Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hola from Chile 9-28-10

Buenas Tardes,

This week for me was a great one. We found and taught several people and also we had a baptism. Her name is Veronica Quioroga and her baptism was very very special. Tears and a great big hug for her husband who baptized her. It’s a moment I will never forget. Also there were changes this week, I didn’t have any changes but everyone in our zone did. I was happy though because two district leaders that are trained are now zone leaders in other zones. I am excited to have another 6 weeks her in Lo Prado.

One verse I just read in Isaiah was interesting:
Isaiah 28:20, “For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.” This is what I feel it means: “If we are not covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, we will find yourself like a man in a bed too short for him with a blanket that is too small to cover him. No matter how appealing sin may look at first, it can never satisfy our inner needs. The sinful person will be ever like the man in a short bed with inadequate covers. He will twist and turn and constantly seek comfort, but he cannot find it. The Atonement of Christ for our sin covers, or is efficacious for, only those who trust in God with all their hearts and keep His commandments.” If you have ever tried to sleep sitting up, like in an airplane chair, or in a car, or in a small bed or area shorter than your legs, you can understand how uncomfortable and restless that sleep might be for you. Also, in some cold nights here in Santiago or Los Andes, we really notice if the covers or blankets of our bed leave one part of us still exposed to the outside air. We realize how important that blanket is to help us be completely warm and comforted. How insightful was Isaiah in describing this symbolism to us in reminding us of our need for the Savior and His complete Atonement in our lives. We want complete forgiveness of our sins, so that there is not one part of us still with sin. “We have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” (Mosiah 5:2) As we prepare this week for the blessing of participating in the General Conference, may we remember the words of Alma as he reminded the people of Zarahemla of the opportunity to hear the word of God, as we will from our Prophets, Apostles and other leaders of the Church. Alma 6:5, “The word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God.” This General Conference will be made available to His children, and we need to prepare ourselves spiritually, to be ready to feast and be filled with His spirit of revelation to personally teach us what we need to hear. Let us each go prayerfully seeking instruction, personal revelation, and answers to our individual prayers. As the Book of Mormon father Mormon wrote to his son, Moroni, my heart shares similar thoughts for each of you, my dear Elders and Sisters. “My son (dear family) be faithful in Christ…may Christ lift thee up, and may His sufferings and death, and the showing His body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever….”(Moroni 9:25)

de corazon,
Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hola from Chile 9-21-10

This week was truly a fun one. We have about 20 empanadas in the refrigerator because everyone for mom’s birthday had a barbeque and were just handing out food every second to us. Lol it was great. We also had to do some "babysitting" for some of the missionaries but its all good lol. We also had a wonderful baptism this week. He is called Miguel Arraya a Joven of 15 years that already wants to serve a mission and arrives at church every day at 8 to serve and help and learn and grow. Very spiritual experience. Also on the other side I think the Lord is testing our patience because we have talked with a bazillion Jehovah witnesses this week and sometimes they just really irritate me...

Lol anyways sounds like you have had a good week. Mom I can’t buy a camera here now because last time I lived right next to an Americanized store but now I’m in the city and they don’t have anything. I will not let it get stolen this time!!!!!!!!!! lol

This Week our mission Doctor had to go home early because he was detected with terminal cancer that is very aggressive and fast. They say he has one year to live. He bore a powerful beautiful testimony about the Atonement. It was a good learning experience.

Spiritual thought. This week I have been thumbing around through some Church history that has really lifted up my spirit and diligence in missionary work and also in my personal conversion. It is amazing to me some of the trials and persecutions that they were able to bare. Missionaries left without even having shoes on their feet or a single penny to their name. But they went joyfully with a song in their hearts only saying; I’ll go were you want me to go. I was meditating how and why they could have such great faith and confidence in the Lord. Cause when I have trials my first thought is why me or why is this happening. Then I realized that their faith and confidence and understanding came through their understanding of the Atonement and Love for Christ. They truly understood it and because they understood it they were able to apply it in their lives and serve with ALL their heart might mind and strength. When one really understands the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the words "I" and "me" disappear and the words "what more can I do for the Lord" appear. When this change happens, our testimony, conversion and desire to serve greatly increase and we become more and more like our Savior Jesus Christ. It is my solemn testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



This week has been a really good one. Filled with lots of challenges and also lots of miracles as always. Lots of blessing for the sick, also lots of baptisms dropped (wah?!) and also lots of training for missionaries .

Don’t have lots of time because we have lots of work to do but there are a few things that I wanted to say. First and most important, mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ha ha how old are you now? lol jk don’t respond. I wish I could be there Saturday to bug you like you always do to us lol jk I actually miss it. Spence congrats man. Hit me up with an email man. (with a pic) Jay sounds like you are doing a wonderful job already, keep it up. Can I send emails to Jayson? Britt and Bruce, enjoy your flights and be safe. Madi too. Zack good luck in school. Allie kick some butt in basket!

So Thursday started out really difficult with lots of failed appointments and stuff but we continued with excitement and energy and followed the spirit. After pretty much everything fell through we felt like visiting a new convert. We showed up right at a moment when they desperately needed us and it was a very spiritual lesson. Then we left the lesson still without hardly any plans, again we felt like we should visit a member. We showed up and they were very very sick and we gave them all blessings and all of them are now completely better and they gave us lots of references! lol follow the spirit, he knows the way.

Oh yeah, mom 18 is so special cause it’s your birthday duh! lol and also its the "4th of July" of Chile. And its the 200th also so its huge here this year. Everything will be shut down all week and we are going to talk with pure drunk people all day every day ha ha. Please pray for us. Also because of this our p-day next week is Tuesday because everything will be closed Monday still. All of Chile will be celebrating moms b-day in grand fashion. lol anyways, love you all!

Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hola from Chile 9-06-10

Hola familiacita,

This week has been a week with lots and lots of hard work which truthfully is just how I like it. Ha ha one night my companion and I both fell a sleep in the middle of planning lol. Divisions, fasts, prayers, and motivating the missionaries. But with much work as always comes many rewards. The Zone is really really getting better. We are on tract to baptize more this month than any other zone in Chile. I try not to take pride in myself but rather in the work these lovely missionaries are doing. Sometimes I find myself in the middle of the night still on my knees having fallen asleep praying endlessly for these missionaries. Sometimes I even have the problem of losing focus in my own sector and baptizing in my own sector and my companion has to slap me back into focus. This month will be full of challenges though because the 18th is a Saturday and the biggest holiday in Chile and I am worried about getting people to church. But with faith and works all will come out fine.

As far as health goes really I am just fine, dead tired in every aspect but just fine lol. So thinking about my package there is something else I would love to have...peanut butter! And lots of it too. It’s rare and really expensive here. Also some updated pics would be nice too. Also I remembered that I left my ctr ring and it would be nice to have one. And, snickers, lots. Lol the rest is all up to you peeps. Oh actually no, one more thing. But first I have to tell you a story. so basically I got robbed again and they took my camera all my pics for the past 4 ,months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I kinda need a camera. I am going to ask companions and others to send me some pics they have of me in the past months.

My companion is awesome. Really funny and smart and willing to work so he’s perfect.

Spiritual thought,

"be wise, what more can I say" -jacob. Good man lol

Elder Fischer

The Lord has commanded it and I must obey.