old son of Rui & Sao Violante
A couple of cool connections
to this family...
 Brother Violante served in the same mission
 in Boston as my nephew, Paul Beckstead,
under President Dale Murphy (15 years ago?),
 and Sister Violante had just been baptized
as a young woman when the person (Jeff Oakes),
who bought our house,
was serving his mission in Portugal--
around 1992, and was a member of the ward
he was serving in...
She is still friends with him on Facebook... Whoa!!!

Such a small, small world...
We are all brothers and sisters in the gospel :)
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Doing what senior missionaries do :) 
 Visiting a member, Paulo.

More visiting... this time we found a member
whose yard was like an aviary with a bunch
of different birds...



...ducks, (turtles in the pond),
Sister Teresa Freitas helped us find the
address out in the country.
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 District Picnic at
 A natural spring comes up out of the ground...
 A fun day of socializing with
the members of the different branches.

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