Archive for July, 2011

Elder Tyler Fullmer – The house

My comp and me are going to be trunky for a week because of the last “Harry Potter”, haha.  Anyways it’s going good with Elder Torres but he is very annoying and now my comp was like i understand your stories about him now. His comp is not in a good mood and its been this way since Elder Torres got here so that’s not a good sign.

I had to give a talk last Sunday and that was cool but scary. Everyone came up and was like “good job I understood you” but im scared they didn’t actually listen to what I was saying. I tried to awaken our ward to a sense of wanting to reactivate the army of less active people that we have but well see. This week was kinda lame with pictures sorry.

I got your last package sadly the silly putty did not make it through the mail the same i when you sent it. That or silly putty has become really lame. Thank you for the blue drink and can i just say that beef jerky is so much better than the last stuff you sent. One of the AP´s was there and tried it and was utterly disgusted by it. Not much else happened. The APs love me which might not be a good thing. We are having more work but still no baptisms marked. I want to get an email off to Scotty and Jonathan but I don’t know if I will have time today whats Scotty’s adress?

The APs were here to tell us to clean the house and then rededicate it [be]cause of some problems in the mission. It seems like the new pres is getting a work out already man. We’ve heard of a couple of emergency transfers and one affected us so it seems like things are hitting home for him already.

That’s about it for here love you guys I might send some more later.

Elder Fullmer

A little explanation for the last one that’s us our ward mission leader (Sergio) e our gospel principals teacher (Francielle) they’re not married but our secretary wanted us to take a picture with them.

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Elder Austin Fullmer – New address

Hello all,
Here is Austin’s address in Germany.  He will not receive dearelder.com letters after Friday.  Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, letters, etc.
Lena Marie
Elder Austin Fullmer
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Zerbster Strasse 42
12209 Berlin
Germany

Elder Austin Fullmer – Plenty of air time

Dad, Mom, Family, and Friends,
Wir haben unsere Reisen Pläne gekriet! We got our travel plans! Wir werden nach Deutschland gehen! We are going to Germany. We are leaving Salt Lake City at 1115AM on Monday 25 July (a week from today!). Our flight is to Amsterdam, Neth. We should get there at 0805AM on 26 July. We think it is a 13 hour flight. Crazy. We leave Amsterdam at 1005AM and get to Berlin at 1120AM. I know there is a huge time difference, but when you look at the time it looks like we will be traveling for over 24 hours. I think it ends up being more like 18 or 19. That is still a lot though. I am really excited to be finally off to Germany. You should seen the 27 German speakers get their travel plans. The 9 missionaries in my district were ecstatic. I admit that I jumped up and down a couple of times. This week will begin to pack. Since we fly out on our p-day, we get to have another p-day on Saturday. So expect an e-mail then. I will probably do most of my packing then. I have ended up with a lot of stuff here, so I am going to have to get rid of something to make all my stuff fit in my suitcases.
This week I have been thinking a lot about consecrating our time to the Lord. We had a district meeting about this topic yesterday. A few thoughts came to my mind and I shared them. First, Doctrine and Covenants 58: 26-27 says we “should be anxiously engaged in a good cause…”. I’ve come to the conclusion that consecrating our time to the Lord means always trying to improve ourselves. Always trying and being and doing good. We all have so much potential. We need to live up to it. It reminds me of the parable of the talents that Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 14-30. We have been blessed with talents. We need to improve them and share them with others.
I am excited for everyone at the Academy. I think this will be the fourth week of Swab Summer. Good Luck! I hope that you are doing great. I with I was there with you. I also think that the Hurst Family Reunion is coming up quick (if not this week). I love you all there and I hope that you all have fun.
Lastly, I have recently fallen in love with Mormon.org. It is the coolest website ever! I gives so much good information and in such a simple and interactive manner. It is way cool. I would definitely suggest checking it out!
Love,
auf Wiedersehn,
Peace,
Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Austin Fullmer – Travel Plans

11 July 2011

 

Dad, Mom, and Family,

 

We get our travel plans in three days on Thursday! I honestly can’t believe that we will be leaving in two weeks from Today or Tomorrow. Wow! The oldest group of missionaries left the MTC today fro the Alpine German speaking Mission. That means my group of German speakers is the oldest in our Zone. I got released as District Leader. I suggested and President Dunn asked my companion Elder Burnett to be the next district leader. I really enjoyed being District Leader a lot. I hope I was a help and support of those in my district.

 

We got a new teacher. Bruder Evans got a new job at a Physical Therapy Clinic. I believe he will be a manager of some sort. He wants to go to Physical Therapy School so this is perfect for him. Our new teacher seems pretty awesome. His name is Bruder Luna (which reminded me immediately of both the moon and Luna Lovegood; thus, radishes as well). His German is amazing to listen to. He spent most of his mission in Southern Germany were we lived. So maybe that is why I love his dialect so much? He is an awesome teacher too. He made reflexive verbs seem kind of easy. Whey they are actually really hard.

 

I my have already said this, but the Provo Temple is closed fro the rest of July for cleaning. So we don’t get to go on P-days anymore. Luckily they asked my district to help clean next Monday. That should be a unique experience and I am looking forward to it. With the departure of German speakers, we got new Missionaries last Wednesday. Two of them are from the Air Force Academy. One did two years like me and the other only one. It was cool to talk to someone else who had experiences like mine.

 

The German is coming along (this just made me think of the India Flag, I think that is the right one…). It is still hard for me to hear and understand, but I am getting much better at speaking. We learn so much here. It is kind of amazing. I love you all and I hope this next week is great. Think of me on Thursday! Hopefully my district gets their travel plans that day!

 

Love,

auf Wiedersehn,

Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Tyler Fullmer – New mission president

This week has been a lot better, no baptisms but what can you do. We found out one of our investigators he moved without us knowing so now we don’t know what happened to him. The people are so great here just have no desire to change which is really sad at times but what can you do. My language is going great everybody  can’t belive ive only been here for 4 months. They all freak out and wonder. I’m just to scared of saying things wrong but that will have to change because i will be speaking in church this sunday.

Mom it sounds like the veil for grandpa is getting weaker but for me it’s good to know that he’s got more family than us there with him now. I’m sad that I can´t be here with you guys but I don’t know how much I want to see my grandpa this way. I love you guys.

The longer I’m out  it makes me so glad to see how we can help. The sisters had a baptism this week and after we gave one of their investigators a blessing and she’s just so sad and needs so much help but she’s not letting them help her and i don’t know if our blessing will help but I know it was needed. She said some crazy things about hearing voices and seeing things that even if she is crazy she needs our help.
There’s this gay guy that is in love with Elder Hansen who just walked in haha so fun for him. We met our new mission president last week he seems like he’s going to do a really good job. He’s focusing on th way that we study and how that will help us work. Two of his sons are with him. One has served and the other is 16 so there both going to be here with them which I feel like it would be really weird to be on a mission with my parents.
That’s about it for this week. Love you guys.
Elder Fullmer

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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Dead Lizard

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Not that it makes a difference here but 4 random people and the guy (who lived in America and loves all things American) told us.

I’ll start out with the obvious one the scarves got here [we sent him a pair of Portland Timbers scarves] and I thought I said that in an email but I guess not. I’ll have my comp take a picture with me and him wearing them and ill send them next week.

So as I sit here on I see all the many things I have to give up to be on this mission. I’m half crying here thinking about grandpa and looking at all the pictures you guys have been sending. ‘Ive been terrible about them this week. Man it just goes to show that it is the greatest thing in life to know that we have the ability to know about the plan of salvation. Keep going strong tell grandpa I love him and i’m sad that I can´t be there but keeps me going knowing that im giving the same hope that we have to other people all over Santa Caterina.

I’m going to apologize to Connor cause this week was full of many exciting bus rides whoop. In all I spent like 8 or 9 hours on the bus towards the end of the week. The beginning of the week was normal we got a lot of lessons in not a lot of time. Then as this feeling of amazement at home many of our plans were working my comps job as Zone Leader kicked in. We got 4 calls about baptismal interviews that needed to be done by the end of the week so how this worked out was impressive to me cause for some reason in Brazil at the end of the week busses run less.

On quinta feda (Thursday) We went to Tubaraõ to rededicate the Sisters house. They had white washed the area of Elders and then because of problems rededicated the house. All fine but just wanted to be sure.Then scince my comp served in that area before we went to a guy the Elders stopped going to and prepared him for the sisters.  We had missed lunch but we had the Irma make up a pack lunch for us. Then that night we had enough time for a lesson and then on a bus for a baptismal interview in Içara. Which went well and she’ll be baptized on the 9th. Got home [and] passed out.

The next day we studied got some lunch then had to get on a bus around 430 for Imbituba so we had to leave straight from lunch. The bus was a ping pong (makes a whole lot of stops) so we got to Imbituba around 830. Ate some dinner and then went to bed. They next day we did splits and i went with the other ZL and went back to Tubarão for an interview and then Elder Hansen went to another city for another. The walk from the Rodoviaria was really long about 30 min and then the lunch was 45 min past that. so by the time we got back to Imbituba it was 7:30 pouring rain and we had to walk 40 min for a church invite and then get on a bus back to Criciúma [and] here is where the fun started.

The buses in Criciúma stop around 12 so we called a member and said if we get in and there are no busses can we CALL you for a ride. Well we got back all was fine went to bed and passed out. We get to church and the member is pissed he just decided to go to the Rodoviaria and wait there instead of for us to call. He waited till 12:45 to call(the wrong number), 2 to go to our house, and at 3 return to the Rodoviaria. So my comp had a fun talk with him before priesthood and then the next 2 hours are fine and he gets up to bear testimony and was like “I got a call from the missionaries to give them a ride and then I waited for the missionaries at  the Rodoviaria till 3 but anyways my testimony is on service….” I was embarrassed and mad. Cause we said we could get a bus but if we didn’t could we call him. We have hard times getting the ward to help let a lone after that i was mad.

The rest of the day was good. Lunch was good we had beef and pork chorrhasco. The beef was salty but the pork was perfect. We saw some of the Emma Smith movie hey speaking of which if you can get me the “Joseph smith: Prophet of the Restoration”. That would be sick. It’s a long movie, not like the twenty minute movie, “The Restoration”. Sunday was good we taught a recent convert family that night and they know a lot so we watched”The Testiments” with them and my comp proceeded to give his little message and then they talked for ever so I didn’t give a message. A lot of times he and everyone else forgets i can talk about the church stuff. Oh well its hard to butt in[to the conversation] but if we don’t get time oh well.

So the pics are one of the house. The yellow thing is the mail box your letters are always shoved in and if it rains sometimes the stuff in there gets wet haha. Theres two of me and the card is talking about my pet lizard who escaped and got squished between two Books of Mormon gross right. Well one is of my district on a bus coming back from the mission conference this time it was a rented bus(were missing a sister and my comp Oops). Last is of this kid my comp baptized and he’s pretty thug right haha

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Elder Austin Fullmer – Glückliches Viertel von Juli

4 July 2011

Mom, Dad, and Family!

This week has been a good week. Yesterday was Sunday and my District performed a special musical number during Sacrament Meeting. Our Branch is about 40 to 50 people. We sang “All Creatures of Our God and King.” First verse unison, Second and Third verse parts. The last part of the 3rd verse we sang a Capella. I think we sounded really good. It was also fast and testimony meeting, so I went up to bear my testimony. I think I did well. My German is getting better. I didn’t have to use any notes for my testimony. I don’t write any sentences down either when I’m teaching with my companions. I thought I was going to be released yesterday as District leader. My three weeks were up, but I was not released. The Zone leaders changed, but none of the district leaders did. I love my District, so I’m excited to have the opportunity to keep serving.

Happy 4th of July! We celebrated as a MTC on Saturday. There was a big devotional. We sang a bunch of patriotic songs and the keynote speaker was a Branch President here. He is also a advisor to the President of the United States. How he has time to advise President Obama, visit Iraq, China, and Lebanon in the last two weeks and maintain a calling at the MTC is unfathomable to me. The last half of the program was a bout freedom, the restoration, and missionary work. Bagpipes and drums were played and some missionaries were chosen to march out of the stands down to the stage with many of the world’s flags. Then they let us watch the fire works that BYU puts on. It was pretty awesome. I was wondering how the international missionaries were feeling during the first half. Then I found out that the MTC took all of them to Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple. I guess to make up for forcing them to come to the Independence Day Celebration. An Elder from the UK in my branch said that going to the SLC Temple was an awesome experience. I bet it was!

Las night our devotional was by Sister Jenny Oaks Baker. She is a famous musician within the church. She is also the daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks and she was AMAZING. Her violin playing was the best that I have ever heard. She went to both Curtis and Julliard and played in the National Symphonic Orchestra. She played in the NSO until she decided to stay and be with here children at home. Now she records. I bet here CDs would be amazing. Her husband also spoke and here children played. Her 9 year old was on the violin, the 8 year old was on the piano, and the 6 year old was on the cello. We never clapped for Sister Baker because it was a church setting, but when these three little girls finished the whole MTC stood up and clapped for them. A 6 year old was playing the cello! CRAZY. They were amazing. She shared with up Deuteronomy 31: 6. It is a cool scripture. I would look it up.

3 weeks from today or tomorrow, I will be flying to Berlin. CRAZY. I am super excited, but also way scared. One of the Sister Missionaries who is leaving for Germany next week. gave an amazing testimony. She told us that she was so scared to go to Germany, but that her faith outweighs her fears. I guess that is the way I am. My faith outweighs my fears. We get our travel plans a week from this Thursday. Hopefully on the 14th.

Good luck to everyone at the Academy this week. The second week of Swab Summer. I think it should be Tom’s first week, so Good LUCK! I wish I could be there with all of you.

Mom, you asked me for my favorite scripture for the plaque. It is still 2 Nephi 4: 27-28. It is so good. Also everyone should watch this short video I found. Go to lds.org and on the homepage there should be a link to a video called, “Moments that Matter Most.” The picture next to it is of a little girl on a swing. It is an awesome 4 minute video about the moments of life. It really makes you think. I highly recommend it.

I love you all,

Love,
auf Wiedersehn,
Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer