Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Church has implemented a new leadership meeting, the Mission Leadership Council Meeting, which will be held once a month and replaces the Zone Leader Council Meeting. This will be just great to now have our new Sister Trainers involved in this monthly leadership meeting and we look forward to their input and involvement. This council will include all of our zone leaders, the mission assistants, the Sister Trainers, and the President of the mission and his wife.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Today we said goodbye to 15 missionaries from 4 countries. Two left this morning for Argentina and Uruguay. The rest left this afternoon after a lunch with us in the mission home. We have grown to love each of them so much. We will miss them terribly and look forward to hearing of their life adventures in the future. Pictured front row, left to right: Sister Miranda da Silva, Presidente & Sister Cordon, Sister Barbosa da Silva; Back row, left to right: Elders Reynoso, R. Smith, Cruz, Oliveira, Borges, Serrano, Bruce Fernandes, Joas Oliveira, Diamond, Brooksby, and Miranda.
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|Sister Cordon is sad to see these two dear Sisters, Miranda da Silva and Barbosa da Silva, leave. They have fulfilled their calling and their families are anxious for their arrival.|
|Assistants, from front to back Elders Schmidt, Arriola, Gabriel, and Barkdull, rearrange the mission board in the mission home following the transfer meeting. We have four assistants now in order to prepare for the mission division in July.|
Today's departures started early as we had two Elders returning to other Latin American countries that had to catch flights before their counterparts. Elders Palacio Ancheta (Uruguay) and Barrios Luna (Argentina) served well and will be missed. It was great to have had them with us and learn from them. Hasta luego mis amigos y companeros!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
It is hard to express the great appreciation and admiration that I have for these two great men. They have served very well as my counselors for the past year. I will be forever grateful for their support and love. Presidente Amaury Augusto, Presidente Cordon, Presidente Lustosa Araujo
Friday, April 26, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Training for our new missionaries that arrived in March was held today in Portao. It was great to get everyone back together again and review the things that they have been practicing so far in the field. I usually try to pick just one picture to represent the event but I guess our missionaries ought to be able to download the ones they want.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The President hits the big 50! Today we spent the day at the Boqueirao stake center in a zone conference. The zone leaders baked a cake for me. It was a Betty Crocker cake mix that one of them had received from his mother. AWESOME!! (Elder Trevisanut, President Cordon, Elder Barkdull)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
We made waffles for the Hepworths and one of our former missionaries, Elder Eric Costa, who works at the MTC in Sao Paulo. He returned for the weekend to visit former areas and see friends. It has been great to see so many of our former missionaries recently. The Hepworths are getting ready to head home to Idaho during the temple closure for cleaning.
|Elder Costa with Presidente and Sister Cordon. He is doing a great job of teaching our future missionaries at the CTM.|
Friday, April 5, 2013
This Friday night before General Conference we had our first mission reunion held here in Brasil. It was great to be with Sisters Silva and De Jesus and Elders Andrade, de Jesus, and Fernandes. They are all living again here in Curitiba. Sisters Silva and de Jesus are the most recent to arrive back here in Curitiba. We had a wonderful evening remembering the great times we had together. OK, we really will miss our great young men and women.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Today we wrapped up the longest transfer we have had on the mission, three days, four trips to the airport, 18 missionaries leaving and 22 missionaries arriving! Our "Final Four" missionaries arrived here in Curitiba this afternoon after more than 48 hours of travel. They left Spokane, Washington on Monday and flew to Seattle. The pilot for the next flight from Seattle to Detroit never showed up which delayed their flight by more than two hours. They arrived in Detroit one hour after their Sao Paulo flight departure therefore winning an overnight stay in Detroit at the Airport Holiday Inn. They continued their journey the next day catching their new flights late on Tuesday afternoon. They were delayed in Sao Paulo and finally touched down in Curitiba around 3:30pm today. Wow! We were super relieved to finally have them here and happy to get them fed and off for some sleep. Despite being a little sleep deprived, they arrived excited to share the message of the restoration with the people of Parana.
(Left to Right: Presidente Cordon, Elders Nixon (Washington, D.C.), Stout (Oakdale, CA), Gunnerson (Hayden Lake, ID), Bennion(Stark City, MO), and Sister Cordon)
|With their Trainers! Elders Gunn and Nixon, Elders Stout and Gray, Assistants: Elders Gabriel and Schmidt, Elders Gunnerson and Hogge, Elders Bennion and Mullins.|
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This afternoon, after sending our first group of new missionaries off with their respective trainers, we headed to the airport again to pick up our remaining 6 missionaries arriving from the United States. To our surprise only our two sisters came off the flight from Sao Paulo. The elders had been held up in Detroit from some reason and missed their flights. They will arrive in Curitiba tomorrow. Sister Cordon rode in the van with our sisters from the airport to the mission home. We had a nice lunch and conducted interviews and then introduced them to their new companions. They were then off to their areas to unpack and get some much needed rest. (L to R: Pres. Cordon, Sister Hammon, Sister Johnson, and Sister Cordon)
|Sister Johnson with President and Sister Cordon|
|Sister Hammon with President and Sister Cordon.|
|Sister Medrado (Cuiaba, Brasil) will be training Sister Hammon and Sister Da Rosa (Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil) will be training Sister Johnson. We are so excited for these two. They have great trainers and are eager to learn and teach.|
Our new missionaries in March seem to be coming in waves. Our first large wave arrived this morning with 16 missionaries arriving from the Brasil MTC. It was inspiring to see them all coming out together from baggage claim. Fantastic to see such a marvelous addition to our mission. They arrived with two North Americans, two Chilenos, and 12 Brazilians. I love the diversity of this mission.
Monday, March 25, 2013
This should get easier after so many departures however it seems to get just harder and harder. We said goodbye to dear friends, fellow missionaries, and forever family this afternoon. We will miss each and everyone of them. (Front row, l to r: Sisters Horkley, Hass, Pres. and Sister Cordon, Sister Patton; Back row, l to r: Elders Barreto, Alves, Howard, Fernandes, Ferreira, De Araujo, Brino, Souza, Lacerda, Deivid, Fuchs, and Suan)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Elder Little (Paragonah, Utah) and Elder Pereira (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais) joined us for breakfast prior to some medical exams that they needed to do close to the mission home. Elder Pereira is in his first transfer here in the mission field. He has a great trainer in Elder Little. Two great missionaries with great desires to follow the Savior and help others to come unto Him.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It has been a long couple of days for a few of our missionaries. Elder Brino (Botucatu, Sao Paulo) called last night late with abdominal pain. A member drove him and his companion to the Santa Cruz hospital where he was diagnosed with appendicitis. He had surgery early this afternoon. His good companion Elder Santos Silva (Manacapuru, Amazonas) never left his hospital room, making sure Elder Brino was well cared for. Our elders from the Barigui ward, Elders Folsom (Salt Lake City) and Haycock (Sandy, Utah) and Dallin came by to offer their support.
Monday, March 11, 2013
|Sister Cordon with Luiza and Emily!|
|Presidente Miled and Marli, Sister and Presidente Hepworth.|
Friday, March 8, 2013
One of the real choice experiences we have on this mission is working with great young men and women leaders who rise to the challenge and help guide this mission. They fulfill their callings with exactness and with the Spirit. It makes our responsibilities lighter.
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