Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monday, September 22, 2014

Living with 5 other missionaries is really funny.  Everyone keeps teasing me that Im going home really soon and points out every airplane that passes haha.  We are seeing a lot of cool things happen.  
So we pretty much have a mission house now- just need to get the contract going.  We are now able to focus alot more on the work.  We received the media reference of a guy named Darckson.  He is a really great guy.  He is part of the Book of Momon play- which kindof makes fun of The Church.  Well, as he was rehearsing and stuff, he kept thinking too himslef "Why couldnt this be true?"  He said a prayer when he got home and entered into the site of the Church.  He started talking to a sister from Brasil who is serving in Salt Lake.  She answered a few questions and sent his address to us.  We went there and introduced ourselves to him, left him with a pamflet of the Restoration and marked to come back the next day.  When we got there, he had already read the whole pamphlet, and was answering the questions in the back.  We got there and taught him.  As we bore our testimonies, he started to cry, and said that he really wants to know if it is true.  He has the goal of getting baptized on the 4th of October.  He went to church yesterday.  You know what he was doing the night before at 1 in the morning?  Watching online "Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration".  He really liked the church, and said that he had already read beyond the part we marked in the Book of Mormon, and has friends that want to come to church too.  He is such a great guy, and is super prepared to receive this great message.  

This last Friday, we had zone conferences.  We got there at 8AM and left at 730 PM.  President Cabral did a great job.  We learned how to work better with the ward organizations and the bishop.  We had a new mission counsellor get called.  He is a RM that got back less than 3 years ago from his mission. Super young.  He served in north Brasil where he baptized like 400 people.  NUTS!  At the end, they called me to go up to give my last testmony in a zone conference.  It was a strong moment for me.  For just a few seconds there, it really hit home that I have to go home.  I got really sad, but really grateful too for the time that the Lord has given me here.  At the end, they got all the people that will go home, and put them in front and did President Cabral's little "thankfulness chant"--Grato, Grato, Grato, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo.  
Still isnt really sinking in, but Im grateful for that.

The ward counselor this week was talking about how Pres Monson is now advising us about being prepared with food storage and stuff.  He said that war has broken out back east---what is happening over there?  The news here is kindof corrupt, so the true story never gets here, but I was kindof interested.  

Anywhoo, Ive got to go, but I hope that you all have a great week!

Love you,
Elder Stin

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