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

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