Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hey mom and Dad and the rest of everyone!!!
We are all sharing the computer in the chapel so we have very little time to write hahahaa (the lanhouses are all closing early today because of the Brasil game)  Hopefully they can pull out a victory and move on to the next bracket. --the same for the US -  seems like the US selection is pretty good this time!!!  Maybe we will see a showdown US vs Brasil in the end.  (in which case the American elders would have to go into hiding) 
This week we were running around like NUTS.  We had a great zone conference with Pres. and Sister Lima.  They will be leaving us on the 27th.  Almost everyone was  crying when Pres Lima bore his last testimony.  He kindof opened up in a way that he neve had before.  Turns out that even though he loves to chastise us, he trusts in us a lot too.  Im going to really miss him.  Sounds like our new president is an older guy.  Im excited to see what he is like.
This week we had a lot of miracles.  We are teaching some references of members and one of them is an older guy named Britto.  He went to church last week and we invited him to be baptised, and he said that he is ok how he is.  We stopped by this week to say hi, and we left a liahona from conference with him.  He read it and decided that he wanted to go to church again.  We had a recent RM give the Gospel Principles class and it was about----dum dum duuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm  BAPTISM!!!!  At the end up church I asked Britto what part he most liked, and he said that class.  I asked him what he felt there. He told me that he feels that it is the first pass that he needs to take-  he wants to be baptised, not immediately, but wants to prepare for it.  He is such a great guy.  He has some really bad knee problems and walks with crutches.  he told us that he needed us to give him a blessing- to heal him.  When we finished, he said Amem, -  eu creio, eu creio.  He is a man of a lot of faith.  
Also, before church, I was standing outside of the fence, and i saw Vanessa coming up the road with a woman I never saw before.  Apparently as Vanessa was coming to church, this lady asked her "where are you going??"  and she responded "the mormon church"..  "me too, I was just too scared to go alone".  Vanessa guided her in and started showing her everything, like an experienced missionary would do. It is so hard to believe that she has only a month in the church.  Francine (the woman who came to visit)  is the ex gf of a catholic pastor that just got baptized in the LDS church.  She felt the need to visit the church and came.  She loved it, and said she wants to be  apart,  but wants to learn more first.  To top it all off, this next Sunday will be the baptism of Alex!!!
sorry I dont have time to write any more, but I love you all!! have a great week. 
You are in my prayers,

Elder Stinnett

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