Merry Christmas!

26 12 2014

“Christmas is a time of reflection on what we can become because of God’s Scared Gift. As we #discoverthegift, we learn of the immeasurable love of God and our Absolute need for a savior. As we #embracethegift, we strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to become more like him. As we #sharethegift, we follow in the Master’s footsteps, who invited all to hear His message.”

What an amazing time of the year! Seriously there is no better time. Other than March Madness…jk but seriously… I wouldn’t trade the experience of being out on the mission during the Christmas season for anything. Obviously I love my family and miss them but it’s such a great experience to learn and be out in the field doing what Christ has asked us all to do. To feed his sheep!

I’m so incredibly thankful for my family, my friends, and my Savior who has made it possible for me to be with them forever. I’ve never felt such a deep and sincere love for this group of people. I just recently finished reading the four gospels. I made it a goal to finish them before Christmas so that I could learn and more appreciate everything that the Savior has done for me. It was such an amazing experience. As I read and immersed myself in the scriptures, I felt so close to my savior. I truly feel and know that he is my Savior, redeemer and best friend. Each and every day I feel him walk beside me. Having the opportunity to read about the love that Christ has for his children and the methods in which he taught. It was life changing for me. I have been taking my mission so much more seriously. All I want is to be more like him and to do all I can to repay the debt. I know I’ll never be able to give enough but I can do everything I can to help bring to pass God’s work and his Glory.

I also finished the Book of Mormon this week. If any of you were wondering, it’s true. I checked.

I’ve kind of become sort of a book nerd since I’ve been out here and I love it. There are few things I enjoy more than having a full hour to sit down and immerse myself in learning more about my Savior, my Heavenly Father, and how much they love me! I highly recommend it.

Anyway, I want all of you to know, that I know for myself that this gospel is true. That Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. He is in the details of our lives. He is aware and there for us every step on the way. And what love he sincerely had, to give his son. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know. That Jesus is the Christ. Helping others come to this knowledge and helping to lift their burdens is the most special and amazing experience than anyone could ever ask for.

Picture 1:This is my planner cover for the transfer! It’s the first time I had the opportunity to go through the temple and I remember it like it was yesterday! Don’t worry Big Al, Camille, Madi, and Kate. I have you guys covered in the next picture.
Picture 2 and 3: That’s my bookmark for each day. It brings a smile to my face to see my family every day! And it’s possible and always will be possible #BecauseOfHim!
Picture 4: Saddest day of my mission so far. I love this guy. He was my best friend on the mission from day 1. We were like brothers from the start. He left:( But he came to see me right before he went to the mission home.
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Love

Elder Fischer

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The Power of Prayer!

18 12 2014

Christmas is getting so close! I’m super excited! The work gets difficult out here because everyone just wants to meet “After the Holidays” but it’s all good. It’s still fun and everything is going great! Plus, it does open a lot of doors and ways to share messages because Christ is the true gift of Christmas!
The Area is really starting to pick up now! I can’t believe me and Elder Gill are halfway done with our training process! I feel like he is training me and I learn so much from him. I am so impressed and amazed at his desires and willingness to serve. He is a champ.

This week we started seeing a couple with 2 children. They are soooo good. The mom is a less active who is recovering from neck surgery. She wants to come back. We gave her a blessing and that’s how we met them. Her name is Allison. They have two kids, Riker and Brooklyn. They are the 2nd cutest ever to Madi and Kate. I spent a lot of our visit playing connect four and rock paper scissors with Riker. He is 6, almost 7. He is begging us to let him be baptized when he is 7. haha I wish I could help him out. He spent a large part of the lesson massaging my shoulders…it was super awesome.. haha. But they have a lot of potential! Nick said he could certainly see himself wanting to get baptized. We just got to get them to church and get them some friends.

This week at church, we had a super good lesson on prayer. First of all, if you aren’t on your knees, you lose about 50% of the power, so start there! haha. Humble yourself! Next, read 2 Nephi chapter 4 because that is probably one of the best prayers in the whole Book of Mormon. I mean WOW. What if we all always had prayers like that? It’s incredible. Next, read the bible dictionary section of prayer. Specifically this part…
“As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
There are many passages in the New Testament that teach the duty of prayer (Matt. 7:7; 26:41; Luke 18:1;21:36; Eph. 6:18; Philip. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17, 25; 1 Tim. 2:1, 8). Christians are taught to pray in Christ’s name (John 14:13–14; 15:7, 16; 16:23–24). We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ—when His words abide in us (John 15:7). We then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart.”

That is just so eye opening to me. There is so much that I would love to talk about but I just don’t have time. Prayer is the way and an appointed means for us to obtain the highest of all blessings! Use it! Abuse it! It’s such an amazing gift from God. And as long as we are praying in Christ’s name and aligning our will with his, we are promised answers. It’s my goal to always have compassionate, deep, and sincere, conversations with my Heavenly Father for the rest of forever! It’s so refreshing.

Also I’m pretty good friends with the other district leader in our Zone – Elder Tui’One. We are having a #DunkContest this month. I told him my district would out-baptize his this month! It’s so fun when it’s a competition! hahah.
Thanks for all your love and support! Love you all!

-Elder Fischer





It’s A Small World!

11 12 2014

So I learned something pretty crazy this week! We are teaching a man named Cory Gregor. He should be baptized this week #WhiteChristmas… but that’s not the crazy thing. We have been teaching him for a while. He has been around the church for about 25 years now. His families are all members and stuff. His son just came home from his mission last week. And his son served in the Iowa Des Moines mission!! And he knew Grant! I was so excited to talk to him about Grant. They were in the same district and everything. But I thought that was super cool…Small World.

This week was pretty normal. I got to go on exchanges to Spanish land. That was pretty exciting to try and see how much I really knew and could understand. It was such a fun day. It rained that day and I got to be in a car. That was pretty lucky of me…

We also picked up a few new potential investigators. They both are super good and hopefully it will go somewhere. One of them read all of 3 Nephi 11-27… that was super impressive. It was over about a weeks’ time span. She is super awesome. She goes to college at CBU and they are doing their finals right now. It makes it kind of difficult to meet with her. We do our best to find time though.

The other one loves rocks. Like some of the stuff he does with rocks is pretty cool. He is fun to be around and seems receptive. He has a girlfriend that is less active and a sister that is active. Who knows! Maybe something will happen! Faith is a powerful thing!

Elder Gill got sick earlier this week so that was sad. He got to feeling better after just a little bit of time though. Sister Mullen still made us stay in once she heard that he wasn’t feeling well. But it’s all good! Lots of study time for me!

We had our Zone meeting this week too. One of our focuses is #WhiteChristmas. Obviously it’s not snowing any time soon but we are trying to get people in their baptismal whites! Pray for a white Christmas everyone! I can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday season than in the font! haha.

Well that’s all for now! Thank you for all of your support, love, and prayers! It doesn’t go unnoticed. I really do feel it. I feel strengthened each and every day! I’m thankful to be serving here in CRM and I know that there isn’t a better place that I could be right now. It’s so amazing. This time of the year is especially amazing when he can stop and recognize that #HeIsTheGift and everyone needs to know it! If you haven’t seen the video yet, stop and go see it right away! It’s awesome and brings the spirit in super-fast! I hope you all have a good week!

-Elder Fischer

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Turkey week was pretty awesome.

3 12 2014

Turkey week was pretty awesome. Everyone has told me that the holiday season is the best in the mission and that it goes by waaaay fast. It’s all proven true so far. This week was soooo much fun. It was filled with lots of mission meetings and gatherings.

It started off with normal DDM on Tuesday. No big deal. But then one Wednesday, we had some people from Salt Lake come to tour the mission and we had an MLC from 9-4. Normally it’s just ZL’s and the AP’s but for some reason that I am still oblivious to, I was told to go too. It was a super great meeting though. I learned a ton! So I’m glad I got the opportunity to go. Brother Hill, from SLC, started out by telling us how they choose Mission presidents. He said they have a big list of 10+ candidates/names, interview them all and look at a ton of stuff. How diligent they have been in callings. Their knowledge of the scriptures. Their testimony of Christ and of the restoration. The love, compassion, and charity they have for those around them. The service they give to those in need. How organized they are and pretty much do a total evaluation of their souls. Then they call their husbands to be the mission president. hahaha I thought that was pretty funny. But it’s so true. Next to every worthy and diligent priesthood leader is their wives and they are the foundation. We wouldn’t be anything without the women of the church.

So on Thursday we woke up, worked out, played football, ate food, went to the church, played soccer and then went home. It was pretty much a second P-day and it was a blast. Man…Keep it hot I kinda went ham at the turkey bowl. It was just like ole times. Touchdowns and interceptions for dayzzzzz…

Crystal, Daniel, and all of our gators were out of town so that made it difficult to get much done. A lot of member work was done. The “He is the Gift” video is an awesome, easy, and nonintrusive way for EVERYONE to share the gospel. USE IT because the church has invested a lot into it. We did continue to work with Cory Gregor. His son comes home from his mission on Friday. That will be good. They have another son who lost two of his fingers in a lawn mower accident…..He is inactive but he asked us for a blessing and ever since has been sitting in on our lessons with his nonmember dad. I really love the kid. His name is Zack. So that’s one reason…haha but he is a super cool kid. Hopefully his brother coming home this week will help him in coming back to church.

Well that’s it for this week! I can’t believe how fast time is going. It’s pretty crazy.
I want to share my testimony on how important it is that we strengthen our faith each and every day. We have to prepare ourselves for the battle that is going on right now. Satan takes advantage of every opportunity he can. We can see the church being attacked from all angles. We have to become warriors and fight against evil. I don’t think the last days will be so much of a church against church thing as much as it will be a God against Atheism issue. But we know that even the very elect will be tempted (Matt 24:24). We have to strengthen our own testimonies so that our children, families, and friends can be strengthened in us as well. I think of the stripling warriors. They waxed strong because they remembered what their mothers taught them. They had amazing teachers and support in their lives from Helaman, Moroni and others. And I think one thing that is neglected often is the examples they were given from their fathers. Some of them buried their fathers because their fathers would not break their covenants that they had made with the Lord. What an amazing example. I’m so grateful for the mother, father, and church leaders that I’ve had who had raised me in that same way and helped me keep along the straight and narrow! I love this gospel so much! It’s true.

-Elder Fischer

“I WILL fight a good fight, I WILL finish my course. I WILL keep my faith”

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