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,

auf Wiedersehn,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

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