This evening was Claudia's baptism. The Spirit was exceptionally strong as her husband baptized her. What a blessing for their family. Afterwards we had members of the ward over for a little social. It was a special evening for their family, our family, the ward, and the missionaries.
This was our first group to leave that arrived while we were here. Some of these Brazilian elders spent their first night in the mission field sleeping on our floor in the living room. They have served welland now are returning to their families. (Front row, l to r: Sister Enszer, Pres. & Sister Cordon, Sister Roy; Second row, l to r: Elders Rodrigues, Marques, Hope, S. Almeida, Thorpe, Elias, Cardoso, Cannon; Back row, l to r: Elders de Jesus, Soares, Halgren, Bons, Rogers.)
Today our new group of missionaries arrived from the Missionary Training Center in Sao Paulo. We received 6 Elders (4 North Americans and 2 Brazilians) and 1 Sister (Argentina). We are so excited to have them here with us. (Front row, l to r: Elders Hugo (Assistant), Sampaio, Sister Arce, Elder Ferreira, Cannon (Assistant), Sister Cordon; Back row, l to r: Elders Webb, Larsen, Hokanson, Woodruff, Hobbs (Assistant), and Presidente Cordon.)
We had zone leader council meeting today and reviewed again our mission culture. We had a wonderful training by Sister Cordon, the assistants, and three zone leaders. The building was very cold but the Spirit was gostoso!
Today we participated in the Paranagua Stake Conference. Elders Junot and Petla of the 70 presided and President and Sister Arias from the Curitiba Temple were there as well. It was a wonderful conference. The drive home was absolutely breathtaking as you can see in these pictures of the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest. Here are a few of the pictures we took on our way home
While Presidente Cordon participated in the Priesthood Leadership session of stake conference here in Paranagua, Sister Cordon and Dallin visited missionary houses. Here Dallin is with Elder Morris and Elder Bezerra out in their backyard. I think it is time to mow the lawn.
Derek Lane Cordon and Bonnie Hillam Cordon are the parents of four children and are currently presiding over the Brazil Curitiba Mission; They are from the Bridlewood Ward, Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake. President Cordon served as a missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission from 1982-83. At the time of his calling he was a Director at Omniture, an Adobe Company. Born in Upland, Calif., to Nolan Ralph and Roberta Larsen Cordon.
Sister Cordon served as a missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Harold Gordon and Carol Lois Rasmussen Hillam.