One day as we were shopping in a grocery store a couple noticed we were talking in English and came up to introduce themselves as Antonio and Vera. They said they had lived in the United States for 46 years, but when they retired they came back to Brazil and built their retirement home. They invited us to come visit them in their house. We went there last week and were very impressed. The house has about 4,000 square feet and is on a 10 acre lot with a lake in the back yard. We thought you would like to see the house and the furnishings. Heidi's mother would have loved to see this house, as it has many of the same things she collected. It was a foggy day so the outdoor pictures are not as clear as they would be on a nice day.
This is a very large and majestic stairway to the second floor.
Each of the four bedrooms on the second floor has its own bathroom fully decorated.
We had a great visit with them and found out that they are trying to sell the house and move back to the United States. Two of their kids live in the states and one in Italy. They decided that they would rather be closer to their kids. They have decided to sell the house with everything in it and will not be taking anything back to the states. They are asking R$5.3 million (about $1.657 million US dollars) for everything. There is a second house next to the big house where they have a garage, a big country kitchen and a bathroom. They spend a lot of time out there because it is more cozy. They are including a big two seat pick-up truck in the sale price. So if any of you would like a nice home in Brazil, this is your chance. We will be going back this week to talk some more about the gospel with them. They were happy to receive a Book of Mormon from us, and said they would start reading it.
One Sunday we had a visit from the Saucedo family at our church. When I was a missionary in 1967, I baptized this man's (in the middle) father. His father went on to become a bishop, stake president and a patriarch before he died. This man has been a missionary and is now a bishop for the second time, and his two sons have served missions. One of the sons is in the picture on the left. He is now studying at BYU in Provo. There is also a married daughter in Australia. It is amazing what one seed, planted 48 years ago, can grow to be.