This is a note from Lauren's dad, Joe.  I just had to get these pictures up on her blog when I saw them.  We are so proud of Lauren and the sacrifice she is doing for the Lord and for the people of Brazil.  He has really blessed her, her companions and the wards where she has served.

This picture below reminded me of some scriptures about missionaries feet. Looks like missionaries throughout history have had to walk for years.  Lauren and her companion walk many hours every day - probably 10 to 15 miles a day in the hot sun!  You can tell by these wonderful tan lines... When Lauren first started her feet and ankles would be swollen by the end of the day.

And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!  And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace!  And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!" (Mosiah 15:15-17)

"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:15)

"Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!" (Nahum 1:15)

This is a map of their area.  She says it's an hour walk from one end to the other.  No cars - just feet!  Sometimes they catch a bus but not often.

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