Monday, March 28, 2011

Some LDS Chapels in Brazil

Newest Stake Center in Campinas, Brazil
This is a side view of the newest chapel built in Campinas. It has been in use about 10 months. Notice the parking under the building. This is where we attended stake conference 2 weeks ago. We parked in the rear under the chapel.  There is room for about 30 cars under the building.
 This is a front view of the same chapel.  It is in the heart of the city next to the UNIP University.

Sousas Ward
This is the Sousas Ward in Campinas.  This is closest to the Temple here.  Lately we have been going to other wards for conferences or to hear someone speak.
This is a picture of the 1st chapel in Bauru, São Paulo when it was dedicated in 1965 which I attended.
Here is a link to a little of the history of the church in Brazil that I came across.

click  here to view a history of the church in Brazil

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Also I am trying a new feature to imbed a slide show in this post of more chapels here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trip to Paraty, Rio de Janeiro

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We took a great quick trip to an old colonial town on the coast of Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro with our friends.  We stayed in their 2 bedroom summer home.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Unusual Food

We have tried some unusual food here in Brazil.  For instance this is a hamburger they serve here in the little cafeteria for the bus caravans.  This is not the cafeteria inside the temple.  This hamburger also has an egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and HAM on it.  The french fries are tiny fried potatoes that taste more like potato chips.  No ketchup to be found in the cafeteria, but you can buy it in the supermarket so we have some at home.  I really quite like the egg and ham, but I prefer the potatoes on the side.

  We have here some small speckled bird eggs found in the supermarket next to the chicken eggs.  There are 30 eggs in the package which is about the same size as a dozen regular eggs.  Our friends told us they were really good in salads, so we tried it.  You boil them for about 10 minutes so the yokes are hard, then peel them and put them in the salad.  Boy that is a lot of work peeling those little eggs about the size of a big marble.
For Easter they would be great, already colored and the kids would have to try hard to find them.  Then it would take a long while to peel them.
They do look nice in the salad and taste pretty much the same as regular eggs, but they are bite sized.  The dressing is a Rosé, is similar to thousand island dressing.

Saturday was a huge day in the temple.  There were 5 buses and the temple was full all day long and into the evening.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Baking In a Portable Oven

We have been here one month now.  We decided to try to bake a cake the other day.  Because our apartment doesn't have an oven we were going to try using the microwave oven.  Then we found out that there were a portable oven that we could wheel into our apartment.
It is a little larger that the normal microwave and plugs into the 110 Volt outlet.  All the temperature markings are in centigrade.  There is a dial for the upper element and one for the lower element.  We were able to bake the cake, but it was overdone.   I didn't know you had to turn the dials down and turn  the upper dial down more so as not to burn the top of the cake.  We will try cookies next and do a better job of watching the clock.  There is no timer on the oven and I can't find one on the microwave either.

Well Carnival began this Saturday and goes until next Wednesday. Last week there were fewer than normal patrons at the temple.  We were the only couple on one of the sessions last week.  It rained everyday last week and one day was really a down pore.  I hope because people are off work and only a 10% chance of rain, that more will be at the temple this next week.
For those who didn't see the pictures of the temple, here is a link to them.