Monday, May 30, 2016


Hey Everybody!! 

Well, not a lot has changed this week. First off, we found out that my companion and I will be staying here for another transfer together.  I am excited about that!! 

This last week our chapel got broken into. The guy didn't steal much just curtains, a phone, and a few wall cameras. They already found out who did it. The day after he robbed the church, he stopped my companion and I in the street asking for help. He is addicted to drugs and can't stop using drugs. It's not the first or second time that he has robbed the church. 

This week our baptisms we had marked didn't work out. We had to remark them again, but soon they should be baptized. 

Well, that's about it for the week. Can't believe in 3 months I will be home. Time is passing faster and faster. Have a good week. Talk to you guys later. 

Com Amor, Élder Nickerson

Monday, May 23, 2016



Well, it's been another good week for us here. This week we were able to find a bunch of new people to teach and had a few family home evenings with some members.  We were able to find new people through the family home evenings. 

We had one family home evening with 28 or 30 people that were not members. Here in this ward we are starting to have more help from the members, and I have seen a big difference in our missionary work. We have been able to find people that have a desire to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I sure am grateful for the gospel in our lives and for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for each one of us. I know that each day we need to look and see what we can do better in our lives. 

Well that's about it for the week. I hope that you are all doing well. Talk to you guys later.
Com Amor,
Elder Nickerson

Monday, May 16, 2016


Hey Everybody, 

This week has gone by fast again.  We are trying to get a few more baptisms in this area before transfers in two weeks.  We have quite a few people that are close to baptismal dates. 

It has been very hot this week and has rained quite a bit, but the rain never seems to cool the heat down.  

I am sure am grateful to be serving a mission and doing the Lord's work.  I can't believe how fast time keeps passing.  Before I know it I will be home.  I am trying to soak up every minute of my mission.  

We are blessed to be members of this church and to have the knowledge of the gospel in our lives.  

I hope everyone is doing well.  We are going to put our heads down and get to work this week. 

Thank you for everything, have a good week, and love you all. 

Elder Nickerson.

I have a story that is told by President Gordon B. Hinckley:

“You don’t know how much good you can do; you can’t foresee the results of the effort you put in. Years ago, President Charles A. Callis, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, but who previously was president of the Southern States Mission for twenty-five years, told me this story. He said that he had a missionary in the southern [United States] who came in to get his release at the conclusion of his mission. His mission president said to him, ‘Have you had a good mission?’

“He said, ‘No.’

“‘How is that?’

“‘Well, I haven’t had any results from my work. I have wasted my time and my father’s money. It’s been a complete waste of time.’

“Brother Callis said, ‘Haven’t you baptized anyone?’

“He said, ‘I baptized only one person during the two years that I have been here. That was a twelve-year-old boy up in the back hollows of Tennessee.’

“He went home with a sense of failure. Brother Callis said, ‘I decided to follow that boy who had been baptized. I wanted to know what became of him. …

“… ‘I followed him through the years. He became the Sunday School Superintendent, and he eventually became the branch president. He married. He moved off the little tenant farm on which he and his parents before him had lived and got a piece of ground of his own and made it fruitful.

He became the district president. He sold that piece of ground in Tennessee and moved to Idaho and bought a farm along the Snake River and prospered there. His children grew. They went on missions. They came home. They had children of their own who went on missions.

“Brother Callis continued, ‘I’ve just spent a week up in Idaho looking up every member of that family that I could find and talking to them about their missionary service.

I discovered that, as the result of the baptism of that one little boy in the back hollows of Tennessee by a missionary who thought he had failed, more than 1,100 people have come into the Church.’

“You never can foretell the consequences of your work, my beloved brethren and sisters, when you serve as missionaries” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 360–61).

Monday, May 9, 2016


Hey Everybody!!

This week went well for us here. First off, we were able to get Maria Paula baptised this week! So that was cool. This week we also had zone confernece and interviews with our President. 

We were able to receive letters and packages from home.  Right now we are teaching some people that are progressing, so I hope they keep it up.   We are also starting an English class, trying to get new people coming to church and getting more people to teach. 

Yesterday, I was able to talk to my family using Skype.  That was nice to see and hear them and to see that they are all doing well. Can't believe that it was my last time using Skype on the mission. Time sure is passing fast out here.

That's about it for the week. I'm glad to be here on the mission and for the gospel that we all have in our lives. I hope all is well with you guys and that everybody had a Happy Mother's Day. Talk to you guys later.

Com Amor,  
Elder Nickerson

 “You can be powerful instruments in the hands of God to help bring about this great work. … You can do something for another person that no one else ever born can do. … Blessings and a comforting peace will come to you if you can love God ‘with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself’ . … If you have done your best, which you usually do, your humble offering, whatever it may be, will be acceptable and pleasing to the Lord."  James E Faust

Monday, May 2, 2016

Eu. Sou. Grato. Pelo. Espírito. Santo. em. Nossas. Vidas.

Hey everybody!!

Well, it has been another good week here in Brazil. First off, the girl who was going to get baptized ended up getting sick, so we had to move the baptism to this week. I hope it will all work out for this Friday!

Lately, we have been working a lot more with the members here.  I can see a difference in the work that we do with the help of the members. We have been visiting more less active families and searching for the members that have fallen away from God's path. 

Yesterday, we visited a family and we have been teaching two ladies. They weren't able to go to church this week, so we went to their house and started talking to them.  I started talking to them about the Book of Mormon and they both know it's true.  I invited them to be baptized and they both accepted.  We just have to help them to stop drinking coffee. While we were talking with them I sure could feel the Spirit with us! 

Yesterday, we were able to watch a devotional with Elder Pinho from the Quorum Of The Seventy. He talked about the value each person has to the Lord.  And that we need to discover the value we all have. He said we need to have "Faith to Accept", "Faith to Act",  "Faith to Give it Your Best", and "Faith to Endure to the End". Sure am glad for the leaders  we have in the church.

This week we are starting an English class in the church to see if we can get a few new people to teach. That's about it for the week. Thanks for all. Talk to you guys later.

Com Amor,
Elder Nickerson

The title says, I am thankful for the Holy Spirit in our Lives. 

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, taketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.  Ether 12:4