“Blackout Year” & #JustDoItJanuary

15 01 2015

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So this is the start of my “blackout year”. The year where I won’t see home at all! It’s kind of sad to think about but it also thrills me a little bit to know that I have a full year dedicated to the Lord. An entire year where I am focused on nothing but serving and doing my best to assist in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man! What a privilege!

This week while I was reading in Alma, I came across the story of Ammon and the conversion of King Lamoni. Ammon is just a beast. We all know that. He comes into enemy territory and is offered a wife. He chooses to be a servant. He serves faithfully and accomplishes lots of miracles. Cuts off some arms. And then he teaches King Lamoni. Eventually King Lamoni, Ammon, and the wife of King Lamoni all drop to the ground. Well everyone does except for Abish. Abish was a women who had been converted previously because of her father and she takes the opportunity to share the gospel with everyone!

” Thus, having been converted to the Lord, and never having made it known, therefore, when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth, and also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay prostrate upon the earth, she knew that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.”

What an awesome example of a missionary! I don’t know why but this especially stuck out to me when reading through Alma. I hope I can always keep a missionary spirit and see those opportunities to make the gospel known unto the people!

Anyway! The holidays are finally over! Ive loved them so much but I’m ready for everyone to be back and town and available again! Haha.

Tomorrow we get to go to the temple again! I’m super excited for that! It’s also such a renewing and great opportunity to receive personal revelation. I wish we could go every transfer! I feel pretty blessed to have one we can go to while I am out here serving.

This week we had some fun experiences. I ran into an 85 year old man and we started to talk to him a little bit about the gospel. He seemed super solid at first and I was getting excited. He was telling us how he was looking for more answers to his life and wanted to have God be more active in his life. Elder Gill and I had been praying for miracles all week and I thought we had finally found one! Then he dropped the bomb….he said he went to harvest…..here in California it’s where they have anti Mormon classes on Sunday and all harvest members ever want to do is bash. But I continued to listen to him and keep a prayer in my heart that we could in some way help this old man. Buuuuut he started to through some anti information at us.  Bashing doesn’t accomplish anything. In the past I avoided it because I didn’t have the knowledge scripturally to do it.. Now I have to avoid it because it’s not the right thing to do. Anyway…we ended on a good note. We prayed with him and he was happy when we left. It just kinda fired me up a little and reassured me of how true the gospel is! I feel so bad for all the people that are confused. But unfortunately, a lot of them are stuck in the traditions of their fathers:(
Well that’s all for now! I hope everyone has a great week and a great new year! Set some amazing goals and just do them!

#JustdoitJanuary!
Elder Fischer

1-12-15

This week was pretty interesting. It started out super uneventful! Unfortunately Elder Gill got sick last Monday and it got worse. We had to stay in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We missed out of the Temple trip but President Mullen said we could go on the 20th with the Mt Rubidoux zone so that’s cool. I felt super bad for Elder Gill! It was hard to watch him be so sick! He is my first boy and my posterity! But we were able to give him a blessing and he is fine now! We got back and went to work on Thursday-Sunday. We were starting out super behind so we knew we needed to go HARD. We almost cranked out the Standard of Excellence but only because the Lord blessed us for working so hard. We saw many miracles and were sure to thank the Lord for them! One of them was coming across a family of three who said they are super interested in learning more! I don’t like to get my hopes up but I’m super excited! Teaching Families is the BEST.

I also wanted to share my testimony on how important the relationship between members and missionaries is. We have been struggling with Brother Gregor a lot. He has been using work as an excuse and keeps putting off his baptism like he has since before I was born…Last lesson he was talking about how he was on date back in 1990…Like seriously this dude just needs to take a dip and get dunked. He has always been living the commandments but he is just a tough cookie to crack. But we had a member come with us during our last lesson and Brother Gregor was just a completely different person! It was such a spiritual experience and he even picked his own baptism date and was excited about it by the end of the lesson! But the member we brought played a huge role in getting Brother Gregor to that point. If you get the chance to go out with the missionaries, #JUSTDOIT!

Our theme for the Zone this month is #JustDoItJanuary..so just do it!
We also had a super good experience with Crystal. We had stopped visiting with her a couple weeks ago but felt prompted to go back and see how she was doing. She told us a couple stories on how she had used some of the things we had taught her in school and had even been sharing them on facebook with her friends! She said she got scared one night and was feeling really sad because some of her distant family members had passed away but she prayed to her Heavenly Father and felt his love that he had for her! It was an awesome experience and she has changed so much! It really boosted my testimony of how the Lord has the power to change the hearts of his children when they are willing to ACT and show their faith in him.

Well that’s all I have time for this week! I love you all and am grateful for the mission family that I have! You all support me and show me so much love and I don’t know what I would do without you guys! If any of you watched “Lilo and Stitch” you’ll remember the term Ohana. And Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind! That’s how I feel about all of you! And that’s how heavenly father feels about every single one of his children! He wants every single one to return back to him! He doesn’t want to leave one behind! Not even one! Love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Elder Fischer
Last week was COLD!! It snowed like 30 mins north and 30 mins south of us!

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