My new friend explained that at that time he was in the eighth grade in an international school that was run by some US Citizen hiding out from the IRS. It wasn't a very good situation for education so his dad got himself transferred to Brasilia where they had much better international schools. My friend graduated from high school there.
Tonight I went back to my missionary personal history (my journal, letters home, meeting notes, etc. are all consolidated in digital form) and did a search to confirm whether I had made any mention of the Consulate. I did find a reference, and even a name. It matched my new friend from the bus:
Monday, May 22, 1978
That night we went in to the stake house for the priesthood or general leadership session of stake conference. While waiting in the foyer in a crowd of members, Elder S---- crouched low and speaking with someone waved me over to him. I first thought he wanted me to talk to some people from
with him but I arrived and he said in Portuguese, “This is Sister Wirthlin, you can talk to her.” He has trouble speaking English because he never does it. He can’t speak either one of the two languages very well now he’s so confused, but he’s a good guy. Anyway, I didn’t catch the name so I struggled out in my awkward English, “Oh – then you’re from – there?” I thought she might be Brother Brown’s wife – the American Consulate's assistant. She said she was here with her husband all smiling and radiant. I thought, “Wait, this isn’t a normal American.” I asked, “Who is your husband?” “Joseph B. Wirthlin.” “Oh,” I said. She added, “He’s in the First Quorum of 70.” I was totally embarrassed and explained, “Well – we’re a long ways from everything!” But then we talked a while about where we were from and things like that. The meeting that night was great. The theme was “reactivation of members” the same theme as the conference I attended in March in Canoas . But here it was better prepared and carried out. It was the first time I’ve seen live, simultaneous translation. . . . Rivera, Uruguay
Today we went to a special missionary meeting with Elder Wirthlin. The PA and N Hamburgo Zones participated. It was great! President Souza’s talk really impressed me the most. The talked of inheriting an earthly crown – of being a crown prince like Prince Charles. He said he was a descendent of Dom Pepino, King of Italy. He then talked of the 4 sons of Mosiah giving up their inheritance of their father’s kingdom to preach the gospel being that it was more important than earthly kingdoms. Then he said how we were like those 4 princes. The princes and princesses of our homes and families. We left comfort, position, many things because we have a great desire to preach the gospel. I am thankful for and love President Souza. I bore my testimony in that meeting because by heart was leaping so within me.So, there it was in the middle of my embarrassing story about meeting Sister Wirthlin not knowing who her husband was or that we even had a visiting GA at Stake Conference (we were serving in a branch on the other side of the Bay of the Guaíba). And there is the reference to "Brother Brown," my bus friend's dad.
|Sister Elisa & Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Sister Lindamir & President Jason Garcia Souza|
Escritório da Missão Brasil Porto Alegre, Avenida Princesa Isabel e João Pessoa
May 22, 1978