Our Mortal Journey, MLC’s and Halloween

11 11 2015

Hope you all had a great Halloween! I know I did! On Friday we had a combined ward Halloween party with the De Anza ward. They are the Spanish ward for the stake and we share a building with them. We had a great turn out and lots of non-members and investigators attended. Unfortunately we weren’t able to dress up for the Halloween party…on Friday;)

On Saturday we had to be in by 6. There were kids running around EVERYWHERE and apparently there are no rules on Halloween night. Kids playing football in the street and what not. It’s chaos. Apparently that’s not a good situation for missionaries to be driving in…hahah. But we met at the stake center for a zone activity. ooooooooor in other words basketball. haha last year I watched the best two years. There were still a lot of people that did that. But I dont’ have time to sit down and watch a movie when ball is life. So that was fun. Other than Friday and Saturday, it was a pretty normal week. It was strange.. Well I take that back. We had to travel over to the zone next to us because some missionaries don’t like to follow rules. And there was just a huge blow up over there that we had to handle. It’s so frustrating sometimes! JUST BE OBEDIENT, WORK HARD, AND WORK SMART!  It’s not that difficult.. But I imagine that’s how Heavenly Father feels about me sometimes. I realized that as we were talking with the missionaries. It’s really sad because we want to help them but at the end of the day it has to come down to them using their agency.

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

One of my favorite scriptures ever is Mosiah 3:19. What we can learn from this is that “the purpose of the gospel is..to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature”. I view this scripture as our mortal journey.

First, the natural man is an enemy to God. To clarify, I dont think we are God enemies. Ever. No matter what we do, we are not the enemy of God. However, we are, in a sense, a diamond in the rough. So we are lumps of coal. By nature and as a result of the fall, we are lumps of coal. We haven’t gone through the refiners fire to turn us into saints quite yet. It’s necessary that we all go through this process at some point in our lives.

Second, we need to heed the promptings of the holy spirit. He is our guide who is constantly trying to point us in the right direction.

Third. We need to BECOME something else. We have to change our natural state from a lump of coal to a diamond. It is only Possible through the ATONEMENT of Jesus Christ. I love that at the very center and core of the verse we find the key to the whole process. Through Jesus Christ, the transformation is possible.

Fourth. He tells us how to do it! It’s all right there! Become as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, and willing to submit. That’s it. Thats all we have to do! See! No biggie! haha if only… But I know that we can develop all of those characteristics and attributes as we plead with the Father for help in doing so. It’s something that we will always be working on. But life would be pretty boring if we didnt have anything to work on!

I’m grateful to be at such an amazing point in my life where I have the opportunity to really focus on others and in turn, going through this great transformation process. I hope and pray that you all are constantly working to not be lumps of coal..haha love you all!

Elder Fischer

11-09-2015

This past week we had MLC! Our mission leadership councils are always a blast. This time we decided to do things a little differently and have more of a council. In the past, it has been more a training meeting. Then the Zone Leaders take the training back to their zones. But with the changes everyone seemed to be much more engaged and involved as we discussed how we could best improve and serve the missionaries in this mission. So that was fun! The preparation for those meetings are always a blast as well. This past Wednesday we were on the way home at about 1:30 am… Then we were up and at it about 6:00 am! We spend many sleepless nights getting ready for MLC and then it comes and goes so quickly. But it’s a lot of fun and is an enjoyable experience.

We played Ultimate Frisbee today for Pday…My highlight was a full sprint dive into the end zone to catch the frisbee. which I did catch. My bishop praised me and bowed down for a bit. He is pretty awesome and comes to every single one of our pday activities. Buuuuuut I also hurt my thumb pretty bad but you don’t need thumbs for missionary work:) so I’m ok. hahaha. jk it’s not even that bad.

This week i have been reading and studying a lot about the Atonement. Especially in the Book of Mormon. Some of my favorite passages that I’ve studied thus far are in Mosiah 3 and 4. I have a slight obsession with king Benjamin’s address.. I don’t have much time to talk about it this week. Hopefully I’ll have more time next week. I just love the Book of Mormon so much. The doctrines and principals contained within it really do change lives. They have changed my life and I’m so grateful for everything that I have learned about the Savior. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior. I know that it is only through his atonement that we are redeemed from the fall. He is the light and the way back to our Father. If you have ever had doubts, questions, challenges, or concerns. They can be solved by reading/studying about what the Savior has done for us. Specifically in the Book of Mormon. So read it!

Love you guys! Hope all is well! Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

P.S. UNC TARHEELS GOT DAT #1 Preseason rank for NCAA Basketball.. And I’mm not going to watch 1 single game… 😦

  1. Halloween Costumes for Basketball
  2. Banana Splits
  3. Missionaries at ward Halloween party
  4. President Mullen, Elder Dyer and myself
  5. The Squad
  6. MLC Grub
  7. Joke for Senior missionary couple leaving
  8. For Allie – minion missionary

Halloween Costumes Bananna Splits Halloween Party President Mullen, Dyer and myself The Sqaud MLC Grub Joke for Senior Miss Minnion Missionary

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