16 10 2012
So this week has been a lot faster than the first week.  We are no longer the “blue dots” so that’s pretty nice.  I am really enjoying my stay here at the CTM but I’ ll tell you…if we got out in 6 weeks that would be amazing.  I’m already so pumped to go to Belem.  They haven’t said anything to us about it (due to the recent changes in regards to MTC stays being shortened) so I doubt we will be leaving earlier than expected.  When they made the announcement, all the elders and sisters kinda started cheering.  That’s so cool how the Lord is hastening his work right before our eyes.  But Wow all of conference was amazing.  It’s the best conference I’ve ever had for sure.  They say that conference is the real Christmas down here and its true. Not only because of the amazing talks but because its the only real time we get to rest.  I think Hollands talk was my favorite.  No surprise there.  Thanks for the gift card and pizza party!  I’m super excited to use that!  Haha everyone is so jealous that I get so much from my family and friends. So I had a couple really good experiences this week. I taught my first lesson in Portuguese without using any notes. It was grammatically awful but I did it.. haha.  Meu campaniero struggled a little bit though.  The other guy in my room, Elder Peterson, was kinda on his own in companion study because his companion is one of the guys who doesn’t like to follow rules and was asleep.  So I invited him to study with me and Elder Whitaker.  It was a great experience because he seemed really excited to and it was crazy how alike the things we studied were.  I was reading in 2 Nephi 9 (its amazing how the scriptures are like…different down here.  There are things I swear didn’t use to be in the scriptures) about the atonement and Jacob testifying of it,  and he was studying the same thing.  Then we discussed our goals of things we wanted to get out of conference and our goals were like the same!  I was really looking for how I could learn to have a stronger desire for serving and how to gain a stronger desire to learn the language for the right reasons.  So I could serve rather than so I could speak it as well as the other guys.  And that’s why Hollands talk was so great.  He talked about When Christ asked Peter three times if he loved him.  And if he did, then why the heck is he fishing!!!  Well if I truely love the Christ then that’s why I need to be out here serving a mission.  That’s why I need to learn the language.  To serve the Lord.
Tell allies i said good luck in volleyball and I can’t wait to hear about basketball season too.  Brittany…if its not to late then I give you permission to name the baby after me.  Haha Josh is going to Vegas…o boy.  He’s gonna love it there.  I really appreciate your story dad.  It helps a lot.  It’s not always an easy thing to deal with but I’ve learned how to cope pretty well so far.
I guess i could tell you what I normally do here.  Personal companion study is in the morning and then gym and then we go to classes.  In class all we really do is practice teaching investigators.  I’m currently teaching 3.  Well 2  and a half.  The last one is in something called TRC where they film you teaching and then criticize you afterwards.  We got out of it this first week though.  But yea, we are really kinda left on our own to learn the language.  It’s a lot of personal study.
So I had an amazing experience at the temple today.  When I was in the celestial room, I was praying and when I finished, I felt the spirit stronger than Iever have before in my life.  I almost couldn’t breathe it was so overwhelming.  I can’t really describe everything but it was really amazing.
On a less serious not the Portuguese word of the week…def peidei.  Pronounced Payday.  And it means I farted.  Me and Elder Peterson go at it all day…The Brazilians think its the funniest thing that we know that.
I suppose that’s all for now!
2 Nephi 22:2 🙂
-Elder Fischer

District 39-B

6 10 2012


Elder Fischer and some of his district friends

Elder Fischer at the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple

4 10 2012

October 2 2012

4 10 2012


HOLY COW FAMILIA! Calm down! Haha. I got like 6 emails from you all. It took me 10 of my 30 minutes to read them all. Haha I’m just kidding. It’s great to hear from everyone. So I got through my flights just fine. I think there were about twenty missionaries there total. We have such a cool district and I’ve already made a lot of new friends. I met president Baughn’s nephew the other day and you guys should ask Weston if he remembers an Elder Allen – AKA Greg Allen who played basketball and soccer at SVU with him. He is down here too. He’s in district 39-a and I’m in b. And Courtney if you read this you’ll never believe who is in my room with me and is going to Belem too. Brett Adamson! haha From English class. He’s actually really chill.

So the first few days were just mind blowing. The days were long even though I had a great time but it’s just getting use to the 16 hour days. My P days are on Tuesdays and this is probably around the time I will be emailing. My Companion is about 5 foot and red haired. His name is Elder Whitaker and he is a little socially awkward but you know what? I’m thankful that I get to learn how to deal with this earlier than later! I’m getting kind of behind on stuff though because I have to help him with everything, including our assignments.

So my daily schedule is 630, I wake up and shower, breakfast, personal study, companion study, language study, gym, lab, lunch, 4 hours of class, dinner, 4 hours of class, and bed! I actually like it a lot. The espirito is so strong here and I’m really enjoying it. You guys will have to keep me posted about everything though! Like Brittany and her baby and Josh’s mission call.

So of course my first Sunday was a fast Sunday! Haha that 24 hours fast was tough!! But it was a great experience. The CTM is really really cool. They really set you loose and stuff for the first half of the P day. Of course you still have stuff your suppose to do, but they aren’t breathing down your neck. I got to go explore Sao Paulo today! I walked around with my district, and bought some things, not much, but just a few things. The food here is pretty ok. I’ve really started to warm up to it. It’s all Brazilian foods as expected. They have a soda called Guanana which is extremely addicting and I have it for just about every meal. It’s all you can eat so I don’t go hungry.
The weather here is really nice. We’ve talked to a couple people from Belem. They say there are big snakes, big bugs, it’s extremely hot, and really rainy. They say that the rain will flood up to your knees sometimes.

My MTC president is really great and really everyone here is. There is no need to worry about me at all! I’m having a great time! hmmm what else… I guess I’ll keep you all in my prayers and you guys do the same for me! I’ve found that kneeling to pray really does make a huge difference. I feel the spirit so much stronger when I humble myself and kneel next to my bed. Well I guess that’s all for this week! Can’t wait to hear from you all about what all is going on!

-Elder Fischer (still weird to say)