Baptism of LUCKY COLLINS!

28 05 2015

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)

I loooove this verse! Especially after this week. Humbling ourselves as little children is a lifelong pursuit that we should all be working on in our lives. There is so much that we can learn from children. As Mosiah chapter 3 says, we need to become submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, and willing to submit to all things! I love lists because it allows me to work on each attribute, one by one, until I get a little better at each individual attribute. And it’s only possible through the atonement. Through the Atonement of Christ, our hearts can be changed.

The reason I brought that up is because Lucky Collins got baptized this past Sunday! It was one of the best baptismal services I’ve ever been too. We have been working with lucky for about 5 weeks now and he is truly an example to us and his family. His parents are trying to return back to activity. His brothers and sisters are not members. But his mom gave the closing prayer at his baptism and it was soooo powerful. A lot of the talks had similar themes to the prayer that she gave. That theme being that Lucky, who was so much younger than all of his other 4 siblings was setting the example for them and for his parents. He was just like Nephi who was chosen to be a leader over his older siblings. I’m grateful for people like Lucky in my life who set an example for me.
When Baptisms happen, they are obviously the highlight of the week. Everything else just seems much less important and exciting. But there was still a lot that happened this week that was exciting! We saw successes, miracles, hard times, frustrations, and everything you can imagine! It’s what makes a mission so much fun. Everything that happens provides an opportunity to grow and a lesson to learn.
One thing that I’ve recently started this week is a challenge from our mission president that is found in Preach My Gospel. I’m starting with a fresh copy of the Book of Mormon and highlighting references to Christ, His spoken words, His attributes, and other doctrines and principals in the Book of Mormon. We are color coding different categories and it’s really helped me to open up my mind to different things in the Book of Mormon. I’ve been learning a lot! Christ has given us so much and I can’t even begin to explain how much I appreciate Him and His perfect life. If you have lots of free time, I would invite you to do the same Book of Mormon challenge! I promise you that you’ll learn a lot and that your testimony of the Savior, and the Book of Mormon will grow!
Well that’s all for this week! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and everyone was safe! I will keep you in my prayers as always!
Have a Great week!
Love,
Elder Fischer

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The Power of FASTING

21 05 2015

D&C 82:10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

D&C 120:20-21 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

The struggle was real last week. We worked so hard and nothing was happening. So we decided at the beginning of this week that something needed to be changed. If we tried to same thing over and over again we were going to get the same results over and over again. So we decided to have a fast. And BOOM! We went from 0 at church, 8 lessons with members, 10 referrals, 5 new investigators and 16 total lessons to 2 at church, 13 lessons with members, 19 referrals, 9 new investigators, and 27 total lessons. The Lord is bound when we obey. When we make sacrifices or fast for righteous blessings, He will always do His part!
Fasting can be really difficult sometimes. Especially on days that aren’t fast Sunday. But if you read through the scriptures and look at the best missionaries, you will always see that they had tons of prayers, fasting, and scripture study involved in the work.
We knew we would see blessing from the fast but we also knew that we had to do our part. We couldn’t just fast and kick it at the apartment all day and expect the blessings. We did everything in our power to find people to teach and baptize. We had splits every night. I was so exhausted that I’m pretty sure I was asleep before my head hit the pillow just about every night. But it was totally worth it.
We saw tons of miracles this week. We found this one new investigator named Sandy as we were trying to contact a referral that we were told wasn’t very solid. It was almost 9 and it’s about a 15 min drive home so we ALMOST turned in for the night. But we decided to be diligent and work until 9. And then we met a super humble, willing to learn, and awesome women named Sandy. The funny part about it is that we knocked on the wrong door when we were looking for the referral… But we found Sandy instead so it all worked out!
So overall this was a pretty good week. We ended it with a huge cross fit activity from President Mullen today. It was tons of fun because about half of the mission was there. It’s always really refreshing to get together with old friends.
That’s all for this week! Tons more happened but this is all I have time for! Hope you all have a great week!
Elder Fischer





Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

19 05 2015

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day! But I hope my mom’s was the best! No offense to anyone else…

I’m so grateful for my mother and all that she does for me! As I reflected on how important my mother is to me and all that she has given me, I realized there was too much for me to even decide on one thing. But that’s a lame answer so I decided that her charity is what makes her so special. We know that charity is the pure love of Christ. And thinking about everything that my mom has done for me and others around her, I see that love in her life. She really puts everyone before herself. She makes sure everyone is happy before she is worried about herself. We always tease her that she is stressing herself out and needs to be more concerned about herself but I’ve come to the realization that the issue isn’t with her. Its starts with me! Instead of teasing her about being too concerned about others well-being, I should try my hardest and pray with all energy of heart to have that same charity. Then I can lighten her burden by helping everyone around me just as she does! She is such an amazing example to me! I love her so much!

This week I was reflecting on the Saviors life and how he showed us such a perfect example of how important our mothers really are. The very first recorded miracle the Jesus Christ ever performed was at the request of his mother Mary when he turned water to wine. Then according to the testimony of John, ensuring the safety and well-being of his mother was the last thing the Savior did before he drank of the bitter cup.

25 ¶Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother,Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
28 ¶After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

I’m so grateful for my mother and her example to me! She is a huge part of why I’ve made it as far as I have. I know that mothers hold a divine role. Central to everything that we teach as missionaries is the family. Mothers really heal the souls of men. It’s interesting that Eve was made from the rib of Adam not the foot signifying that she was to be walked on by man – not the skull signifying that she was over Adam – but the rib – to walk alongside of Adam and be his equal. The ribs also protect our vital organs, including the heart. I know that my mom has protected my heart and has always been there for me throughout my entire life! I’m so grateful for her!

I am so happy to be out here in the CRM. Learning more and more about the Savior each day is a blessing and I hope that this Mother’s Day has not only brought us closer to our mothers, but also our Savior. He is the reason it is all possible! I love you all and I hope you all have a good week!

Elder Fischer

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If the dream is big enough, facts don’t count.

7 05 2015

My entire mission I’ve stressed and heard other people put emphasis on how important obedience is. And I agree. Obedience is super important. However, there is so much more that we need to do. Alongside of being obedient, we need to be diligent. We have to have a desire, passion, and sense of urgency to reach our goals. Hard work to reach your goals will get you far in life. Personally, baptizing is my goal on my mission. So if I want to baptize more than I want anything else, I will. No matter what anyone else has said. If someone has said the ward isn’t good enough, the area is too hard, or if all other facts say that it’s not possible to reach my goal, I really don’t care…Because if I have the desire to reach my goal or dream, I know it is possible.

One thing that has bothered me on my mission is seeing missionaries with so much potential, slack off and wait to get transferred because someone has said it’s not possible to baptize. It’s such a waste of time. But anyway! That was really random. But I’ve recently gained a stronger testimony in the ability we have to overcome hard times in life, and to press forward with faith. A lot of people will tell us we can’t in life. But with Christ on our side, there is no reason that we can’t. We always can. No matter what anyone else has said. No matter what your goal is. As long as it is righteous and aligned with Gods will. And if you don’t even have any goals…well then I have a whole different problem with you…haha because a life without goals is like golf without holes.

This week was pretty good! We found two new investigators that are so amazing! They are incredibly elect and I’m pumped to help them come close to their Savior. Erick and Aaron are 17 and 10 and I feel like they have been prepared their whole life. In the first lesson, Aaron was asking us if he needed to bring a swimsuit for his baptism. hahaha I love the kid so much!

Earlier this week, Elder Thurman and I found a stray cat and pranked our roommate with it. It was pretty funny. Of course we took him back because we can’t have pets, but it was a good time while it lasted! haha. Our roommate freaked out because he really hates cats.

We also had stake conference! It was a really good conference and I learned a lot. Something that particularly stuck out to me was a talk given by our second councilor in the stake presidency. He talked about the relationship of men and women and of husband and wife. There is no way that I can do it justice but I’ll wait and try to discuss it in my next letter!

That’s about all I have time for this week! Hope all is well at home! Love you alllllll!

Elder Fischer

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