Didn't sleep very well last night! We found that our room is situated directly above the shuttle bus pick-up and learned subsequently that missionaries leave to go to their assignments at all hours of the night - specifically, 2am and around 4am etc. At those times there is quite a noisy gathering of both happy and sad farewells!! It was warm in our room and we had the window open!
We learned "by sad experience" that we need to be more careful about what we eat today! There is sooo much variety of food and Brent, especially, overdid it. However, I found a place where, it seems, they always have rice set out - so I'm good now.
This morning was a bit of a rush, but we made it to our 8am instruction. after a super presentation by Bro. Peterson, we were handed over to a young girl, a returned missionary, who taught our little group. She first took us on a tour of places we needed to know, then she took us to "our" classroom to instruct us in presenting a discussion. She chose the Restoration for the topic and went over ways of teaching it. That is not my forte and I don't think we'll be doing very much teaching, but it was fun to do it, even if I wasn't any good at it.
After supper, there was a devotional. Senior couples were told to get there before 6:45 - we got there about 6:30 and it seemed like no time when there was this great thunderous noise coming from behind and up from us! - the missionaries were let in. It was some sight to see all these elders and sisters together - the Lord's army. The speaker was Sis. Julie B. Beck, General RS Pres. Her husband spoke briefly first - Then Sis. Beck spoke. She shared about her growing up years in Brazil and how the American missionaries were eventually denied access to Brazil and how that was over come. The Bishops in Brazil were approached to identify prospective missionaries. They were very negative - saying these young men had no money - they were needed by their families etc. After some months, one of the Bishops gave in and supplied nine missionaries and the others followed as it became a very desirable thing to have a missionary in the family. I can't remember how the money for their missions was given. Then followed their own MTC in Brazil and the growth of the church there has been phenomenal. A lovely, inspiring talk.