Don’t Be A Banana

18 06 2015

2 Nephi 2:14
And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.
This is one of the verses that Elder Nielson shared with us during this past conference. As I’ve read talks from Elder Bednar, I’ve heard him use that same phrase so many times. When Elder Nielson explained it to us and invited us to act as we recognize opportunities around us to do so, it really clicked.
He read the scripture to us and pointed at a desk. He asked us “Did this desk choose to be put here in the serendipity building in southern California?” Obviously not. He then asked what someone ate for breakfast and they answered that they’d eaten a banana. So he asked if that banana had made the choice to be eaten. Obviously not. Everything that God created is either an agent to act or an object to be acted upon. God created us to be agents to act. We are His most loved and special creation. He wants us to act and to be ministers while we are here on this earth. He doesn’t want us to be bananas. Don’t be a banana.
He also referred to a survey that said the majority of the United States population has a goal to make enough money so that they can reach the point that they don’t have to do anything…So pretty much their goal is to be a banana.. It’s not in God’s plan for us to sit around and be idle. It’s not in his plan during this life or in the life to come. So we might as well all get use to working and you might as well enjoy it!
There is going to be times in our life when we feel like we just can’t go any further. We will do everything we can do and exhaust all of our faculties. But once we reach that point, if we chose to continue to act and be diligent, we will find the Saviors arm extended out to pull us through. Then we have learned to use the atonement. We will be able to get through anything that comes into our path.
I’m grateful for the Savior and his atonement through which I can not only be redeemed but also enabled to become more than my natural capacity could ever allow me to be. But God will never force you to use the atonement. He will not force you to grab Christ’s hand. It will have to be your choice to reach up and act. I hope all of us will take that invitation and also be the Saviors arms on the earth today as we see others in need.
#DONTBEABANANA
Thanks for everything that you all do! I hope you have a great week!
Love you all!
Elder Fischer

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Giving the sacrament back to the Savior

12 06 2015

This week was a busy one! I don’t think we ever had a full hour for lunch. I don’t think we ever got in bed before 12. And I’m pretty sure we never got to sleep in until 6:30…And I got sick on Monday to top it all off! haha but this week was still sooooo great and I learned a ton.

On Monday and Tuesday we said good bye to the outgoing missionaries and trained the incoming missionaries. That was probably my favorite meeting of the week. I love the attitude and brightness that the new missionaries bring into the mission.

On Friday we had our first exchange of the transfer! We have 11 more to do! I think Elder Anderson and I probably only have 5 or 6 more days were we will actually get to work together as companions in our area. It’s crazy how much stuff is going on right now!

On Sunday I got to confirm Andre. He is the man! But he still likes LeBron. We can forgive him though. He gets the priesthood this Sunday and is pumped to start going out with us on splits!

Elder Nielson flew in on Sunday and we had meetings with him all day on Monday and Tuesday. He talked about the Atonement, Obedience, and Leadership. I learned so much that my physical body couldn’t even handle it! haha I got sick on Monday night but I’m getting a lot better.

One thing that I learned and wanted to share was a thought that Elder Nielson shared with us on Tuesday. He said he had the opportunity to attend Elder L Tom Perry’s funeral service and he noticed that as they brought the casket in, everyone was incredibly reverent, quiet, and respectful. The spirit was so strong. Then he said that we need to see our sacrament services in that same light. We need to get rid of all of the electronic distractions and be more focused on the savior. Just as we are so reverent at funeral services, we should bring that same reverence into the sacrament service because it is very similar. We have emblems of Jesus Christs body and blood laying on the table, and what could be thought of as the burial cloth covering them. If Christ body was truly there on Sunday, how much different would you act during the Sacrament? That’s something that really struck home for me.

In Luke 22:42-44 it tells us of the pain and suffering that Christ felt. Our Savior cried out to his father pleading for and begging to deliver him if there was some other way. But there wasn’t and because He was perfectly obedient, He continued to suffer. I’m grateful for a loving Savior who went through so much for me – who knows me and understands everything I go though.

In 3 Nephi 18:6-12 we read of the commandment that Christ has given us. In respect and reverence of that sacrifice that He made for us, He asks us to ALWAYS go to church, partake of the sacrament, and to remember what He has done for us. He asks for 3 hours from our week. and at the very least, 10 mins of respect and reverence where our minds are completely centered and focused on Him. In return, He promises to continue to bless us as we keep his commandments.

I know my mind will be so much more focused on my Savior during the sacrament. I hope all of you will feel the same way. I promise that as you do so, you will feel his spirit with you more frequently and powerfully in your life!

Thank you for all you do and for staying in touch! Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Fischer

1.On the way to the airport with my homies! gonna miss these guys!
2. Elder Blomfield! He was my first AP! Good luck in Canada bud!
3. Elder McConkie! Ill miss my East Coast Buddy!
4. Elder Thurman! Learned a ton from this dude!
5. First night of numbers on sunday night…
6. How we doooo in the CRM
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15 Investigators at Church

3 06 2015

Sorry this email is going to be super lame..My pday is cut short today!

If you want to send my anything, you can start sending it to the mission office. The address is:

5900 Grand Ave. Riverside California, 92504.

Just so all of you know, I won’t be emailing until next Wednesday! Elder Nielson is coming to tour our mission. He is doing to north half on Monday and the south half on Tuesday. I am going to both of them so Elder Anderson and I won’t have our pday until Wednesday! So if you don’t get an email until then, it’s not because I don’t love you! I do!

This week was really good! Elder Thurman is going home! He finished strong! We had lots of fun and success together! This week we had 15 investigators at church between Elder Thurman and I and Elder McConkie and Anderson. The ward is getting merged together into one companionship so Elder Anderson and I will have our hands full! haha.

I had the opportunity to confirm Lucky Collins on Sunday! That was such an amazing privilege. I felt the spirit run through me and help give me the words to say. The coolest thing about it is after I had that experience, I felt so much more love for that kid. I already loved him, but it was crazy how much more I cared about him after having the opportunity to use the priesthood to serve him and confirm him.

Andre also got baptized this week! Andre comes and plays ball with us every morning at 6 o clock. He is way chill and is becoming one of my best friends in the mission. It only took him 3 weeks to get baptized and he wants to serve a mission now! He is 25 so he has to start his preparation now but he is so amazing. I know he can do it! He already started talking to the stake president about it!

Well that’s about all I have time for today! Thanks for all you do! I really appreciate your support! I pray for you all every night. I feel your prayers every day! I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that because He lives we can be FULLY healed and also strengthened when we feel that we are not capable to accomplish or overcome the various things that we face in life. I know that this is Christ’s church established on the earth today. There is no doubt in my mind. I feel the spirit testify this to me every day and there is no greater feeling. God knows and loves us all. He is aware of us and if we trust in him, nothing else matters.

Elder Fischer

1. This is my boy Andre at the baptism! He is a baller. Looking forward to working with him for the next few months!
2 & 3. So there was a “prediction” that the San Andreas fault was going to slip last Thursday… Everyone said it was predicted to be a 9.8 at 4 o clock. One of those crazy prediction things – but anyway, we told Elder Mercado that we had to pack up and move to Hemet for the night because it’s on the other side of the fault line and we would be safe there.. So he packed up all of his stuff sheets – clothes – everything. He was super excited and was ready to go to Hemet! hahahaha he brought food and juice – the whole package. Elder Thurman was even acting like he was super scared and crying and Elder Mercado was comforting him say that they had earthquakes in Mexico and he knew that we would be ok. But he got super mad when he found out we were just messing with him..hahaha.

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