The Prince of Peace! & If you want selective blessings, only keep selective commandments. If you want all of the Lords blessings, keep all of his commandments!

19 01 2016

Lake Elsinore Week 3

Lake Elsinore continues to get better and better! This week we had 11 investigators come to church and 8 of them have baptismal dates! So thats super awesome! The ward does so much work for us. It’s amazing. And the Lord is blessing us so much right now!

We are so busy that the weeks go by too fast! I can hardly even remember everything that happened…This past Saturday President Mullen called and he gave me my official release date. Because I didn’t go to the MTC with the rest of my incoming group of missionaries, my release date was a little off. But he just rounded to the nearest release date. I asked him if I could extend so that I could go home with my incoming group on August 2nd but he said no… I figured it was a stretch. Earlier this year he told me that he can really only give or take 3 weeks so I figured 3 months would be a stretch. I guess may 10th is when I’m suppose to go home so that’s when I’ll go home… I just can’t imagine anything more fulfilling and amazing as this. But life goes on! Luckily I still have a good amount of time left:)

Something that really hit me hard this week was a quote by Tad R. Callister. He said “Sometimes we have missionaries who are so worried about offending people that in the process they never ever save them.” Our time is so valuable out here. It’s so short. We have to be bold in declaring repentance to everyone. We can’t be afraid of what they will think or say. We can’t be afraid that they wont like us anymore. Fear is not an attribute of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Not that kind of fear.. We have to be bold in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. If someone doesn’t hear the gospel because of something I fail to do or say, I don’t think being concerned about offending them is a very acceptable excuse. We have to talk with everyone. And we have to invite everyone!

Anyway… During church this week, I was pondering a lot about peace. As we teach people, we often promise them blessings of peace, happiness, and joy in their lives. So many people say they want peace in their lives. So I was thinking…What does that actually mean. I believe there are two different kinds of peace. One kind of peace is a worldly peace. You are content and well off financially. You can provide food to put on the table for your family. You have shelter to live under. You pretty much have everything you need and then some to spare. This is what most of the world seeks after. Enough money and temporal well-being to not have to work anymore. However, the peace that the Savior promises in John 14:27 is a much more powerful and special peace.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The kind of peace we should seek after. This peace comes from knowing that our Heavenly Father loves us. He knows and understands our situations. He has a plan for us. And whether we like how it is going or not, Heavenly Fathers plan is always working for us. We know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and He is the Light of the World. The smallest light will overcome a completely dark room. And the Light of the Savior will overcome the darkest and hardest times in our lives. The peace that He offers and that we should seek is a peace that exists regardless of circumstance. The worst of times and the best of times can be a blessing as we make Jesus Christ the foundation of our faith.

So that’s what I learned in church as I was pondering… And it’s true! I checked!

Well I’m gonna FIRE this off real quick! Love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

Lake Elsinore Week 2

And the second week was just as amazing as the first! The Lord just continues to bless us so much. The Ward here is incredible. They are missionary minded and have been very sincere and diligent about helping to find us people to teach. We have 6 investigators at church this week and I was amazed at the job that the ward did taking care of them. I hardly had to do anything.

The only bad part about this place so far is that there are not enough elders to play basketball:( So I’m recruiting from the ward and looking to find investigators that will play with us… haha this is the first area that ive had where basketball isnt THE thing to do on P-day.

Something that I’ve really come to appreciate this week is organization. Gods house is a house of order. His church is set up and organized in a very specific way. And everything that he asks us to do, whether it be from prophets of old, modern day prophets, or directly from him to us as personal revelation, it is the same. There is a reason for his instruction and we MUST obey. The reason that I am specifically grateful for that this week is because I’ve felt the pain as a result of missionaries who didnt keep records and were not organized…This week we had to spend a lot of time updating records, getting organized, and making plans for the upcoming weeks. BUT, as we did so, the Lord blessed us so much with the limited proselyting time that we had. I believe that keeping things organized and up to date shows the Lord that you care about the people in the area. You care about them and love them even after you leave the area. It shows him that he can trust you with his children.

This week we also had Elder Hamula come to visit our mission! It was an incredible experience. His conference was in preparation for the broadcast coming up on the 20th. He taught us the why, the what, and the how of missionary.

The why is because Heavenly Father wants ALL of his children back. He doesn’t just want the ones who are born into the church. He doesn’t only want the ones who are christian. He doesnt want 99% of them back. Heavenly Father wants EVERY single one of his children to return to him one day. And because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, every single one of them will one day return to him. However, not all of them will remain with him. No unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. So, those who do not exercise faith unto repentance and follow Jesus Christ by being baptized, will not be able to remain with him. As missionaries, our Heavenly Father trusts us with a portion of his vineyard. I was looking at how BIG of a portion he is trusting me with. He trusts me to go out and serve every single person I can in the time that I am given and to do so with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength. So I must take advantage to teach repentance everywhere, every time, and too everyone. No exceptions. There is not one single person that I pass on the street that the Lord does not want to return to him one day, and most importantly, remain with him. So that is why we need missionary work. Because Heavenly Father loves and wants all of his children to return to him one day.

The what of mission work is what we teach in order to achieve the why. We teach people that they need to have faith unto repentance and exercise that faith by being baptized by someone who has proper priesthood authority.

The how of missionary work is by inviting. We need to first teach the doctrine, then boldly invite others to repent and be baptized. We do that by helping people make and keep commitments. This also prepares them for covenants that they will make later on in their lives.

I felt sooo inspried and spiritually feed following the conference. I was pumped and ready to go out and teach everyone within the sound of my voice! I feel so blessed and honored to be teaching the same doctrine the Christ taught when he was on the earth. Doing the same thing that he did. There is no greater work!

Thanks for your love and prayers! Hope you all have great weeks!

Love,

Elder Fischer

1.Beautiful Lake Elsinore!

Beautiful Lake Elsinore

2. They cant stop me!

They Can't Stop Me

3. Our P-day Hike

P-day Hike

4. Our P-day Hike 2

P-Day Hike 2

5. Ortega Mountains

Ortega Mountains





Lake Elsinore

5 01 2016

Crazy and action packed week! And life couldn’t get much better! MISSIONARY WORK IS AMAZING! If your life seems like it kinda stinks and is really boring, go invite someone to be baptized! Go do missionary work! Its the cure-all for everything! The church is true. The Book of Mormon is true. Thomas S. Monson is a man called of God to be our prophet. God lives. Jesus is the Christ. And they love us a lot…

All of the above information is true… I checked.

Soooo events that happened this week..
1. TRANSFERRED! To Lake Elsinore, CA! And it is amazing! Everyone here is amazing. There is not one person here that is not amazing… This week we were blessed soooo much! It was pretty much as if we were getting doubled in at the beginining of the week but by the end of the week we had found about 12 new investigators. And we got 5 of them to come to church! It was so great! Sometimes, in life, you just gotta hit the pavement and WORK! It takes WORK to have success in life. You just have to outwork the competitors and give it all that you have, and you’ll find success. That’s why MJ was the best. That’s why Kobe is the second best. Work, work, work as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything relied on the Lord. I asked Elder Corbride what he had learned this week and he said that if you want to get work done, you have to work.

2. One of the highlights of my week was meeting a family. The Betancourts! Two of their older sisters have just gotten baptized and when we went to see them I saw TONS of little children running around. Sooooo I gathered the children and they are soooo ready! It amazes me how children are so humble and ready to learn sometimes. They remember everything we teach them and all come running to the door when we knock. Part of it may be because we always bring Jolly Ranchers…But I think that’s only a small part.

3. GEORGIE got baptized!!!! Man I left to go to Lake Elsinore last Monday but I was back in Riverside on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. haha. Georgie is the best. He is only 9 but I feel confident that he is going to lead the rest of his family into the waters of baptism.

Lots of other stuff happened but that’s missionary work.. I wish I could tell you everything because it is so amazing but there is no time:(

ADVERSITY! By President Henry B. Eyring…Man I love this man. These were some of my favorite quotes from the talk..

I will share with you some of my personal thoughts as well but in order for the Lord to teach you what He wants you to learn, I hope that you will read and ponder this talk on your own time..

1. God has a course set for us. He knows all and he loves us. Why would we ever question the events that happen in our life if we understand that God is in control. He loves us and He will always direct our course. As long as we don’t lean to our own understanding;) Whats crucial in having faith that everything will work out is knowing that we are doing everything that we are suppose to do. We have to be keeping the commandments and magnifying our calling in order to receive a confidence and trust that the Lord will guide our lives.
2. Often times, when we are angry at trials that come, it is because we THINK that we deserve better. Or that things that are happening are unfair. TRUST IN GOD! He is just. He is fair.
3. Trials are a evidence of Gods love for us… That’s so cool. It’s an OPPORTUNITY for us to grow and become more like him. So if you feel that you have lots of trials..God loves you a lot! He is helping you to prepare for something better!
4. We need to make the right choices at all times. Not just when things are good. When it’s the hardest to make a righteous choice, that’s when we need to come through the most. The last rep is the hardest rep to lift. But it brings the biggest results in muscle growth.
5. Find comfort in solace that their is a Balm in Gilead. The Lord will deliver us. Be patient and endure with cheerfulness. When we accept His will and His timing, we will find peace and comfort in the hardest of times.
1. I bear you my testimony that God the Father lives. He set a course for each of us that can polish and perfect us to be with Him.

2. The anger comes at least in part from a feeling that what is happening is unfair.

3. The very opportunity for us to face adversity and affliction is part of the evidence of Their infinite love. God gave us the gift of living in mortality so that we could be prepared to receive the greatest of all the gifts of God, which is eternal life. Then our spirits will be changed. We will become able to want what God wants, to think as He thinks, and thus be prepared for the trust of an endless posterity to teach and to lead through tests to be raised up to qualify to live forever in eternal life.

4. It is clear that for us to have that gift and to be given that trust, we must be transformed through making righteous choices when that is hard to do.

5. The Lord always suits the relief to the person in need to best strengthen and purify him or her.

Well thats all that I have time for this week! Thanks for all of your love and prayers! I love you all so much and feel your support! It drives me to work harder. I see the blessings of great family and friends that I have received and feel the desire to help others receive those blessings as well. Ya’ll are the best!

Love,

Elder ๐ŸŸer

1. Wearing our purple! For Christmas we bought President Mullen a tie and Sister Mullen a scarf.

Christmas Purple

2.Our Wml. Bob Powers. The man. The Myth. The Legend.

WML Bob Powers

3.Without a doubt the hardest part of my mission so far… saying goodbye to my La Sierra Heights family. There is a special bond and love that I hold for them. They will always hold a special place in my heart. -Bishop Garcia! and our matching ties. This man does so much for the missionaries. I’ll love him and his family forever!

Bishop Garcia and purple ties

4.Christian & Karen. Coolest kids ever.

Coolest Kids Again

5.The Harringtons! They have been awesome during my stay in LSH

The Harrisons.JPG

6. Karen! She has been through more than anyone I know. Her faith is so strong that she doesn’t let it phase her.

Karen

7.Sister Bowers and our Christmas presents! She is a superstar. One of those people who just has a pure heart.

Sister Bowers

8. Familia de Garcia… As said before. They are amazing. The best! Love these guys.

Family Garcia

9.The Passing of the Torch

Passing the Torch

10.GEORGIE’S BAPTISM!!!!

Gorgies Baptism

11. It’s true… Be the one that the world stands on its head for.

It's True