Beautiful sunset over Arapóngas
Read about what happened to missionaries walking by this church . . .
Well, today we have a “p-morning,” because “p-day” will end at 1:00, due to the conferences this week. Thursday all the missionaries serving in Paraná (ie, from Londrina, Apucarana, Maringá, Cascavel and Iguaçu Falls) will go to Londrina to participate in our special Zone Conference, featuring Elder Soares from the Seventies. And then all the missionaries will sleep in Londrina. I have no idea where they will put us all! Then on Friday, it will be our Christmas Conference. I’m stoked, because I´ll get to see a lot of people I haven’t seen since last year’s Christmas Conference, like Elder Burt and Elder Parrott, and a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time, like Elder McCombs, too. Should be fun.
Tomorrow, the missionaries from Arapóngas and some members from here, will go to Apucarana to run one of the days for the open house of the new chapel there. Some missionaries will be outside inviting everyone to go in (it’s smack in the middle of downtown). And some will be running the exposition and getting addresses. The members will be greeting people and showing the chapel. There is a ton of advertising for the open house, it’s in the paper, on the radio, and the TV, not to mention the 10 missionaries in Apucarana constantly talking to everyone on the streets. Should be fun, too! I´ll take pictures.
The church in Apucarana is 50 years old! The church is Arapóngas is 13 years old, and is 20 minutes from Apucarana. What took so long? We found out this last week, thanks to Juan, the guy from Argentina. It turns out that in 1973 there WERE missionaries in Arapóngas. However, one day the missionaries were walking by THIS very church to go home, when all of a sudden people came out of the church and started throwing rocks at the missionaries. Whether they died or not we don’t know. Probably not. But either way, it got back to the First Presidency, and they shut down our church in Arapóngas for about 33 years. This church is 100 yards from our apartment. haha. But, there are no more problems. In that time, everyone was Catholic, so there wasn’t much they could do to go to court with the church. Now-a-days, most people are non-practicing, or evangelical.
Well gotta go!
- Elder Titus