Elder Matthew Nielsen

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

Dalva is Baptized!

Hello Family and Friends!

I’m so grateful for having such a wonderful week.  We had the privilege of seeing someone that we love very much get baptized.  Her name is Dalva.  She has been like a grandmother to us.  She is 62 years old and has been looking for the truth and God’s church for many years.  Several years ago, she and her husband received a Book of Mormon and they have read from it many times.  Both Dalva and her husband Sebastian are super funny people.  They love to talk and talk and talk!  But I love it!   They are such great people.

The days are very busy and really HOT, but I count myself truly blessed to be given the opportunity to help such wonderful people learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Impressions of Brazil:

  1. Brazilians write the date like the Europeans:  day, month, year.
  2. Brazilians spell the name of their country like this, BRASIL.
  3. Now after being in the country for so long, and with my white complexion and blond hair, I can fool the Brazilians into thinking that I am also Brazilian, but from the Rio Grande do Sul, which is in the southern part of Brazil where there are many who have German ancestry!

I love this scripture from Romans 8:24-25:  “For we are saved by hope:  But hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”  Hope, like faith, is something that we cannot see or touch.  If we have faith, we hope for things that are not seen, but which are true.  The greater our faith, the stronger our hope.  It is this hope that can get us through the darkest moments in our lives.  We place our hope in the assurance that “All things will work together for our good.”  (Romans 8:28)  Have faith and hope in God and in his timing.  I pray that we will have the patience to allow God to mold and shape us into the men and women he knows we can be.

Missing and loving you,

Elder Nielsen

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