Elder Matthew Nielsen

"You are assigned to labor in the Brazil Fortaleza East mission"

Share Your Testimony With Others!

Hello Family and Friends!

What an incredible experience I am having as a missionary!  I am very grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ for 2 years.  I am learning so much about myself and others.  As I walk in the streets, I see so many people who need our message, but I only have time for some of them, which makes me a little sad.  Missionaries experience so many different kinds of challenges, but serving others makes everything else seem pretty meaningless.

I am learning to work and help, striving to have the pure love of Christ in my heart.  I have learned that in order to increase ones faith, a person needs to be obedient in keeping the commandments of God and he needs to look for opportunities to serve others.  If someone is lacking in faith, it means that he is not keeping the commandments and/or he is not choosing to serve others.

We’ve had a week of miracles!  Priscilla’s sister, Rosa, was baptized on Saturday and Priscilla was baptized last Sunday.  Both baptisms were very special to me.  But Leo’s baptism this last week was really meaningful to me.  Leo underwent such a major transformation in his life to be qualified to receive baptism.  He waited for months to be baptized and finally he was able to walk into the waters of baptism.  It was a very spiritual experience for me.  He was forgiven and cleansed of all his sins.  How wonderful!

Impressions of Brazil:

  1. To become a boyfriend or girlfriend to someone special, a couple dates for a while, then they exchange rings.
  2. I may have already told you that Quixadi has the oldest dam in Brazil and a famous rock in the shape of a chicken!
  3. Speaking of chicken…something pretty tasty here is a chicken cream that you spread on top of your rice.  It is really good.

Share your testimony of the gospel with others.  Let others know the blessings that you have received as a result of living the gospel.  Invite your friends to listen to the missionary lessons.  All of the people we know who haven’t had the chance to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, are missing something that they cannot put a finger on. They have an emptiness that they cannot fill, even with all of the ways that the world has provided. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can fill this emptiness and give true meaning to this life.  Have courage and share the gospel with others.  Give others the chance to hear the same message that has brought you so much happiness.  Help someone you love to return back into the presence of God so that he might have the joy of living with his family forever.

I love and miss everyone at home.

Elder Nielsen

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