Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #172
March 30, 2014
Hey, I’m off to Brazil and the Central Brazil Reunion Tour in two weeks! Matando saudades . . . but first . . .
In this issue:
- 50 years ago: O Golpe de 64
- Passing of Lynn P. Wallace
- See your Brazil visa . . . if . . .
- Notes from the field
- The Angola Luanda Mission
- A Brazilian “Sheess Salada” Sandwich
50 years ago:
O Golpe de Estado Militar 1964 – The Military coup d’état of 1964
Were you there? Share your memories with me.
Read about it in the attached article from the Estadão and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Brazilian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat
From the Estado de SP the “Estadão” newspaper, 3/28/14
Depoimentos de pessoas que viveram o momento do golpe
Segundo Almino Affonso, o general Assis Brasil, chefe da Casa Militar, disse a Jango que não havia nada que escapasse à rotina
Almino Afonso, 84 anos, advogado e político paulista, filiado ao PMDB. Foi ministro do Trabalho no governo do presidente João Goulart, na primeira metade do ano de 1963. No dia 31 de março, ocupava uma cadeira na Câmara dos Deputados, na base de sustentação do governo.
Ao chegar à Câmara, no dia 31, tomei conhecimento de que a marcha do general Mourão Filho, de Juiz de Fora para o Rio, já estava acontecendo, com o propósito de derrubar o governo João Goulart. Fiquei surpreso, embora o clima de inquietação já fosse grande. Saí de lá e fui para a casa de Virgílio Filho, líder do governo no Senado. Ele também não tinha noção do movimento militar e por isso tomamos a decisão de ligar para o Goulart, que estava no Rio, no Palácio Laranjeiras.
Na conversa, o senador lhe deu a versão que tínhamos ouvido e pediu que dissesse o que ele deveria dizer na tribuna, caso fosse discursar mais tarde. O presidente respondeu que não havia nada que pudesse inquietar, que não havia procedência na versão do movimento militar, que era parte do tumulto que a oposição criava. Na extensão telefônica, no seu gabinete, encontrava-se o general Assis Brasil. Goulart perguntou a ele o que havia de verdade. O chefe da Casa Militar respondeu então que não havia nada que escapasse à rotina.
Eram marchas habituais na prática do Exército.
O presidente interpelou outra vez: 'Não há nada?' E ele respondeu: 'Nada, absolutamente nada, presidente.' O Jango diz para o Artur Virgílio: 'Tu ouviste, Artur. Não há nada. Não passa da toada da oposição.' O senador: 'Posso transmitir em meu discurso no Senado o que acabo de ouvir?' Goulart: 'Pode não, deve.'Terminou assim o nosso diálogo, ao meio do dia 31 de março. Depois cada um foi para sua casa almoçar.
General da reserva Luiz Gonzaga Lessa, ex-comandante da Amazônia, ex-presidente do Clube Militar do Rio.
Eu era tenente-paraquedista do antigo Núcleo de Divisão Aero-terrestre e estávamos de prontidão desde as vésperas do discurso de João Goulart na Central do Brasil, no dia 13 de março. Nos dias 31 de março e 1º de abril, fiquei no quartel o dia inteiro. Chegamos a pensar que iríamos subir a serra para dar suporte à tropa do general Olympio Mourão Filho, que vinha descendo de Juiz de Fora para o Rio, porque existiam informações de que uma outra tropa, saindo de Petrópolis, iria barrar a passagem dele. Mas não foi preciso. Não tive nenhum receio, nenhum medo naquele dia. A tropa de paraquedistas estava pronta para qualquer missão.
Nathalia Timberg, 84 anos, atriz.
Não esqueço que, logo após tomar consciência do golpe, recebi um convite para fazer Antígona de Jean Anouilh, uma peça inspirada na tragédia grega, que foi encenada na França justamente na época da ocupação alemã. Era uma peça de contestação e, ao final das apresentações, a plateia erguia a voz e gritava comigo: 'Não'. Era muito bonito. Não posso me esquecer.
Fernando Gabeira, 73 anos, jornalista, escritor e político, filiado ao PV.
Eu trabalhava no jornal Panfleto, em Copacabana. No dia do golpe, fui participar de uma manifestação no centro, acompanhando as notícias do dia pela rádio Mayrink Veiga. Durante a manifestação, andaram dando alguns tiros no interior do Clube Naval, que ficava perto dali. Percebemos que a coisa estava acabada para o governo no momento em que a rádio, que havia sido importante na Cadeia da Legalidade (formada por Leonel Brizola, em 1961, para garantir a posse de Goulart) caiu nas mãos dos golpistas.
Plínio de Arruda Sampaio, 83 anos, político filiado ao PSOL.
Em 1964, era deputado federal pelo Partido Democrata Cristão (PDC) e relator do projeto de reforma agrária apresentado ao Congresso pelo presidente João Goulart. Na tarde do dia 31 vou falar num comício no meio do canteiro de obras do Teatro Nacional. Faço um bruta discurso para os candangos. Quando volto para casa, assim que paro o carro, aparece um menino, de cinco ou seis anos, e me diz que foi sem querer, que não queria acertar a pedra. Entro e encontro o meu filho, o Plininho, com o olho sangrando. Apavorado, saio correndo com ele para o serviço de pronto-socorro que funcionava na Câmara. Graças a Deus não pegou o olho, não atrapalhou nada da visão. Foi só o supercílio. Mais tarde, esse episódio me ajudou muito. Quando fui acusado de, naquele dia e naquela hora, estar comandando um grupo de candangos armados para matar deputados e senadores, eu tinha um álibi perfeito. Mesmo assim, fui indiciado em vários inquéritos policiais militares, o que me levou a deixar o País.
Eduardo Suplicy, 72 anos, economista, político filiado ao PT e senador
Fiquei surpreso com o golpe. Eu fazia parte do centro acadêmico da Fundação Getúlio Vargas em São Paulo e um dia antes, a 30 de março de 1964, havia participado da organização de um grande debate na escola, com a presença de vários professores, sobre a situação política do País. Ao final, como já se falava muito em golpe, realizamos uma votação entre os estudantes para saber se eram favoráveis ou não. Venceu, por grande margem de votos, a proposta que eu defendia, de respeito às normas constitucionais. No dia 31, acompanhei com muita atenção todo o noticiário e conversei muito com meus pais, que defendiam o golpe e haviam participado, dias antes, da Marcha com Deus pela Família.
Marcello Lavenère Machado, 75 anos, advogado, ex-presidente da OAB
Eu morava em Maceió e participava de um grupo de jovens advogados, ligado à Igreja Católica, que ajudavam a promover a sindicalização de trabalhadores rurais no Estado. Lembro que, na hora em que chegou a notícia do golpe, com a saída de Goulart, eu participava de uma reunião no seminário metropolitano com um grupo de quase 40 líderes rurais. Eles estavam recebendo informações sobre maneiras de sindicalizar os trabalhadores. Interrompemos o curso, passamos as informações sobre o que estava acontecendo e dissemos que não convinha ficar reunido naquele momento, porque a repressão iria ficar forte. Depois, nos organizamos e acompanhamos os líderes rurais, de dois em dois, até a rodoviária, para que voltassem aos seus locais de origem.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For those of you who are not as proficient with Portuguese nowadays, I ran the above article through Google Translate... Michael Leavitt
From the State of the SP " Estado " newspaper , 03.28.14
Testimonials from people who lived through the time of the coup
According Almino Affonso, General Assis Brazil, Chief of the Military, Jango told that there was nothing that escaped the routine
Afonso Afonso , 84, lawyer and politician São Paulo , affiliated to the PMDB . Was labor minister in the government of President João Goulart in the first half of 1963 . On March 31 , occupied a seat in the House of Representatives , the support base of the government.
Upon reaching the Hall , on the 31st, I learned that the march of General Mourao Filho , Juiz de Fora to Rio was already happening , with the aim of overthrowing the government of João Goulart . I was surprised, although the climate of unrest was already great . I left there and went to the home of Virgil Son , government leader in the Senate . He also had no concept of military movement and so we decided to call Goulart , who was in Rio in Orange Palace .
In conversation, the senator gave him the version we had heard and asked to say what he should say at the podium , if it were speaking later. The President replied that there was nothing that could disturb that there was no validity in the version of military movement , which was part of the opposition created uproar . Extension phone in his office , was the General Assis Brazil . Goulart asked him what was true. The head of the Military then replied that there was nothing that escaped the routine .
Marches were common practice in the Army .
The president challenged again : ' Nothing ? ' And he answered : ' Nothing , absolutely nothing , President . ' The Jango tells Arthur Virgil : ' You heard , Arthur. There is nothing . There goes the tune of the opposition . ' Senator : ' I convey in my speech in the Senate what I just heard ? ' Goulart : . ' Can not and must ' Thus ended our dialogue at noon on March 31. Then each went to his house for lunch .
Retired Gen. Luiz Gonzaga Lessa , former commander of the Amazon , former president of the Military Club in Rio
I was a lieutenant of the former paratrooper Center for Aero - Terrestrial Division and were on standby since the eve of the speech of Joao Goulart in Brazil Central , on March 13. On March 1st and April 31 , stayed in the barracks all day . We arrived thinking we were going up the mountain to support the troops of General Olympio Mourao Filho , coming down from Juiz de Fora to Rio , because information that another troop, leaving Petropolis, bar the passage it existed . But it was not accurate. I had no fear , no fear that day . The troop parachute was ready for any mission.
Nathalia Timberg , 84, actress.
Do not forget that , after becoming aware of the scam, I received an invitation to Antigone by Jean Anouilh, one inspired by Greek tragedy play, which was staged in France just at the time of the German occupation. It was a piece of defense and at the end of the presentations, the audience raised his voice and yelled at me : 'No' . It was beautiful . I can not forget .
Gabeira , 73, journalist , writer and politician , affiliated to the PV .
I worked in newspaper flyers in Copacabana . On the day of the coup , was participating in a demonstration in the center , watching the daily news on the radio Mayrink Veiga . During the demonstration , giving walked a few shots inside the Naval Club , which was nearby. We realized that the thing was over to the government at the time the radio, which had been important in the chain of Lawfulness ( formed by Brizola , in 1961 , to secure possession of Goulart ) fell into the hands of scammers .
Plinio de Arruda Sampaio , 83, a politician affiliated to the SoL .
In 1964, he was a congressman from the Christian Democratic Party ( PDC ) and rapporteur of the agrarian reform bill introduced to Congress by President João Goulart . On the afternoon of 31 will speak at a rally in the middle of the construction site of the National Theatre . Make a speech to the gross candangos . When I come home, so stop the car , a boy of five or six years appears and tells me that it was an accident , did not want to hit the stone . I go and find my son, Plininho , with eye bleeding . Panicked , I run with him to the emergency room service that worked in the House . Thank God there caught the eye , not hurt anything in sight. It was only his eyebrow . Later , this episode helped me a lot . When I was accused of that day and that hour , be commanding a group of armed candangos to kill deputies and senators , I had a perfect alibi . Even so , I was indicted on several military police investigations , which led me to leave the country
Eduardo Suplicy, 72, economist, politician affiliated to EN and Senator
I was surprised by the coup . I was part of the academic center of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo and one day earlier, March 30, 1964, had participated in the organization of a great debate in school, with the presence of several teachers on the political situation of the country at the end , as we have talked a lot in stroke , we conducted a poll among students as to whether they were favorable or not. Won by a large margin, a proposal which I defended, respect for constitutional norms. On day 31, all followed with close attention the news and talked a lot with my parents, who defended the coup and had participated in the previous week of March to God by the family .
Lavenère Marcello Machado, 75, lawyer, former President of the Bar Association
I lived in Maceio and participated in a group of young lawyers on the Catholic Church , which helped to promote the unionization of farm workers in the state . I remember that at the time the news arrived of the coup , with the departure of Goulart , I attended a meeting at Metropolitan seminar with a group of nearly 40 rural leaders . They were getting information about ways to unionize workers . We interrupt the course , pass the information about what was happening and said we ought not be met at that time , because the prosecution would stay strong . Then we organize and monitor rural leaders, two , until the road for them to return to their places of origin.
Passing of Lynn P. Wallace
We have lost a humble servant of the Lord with the passing of Lynn P. Wallace (BM 54-56) of Provo, UT, on March 6, 2014. In 2010 I was privileged to cross the Atlantic with Lynn and his wife Kaye on a tour from Italy to Spain, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Cabo Verde (where we attended a great baptism), and then visited six ports and two temples in Brazil. What a sweet couple. Here was a man in a sweater vest and bow tie who had presided over the Brazil Florianópolis Mission (96-99), the Mozambique Maputo Mission (05-06), the MTC presidency, and somewhere along the line the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission on a temporary basis. I could never get him or Kaye to tell me all the places where they had served some six missions together, but I knew I was with folks who would serve whenever and wherever the Lord would send them. I am adopting for myself the motto that President Wallace had shared with his missionaries in Brazil, “Fique forte, firme, fiel e feliz.” He lived it. Blessings to Kaye and family member. (Google ‘Lynn Pyper Wallace’ to see the Deseret News obituary and a photo.)
Lynn Pyper Wallace
1934 ~ 2014
Lynn Pyper Wallace fulfilled his earthly mission on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and peacefully passed away after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dad came into the world with a firm desire to serve others and to leave a cleaner campsite no matter where he went. Unafraid to say it as he saw it, he had courage to face seemingly insurmountable challenges, think outside the box for solutions, and work tirelessly until the job was done. Dad saw the eternal potential in us all and encouraged us to dig deeper, work harder, and become all that God wants us to be--whether we were his family, his students, his co-workers, his missionaries, his neighbors, or his friends. He was known as "Dad Can Fix It" to his children, "Grandpa Tickle-Toes" to his grandchildren, "Presidente" to his missionaries and "Brother Bow Tie" to fellow temple workers. A consummate friend of scouting, a tireless missionary and temple worker, a dedicated scholar, a gifted engineer, a private pilot, a loving husband, father, and grandfather and father-figure to many more--Dad lived life with purpose and filled it with hard work and dedicated faith. He made a difference for good in the lives of others and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, Dorothy Kaye Mangum, and their 8 children: Bryan (Cheri), Kenneth (Kathleen), Katherine (Brent), Robert (Sheri), Jennifer (Nathan), Amy (Kevin), Allison (Jon), and Sarah (Spencer), 41 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the LDS Missionary Fund.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Edgemont 8th Ward Chapel, 3050 Mojave Lane, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Friday, March 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. Condolences may be sent online at www.bergmortuary.com. Fica: forte, firme, fiel e feliz.
While I don’t announce all deaths of which I am aware, knowing that I would miss many others, I found this note interesting from a missionary’s wife: “Milton R. Bloomquist served a mission in Brazil 1947-1950 under Presidents Harold M. Rex and Rulon S. Howells. Milton passed away 3 March 2014. He loved Brazil and the people. The Portuguese language was still well ingrained in his memory. In his stages of dementia, often he would all of sudden say the prayer in Portuguese. I would like to be kept on the email list as I enjoy reading the Brasulista too. Thank you, Marion Bloomquist” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I love the spirit of former Brazilian missionaries!!
Hey, old timers! Dave Bedwell (BSM 61-63) was doing some family research and found his original visa to Brazil. Then he found mine and sent me the link. Here is the link to help you find yours, perhaps . . . IF you arrived in Brazil between 1900 and 1965. Be sure to click on the link that says “view document.”
FROM THE FIELD
From David Paulsen: Alf, Your latest Brasulista reminds me of my promise to write you as soon as we arrived in Brazil. We arrived in mid-January after some delays (our original call was for mid-September). Please add us to your growing list of missionaries singing the praises of senior missionary service. I had great companions on my first mission, but my companion on this mission is celestial. We are enjoying our service in the Recife Brazil Temple. It has been even better because in 1967 Elder Allan Brinkerhoff and I were able to teach the missionary lessons to a “golden family” in Santo André. The Pizzirani family (parents, a son, and a daughter) were truly prepared and all were baptized. Today that son who was baptized when he was 16 years of age is the temple president here in Recife. It is the dream of every missionary to see a family brought into the Gospel and sealed in the temple. My joy is complete to have the opportunity to serve in the temple under the direction of President Gelson Pizzirani.
Anyone who has questions about temple service is welcome to call us on our Vonage phone with a Salt Lake telephone number 801-278-3638, but please remember that we are three-hours ahead of Salt Lake when Salt Lake is on daylight savings (i.e.. when it is 6:00 pm in Salt Lake it is 9:00 pm in Recife). Elder David & Sister Deirdre Paulsen.
Elder Clay and Sister Cookie Overson write from Area Headquarters in São Paulo: Thank you so much for your continuing service in maintaining and sending out the Brasulista. It is even more fun and interesting for us now that we are serving a mission in São Paulo. We feel appreciated, well cared for and are kept plenty busy serving these amazing people of Brazil in the PEF Self-Reliance Center in São Paulo, Caxingui. We will have to leave in September and there is no couple called to replace us. There are so many areas that need senior Portuguese speakers and we continue to pray that the visa problem can be resolved. Opportunities abound! We would ask folks, “Are you ready for a challenge that will keep your mind alert, your body healthy and your spirit strong? Are you ready to feel more loved and needed than ever before in your life? We have 17 Self-Reliance Centers (one associated with each mission) which include Manaus, Belém, Fortaleza, Fortaleza Leste, Recife, Salvador, Brasilia, Maceió, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, three centers in São Paulo, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Canoas. These centers need couples desperately. Of course, the best part of any service is the people we come to love but this is also a beautiful country and we are finding time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty. Please think about making the most of your retirement by serving a mission in Brazil. If you have questions or want to just talk about the possibilities, you may e-mail or even call Paulo Araujo at 55 11-3723-3418 or AraujoPM@ldschurch.org. You could be the couple to replace us! Abraços, Elder and Sister Overson (email@example.com or 928-277-1352).”
Elder Kim Barney (BSM 62-65) writes from Recife: Hi Alf, I just read your latest Brasulista and was edified as usual. My wife Karen and I have now been in Recife for three weeks at this writing. What an experience! We live in an air-conditioned apartment right on the temple grounds and just walk across the parking lot to the temple each day. The temple presidency and their wives are all wonderful people, and so are the missionaries and other people we work with.
I had a little bit of a language shock when I first got here. Even though I had been studying to refresh my Portuguese (50 years ago I spoke very well) and being tutored over Skype, etc, I had a really hard time understanding the local accent here in Recife. After three weeks, though, it's finally starting to feel more comfortable speaking Portuguese again. I even had a dream in Portuguese last night.
The Recife temple is a "caravan" temple. Busloads of members arrive on Monday afternoon or evening. They usually bring stacks of their own names to do. They stay all week and attend the temple each day, doing work for their ancestors or for others. They stay in housing provided for them right here on the temple grounds. On Friday night or early Saturday morning they go back home. Sometimes they travel 16 hours or more each way. On Saturdays the members who don't live so far away attend the temple. I just said goodbye to some people I just met this week who seem like dear friends already.
We have mango trees here on the temple grounds that produce year-round. There are probably hundreds of mangos that fall every day. During the week, we mostly let the caravan people have the mangos, but on the weekends the missionaries get them. Karen was almost hit by a falling mango on the way to the temple one morning!
We need more missionaries here! (But it sounds like the Manaus Temple needs them even more!) One more plea for more senior couples: If you are able, get your papers in! You will not regret it.
I really enjoyed the article in the Brasulista by Ralph Thomson about indexing. I never heard of indexing until a year ago, and I became fascinated with it. He's right: You can create your own "mission" with indexing, if you have physical (or fiscal) limitations. Even after arriving here, every day I usually turn in one, sometimes two batches of thirty names either before or after my temple shift. It's very worthwhile and satisfying.
I started out with English records, but then tried some in Spanish and Portuguese. When we turned our papers in a year ago I was sure we would either go to a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country, since I was a Spanish teacher for 40 years. At that point I dropped all English records and only did indexing in Spanish or Portuguese. When we got our call to come here I dropped all Spanish records and since then have only done records from Brasil and Portugal. Whenever they are available, I download a batch from "Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife -- Registro Civil 1900-1920". I have done over 1400 of these, mostly birth records but some death records. Fascinating stuff. Many of the surnames are the same as the people I meet in the temple each day. All together so far I have done 20,994 names. 302 of these were in Spanish, 4,887 were in English, and 15,805 were in Portuguese.
One of our missionary couples here is a wonderful Brazilian couple from the state of Amapá way up north. Their town is right on the Equator. They are only serving a six-month mission because that is all they could afford. They had a store up there, saved up as much as they could, sold everything in the store and closed it down and came on this mission. (They still own the building, but it is empty of merchandise.) Their mission will end next month. They will go back home, buy more merchandise to get their store going again, and try to save up enough money to go on another mission in the future. They are so sad to have to leave. They love the temple, the people, and the work they do here. I wish I could finance them to stay here and keep up their work, but I can't do that. My eyes actually filled with tears and I found myself sobbing as I wrote this paragraph. I cannot write more. Keep the Brasulista going, Alf! That's your mission for now, and you do a great job! Kim and Karen Barney, Recife Brazil Temple (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi Alf, Brasulista #171 was such an inspiration! I do lots of indexing, both as Indexer and Arbitrator. Love those "tours"! (About 150k, by now.) Trying to maintain 1000/month. Sure makes FamilyTree come alive!!! Abraços, irmão, Roger C. Thompson (BSM 64-66) Overland Park, KS (email@example.com)
Alf, After receiving our mission calls last April, we finally received our visas and are off to Brazil next week. We will be serving as member and leader support missionaries in the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission. Elder Cliff (BSPN 74-75) and Sister Diane Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last month I listed Portuguese-speaking missions . . . but left out one of the newest. Dean McCook (BSM 65-67) and former President of the Portugal Lisbon Mission (87-90) updates me with this:
Alf, The Angola Luanda Mission, formed July 2013, has 40 missionaries, one couple and it is comprised of one District and five branches. They work only in Luanda for now. President Danny Merrill of Clifton, AZ, is the first President. He served in the São Paulo North Mission in the 80's. Most of the original members are people baptized in the Portugal Lisbon Mission and then returned to Angola. The work and leadership strength is strong. The Portuguese-speaking peoples are marvelous. When I was in Portugal years ago a São Paulo patriarch came to Portugal to give blessings in the districts. When he returned to my office he said "Portugal é cheia do sangue de Israel. Cada cidade onde eu viajei os cabelos na minha cabeça levantaram por causa do Espírito naqueles lugares." Certainly it was that way wherever they went, in every Portuguese speaking country. Thanks, for keeping us informed. We look forward to each letter. Dean McCook (email@example.com)
And more from Chuck Walton (BCentM 69-71): Alf, My wife Liz and I have been home in California since July of 2012. After two years as serving as the president of the Portugal Porto Mission starting in July of 2009, the Porto Mission was combined with the Lisboa Mission under the leadership of our great friend Elder Moroni Torgan. The First Presidency called us to spend the third year of our mission presidency assignment preparing the country of Angola for its own mission. When we arrived in Angola, we found hundreds of amazing members and nine missionaries who had been transferred to Angola from Mozambique. About two dozen missionaries were then called directly to Angola and we were joined by a wonderful couple from Brazil, the Violins. We assigned the Violins to strengthen the Lubango branch in the south of Angola, and we focused our efforts in the capital, Luanda. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We hated to leave Portugal early, but serving in Angola was an incredible blessing in our lives. Thank you for your Brasulista. I have enjoyed it for years, and it has helped me reunite with some old companions from the Brazil Central Mission. Chuck Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Brazilian “Sheess Salada” Sandwich
From the mission newsletter of Bruce and Linda Cox:
Serving in the Manaus temple is truly an amazing blessing for us. We see the joy that radiates from the faces of those who come to the House of the Lord, and the love and reverence that is shared in these sacred surroundings. There is nothing that compares to the view of a sweet family, all dressed in white, reverently kneeling at the altar in the temple, receiving the promises of blessings throughout eternity!
President and Sister Souza asked us if we liked “sheess salada”. Having never heard of it before, we indicated that we are normally willing to try most anything. He said that they would take us out to try it Saturday night after we finished our temple duties. So, later that night, we all jumped in their car and headed towards the downtown area. After driving for about 20 minutes or so, we turned off the main drag, into an older neighborhood, where we found a humble sidewalk restaurant waiting for us. There were a couple of placards indicating that they had “X-Salada” with presunto de peru for only R$3.25 each. Now we understood what the “sheess” was. It’s the way you say “X” in Portuguese! President Souza ordered four of them and a 2-liter bottle of Guaraná. Service was quick, and we soon had a tray with four hamburger-size sandwiches which included a very small hamburger patty, a thin slice of turkey ham, a little cheese, a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and...a fried egg, all on a toasted/smashed hamburger bun! To us the “X” meant an “Xtra” fun night with great company. The food was tasty, plus “a night on the town” with the Souza’s is always an adventurous “Xtravaganza”!
Alf’s note: In case your cholesterol count is too low, try this recipe I found online for X-salada. And yes, the name, “sheess-salada, comes from the English word for “cheese” burger. http://www.tudogostoso.com.br/receita/print_recipe.php?recipe_id=126975
Will be in touch in May when I return from Brazil!
Forte abraço do irmão,
Alf Gunn (BSM 62-65) - Gig Harbor, WA 253-851-1099
Reach me at email@example.com even in Brazil
“Fique forte, firme, fiel e feliz!.”