Padillaaaaa’s!!!

28 03 2016

This was such a great week! Easter, baptisms, and transfers! It ended with some sad goodbyes but that’s part of being a missionary. Fortunately, the goodbyes are only temporary!

First off! Karlee and Joshua got baptized! It was an awesome baptism! It was cool to have their baptism on Easter. We remembered the resurrection of Christ and Him coming up out of the grave and we also were able to celebrate because Karlee and Joshua came up out of the water and have started their new life in following Jesus Christ! The room was packed and they had tons of family attending. I still remember the first time I meet Karlee and Joshua. It was my 1st week in Lake Elsinore. Their family is amazing. I’m going to miss them sooo much 😦

This week I studied, day by day, the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. It was powerful. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully comprehend how He could love each of us so much as to go through what He went through but I am eternally grateful. He is my King, Redeemer, Savior, Lord, and Best Friend. Jesus Christ performed countless miracles. He healed the sick. He took care of the poor and needy. He established his church. He was the Master teacher. He loved His friends, neighbors, enemies. He wrought out a perfect and infinite atonement through which we can all be forgiven, strengthened and perfected, and one day resurrected.

John 21

25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

BUT….still there were those that did not believe. After all that He did.

Isaiah 53

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

He was despised and rejected. Despised means that they regarded him to be unworthy of notice or consideration. They thought of Him as worthless. To be rejected means that they thought of Him as not good enough for some purpose. To be discarded as useless or unsatisfactory. Some people still do the same.

Even through the rejection that He faced He never uttered a word of complaint. People regarded him as worthless and useless. They spat upon him. They mocked him. They hung him on the cross which was thought to be the most painful and humiliating form of execution. Yet He submitted to the Father’s will. But most importantly, He lives today!!

I’m so thankful for my Savior. I love Him. I’m honored, proud, and lucky to be able to say I know that my Redeemer lives. I’m grateful for this past Easter season to reflect on His atonement and to help others come to a knowledge and understanding of all that He has to offer them.

Well that’s all for this week! I hope that everyone has had a great Easter! Love you all!

Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Fischer

1. Betancourts!

The Betancourts

2. Ebony and her family!

Ebony and Family

3. Padilla baptism!

Padilla baptism

4.Arielle and Ashley!

Arielle and Ashely

5.Departing gifts! Everyone here is so awesome!

Departing gifts Lake Elsinore

6.Brother Lyles and Brother Caruso!

Brother Lyles and Brother Caruso!

7. Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore

8.From T.N.G. to PMG

From T.N.G. to PMG

9.From T.N.G. to PMG Part 2

From T.N.G. to PMG part 2

10.Betancourts again!

Betancourts again!

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Hallelujah!!! And Some of my Favorite Scriptures

21 03 2016

Hallelujah—Hebrew for “Praise ye the Lord.” But what does it really mean? As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, discover how this ancient exclamation of joy, hope, and love is a fitting summary of Christ’s incomparable mission—and His promise of new life for us all.
https://www.mormon.org/easter?cid=HP_SU_3-13-2016_dMIS_fSPC_xLIDyL1-A_

If you haven’t had the chance to hop onto the new website to view the Easter video, then do it!! It’s probably my favorite holiday video yet. I get chills every time. Also, watching it is just the first step! After you watch it you can even grab a non-member friend and watch it with them! This is the perfect time of the year to do it. There are many people who are pondering and looking for “New life” but they know not where to find it. You could be the one to help them find new life! Just dooooo it!

So many people are really looking for the light of Christ in their lives. Let’s compare what they will feel with the gospel in their lives compared to what they may be feeling without it.
With the gospel: Everything that there is good, pure, holy, God-like, exalting, ennobling, extending the ideas, the capacities of the intelligent beings that our Heavenly Father has brought forth upon this earth.

Without the gospel: They experience darkness, ignorance, doubt, pain, sorrow, grief, mourning, unhappiness; no person to condole [lament] with in the hour of trouble, no arm to lean upon in the day of calamity, no eye to pity when they are forlorn and cast down; and I comprehend it by saying death, hell and the grave.

By the way, I grabbed that from “Preventing personal apostasy” by Brigham Young.

Think about your friends. If you really love them, you want whats best for them. You want to share the things that are special to you. PLEASE share the Spirit of Christ this Easter. You will make a difference. The people that you share this video with WILL feel the spirit. I promise. You will not lose a friendship because you shared this video with someone. After they watch it, invite them to come to church and meet with the missionaries. If they say no, then at least you’ve invited someone. You at least played the game. Not inviting is like going to a championship game and not participating! Then never knowing what kind of difference you could have made.

Anyway… It’s been a great week! I love you all! I hope you are enjoying the wonderful march madness season… But remember! Its also the Easter Season!

Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

Previous Week’s Letter

Not much time…

But here are some of my favorite scriptures from the week!:)

D&C 97:8

8 Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.
Alma 43:1

1 And now it came to pass that the sons of Alma did go forth among the people, to declare the word unto them. And Alma, also, himself, could not rest, and he also went forth.
Ether 12:2
2 And Ether was a prophet of the Lord; wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr, and began to prophesy unto the people, for he could not be restrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him.
Moroni 9:6

6 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

All of these scriptures are the word of God. And they are awesome!

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,

Elder Fischer

1.) Colt came to visit! It was an awesome surprise to see him!

Colt came to visit

2. Car pics

Car Pics

3.Elder Fairbanks straight face (a.k.a Indian smile) in the back. hahaha

Elder Fairbanks straight face Indian smile

4.Conforming to Elder Fairbanks Indian smile

ht face

5.CRM!

CRM

Previous Week’s Letter

Not much time…

 





Come to the Mountain of the Lord!

16 03 2016

This week was the temple week! It was my last one out here so that was pretty bittersweet. Mostly bitter. But I had an amazing experience as usual! The temple is truly a place where we can feel peace, gain guidance and direction, and receive answers. Pretty awesome place so if you haven’t been lately, you should check it out!

This week I believe I learned what it means to really love someone. There are some people that I’ve met that I feel such a close connection to. It’s almost like you’re family. I wish that I could give them EVERYTHING. One family comes to mind that weve been working with recently. I feel like I’ve known them for my entire life. About half of their family has been baptized. I want nothing more than to see their entire family at church and on the road to baptism and confirmation. To begin their journey to eternal life together forever. We came sooooo close this week! One of their daughters texted me and she was so excited because her dad had a turn in attitude and said that he wanted his whole family to come to church. Unfortunately, because of last minute circumstances that arose, they were not able to make it.

Following that experience I was reflecting on why it meant so much to me. Or why their family means so much to me. I realized that Heavenly Father has truly blessed me with an increased capacity to love them. I believe that I saw through His eyes a tiny bit of how He feels for us. How much He truly loves us. Then my mind just took off! I felt such a love and desire to help them to learn of the gospel and of their Savior. I wanted them to come to church so badly and to have an amazing experience. I wanted to see all 12 of them at church taking up an entire row. I knew that by doing so, the Lord would bless them for keeping his commandments. They would feel peace, receive answers, gain guidance. There was no doubt in my mind. And I wanted to put all of that on a silver platter and hand it to them. BUT they had to come to church to get it… They still have to use their agency to make the decision. And when they didn’t come, I was so sad. I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t mad. But I was really sad because I knew that by keeping Gods commandments and coming to church they would have a spiritual experience with the Savior. So that was how I personally felt..

I was reflecting on the lessons that I could learn from that. And I realized that if we can care for others in that capacity then our Heavenly Father must really really love us. If I’m sad when these people make poor decisions or go against His commandments, think about how He feels. He isn’t angry at us. He isn’t mad at us. But He is really sad. And He wants us to do better. Why? Because He really does want what is best for each of us. He knows that we missed out on an opportunity to receive His blessings. It’s like He has this HUGE surprise party planned for us and we never showed up….That would be the WORST! But He won’t take away our agency. He wants soooo badly for us to make the right decision. But it is still up to us. It’s hard to describe. I guess my words cannot even describe the love or compassion that I feel. I’ve never felt it before. Not for anyone other than my family. I think about what I use to think love was but I think I’ve truly come to know.

Well I promise you that Heavenly Father loves you all a lot! He is aware of you. He isn’t mad at you. He isn’t angry with you. He has not turned His back on you. He is not with holding answers from you. His arms of mercy are always open. He is always speaking to us. We just have to be listening. He is always on our team. He wants the absolute best for us. He wants us to be happy, to receive all that He has, and to live with Him forever. So turn to him! He loves ya! It’s true. I checked.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love ya all!

Elder Fischer

1. Me and Elder Caples

Elder Caples





The Trio is Back!

8 03 2016

For the third time in my mission I will be in a trio! Haha I’ve loved every trio that I’ve been in so far so I’m sure this one will be great as well. Elder Dunn and I will be getting Elder Fairbanks tomorrow. He was suppose to come in last transfer but he was held up by his Visa. He is from Canada! So we are excited to train him!

Hmmm so this week. This week was awesome! We had an awesome baptism for Arielle and Ashley Flott. As usual for my mission thus far, the children lead the way! If you ever had questions about what Christ said concerning children

(And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.)

Its’ true, I checked. One of the greatest blessings of being a missionary is experiencing the change in peoples lives as they live the gospel. Just as we learn in John 7:17

(If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.)

If you want to know if this gospel is true and really will change your life for the better, just try it out. Just do it and do it with a sincere heart and you will see the hand of the Lord more abundantly in your life. Arielle and Ashley are examples of that. They may not yet recognize how much they have changed but it’s been incredible to witness it. When we first met them they said there was NO way that they would ever pray out loud. Never in their lives. And now they have been baptized and confirmed members of Jesus Christ church! And yes, they do pray. It makes me happy happy happy.

This week I was once again humbled… I had been sick for a little over a week. It was really starting to get annoying. I told Elder Dunn that if I wasn’t feeling better by the next morning then I would ask for a blessing. The next morning I still wasn’t better. And I was too prideful to ask for a blessing. We continued to work through the week. Then a couple days later, another missionary got sick. He was more humble than I am… He asked for one right away and then I decided to ask for one since he was getting one too. In the blessing I was told that the Lord wanted to heal me. He was just waiting for me to ask.. And now I’m better. I feel pretty stupid. hahaha but I learned from my prideful mistakes. I don’t know why we sometimes hesitate to ask for blessings. Or for the Lords help.. He is so ready and willing to give it. It’s the natural man in us that prevents us from asking for help. Sometimes we make life harder than it needs to be. So I hope that you all will learn from my mistakes and be more humble that me! If your sick, ask for a blessing! If you need the Lords help in any way, ask for His help! He is ready and willing to give it to you. His work and his glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man! Think about that! His end goal, his number one desire is that we return to him and receive all that He has. He loves us so much. And if that’s his goal and his desire, then I’m pretty sure He will help us in our times of struggle, sickness, heartache, and trial. Actually I know He will. I checked 🙂

Well that’s all for this week! Love you all! Hope life is treating you as well as it is treating me! I love being here so much. It’s the best!

Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

1. The sisters brought these NASTY dried fish into district meeting and everyone ate them…For dad, they were worse then the Reese’s peanut butter cups…

Nasty Dried Fish

2. Arielle and Ashleys baptism!

Ashely & Arielles baptism

3. Again

Ashely & Arielles baptism II

4. Me & Elder Dunn at baptism

Me and Elder Dunn at A&A baptism

5. @lds.org

LDS.org

6. The Trio

The Trio for the 3rd time