Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hola from Chile 6-28-2010

Good day family and friends,

Thank you all so much for the wonderful letters you wrote me this week. I seriously felt your love and the Spirit so strong I just wanted to get out of my seat and go preach the gospel and then I remembered that I still had to writ back. Well I don’t have a whole lot of time so I will just fill you all in quickly on the week. This week as a zone we were able to bring many souls to Christ. It was a good reward for all the hard work these wonderful missionaries have been doing. Actually this week my companion and I were running around like crazy trying to take care of all the interviews. Also we managed to bring a young girl named Izydora into the gospel this week. She is so amazing and you can really see a change in her eyes as she has been welcomed by the members in a loving fashion. Also this week Chile qualified for the next round of the world cup and it went crazy. Lol there were kids in the middle of the street throwing rocks at each other. A drunken man was pushing us around, and a drunken lady proposed to us and offered us about 20 cents to marry her. Lol today they play against Brazil so it will be nice for this to come to an end as it is really affecting the work sometimes. Actually for the reason of the game we cannot go out a whole lot today during game hours.

Allie is beast at b'ball! Lol wow if she keeps it up with this group they are sure to win states in high school. Keep it up sis I am so proud of you. Keep taking it to the whole. And by the way...HAPPY BDAY! Lol 13 whats up my teenaged little sister. How is it like to be a teenager_ I wouldn’t know...lol

Zack you’re a beast

Mom and dad, thanks as always for your inspiring messages.

Oh wow when I read Elder Millers first letter chills ran down my spine. Welcome to the brotherhood my good friend

Spiritual thought
The successful man in life is not the one that has a million dollars or a really good job, he’s not the one that uses his bright mind to run and manage others and not the one who has all the talents in the world, but rather, the one who gives all his talents to the Lord, and the one who submits 100 percent to the will of the Lord.

Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hola from Chile 6-21-2010

So great to hear from you all today, especially President Peters and his family. I love hearing from them and their council. Well this week has been way crazy here in Chile during the World Cup. Especially because Chile is winning their games. Actually they just won their second game here about 30 minutes ago so everyone is running around in the streets with the Chile flag and everyone is in their cars honking their horns, and shouting. lol it is bien loco. Also this week we went to the temple. I love the Temple. Being in the city has its advantages and disadvantages for the work. The advantage is that when we find an investigator they get baptized really quickly because the life style is faster and more up beat. The difference is it is just a little harder to find the people because they don’t want to talk to you. But with an increase of faith, obedience and diligence, anything is possible. Mom you are going to hate me. Bueno not hate me but be a little frustrated. Thanks for sending the package but I have one other request...lol we have been playing lots of soccer and I need new shoes and I have looked here everywhere and it is impossible to find shoes my size so if you can buy some indoor soccer shoes that would be cool. Nothing fancy I just need some. Well we have an activity this week and we have to prepare it so I don’t have any time at all but I will leave you with a spiritual thought. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary and walk and not faint." -Isaiah 40, 31. I absolutely love this scripture. Also I like to replace “waiting upon the Lord” with "trusting in the Lord" because to me that’s what it means. Let us mount up on eagles wings, trusting in the Lord, and run with all we got knowing that we will not be weary nor faint. We must run in our study of the Gospel and increase of testimony. We must run with greater understanding of God and what he requires of us. It is my prayer that we can mount upon the wings of the Gospel and of Christ, and sore to new heights we never thought imaginable.

Zack write me, Koontz too. Love you all, till next week!

Elder Fischer
The Lord has commanded it and I must obey.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hola from Chile 6-07-2010

Family of mine,

Wow sounds like everyone has had a really busy week there at home and that it will only get even busier this week. Lol congratulations for that. Dad sounds like your meetings were awesome. Lol you will have to tell me more about them when your brain slows down. Why is everyone graduating!!!!!!!!!! Lol I guess the business of Britt and Bruce is doing better if they are buying the biggest and baddest phones on the block.

Mom I will not be needing a sleeping bag because Elder Orellana sent me his that he used for just the last two months of his mission so I lucked out there. But I haven’t had time to buy sweats and nor do I think I will have the time so some nice sweats would be a good help. Also I don’t know if they still exist or if zack stole them but my long sleeve under armor and pants would be a help also. As you know I don’t have a whole lot of time but I will share a spiritual thought and a cool story with you all.

STORY: so in the city things are just a little bit more dangerous. Don’t worry mom everyone is too scared or drunk to do anything. So yesterday we were walking down a street and all of a sudden we here a loud voice yell "Norteamericanos” so we turned to see who it was to shake his hand but he was really angry. He started to sprint at us so we started running. Then he started yelling at us "SAPO” which in Chile means spies but in Spanish means frog so I was kind of laughing. But anyways he was kind of big so he ran out of breath after like three blocks and stopped but I thought it was funny because I have never been called a frog before. Even zack didn’t come up with something that original.

Ok a little more spiritual. In Alma 37:38-43 Alma cites the account of his fathers and the Liahona. He seeks to teach his missionary son Helaman the importance of having both faith and diligence in God’s small means of bringing about miracles. The Liahona was provided to help Lehi and his family reach the goal of arriving at Promised Land.

20 “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.” (1 Nephi 2:20)

38 “And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.”

39 “And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.” (Alma
37:38, 39)

We have been given a number of simple tools such as prayer, scripture study, and Church attendance as “types in this thing” in accomplishing our goal of having a mighty change of heart. President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “There is no greater miracle than when an individual is converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” May I propose the idea that just because we were baptized into the Church of Christ does not mean we have been fully converted, We must have a change of heart and that comes from using our daily tools such and prayer scripture study and church. But even more, we most prove it through our works and actions. Do we do home teaching, do we do it early in the month, more than once, do we show up to meetings early and sit in the front and pay attention and try to learn and progress, do we try every minute of every day to serve? It is my firm testimony that to arrive to be all that we can be a change of heart is absolutely necessary and I testify that it comes as we increase our understanding of the atonement.

Love you all and all you do for me.

Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010



I truly felt the spirit as I read all of your words today. Before I came on the mission I had the fear of not being with you all of the time and watching you all grow and learn and walk through life. But just reading your heart felt words every week truly keeps me going throughout the week and I feel as if I am there watching everything take place. The city life is a lot crazier and a lot more different in Chile. As the Chileans say, Chile isn’t Santiago and Santiago isn’t Chile because they are two different worlds. Lol my first day here (Monday) I almost died and received my best compliment I have ever received.

My new assignment is truly amazing. To be able to work with all of these amazing missionaries is a blessing especially to feel their love for the Lord and their mission is great. Also challenging as we have already had to deal with a few things but it truly is a blessing and I am honored to serve.

How crazy dad is going to have a meeting with Elder Bednar!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol you have to bring a recorder and hide it or something...lol jk don’t do that. But tell me all you can! And thanks for all that advice on being a leader. It is greatly accepted and if you can find a good book written by the church it would be much appreciated!

Anyways I don’t have anything of time now so my letter is a little short. But of course I can’t leave you without a spiritual thought, it is actually what our president wrote us this week but I really liked it:

Dear Sisters and Elders,

In the introduction of Chapter 37 in Alma, it says the “plates of brass and other scriptures are preserved to bring souls to salvation.”. We have been called to preach the gospel of repentance and we have been entrusted with the greatest tool for conversion, the Book of Mormon. The Lord expects us to use it powerfully and effectively in all of our proselyting efforts.

In Chapter 37 Alma is teaching his son Helaman of the importance of keeping the sacred records containing the Holy Scriptures. Perhaps he sensed in Helaman a lack of understanding of how important and powerful the scriptures were in God´s great and eternal purposes when he said, “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise” (Alma 37:6).

Alma teaches Helaman why he should preserve the scriptures. “ And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls” (Alma 37:8).

The study of the Book of Mormon truly does “enlarge the memory” of investigators, members, and missionaries that we do have a Heavenly Father who knows us, answers our prayers, and has a plan of happiness in which we can achieve eternal life through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. President Boyd K. Packer has said that “the gospel will have a familiar “ring” to an adult or a child”. The power of the Book of Mormon greatly increases that familiar ring as we use it regularly in our teachings.

To impress upon Helaman even more the power of the Holy Scriptures, Alma cited the example of Ammon and his brethren in verse 9:

“Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers; yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance; that is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer”.

He then poses a very powerful question about the potential of the Holy Scriptures in bringing many thousands of others including their unrighteous Nephite brethren to a knowledge of Jesus Christ, their Redeemer (Alma 37:10).

Alma reminds Helaman that God has entrusted him with these sacred records and that if he keeps the commandments of God, prays for inspiration to know what to do with these sacred records, “He will show forth his power in them unto future generations, therefore they shall be preserved” (Alma 37:16-19). What a great reminder this is to us as missionaries to trust in the Book of Mormon as a powerful tool for conversion. It continues today to play an essential role in the conversion of many to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us use it powerfully and effectively in our daily teaching here in the North mission that we may bring thousands and thousands to a knowledge of the truth and salvation through baptism of water for a remission of sins and a baptism of the Spirit for the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.

I testify that the Book of Mormon does “enlarge our memories” in reminding us of our purpose here in this life and of the great plan of salvation that our loving Heavenly Father has provided for us in which we can achieve eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the precious gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.