We left Phoenix early on the morning of November 3, flying from Phoenix to Miami to São Paulo and then to João Pessoa, our mission headquarters. It was a grueling 30 hour trip including layovers. It wasn't all bad – there were some great highlights. When we arrived in São Paulo and the people saw our missionary badges, they hustled us to the shortest lines and quickest way through customs. As we exited customs and walked into the public area we were greeted by a representative of the church who immediately helped us with our luggage and our transfer to the local airline. He really took care of us, making sure our papers were in order and that we were comfortable.
While we were waiting we were delighted to see Elder David Bednar of the Quorum of The Twelve as he left his flight. He was accompanied by his wife and by Elder Godoy of the Brazilian Area Presidency. We were able to greet them and shake their hands and receive a big abraço from Elder Godoy.
We flew from São Paulo toC with a change of planes in Brasilia, finally arriving in João Pessoa late the evening of Friday, November 4. We were greeted by President & Janis Hall – what a pleasure to see them! He was our Stake President and they are good friends. They are an incredible team as they lead this mission. I don’t know anyone who works harder. They are loved by the missionaries and have really moved the work forward here. They took us to their home where we will be for the next few days.
|How are we going to get all this luggage in the car??|
|After 30 hours - no sleep, no shave - but happy!|
|João Pessoa at night from the Hall's apartment|
|João Pessoa - in the morning. We won't be working here.|