“When you mess with the best you die like the rest”

30 04 2015

That title is because no one in Norco can guard me. But that’s a given…

This week was pretty awesome! It was super packed and tons of stuff happened. I feel like we taught a whole transfers worth of people in one week. We have been waking up at 5:30 every morning to work out and never slowing down until our heads hit the pillow at 10:30. It’s been extremely fulfilling.

This week was my first week here in Norco and we have met tons of awesome people. We have also seen more horses than we have people… They are everywhere. They even have horse trails instead of sidewalks on the side of the road. It’s a ton of fun.

I’ve really been learning how to work this week. Elder Thurman has been an awesome example to me and I’ve learned a ton. We went on splits like 3 or 4 times this week because we spend all day getting team ups. In between lessons we are calling people nonstop because of the importance of getting members involved in the work. Going on splits has really helped me to learn the area too. The first day I was here I was on splits and I honestly didn’t know where anything was…but I learned quickly! haha.

On Wednesday evening, we were at the Bouchards house. Their mom is a less active member for 25 years and her kids aren’t baptized. People have been trying for yeeeeeears. We went over and invited her to come to church this week and she actually came! Apparently something touched her that evening and she even bore her testimony on Sunday. It was incredibly powerful and the room was filled with the spirit! She pretty much told everyone that she knows that she needs to start coming back to church and is committed to doing it! We were super excited! She said she loved church. Now we just have to get her kids on board too.

Unfortunately not all of the people we teach are that awesome or end that happily. One of the guys we taught this week told us he was ready and wanted to be baptized. Then after talking to his pregnant girlfriend he texted and said he changed his mind. And we pretty much told him that baptism is a commandment from God. And then he said “It my choice, not his”…Well ya it is your choice but the consequences aren’t your choice.. It’s really sad to see that but it happens a lot in Norco. There are tons of churches everywhere so people get anti-ed alllll the time! But we will keep working and we are committed to baptizing before Elder Thurman goes home in June. The Norco half of our ward has about 3 baptisms in the last 3 years but our goal is to get at least 3 or 4 in May…so we are going hard.

Something I learned this week is the importance of repenting quickly and very often. We need to repent of even the smallest things in our life. Not just the sins of commission but the sins of omission as well – even the small things such as forgetting to pray in the morning or neglecting to read every single day. And as we repent and change our actions to be more aligned with those of Christ, we truly begin to become more like Christ. And that’s what its allllll about!

Well that’s all for now! I love you all and appreciate the constant contact and prayers that I receive from you! Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

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“Glass case full of emotions”.

23 04 2015

So this week I felt like I was in a “glass case full of emotions”…
haha only some of you will get that.. But it was a really good week overall. I got to go to Chinese land on exchanges and they teach an English class. I really enjoyed being able to sit down with people one on one and help them learn. And Chinese people are so nice and grateful! It was fun.

I’m getting transferred this week! I’m excited for where I’m going but I am really sad to leave. I’ve been able to make some special relationships with people here so I really hate leaving them. Jerome especially…He started crying when we saw him yesterday but I know he will go on to do great things. Jerome is a thug too so I was really taken back when it happened. It kinda destroyed me…

Also the home share that we lived with was really hard to leave. I loved living with them because I felt like I had a family there especially Bryce. I loved having a younger brother for these 3 months. It was so much fun. He told me I was his favorite elder and he did a school project with me in it…haha. I really really hate good byes…They are the worst. But life goes on and I know I will see all of them again!

I’m excited for my new area and my new companion. He is going home this transfer so we are going to work extra hard until the end. His name is Elder Thurman. He was my trainer’s best friend so I’ve heard a lot about him and I have served around him for a long time now. I’m super excited! We also have a great great ward!

This week I wanted to talk about Ether 12:27
” And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

I LOOOOOVE this scripture so much. It really helps me to understand how strong the atonement is. All we have to do is plead with the Lord to strengthen us in our weaknesses, and through the atonement, we can be enabled and be made strong. And he already knows what our weaknesses are. But he is so loving and willing to make them strong as we simply recognize and acknowledge them. I have a lot of weaknesses so this scripture brings me comfort.

I thought about something my dad told me about a year and a half ago. As I was preparing to drive across the country to Utah with Johnny, my parents were both concerned about our well being. And rightly so…We were young and it was the first time we had done this. But my dad told me that if I ever started to drift or if I started to fall asleep for even a little bit, then I needed to pull over and get some rest, or switch drivers so I could get some rest. My natural tendency, being a prideful man, is to say that I can power through. I don’t need help from anyone else. I can overcome my weaknesses on my own. But that is so wrong. We really can’t allow ourselves to drift in our lives. The second we start to drift, we have to get back on the course. We need to hand our weaknesses over to the Lord because He is sooooo willing and ready to take over. He will make up the difference for our weaknesses until we are strong enough to handle them. We are all on our own personal road trips from NC to Utah, but instead it is this mortal life. We have to do everything we can to always stay on tract. The only safe way to do that is by always relying on the Lord. His grace is sufficient and I know that that is true!

I hope all of you have a great week! I love hearing from you every week!
Love
Elder Fischer
Here is our mission blog if anyone wants to keep up with it! It is pretty new!
http://downbythecaliforniariverside.blogspot.com/

Pictures!!
My two boys going to taiwan! (visa waiters)
Bryce
Ill miss this kid:(
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There can be miracles, when you believe! 4-13-16

16 04 2015

A couple weeks ago, just before beginning my personal study I decided to kneel down and pray to know where I needed to go that day. We had our day planned out already but I just felt off about our plans. So I got on my knees and asked the Lord. I remember sitting there for a couple minutes afterwards thinking about the area and where we would be that day when a “thought” popped into my head. I decided to follow that thought and take it as a spiritual prompting. Well about mid-afternoon we went to see one our investigators named Mary. She wasn’t super solid but we had an appointment with her. She fell through so we started to walk back to the car. Walking around looking for people to teach really isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it is part of missionary work. I remembered my prayer and we were on the street that came to my mind so I asked Elder Muir if we could take a walk down the street. As we were talking with an older gentleman who didn’t seem to interested, a 21 year old girl came up mid conversation. My first thought was o great, she wants to come bash with us…but my companion started to talk to her while I entertained the older guy. Then after I was done talking to him, my companion said that she wanted a blessing. I figured she was a member so we followed her to her house, gave her a blessing, and then she whispered under her breathe and in tears, “and I’m not even baptized”…I was like hold up wuuuuuuuat? She then went on the tell us that she was taught by Spanish sisters about a year ago but her family was too against it and she didn’t want to upset them. She said she wanted to start from the beginning and she wanted to try in in English this time so we started to teach her. BUT she made it very clear that she didn’t want to be pushed into baptism because of her family.
We met with her a couple times and realized that she knew a LOT about the church. She knew it was true. She was just super scared of her family disowning her or being really mad at her. But she knew more than a lot of active members know! She is incredible. Eventually we decided that we needed to talk to her about the next step, which is baptism. We were both nervous about it but we knew she was ready and we had to invite her or else she would never have the opportunity to say yes… So we did it and she broke down in tears and accepted the invitation!! It was one of the best lessons I’ve ever had. She said that all of her fears about being baptized didn’t matter anymore. After she made the decision, she knew it was what she needed to do. And I could totally relate to her because of my decision to come back on a mission. It was like the exact same thing! The spiritual comfort and confirmation didn’t come until after I made the decision. Anyway… Moral of the story, Miracles do happen and God does answer prayers. I always heard stories about missionaries praying about which street to tract and I was like…no that’s not real… you got lucky. Maybe not to that degree or that harsh but I guess I just didn’t understand how they got the prompting or how they were able to recognize it as a prompting. And because of that doubt that I had, I never really tried asking the Lord where I should go. BUT GUESS WHAT!?? HE CAN’T ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IF YOU NEVER ASK IT! I felt so dumb. I have been neglecting such an important principal of missionary work for so long. I mean I prayed for the guidance of where to go. But I had never been super sincere about it. I hadn’t expected an answer. But now I’ve realized that if we pray with faith that God will answer, he always will. And I’ve seen that in so many other aspects of missionary work since that experience.
Anyway! The work is really starting to pick up now! I’m super excited and am loving every week and every day out here! Transfers are this Saturday so that scares me…but whatever happens happens and it’ll be for the best!
Well that’s all for this week! I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for everything!

Elder Fischer





30 pieces of silver – 4-06-15

16 04 2015

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? I dont know if any of you watched the short bible video right after conference but if you didn’t, I invite you too. It was amazing. After it was over, there was a solid 2 or 3 minutes of silence in a chapel full of 30 missionaries. I believe the video was He is Risen. It was so powerful.

So the subject is connected to an investigator that we were teaching this week. His name was Jimmy.. He was super good and had a real desire to change in the first two meetings that we had with him. Then the third one came…this dude comes out with some paper and some tobacco and starts to roll his cigarettes right in front of us…I said hold up, hold up…What are you doing Jimmy? At this point I realized he was high so there wasn’t much point in being there. But we continued to teach him. I told him he wasn’t allowed to smoke and we were going to talk first. I looked down to read from my scriptures for 2 seconds and when I looked up, he light that sucker up and smoked it. We taught him the rest of the word of wisdom and he said he would start after he finished his can of tobacco..and we said he needed to get rid of it…and that it wasn’t acceptable. This was a large can. He said it was 30 dollars. I asked him “well Jimmy..you said that you wanted to stop smoking for your family and because God has asked you not to so what’s more important 30 dollars, or God and your family?” and he said 30 dollars…I couldn’t help but think of Christ being sold for 30 pieces of silver. I was livid. But I kept it in…anyways. That was a fun time.

On a happier note, conference was pretty awesome! My favorite talk was by Elder Bednar! He is always one of my favorites. I look up to him a lot. Before conference I learned how to take notes from something Elder Bednar taught a group of missionaries that he visited. He told them that they weren’t allowed to write down anything that he said. But they were only allowed to write down things that the spirit said to them. I applied this during conference and I was amazed at how much of a difference it made. I wrote down feelings that came to my heart and thoughts that came to my mind. I can always go back and read the talks and get quotes later. I received lots of personal revelation and I can’t wait to apply it to my life and to my mission! It’s pretty cool what you learn when you listen to what God is telling you. It’s almost like He knows everything or something like that. (lol which He does!)

Too much happened at conference for me to write it all down! It was just so amazing! We are so blessed to have to opportunity to hear from those guys 2 times a year. Other than conference, not much has happened this week!

I hope you all had a great Easter and have a great rest of the week! Love you guys!

Elder Fischer





“He chastened them because he loveth them”

1 04 2015

This week was looooooong! Well…it went by fast but it was just full of highs and lows! But I guess I should be use to that by now! And it didn’t help that Duke is still in the NCAA tournament. Needless to say, I was a UTE fan on Friday..

At the beginning of the week we had interviews with President Mullen. Those are always amazing and I find myself wishing I could spend more time talking with him. He is such an awesome example and mission president! Every time he shares his testimony about the Savior, he tears up and gets emotional. He loves His savior so much and I want to have that same love that he has. So I decided to ask him what made his love for the Savior increase so much. And what goes through his mind as he shares his testimony of the Savior. He shared some amazing experiences with me from his mission and I think it was one of the most spiritual experiences I’ve had on my mission thus far! I also found out that he is from Oakland! That’s where you served dad! Right? And he served his mission in Santiago Chile! That’s were you served Weston! Haha we have a lot of connections that we can relate. I really love him!

We also went to the temple and I felt sooooo spiritually drained. I feel so peaceful as I’m at the temple but for some reason, afterwards I always feel exhausted! I think it’s because of the overwhelming amount of things that I’m feeling and learning. And I read in the scriptures about after people see God, they always pass out…Haha like after Moses spoke with God he dropped. Sometimes after being at the temple I just want to drop..

Some of those were the ups this week! The downs came from door upon door that we knocked on with no answer. And appointment on appointment that fell through. And then at the end of the week, to top it all off, Vivian’s brother Marcos got bite by a pit-bull and they had to go to the ER and she wasn’t able to be confirmed this week! So FRUSTRATING. Haha but I try to look at it with a good attitude. Because as we read in the scriptures, whom the Lord Chastens, He loves.

I heard a story this week about 3 people on a journey. On their journey, they each had to carry a large wooden cross. One of the three complained and complained about how heavy their cross was. About how hard it was to carry. They begged for it to be cut so that it would be lighter and easier to bare. Then, at the very end of their travels, there was a large river. The last thing they have to cross before making it to their destination. And the only way to cross that river was by laying their wooden cross down and using it as a bridge. The first ones had no problem doing it but the third was unable to get across the river. His wooden cross wasn’t long enough because it had been cut.

Moral of the story, the Lord gives us our trials, burdens, and individual wooden crosses to carry because He loves us. They are in our lives to help us grow…to become more like our Savior. Eventually, and often times far far down the road where we can’t even see, those trials help us. Because we had them, we were made strong and were able to cross the river. We just have to trust in God and know that He has a purpose for everything. If it weren’t for the hard times, we wouldn’t appreciate the good times.

It’s the same thing with sports. Often times our coaches drill us with conditioning and running at the beginning on the season. They run us and run us. We really really hate them for doing it. But when it’s game time…when it’s the 4th quarter, second period, ninth inning, we really appreciate all that we went through. And I know when the 4th quarter rolls around, I’ll be grateful that the Lord conditioned me to make me stronger.

I hope you all have a good week! Use the wonderful opportunity of conference to receive personal revelation! It’s so cool that we get to hear from the Lords chosen prophet so often!

Love you all!

Elder Fischer

Alma 7:11

D&C 19:18

3 Nephi 11:14
Jesus the Christ page 668 & 669. He died of a broken heart.
Luke 22:44
Matt 26:67
Mark 15:15
John 19:18, 33-34
D&C 19:15
Alma 11:42-43
Alma 11:44-45
So grateful for what he did