Repost #5 - Corpus Cristo in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil
(This is a re-post of a slide from Brazil that I posted last Summer. Even though this celebration occurred after Easter, I thought it would be appropriate to post for Easter to show how people in a smaller community celebrated the life of the Savior.)
When we reached the end of the path we climbed the steps of the cathedral on the other side of town to take a photo.
One of the church officials asked us if we would like the climb the tower inside the cathedral to see a better view.
We were a little surprised at his offer since we were obviously Mormon missionaries.
He said he was happy to welcome us to his community and share in their celebration, so we accepted his offer.
He climbed with us to the top of the bell tower. That was the closest I had ever been to a church bell.
I thought this view from the tower was fantastic.
We thanked our host and climbed back down the stairs. He stayed in the tower to take in the view a bit longer.
The slides for these photos were taken almost 33 years ago. Even though I still remember this event, I am glad to have these photos that bring this experience back to life. It was one of the most amazing sights I have ever witnessed
Brazil is truly a beautiful country, and I was blessed to live there for 13 months.
These slide were originally posted as a project about my missionary experiences in Utah, Michigan, & Brazil. Here is my final quote in that project:
"A month later as Dad, Mom, my brother, and I sat down for dinner, Dad asked me to say the blessing on the food."
"I said the prayer, then opened my eyes and picked up my fork to start eating."
"No one else moved - they sat there, looking at me and smiling."
"I asked what was going on - they just kept smiling."
"Finally, Dad said, "Thank you for the blessing. We assume it was good but we did not understand it, since it was in Portuguese."
"I left Brazil - Brazil never left me."