Archive for December, 2011

Elder Tyler Fullmer – Movies

This week has been really weird after Christmas. With all that’s led up to new years and we just get to sit at home. It’s a rule that we can’t go out for New Year’s. That does mean however that we get to stop working at 6. For us here in the office that means a full day pday again. We’re going to watch Rango and the Blind Side tonight…..probably in Portuguese which is less fun than one would think. Movies just aren’t as cool when you are seeing them dubbed over. Because you expecting to hear one voice and another comes out. It’s weird but It nice to know that when I can get back I can bore you guys by asking you guys to put on Portuguese subtitles. So start practicing hehe. Once again it’s raining and what can you do. Its weird how missionaries just get to the point where rain and other things just go unnoticed.

Yes mother’s day is around the corner and before you know it we’ll be talking again. At that point however I’ll have over a year and to make things even crazier did you know that we only have 2 more phone calls left. Mother’s day and the Next Christmas. It’s odd to see how far I’ve come in such a short time. President has given me the go ahead to start thinking of names to give him for the next financial secretary. When the time comes I’ll give him three names and hell pray about them and then the lord will let us know who I am supposed to train.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how little time we get to serve missions and how fast that small amount of time seems to be going. At times it seems too fast but it just means that we have to be harder workers so that none of that time gets lost. I’ve been trying to make what I call mini lessons. Messages that would last 2-5 minutes and then we could give them to people who say they don’t have too much time to listen to us so that maybe we can get into more houses and have the chance to get more people excited to hear the others. I want to have ones ready about prophets and important differences like that. Things that really set us apart and show people why the Restoration is so important. Sadly the hardest part is selling my comp on the idea. We got into a fight this last week when I brought the idea up. I must admit that I think the idea is golden and you know me with that in mind I got a little locked up. He then made the defense that we could teach a full lesson in 5 minutes. So I asked him to give me one. He then rushed through the first lesson in a little under 2 minutes and gave me what I thought was an answer just to say “told you so”. So then I made the wrong choice and said “well you missed this, that , you just said this, didn’t say that…’ Well as you can probably tell that didn’t go over too well.

I haven’t brought it up since. I’ve been trying to find a nicer way to do it next time because I will admit we were both being idiots that day. I’m not saying that I don’t like me comp but there have been many ties where we have just clashed. Anyways don’t worry about me your son is asking friends everywhere he goes. We did so many contacts this week it is unbelievable. We met some really crazy Seventh Day Adventists though. We started to go this area that is full of them it blows my mind. We met a crazy lady who has about 50 stray dogs and one lady who will not get baptized for the following reasons. 1. She wears make up (which is of course a sin), 2 She can’t bear to be saved without her son, 3 She wants to stay perfect after baptism and she knows she won’t do that. So her wish is that when Christ comes again he will tell her that although she wasn’t baptized “her sins are forgiven her” just like the woman Christ didn’t stone for fornication. We then asked her what happens if it can’t be like that and she simply said the then she fine with that. So there was not much to do with her seeing as she felt up said she does and will not believe in our church. Oh well I’ll let you guy go.

Abração,

Elder fullmer

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Elder Austin Fullmer – Merry Christmas

Dear All,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We want to let you know that the Fullmer family email has changed to slmacmt@gmail.com.

26 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope your Christmas was really good. I had an amazing time here in Annaberg. Actually, Christmas is still technically going here in Germany. There are three Christmas holidays in Germany; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the today, the 26th of December. Christmas Eve is the biggest of the three holidays. For lunch, we went to a younger couple’s home. We ate this soup that is called “Lenz” (I think). Anyway,  it is this delicious soup that is very traditional in Erzgebirge (the mountain region where I am serving). Way good.  For Heiligeabend (Christmas Eve, or Holy Evening), we went to our Bishop’s house for dinner. Their family is really young and way cool; they have three kids. Everything is very traditional in this part of Germany. Sis. Sacher, the Bishop’s wife  put half of a loaf of bread, that we didn’t eat, and some salt, that we didn’t use, on the table. They were supposed to be for good luck. Then she lit a candle and placed some coins underneath, also for good luck, I think. German children get to open all of their presents on Christmas Eve too, so we got to watch all of the Sacher children open up their gifts. It was a really enjoyable evening.

We had transfer calls this week. I am staying in Annaberg. I am pretty excited about that. I like Annaberg a lot. My companion Elder Van Miltenburg got transfered to Delingsdorf which is a part of the city of Hamburg, so he is going up close to my last area. We also got to go to the Temple this week. That seems like forever ago, but I guess it was just about six days ago. It was awesome. The Temple is in my Zone, and so that is why we are allowed to go. It took us about an hour and a half by train to get there. We went as a district, so four Elders. The cool thing was that another district in our Zone ended up going on the same day as us. So I got to see my friend and MTC Companion, Elder Burnett.  We have been able to see each other three times this transfer which has been pretty sweet. We all talk for a while afterwards, took a lot of pictures, and then went and got lunch. While were buying lunch this man came into the tiny little Turkish restaurant dressed like Santa Claus, ordered food, and then gave us some sketchy candy. The crazy thing was that I actually ate the sketchy candy he gave me. I have not died yet, so I suppose that I’ll make it through.

I am really grateful for the Christmas season. It is a really awesome opportunity for us not only to reflect on the Savior’s birth, but also his atonement and death, for that is the reason that he was born in Bethlehem. I know Christ died and suffered for us.

I also got to talk to my family yesterday. It has got to be the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. Honestly, it sort of felt like I was back at the Academy, just calling my parents on a normal Sunday evening. Can’t wait for mother’s day when we get to call again.

We you guys are awesome. Thanks for your support, emails, and prayers. I am thinking and praying for you. Enjoy the rest of Christmas Break.

peace,

tschüß,

love,

Elder Austin Fullmer

Elder Tyler Fullmer – Christmas Parade

Hey guys just throwing you off a small email. Don’t want o write about anything really cause I would want to run out of thing s to say tomorrow but here’s a video I shot of the “Parada do Sonhos” here in Florianópolis. I have to send them in two so you’ll get one now and the other latter.

 

 

 

Elder Austin Fullmer – Enya

19 December 2011

Hallo,

We had Christmas Zone Conference this week. That means that my companion and I had to wake up at 5AM to get there. We got there pretty early. I would have been content with getting there 15 minutes early and thus being able to wake up at 6AM, but live and let live. A man on the street told me that the other day. I was really glad that I caught the saying when he said it in German. Leben und leben lassen. Sweet.  Anyways, we took the train from Annaberg-Buchholz to Chemnitz and then from Chemnitz to Leipzig. It took us just over two hours to get to the Leipzig Central Stations and then about 20 minutes with the street trains to get to the church building. I got to see Elder Burnett, one of my MTC companions, and Sister Shaerr, one of the sisters in my district at the MTC. I was so happy to see the two of them. Elder Burnett has been my favorite companion so far. The Assistants to the President and our Zone Leaders both gave a Thame (lesson / talk). Then we had a gift exchange. I thought it was going to be like a White Elephant exchange, but it was more like musical chairs. Before we started, Elder Burnett and I were talking about the gifts we brought. He didn’t tell me what he brought, but it was really cool the way it was wrapped. It was the shape of a pyramid. I told him that I was determined to get his gift. The funny thing was that I actually did. The even funnier thing was that when I opened it, I found that the pyramid part was just cardboard and that at the base was a tribute CD to Enya. It gave me a good laugh. He told me that the tribute band is actually pretty awful. I have listened to it yet. We will have to see.

The theme that our mission president gave was about love and charity. This week is the Advent of Love, so that is why he talked about love. He really talked about loving the people of German. You always hear about missionaries saying how much they loved the people of the place where they served. For some missionaries that is actually sort of hard, here in Germany at least. We get rejected so often that sometimes it is hard not to get frustrated. President Pimentel quoted something that the Prophet, President Hinkley said, something to the affect of, any man or woman who harbors any sort of resentment or unkind thoughts for another race cannot be considered a disciple of Christ. Food for thought.

We have transfer calls this week. They are on Friday because Saturday is Christmas Eve. Pretty excited to see what happens. I have a thought that I might be doing a one hit wonder here in Annaberg. One transfer and then out. But really I have absolutely no idea. So mal sehen. We’ll see.

Last thing, I have been reading the last session of General Conference (the biannual conference that my church has that is broad casted all over the world to members) because I didn’t get to see it back in October and when finally got our copy of the talks at Zone Conference. I really, really liked a talk by Elder Cook. It was about trials. He said, “Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith or of an imperfection in our Father in Heaven’s overall plan. The refiners fire is real, and the qualities or character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purity us and prepare us to meet God.”

Merry Christmas. Schönes Weinachtszeit.

peace,

tschüß,

love,

Edler Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Tyler Fullmer – 9 months

Hey guys,

It’s been 9 months since the day I left you guys in the Portland
airport. It seems like time has been flying by. Well at least it has
for me. I’m not so sure about why it’s happened that way buy i kind of
like it. I think it’s just because we have Skype coming up. I’m
actually going to be spending the 24 with president and his kids. So
that’s going to be cool. We’ve got the two mission Christmas conferences
this week and I’ve got to help the church close the years finances. I
never knew that would be such a pain in the butt. Who knew finances
were so hard hehe. I have learned a lot and one of those things is that
I don’t want to work with finances for the rest of my life.

I love you guys and it’s been a weird week. I hate seeing all
the people that are going home because it gets me so trunky. I did get
to see all the news though. Tell Elder Mitchells parents that he got
her fine with just one small delay. His flight to Floripa got
cancelled but they found one for later that day. I actually got the
chance to wait for him at the airport. Tell his parents that he will
be a great missionary. He walked off the plane talking to some and the
guy had given him fifty reais just because, so his mission started out
great. I must say for a new missionary he was speaking really well.
When I was at the policia federal (federal police) with him I was near
sleeping and all of a sudden I just look over and he’s talking to these
two ladies from Peru no problem and yes he was speaking Portuguese.
The only time I had to help him talk to them is when they asked him
where the chapel on the island was. They have a son ready to serve
that speaking really well already.

The video I put on was what happens in Brasil when it rains just a
little bit too hard. It was really crazy and as always it was a nice
way to welcome the new missionaries. When you’ve got water gushing from
the ceiling it’s always a fun day. This elder was like “ok so we’ve got
some water coming from the ceiling where are the buckets?” Closely
followed by the shoeless missionary yelling “there’s too much water
buckets won’t help.” All in the day of a missionary, right? The celling
almost falls down and you’ve got to clean up your chapel.

I’m glad you guys are doing good I forgot Brynn’s birthday was so close.
I always forget these types of things. It’s difficult when in Brasil
but I should be better at this kind of stuff.  Im sorry Brynn, but
Happy Birthday! Next year you guys will actually get things for your
birthday but it’s just weird this year. Hey I love you guys but I gots
to go. Have a happy Christmas and I’ll see you guys Sunday.
WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Abração
Elder fullmer

Elder Austin Fullmer – Easter already?!

12 December 2011,

Hallo,

Well another week has gone by. Weird how fast the time flys. I have been in Annaberg for a month now and we only have two more weeks until the next transfer call. There wasn’t a whole lot of significant stuff that happened this week, but I will fill you in with what did happened. My favorite appointment of the week was with Sister Christa Pfob. She is a member of the church, but is really, really, old and can’t come to church anymore because she has to stay in the Old Folks home that she lives in. When tried to visit her twice this Friday, but both times she was busy with Old Folks home activities. She is young enough to realize who we are and that she wants to meet with us, but too old to know when she would be free. So we tried visiting here a couple of times. Finally, we meet with there at 1500 on Saturday. We read with her one of my favorite scriptures from Deuteronomy. It says ‘Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.’ That didn’t take too long, because she doesn’t talk very well, so I asked her is she gets to read very often from the scriptures. She said no because she can’t see very well. So I thought, ok let’s read now. I asked her where she wanted to read she said Mosia (which is Mosiah im Buch Mormon). We read chapter 2 together. I just felt so good reading out loud with her and my companion. The entire Old Folks home was listening to us. When we had to leave I shook hands with Sister Pfob and the other old lady at the table with us. The other woman took my hand and put it up to her face like a lot of old Germans will do to you. That or they will take their hand and rub your face with it. We are going back this Saturday too.

We had the Christmas Party at our Ward on Saturday, actually after the appointment with Sister Pfob. It was beyond fun. Germans know who to celebrate Christmas. They had this little play that that the Primary President wrote in which the Elder Quorum President played Santa Claus oder auf Deutch der Weinachtsman. It was way funny. Then families in the ward took turns singing songs or reading from Christmas story books to the congregation and to Santa Claus. Elder Van Miltenburg and I sang Jingle Bells together. Then Santa Claus handed out Christmas Presents to all the little kids. Once he and Mrs Claus (the Primary President) had finished with the kids they said that they had two other special kids. They call the two missionaries up. It was pretty funny. They gave us a bunch of German candy, socks, body wash, and some tissues. The whole thing ended up way funny when Mrs. Claus said there was no one to give Santa a Present. So the Elder Quorum President’ First Counselor came out dressed in an Easter Bunny costume came out and gave him a present. It was very funny because this guy is one of those giant mountain German men and he was dressed up as a bunny with two buck teeth. I died laughing. Then we ate a lot of good food.

I appreciate your prayers and support. I pray for you back in America.

 

peace,

tschüß,

love,

 

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Tyler Fullmer – Clearer

Hello,

Well once again it’s been another week and the mission is almost out
of money. It’s getting pretty hard here. we’ve had to tell everyone
that all reimbursements are stopping until the next month. Can you
believe this next week will be the nine month mark. I hardly feel like
I’m getting anything done and i really hope the second half is not
faster than the second. This mission is flying by and that’s good and
bad. I’m not sure I’m so happy about how fast its going but Im glad that
Christmas is coming soon. It’s going to be hard to find a time to get
all of us in that day. There will be 3 Brasilians and I think 3
Americans here all using Skype. So who knows I know some of them will
be slow I just know it. Oh well just can’t wait to see you guys as
well.

Anyways how’s work and school? Schools probably not going to get out for
Connor until the 24th. This week has been kind of a lame one. Not too
many lessons. We had some trouble with that I think every day we had
one fall through. So this Tuesday we are going to have a district
secret Santa. I think its going to be good but we can only stay for
the first half of the day. when lunch comes we have to be going back
to work at lunch. I’ts going to be a fun day.

I’ve started rereading the Liahonas of the conference talks in Portuguese
and I must say I’m loving it. I’m started to find things I never noticed.
Things that didn’t really have any meaning in English have become more
clear to me. When I’m reading I can now get almost all of it in
Portuguese. Both the bible and the Book of Mormon. I really feel for
Austin, i can imagine how hard the Bible must be in German. Normally
the church uses easier language in the Book of Mormon than the Bible
does. It’s really nice because some people begin the hold on to the
Book of Mormon because it is easier for them to read. I must admit
It’s nice to know that i can read and understand what i read. It’s hard
when your investigator reads you a scripture from the Bible telling you
its why they won’t join the church and you don’t even know what it
says. If you guys haven’t read the Book of Mormon edition of the
Liahona you should because it is great. We use the time lines to
teach.

I love you guys. I’m looking forward to seeing you guys on Christmas. I
miss you guys but I know that I am supposed to be here. I’m am glad
that I got to working the office even though I didn’t think I’d be here.
I have learned quite a bit been here that i will never forget. I know
the Lord has his purposes even if we can’t see them at the time. oh and
by the way Brynn I got your yellow puffy pack. Thank you all the
things in there made my day. Love you guys.

Abração,

Elder Fullmer