Monday, June 11, 2012

Manaus Temple dedication

The dedication of the Manaus Temple was yesterday and the cultural celebration was Saturday. Dieter F. Uchtdorf was there with Elder Cook and Elder Costa. At the celebration, President Uchtdorf began his small speech on Saturday with a few simple words in Portuguese (comovi, stuff like that) and then the translator took care of the actual talk. The funny thing is that the translator got a little mixed up when translating some of the things and then got embarrassed which led him to get more mixed up. Presidente Uchtdorf thought that maybe the translator by his side wasn´t managing to hear him very well so he pulled the translator in and put his arm around him and began speaking slowly. This just wound up with the poor guy even more embarrassed.Presidente Uchtdorf held up one of the funny party hats that they gave him and said he´d treasure it and then he told everyone to have fun. On Sunday President Uchtdorf and his wife, along with the other authorities and their wives, did the corner stone ceremony then he invited small children to participate as well. The translator managed to follow him this time but Presidente made a lot of jokes and he´s sort of a nut, which is good.The dedication was incredible and the prayer and speeches were powerful. There was a showing of basically all the parts of the temple inside and out. It´s speechlessly beautiful. It seems like it´s absolutely huge. I know I want to go there someday because it´s a very beautiful very special temple. Our investigators couldn´t go to the dedication as it was only for baptized members. It´s so cold here. This is actually the nicest house I´ve lived in yet but being that all houses are made of brick and Quarai is the coldest city, It´s been tough. Winter is starting and no matter how many layers I put on, the cold kills me. We have space heaters in our rooms but if someone takes a shower while they are on, the shower doesn´t get hot or the power goes out all together. Six people need to take a shower so basically everyone is just cold during morning study. I was going to take a bunch of pictures but we didn´t get the chance.
My time is short today, I’ll catch you up more later.
Love, Elder Hanson

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