This last week was such a legit week out here in Brasil!! We had so many spiritual experiences and just other cool experiences but I don´t have time to write them all so here are just a couple. We had a baptism yesterday of this lady whose parents were trying for about 7 years to get her baptized and she never would. I had taught her before with my previous companion but she didn´t show any desire but my new companion and I decided to stop by a couple of weeks back, she let us in, we taught her, she came to church and the next day told us that she wanted to be baptized!! super cool, so we had her baptism yesterday after church and the Spirit was so strong at the baptism, almost everyone there was crying their eyes out, including her husband who is finally interested in learning about the gospel now too!! So that was way cool and we went to a firside last night where President and Sister Querioz gave their last fireside to the members here before we receive our new mission president. The Spirit was incredibly strong the entire night and they had us, the missionaries, sing ´Armies of Helaman` and everybody there was in tears. Such an amazing thing to witness. Also this last week when we were proselyting in the jungle part of the island and we saw monkies!! they were just jumping around in the trees and 2 of them were actually really friendly to us and we got to play and take pictures with them for about 10 minutes and then we had to go, but we were so stoked to see monkies!!! Also this last week we went to stop by the house of some of the people who attend our English class. They are a bunch of teenagers and we weren´t sure why they all had the same address till we got to there place, a foster home. It was an unforgettable feeling to walk into their place and see all of these kids who have had such rough lives and so badly just wanted to be loved. I was on the verge of tears the entire time as they joyfully showed us all the rooms in the foster home and what they like to do. After the tour, the social worker there came up and thanked us for the English class that we give every week and he told us how much all of the kids loved to go. He then asked me a lot of questions about the church and I got to teach him about the restoration and give him a Book of Mormon while my companion taught somebody else, it was amazing! I showed them a picture of our family too and told them how we are a foster/adopt family and they just thought that was the coolest thing ever (probably because it is)!!! Going there made me so grateful for the life I´ve had and for all the love I´ve received throughout my life. We are here on the earth because God loves us and wants us to feel His love forever. If we can always try to brighten somebody else´ life just a little bit everyday, I know we can make a difference in the life of that person. I love you all and hope you give the kids some loves for me!!!!!
Elder Michael J. Neilson
June 27, 2011
June 27, 2011
So this last week went really well as always and there were some pretty big changes. We had our last meeting as a mission with President Querioz and his wife and it went really well, it was like 6 hours long but it was good. President Querioz is going to be missed a lot out here, he is like the most popular person out here in southern Brasil and he is a stud. I had my first mission President in AZ for 4 months and the President Querioz here for only 3 months so it will be weird to only have one more President for the rest of my mission. Also my companion got transferred, I was super bummed at first because we worked super well together but when I found out who my new companion would be I was super excited. His name is Elder Armistead and he is from Denver and he goes to BYU-Hawaii too!! We talk about Hawaii soooo much during the day and he will go home in time for the start of the next Winter semester. He is a super cool guy tho, we work hard together, and mesh super super well so I’m pretty happy right now. The weather just keeps getting colder too, it’s already snowing down here in our mission, luckily not on the island but it’s still freezing. We gave talks yesterday in Church too an those went super well, the members in our ward are really starting to embrace us. We’ve got some pretty solid people out here who we are teaching so hopefully we will see some more baptisms soon!! I love you all and give the kids lots of loves for me!!!
Elder Michael J. Neilson