Elder Matthew Nielsen

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

The Storms of Life

Hello Family and Friends!

Our area is HUGE and we do a lot of walking, so we decided to work within close proximity to where we have our church meetings.  We didn’t have a lot of success, but I trust that things will get better.  They always do.  We will pray and fast and do everything we can to find those people that are searching for the gospel of Christ.  In missionary work, there are a lot of ups and downs.  But in the down moments, in my opinion, we grow the most and learn to trust that God has a plan.

Impressions of Brazil:

  1. Back on the bugs and mosquitoes topic, it is very common to plug in bug repellants into the outlets of the house to keep the bug population low!
  2. Brazilians always use napkins to eat finger food, like hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and sandwiches.

One of my favorite stories from the New Testament is in Mark 4:37-40:  “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?  How is it that ye have no faith?”

All of us pass through storms in life, when things seem dark and hopeless.  We begin to fear and think it is an impossible situation to navigate.  But I testify that if we turn to God for help and use the atonement of Jesus Christ, that they will come to our aid.  They will rebuke the dark clouds and they will give us hope, peace, and calmness.  We just have to exercise our faith.

God loves each of you more than you can imagine.

Elder Nielsen

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