BOOK OF MORMON! A PERSONAL EXPERINECE THAT LED ME BACK OUT ON MY MISSION

27 03 2015

So Vivian is pretty much one of the cutest little girls in the world!!! I can’t say THE cutest because well…obviously Madi and Kate take the cake on that one.. but it made me so happy to see her get baptized on Sunday. Every time I saw her before she had made the decision to get baptized, I was heartbroken because I knew it was going to bless her life so much. I just wanted her to choose to receive those blessings!

So this week I wanted to talk a little bit about how the Book of Mormon has affected my life. First of all, there is a special spirit and love that I feel every time me I open that book. I know it’s true. Those feelings wouldn’t come if it weren’t. I’m so much happier when I’m constantly reading from the Book of Mormon. And nothing could testify and speak of Christ so much, and be from anyone but God.

The three scriptures I want to focus of are 1 Nephi 11:17, Enos 1:1-3, and Alma 37:6-7. To be more specific about how the Book of Mormon and these scriptures have affected my life. I wanted to share an example. It started out with my dad when he wrote his testimony in my Book of Mormon before I left for my mission to Brazil. I referred to the testimony often but never realized how significant it was until I came home. When I came home, it was a really rough time for me. I tried to put on a face and pretend like I didn’t care, but I did. And I don’t think I ever told anyone how much it affected me during that time. But it bothered me a lot. I had prepared my whole life to serve a mission and then after 3 months, I’m home. It felt absolutely terrible. But one day, as I was reading through my Book of Mormon, I found my dad’s testimony again. In it, he wrote down the scripture, 1 Nephi 11:17, and “that this brings us comfort when we have things happen in our lives that we don’t understand at that time”. I’m so grateful that he was so inspired as he wrote down his SIMPLified testimony in my book. At the time, I’m sure he had no idea how relevant that would be in my future life. But his words and the scripture are so true! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us SO much…beyond our capacity to understand. We don’t have to understand everything in our lives. Not right now. As we diligently apply ourselves and focus on becoming more like the Savior, everything else will fall into place.
Next is the scripture Enos 1:1-3. I love these scriptures for so many reasons. In verse two it talks about the WRESTLE that Enos had before he received a remission of his sins. For me it was a wrestle I had with God in trying to understand what my path was. Where I needed to be and what I needed to be doing. But as it says in verse 3, the words which my father spoke brought me so much comfort. I knew that the Lord had a plan and I didn’t necessarily have to know what it was at the time.

Lastly, is Alma 37:6-7. The past two scriptures aren’t scripture masteries that we study and memorize in seminary. They aren’t ones that you hear quoted all the time. They are small and simple. And my dad didn’t write a huge 5 page testimony in my book. But by those small and simple words, along with the help of amazing friends and family, I was able to continue on the straight and narrow path and return to the mission field. And as I’ve diligently applied myself and been obedient I’ve had the chance to be an instrument in the Lords hands in bringing salvation to some of my best friends out here in California.

And lastly, I couldn’t leave out my Mom! She has constantly been my back bone and support through my life. She never forced me to do anything. But she constantly reassured me of what she knew was best, and what would help me best in my life. However, she always supported me in everything that I did and she did it with love. Her example in testimony and her love for Jesus Christ have helped me immeasurably. I know from looking to her example of trusting in the Lord with ALL of her heart, that my path will always be directed.

Those scriptures have really blessed my life. They have helped me through really difficult times. The power of the Book of Mormon is real. It can be a map for us in our lives if we just choose to pick it up and read it. And apply it to our own lives! It was written for us. The prophets and apostles don’t say it every single General Conference just because it’s the new thing that the kids are saying these days. Or because they like the way it sounds coming out of their mouth. It’s TRUE!

Well that’s about all I have time for today! I appreciate all of you that stay and touch and are there for me! I feel your love and support every week! I hope you all have a great one!

Elder Fischer

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BAPTISMS ARE THE BEST

20 03 2015

JEROME WENT DOOOOWWN! It was one of the coolest feelings in the world. When he was making his way out of the font he yelled out “1 and done”. Like just one dunk. It was super funny. There was something different about Jerome. He was really important to me and I’ve felt a change in how I view the people I work with out here. I’ve always loved them but recently I’ve really been praying hard for charity. For the love that Christ has for us. And as I’ve done that the way I look at each of the people that we work with has changed. With Jerome, he is really one of my best friends. Last Monday he asked me to baptize him and I almost cried. He told me I was a brother to him and I couldn’t have asked for a bigger compliment. I just want everything that is good in the world to happen for him. And as he has been struggling with his addictions, I’ve felt so terrible for what he has to go through. I just want him to be free of the pain. It kills me that he is going through so much. But I love him and having the opportunity to help him go down was one of the best experiences of my life.

I’ve noticed the same thing happening with Vivian. She has a little brother named Marcos. He is seven years old. And they are the coolest, most fun, and most amazing kids that I’ve met out here. Like every time I see them I just am overwhelmed with how much I want them to be happy. They are just so perfect! I think I’m starting to understand why Jesus loved the children so much…They are great.

On that note…This week, me and the other elders in our ward decided to go to Primary instead of Elder’s Quorum…And we don’t do it every week but I have done it on a few occasions during my time here. And it’s the coolest thing in the world. And we did have investigators in there…that’s our excuse. haha. But I love being around the kids. If any of you are struggling with your testimonies or if you’re just thirsty to feel the spirit, go to primary. It was one of the most overwhelming spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. And watching Vivian and Marcos in there was awesome too. Vivian was the most reverent and perfect kid in there! And she was participating! She is going to be an amazing missionary one day. I can already tell. In 3 Nephi, Jesus calls the little children to him, blesses every single one of them individually, then weeps. And I’m starting to see why.

Also in my reading this week I continued to realize how much of a boss Paul was. He said that he rejoiced at the thought of being murdered for his beliefs. HOW DOES HE GET TO THAT POINT!? He is one of my heros… haha Homeboy is crazy. The New Testament is an awesome read.

This transfer our zone is focusing on the Book of Mormon. If all else fails, refer to the Book of Mormon. There is so much power in it! I wish I had more time! This week I was reflecting on a Book of Mormon scripture that has changed my life. I was going to talk about it but I don’t have time! So hopefully I will have time next week! If you guys have any Book of Mormon scriptures that changed your life, I’d love to hear about them! The Book of Mormon is super true. I checked.

Well I love you all! I hope you have the best week yet! Work hard, smart, and be obedient!

Elder Fischer

1. MY BOY!
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Where have you been putting your Faith?

13 03 2015

I had another great week here in Mira Loma! I figured out that it actually means, “Look, Hills” or something like that in Spanish. There are some pretty beautiful green hills all around us. So that would make sense.

Elder Child and I both got sick this week:( We tried our best to work with what we could. Our mission president’s wife, Sister Mullen, is super protective of us and really loves us. She is like our grandmother. She wouldn’t let us go out…Haha well she wouldn’t let Elder Child go out because we called and told her he wasn’t feel well. He was sick for the first three days. So I learned from that and didn’t call in when i caught what he had…haha. So we tried to take it easy but still worked with what we had at the end of the week. It was difficult because we had MLC, and Zone Meetings this week. But we made it through and had some miracles along the way!
MLC was pretty interesting. At that point, Elder Child was still sick so President Mullen told me to grab one of our district leaders and bring him to MLC. Our Zone was top Baptizing for February! That was pretty exciting. We have an awesome, hard-working, and obedient Zone. The Lord blessed us a ton!

So the biggest miracle of the week came from Vivian! Vivian is 9 years old and is probably about the smartest 9 year old you’ll ever meet. But she has been very difficult lately. Just before I arrived, Vivian told the missionaries “You guys are only here because you want to baptize me!”. What can you say to that…haha I mean that’s our purpose but we are here to be your friend, love you, and help you come closer to Christ. Regardless, we’ve been persistent and she has come such a long way! Last month she told us that she knows she needs to be baptized. Then she said that she will in July, with her little brother. And now she has finally moved it up to March 22nd! And the best part is we didn’t do anything!

We were actually getting super discourage with the whole scenario. And I realized that right before we were about to leave for the appointment with her, I caught myself thinking…What’s the point. She just avoids the subject every time we bring up baptism… That’s when it really hit me! That’s where I’ve been putting my faith. I’ve been having faith that she would say no. So I decided to turn that faith around. Going into the appointment I thought, Vivian will agree to baptism this time. There was no doubt in my mind. Then came the actual appointment..Daisy, her mom, put in some documentary about signs of the times…against our will. We told her we couldn’t watch it. It was completely unproductive. Spirit was not present. Like what the heck…So after the video, which we cut off after about 10 mins, we were talking to Daisy about some questions and concerns she was having with the church. She is a recent convert. And right in the middle of it, Vivian just pipes in..”Ummm guys I have an important question!!” She asked us why we she reads the scriptures, she feels good, but then starts to feel really bad. She will have mean thoughts and other things like that. So we asked her some questions and she realized that it was Satan trying to bring her down. We asked her “What do you think would help?”. And then she said..”Baptism. And I would probably need to do it soon. Like tomorrow”. I was blown out of the water! haha it was the coolest thing ever! The Lord literally changed her heart. We did nothing! It proved to me that we are just instruments in his hands. This is his work. He knows his children and he knows what they need. He was working on Vivian’s heart that whole time and we had no idea! All we can do is repent of our personal wrongs, have faith, do good works, and pray unceasingly. Then the Lord will use us in his work and we can bring thousands unto repentance! According to Alma 26..
Anyway. She is going to be baptized on the 22nd! And I’m so excited! It’s going to be awesome!

Then Jerome also passed his interview and should be getting baptized this week! He just needs to go all week without smoking! PLEASE keep him in your prayers! I know he can do it! Jerome has become one of my best friends out here. It’s really humbling because if I saw him out and about, I would probably brush him off and think he was just some drunk. But after getting to know him, he is one of the funniest and coolest guys I’ve met out here. It’s sad what we naturally do and how we can judge people off of looks like that. It taught me a valuable lesson!
Anyway! Awesome week! I love this work! I”m getting a new companion today! His name is Elder Muir! He was my first district leader. He is about 5’5 and 115 lbs! It is going to be fun. hahaha. Im looking forward to another awesome transfer!

I love you guys and hope you have an awesome week!
Elder Fischer

Happy Chinese new year!

My new planner cover

Ive been working out.

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I would love to be known as Zack, the disciple whom Jesus loved

5 03 2015

First things first. Thank you for not blowing up my email about how UNC lost to Duke this week. I was sincerely concerned that I was going to get on my email today and just be grump they whole time…haha. I’ve had plenty of people inform me already. Not to mention the morning after the game, I was studying a bit in Genesis and came across chapter 36:40-43. The word Duke just continue to pop out at me over and over again…it made for a difficult personal study.. But all is well! Luckily I was on exchanges that day and I was with the Chinese missionaries area so I kind of had the day off. I had no idea what was going on the entire time. Haha

This week Elder Child and I decided to call out the AP’s..Each night we text in our accountability which is…
1. If you asked referrals from everyone you talked to.
2. How many lessons with members present you have for the week.
3. Who you have committed to church for the week…
They also text theirs to us so that we can see their example. But we decided that we were going to beat them this week…They smoke us just about every week but we went suuuuper hard. We ended up getting 16 lessons with members this week and they had 13. So it was a good week. haha the Lord blessed us so much though. It wasn’t anything we did. He saw our efforts and magnified and blessed us. But if calling out the AP’s and going hard is the key to success we are going to call them out for baptisms in march… haha.

As I was reading through the bible and bible dictionary this week I started studying a little bit in John. I think it’s so cool that he refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. I thought to myself how awesome is that! I thought…Man if I had a record written about my life, I would love to be known as Zack, the disciple whom Jesus loved. I got to thinking about what I might have to do to earn that title and then it hit me! I already am! Jesus LOVES me!

So I don’t have much more time today! But I wanted to invite anyone who is interested or willing to email me names of talks they particularly enjoy or that they may be studying right now. I’m reading a talk by Henry B Eyring entitled “Rise to your Call”. I’d love to hear comments that you have on it or any input if you have time to read it! But if you could do the same for me, it would be much appreciated!

I know that the Lord calls us individually to specific callings that will enable us to learn, grow and BECOME more like him. Some man sitting in an office doesn’t just cover his eyes, drag his finger across a paper, stop on a random name, and then call us. It is INSPIRED of the Lord for a very specific purpose. And “It is by giving our whole hearts to the Master and keeping His commandments that we come to know Him. In time, through the power of the Atonement, our hearts are changed, and we can become like Him”.

I also know that the Lord will guide us through our calling. Because our callings are inspired, we can always rely on the Lord to guide us. It is our responsibility to fulfill our callings. Even the smallest choices and actions that we carry out have ETERNAL consequences… In the life to come, we can either have thousands call our name blessed, or we can have a heavy heart filled with sorrow knowing that we didn’t do all we could have done.

Lastly, I know that the Lord will magnify us in our callings. Because our job is to be the voice and hands of the savior, we will also receive similar opposition that the savior received. Not to the same magnitude. But we will face opposition. How we respond to that opposition will in large part determine who we become during this life. I find comfort as I remember the covenants that I’ve made with the Lord. I know he will bless me with his spirit and allow the words that I say to carry on further than my natural abilities ever could.

Anyway! I’m done for now! Thanks for all yall do and I love you all!

Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

Sorry I forgot to post last weeks letter with snow and all so here here is this weeks letter also.

3-02-2015

Hello everyone! I had another good week! It seems like despite all of the troubles and hard times that we go through, at the end of the week, it’s always a good one. It’s all about how you choose to look at things!
This week I was reading in Moses chapter 7. It really opened up my eyes. As I read verses 23-33 especially. I learned so much as I read through it. One that Satan is extremely powerful and we always have to be on our best defenses up and ready! We can’t take any breaks! Because he isn’t taking breaks. It gave me chills as I read about him having chains around the earth and how it covered the earth with darkness. He then looks up and God and laughs. We can’t allow him to have any power over us! And we have to help those who he may have already led astray. We already know we are on the winning team. So make sure we stay on the winning team and bring as many as we can with us!
The next thing that really stuck out to me was when it talked about how God was weeping. Enoch didn’t understand how God could weep. He was Holy and from eternity to eternity. God then tells him that it is because of the Love that he has for ALL of his creations. Not just for our friends or the ones we are comfortable talking to. Not just our neighbors or co-workers. He loves and wants all of his children back. He loves all of us. I hope and pray that we can try to reach out to those around us and make a difference in their lives. It doesn’t have to be much. But I know that if God sees your effort. If he sees that you are reaching out, he will magnify you and bless you for those efforts. Our actions have eternal consequences!
Lately, Elder Child and I have been working with lots of people. The Lord has been blessing us so much. Our biggest focus right now is Jarom. He is supposed to be baptized this Sunday. I LOVE Jarom! He is the freaking man! haha. He has come a long way. He is trying to quit smoking and coffee right now but he is pretty determined. We taught him a 15 steps program and he called us into the kitchen and crushed all of his cigarettes. He also dumped out all of his coffee! Then when we saw him at church, he talked about how bad of a head ache he had. I felt so bad for him. I wanted to be able to take that pain for him. But I cant. But I know that Jesus Christ did. And he will strengthen Jarom and continue to bless him and help him along the way! Please keep him in your prayers.
Well that’s all I have time for this week! Thanks for all that you guys do! I love you all so much! I hope you all have great weeks!
Stay classy.
Elder Fischer
23 And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld, and lo, all the nations of the earth were before him;
24 And there came generation upon generation; and Enoch was high and lifted up, even in the bosom of the Father, and of the Son of Man; and behold, the power of Satan was upon all the face of the earth.
25 And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice saying: Wo, wo be unto the inhabitants of the earth.
26 And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.
27 And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven,bearing testimony of the Father and Son; and the Holy Ghost fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion.
28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep,and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?
29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?
30 And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations;and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;
31 And thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of thy throne;and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?
32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren;they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;
33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;

Pictures:

A little bit of mira loma and life here so far.

And I love Jesus. Like those pictures just make me smile every night.

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