“I Give Unto Men Weakness That They May Be Humble”

27 02 2016

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.

This is pretty true…. I checked.

The Lord will have a humble people. It is up to us whether or not we prefer to choose to be humble or whether we are compelled to be humble.

I was reflecting on some of my weaknesses this past week. It seems like the same weaknesses have plagued me for the longest time and it has brought me a lot of frustration throughout my life. So naturally if there is a problem we try to think of ways that we can fix them. I was really pondering on why I would struggle with some of my weaknesses. I was also pondering on what the Lord would have me learn from them. I constantly prayed, asking for him to reveal it to me. And asking for strength as well. So the question still remained for me… Why would I still be experiencing these weaknesses? The scripture in Ether says that if we come unto the Lord he will show them their weaknesses. Check. If they humble themselves before me and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Check. Finally, as I continued to ponder, it hit me. I thought about how things would be without those weaknesses. I thought about who I would be. It brought chills to me. I realized how prideful I would be. To be honest, it kinda scared me. It scared me to the point that I became grateful for my weaknesses. I began to think of all of the blessings that have come into my life as a result of my weaknesses. I’ve come so much closer to my Savior because I’ve realized how weak I truly am and how much I need Him. I felt the spirit so strongly as I finally came to that realization. Ever since that moment, I’ve felt so much more spiritual strength and felt the hand of the Lord lifting me up to rise above my weaknesses. So like I said before. Ether 12:27. It’s true. I checked.
This week has been great. Other than being sick… That hasn’t been fun. But we’ve been extremely blessed. Elder Dunn has been great. We have been having a lot of fun while getting a lot of work done. This ward is on fire right now! It’s so cool. Every week that I’ve been here a member has brought a nonmember friend to church. It’s amazing!

That’s all for this week. I’m pretty exhausted. I think I’m finally recovering from being sick. But keep me in your prayers please! Being sick is NOT fun!

Love you all! Appreciate all that you do. I feel you prayers and support everyday! I really do.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,

Elder Fischer

1. Planning

Planning
2. Again

Planning Again

3. Biggest lemon ever…

Biggest lemmon ever

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So You Want to Be Happy?

25 02 2016

I learned how we can be happy this week! 🙂 And it’s so cool because everyone can learn how to be happy regardless of the circumstances that they are in or burdens that they may be carrying!

I was reading in the ensign this past week and there is an awesome article about how the Book of Mormon teaches us the pattern by which we can follow and live happy lives! So all you have to do is read this awesome, true, and inspired book that was given to us from a loving Father in Heaven. It contains direct specifically for each and everyone of us and it was written for our day!

I’ve heard this my whole life. And it’s amazing every time I rediscover how happy the Book of Mormon can really make me. In the article, President Eyring points out two short chapters from the Book of Mormon that talk about happy people and how they became so happy!
1st: 2 Nephi 5 (So yes, there is important stuff in the book of 2 nephi. No you cant just skip over it…)
2 nephi 5: 27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.

Maintain uplifting associations: Nephi was surronded by those who had similar values as him. This doesnt mean that we avoid associations with nonmembers…But don’t put yourself in situations that are against you moral values. Surround yourself with happy people who will uplift you and make you feel good. There are people that are outside of the church that still have good values! So those associations can extend outside of members of the church.
2 nephi 5: 6 Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and also Zoram and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those who would go with me. And all those who would go with me were those who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God; wherefore, they did hearken unto my words.

Align actions with beliefs:
If you aren’t living something that you believe in, chances are that youre going to frustrate yourself. In the words of Ghandi “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. But don’t get frustrated if you aren’t perfect! Repentance is essential. If you aren’t living the way that you believe, repent! Make changes step by step until you achieve your desires!
2 nephi 5: 10 And we did observe to keep the judgments, and the statutes, and the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of Moses.

Accomplish hard work:
The reasons we are here on Earth are to receive a body, learn, grow, and gain experiences. Ultimately, we are trying to become more like Jesus Christ. Now believe it or not, that takes some hard work. I’m pretty far off of being perfect. But as we work hard and accomplish things that are hard to do, we feel happy and joyful.
2 nephi 5: 11 And the Lord was with us; and we did prosper exceedingly; for we did sow seed, and we did reap again in abundance. And we began to raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind.
2 nephi 5: 15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.

Focus on the temple:
Temple blessings and being happy are pretty much connected. They remind of our Heavenly Fathers love and help us understand why we are here on Earth. As we focus on the temple, we will feel closer to him.
2 nephi 5: 16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.

2nd: 4 Nephi 1
4 Nephi 1:16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.

Share what you have with others: Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a world where all things were common among us? Where everyone could partake of the heavenly gifts that we have all been given! The Lord himself has commanded us to care for those that are in need. Joy and happiness come to us as we fulfill that commandment.

4 Nephi 1: 3 And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.
Belong to a family: Families bring us happiness!:) What more can be said! I love my family and they make me happier than anyone else! God gave us families so that we could be happy!:)
4 Nephi 1: 11 And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them.
Be a peacemaker: Youll see a reoccurring theme in the scriptures below.. There was no contention among them! Striving to be a peacemaker will bring us so much happiness. Stop waiting for others to give you what you think you deserve and give to others what you think you deserve. That will bring peace and that will bring happiness. Waiting on others to be peacemakers will only bring frustration. It derives from feeling like we are the center of the world and everyone should be trying to make us happy when in reality, we should be serving and trying to make others happy.
4 Nephi 1: 2 And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.
4 Nephi 1: 13 And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land; but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus.
4 Nephi 1:15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
4 Nephi 1: 18 And how blessed were they! For the Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away; and the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land.

All of the things above things are true because they just are… haha no but really. Being on a mission these are all things that we work our hardest to do. And it really does bring happiness that isn’t of this world. It’s a happiness that dwells with us despite our circumstances. Despite sadness, frustration, depression and all the other crazy emotions that you feel during life. So read the Book of Mormon and do these things!

We also had transfers this week! I’m with Elder Dunn now! Im super excited! We are going to get lots of work “dunn” and have lots of fun doing it!

Thanks for all that yall do! Love ya! Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

1. Elder Dunn and I

2. Juicing it up

3. Just Chillin

Elder Dunn and I

Juicin it up

Z Just chillin





THE BETANCOURTS

3 02 2016

This week was amazing! Then again I feel like I say that every week. I guess the mission is just amazing. It’s hard work. But it’s fulfilling and it’s the best work! Really though. It’s like a really hard working vacation. We have the happiest and most life changing message and all we have to do is work hard and share it with everyone! We don’t have to worry about grades, school, work. We only have to worry about souls…only.. haha but it’s the best!

So this week was so great because we got to see the Betancourts get baptized. Well two of them have been baptized within the last two months. But three of them just got baptized this past week! Mikey, Samantha, and Helena! They are so amazing! I love that family so much. There are 10 children in the family. So we have lots more work to do there! The parents are not members either. I’ve had SO much fun meeting with them. Seeing them grow and come unto Christ has been so rewarding and I’ve been blessed to be a part of that process.

I’ve really been learning how important desire is lately. The Betancourt family have been some of the most amazing people I’ve worked with on my mission. I just love them so much. It honestly kinda bothers me how much I care about them. Because I think about how much it would hurt me if they ever fell away from the gospel and back into old ways. During their prayers they will often say things such as “I desire….” and ask for blessings. I thought that to be peculiar and then as I was reading through the Book of Mormon in Alma the word desire really started to stick out to me. I’ve shared this before but I love it so I’ll share it again.

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.”

This is what its all about. What we become. We will be judged on our actions and the desires of our hearts. And it’s so amazing to hear someone plead with the Lord for the things that they desire. Especially at such a young and humble age as the Betancourts.

Alma 22 is another great example of desires.

16 But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.

17 And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily, saying:

18 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.

Many of you already know that following this many are converted unto the Lord. Desire is so important! The Lord doesnt require perfect faith. He will start with the smallest desires of our hearts..

I love finding little patterns in the scriptures. Its like a puzzle to me. The scriptures are truly a blessing to us in our lives. They are compasses to direct our lives and give us all of the answers that we need. They will help us achieve our desires!

Well that’s all I have time for today! I feel like this was all a bit scattered but I was kinda in a rush! Thanks for always being so amazing! All of you.

OH! And in case any of you were wondering, this is Jesus Christ’s church! It’s been restored to the earth in its fullness and President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is true. And Jesus Christ is the Messiah! God lives and loves us all a lot..

THANKS!

With Love,

Elder Fischer

1. Me and Mikey taking selfies in the bathroom…

Me and Mikey

2. Mikey, Samantha, and Helena! They are the best:)

Mikey, Samantha & Helena

3. Part of the rest of their family!

Betancourts
4. Sad I had to miss Sergio’s baptism…:( But I’m so happy for him! I wish I could have gone back but the times of our baptisms didn’t line up! But he has made an incredible journey!

Sergio's Baptism