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Elder Tyler Fullmer – The card

This week was a real mess. We got a lot of new missionaries in and
that is always a pain to handle added with the fact that we had a
transfer of 80 or more missionaries. This time it was a “Let’s guess on
who will stay not who will go.”  President was really secretive about
the whole thing, it was really funny. Well now Elder Machado is off in
Chepéco and he still calls us every day with a problem. Seems like he’s
about ready to die out there. Hot and he’s not used to actually working
as a missionary. He got really used to the way things were here in
the office. I however have still got a crap ton of things to work out
seems like things never stop going wrong but that’s life I suppose.
President left to go to São Paulo and participate in the mission
president conference there. It was to supposed to be just me and
Elder Bateman here but what do you know! One of the Assistants who just
(doesn’t) seem (like) to want(s) to leave decided that he was too sick to go to an
area and has been here with us. Flip it’s so aggravating. Me and E.
Bateman are going crazy with him.

This p-day was way low key we had a lot of time sleeping which was a
nice way to go and then we played War-cards. (It’s like) the normal version is
Risk but they also turned it into a card game which was way cool. It
took us an hour and a half to finish I ended up winning much to his
surprise. We probably won’t ever play it again because we both were
getting so aggravated. I wanted to sleep in the hammock but I forgot
how little time we actually have and also how much time I was going to
sleep for.

We met this really cool family. One daughter is inactive (according to
one of the sisters in the ward) and the other is serving a mission.
Elder Bateman swore he heard something about sons but they didn’t
really say anything about sons so we didn’t push anything. They have
been taught by everyone and their dog but were dropped a long time ago
so were hoping to try and help them learn and gain a testimony. The
daughter says that the dad is a little scared and the mom just doesn’t
want to change. I’m thinking that the dad is just scared to change
without his wife so let’s hope we can help. They really are really
cool and seemed to like our visit but let’s see if they will be
willing to change their religion. We’re hoping to go back this Sunday.

So it’s already November that’s really crazy. It’s been over a year since
I got my call. Pretty soon ill have a year and then it’s just a countdown not up he he. I know i know stop looking so far in advance but I can’t help it I got really trunky this week. My ZL and DL both went
home and the better AP is going home the next transfer. I really don’t know what I’m going to do if we get another AP like the one we have right now I’m done dealing with this one. He’s lazy, prideful and just
does things that make you wonder if he’s really being the best example. I know we all have our things we are working on but I’ve lost all respect for this assistant.

It’s good to hear that things are going all good back at home. I got “THE CARD” from the Sayers. I received their card and was like oh nice they sent me a card…cause i was remembering the package they sent. I stared to feel it and was like this is a thick card….and I feel a bump in the card and yes one would think that all of those things would have led to one thing but it wasn’t until i saw the special paper that I understood what exactly I was looking at was a wedding invitation. Yes it’s happened I got the first one yesterday but what made it even funnier was that the guy’s name is “Spencer John Hansen”. Take out the middle name and that’s the name of my first comp so as the secretary I’ve got a phone that can  call anyone in the mission so I asked him if there was any relation, there’s not but he laughed and was
like “what are the odds. It was very funny. Tell them I wish them the best.

Oh we had this random person with a member come up to us and was like “you think you have time to teach me a little bit about the church?” So we were like heck yes we can. Good thing no one including our instructor for the Gospel Principles class showed up. Sad but nice at the same time. We taught a great lesson then we had the Primary program right after that class. I used to really dislike that Sunday
but can I just say that i is one of the greatest days to bring an investigator to. You could just feel the spirit there so strong and all the kids were funny as always. It was really nice. I won’t take it for granted any more it really was a great Sunday to have an investigator there.

Anyways love all you guys not sure i have anything else.

The pictures are us and part of the English class. They gave us all
ties in commemoration of the first class. My hair is way long in these
pictures rest easy it has since been cut.

Love ya,
E. Fullmer

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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Girlfriends

You guys have the main news of the week already.
I’m sending 2 pictures of families that were way cool in Cricúma so watch out for those. The big family is the Machados (I think) and I don’t remember the other families last name. They were both way cool and it helps that both of them always fed me when i went there right. That was always a perk. But really they were way nice the really big family had children with every problem known to man. I felt really bad because they were all way cool and the mom helped us out so much but the dad didn’t really help and then only one son went on a mission and is active in the church. I think their missing kids in the picture that I sent. The other family was a family that we tried to reactivate and they were really close when we left so lets see how that goes. I really hope they start to go back. Because they really were close. I must admit in Brasil she makes the best bread and cake I have had here but once again two of their kids are not in the picture with them cause the other kids are not home.
The sad thing about this country is that every one works a whole lot and they don’t make a whole lot of money but they are always away working. Always always always.
Anyways the other pictures are of me in my office. That’s right I have my own office. I am one of two people in the mission that have offices, and the other is president. Pretty soon there’s only going to be two of us here. right now we have 4 but once im trained the other 2 will leave. President doesn’t want to have the other two in here any more. What the old financial secretary doesn’t know is that normally you stay 9 months and he’s only staying 6 because president wants him gone and out. For good reason to.
Sadly all is not well in wonderland. I wouldn´t call the staff the good ol´boys club but it sure feels that way. We’ve got a lot of people that know who they like and help them out more. In fact we have a AP who most of the rest of the people are fed up with here but I kinda like him. He does things to make people a little annoyed. Nothing big but I guess one of the things he does is tape the door bell so it always rings and he did it the first night I was there and the old financial secretary runs out into the hall, yelling blood in his eyes, throws him up against the wall yelling and said some pretty dumb things and almost hits him. He gets pulled off and goes straight to the phone and calls president to recount the story which went a little something like this.
“Hello president, yes something happened Bingham well……he tapped the door bell and……..well its been going on for a while and we told him to stop…….he does other things too and this time I was just done……….so this time I well I grabbed him I kind of yelled and threw him into the elevator…….No I didn´t hit him I just lost my temper…..But he does this all the time so I just wanna say the blame is all on him this wasn´t me.”
I mean I know Bingham and the things he does can be annoying like everyone else, but the blame was not only his. We’ve also got problem cause when the other companionship of AP´s get together with the other 2 staff who are going to leave in their mind they are in control of everything. I think president is making the necessary changes he already split up the AP´s put them both over 2/3 zones each gave them a newer comp and sent them out and they will change areas every 2 weeks and just try to help the zone.
Now he’s got me training and I think he wants me to be self sufficient in 2 weeks so I can do all this by myself and he can get the other two out of the office. So im trying to get this done. He’s already taught me how to do all of the reimbursements, which is why my training will go slow cause they take up a lot of time. I also know how to take money out of the bank, pay electronically the bill and things that we have. so it will be good im learning fast.
Other than that the time here flies by. We are in here from 10-5 and then we become normal missionaries again. Some times we´re here really late. It’s a good life I chill writing emails and things like that.. Input a lot in the computer.  I just really hope I don´t accidentally screw anything up. I know I won´t but oh well. I had a talk with Elder Bingham and I said “I never wanted this I just wanted to stay junior turn senior and then stay.” It got really quiet and Bingham was like “with President Quiroiz anyone in the office was going to be LZ and very likely AP so good luck buddy” But hey I got 9 months here so it should be a good time to learn. If president wants me to be an LZ or AP I guess that will come anyways. It’s really cool being here and having this time with president but kinda sad seeing the other side of the AP´s when they are going around you don’t see this whole contention and the sad thing is the AP’s are all trying to get me on their “side” you know? Like their almost trying to get me to see things only their way. Well i’ll stop talking about this sad stuff.
We teach an english class which is way cool. In fact we are trying out a new way of teaching the class. This is because president doesn’t want to have them anymore. But that’s another story. It should be a lot better, were using a new form of videos (from the church) and the Liahona to teach everyone. The good part was that every one loved it. They all wanted to keep the talk that we used they wanted to see all the other Mormon messages. My comp said that it was the first time he had felt the spirit in the English class and of course the most important part they all loved me. They all kept asking if I was going to be the teacher or not. “He’s going to stay right? Elder Fullmer is going to be our teacher?” haha actually I got a girl asking “did you leave a girlfriend behind?” To which I responded “no” and another girls (sharp intake of breath) “Really??????” to which the first girl responded “well you move fast”.  Of course my comp being smart was like “we can’t date on the mission” and the one girl who yelled really all embarrassed said “I know..umm…thats not what I meant….but I mean when you guys are done you come back right?” and just to cut everything of that type off he politely said “Actually the leaders of the church tell us never to go back to where we serve our mission to try to keep those two lives separate.” haha
Well I think that is about it, love you guys. until next week.
E. Fullmer

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Elder Austin Fullmer – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

1 August 2011

Family! I am so grateful to be in Germany! I am going to take this letter from my journal entry:

The past few days have been bizarre. I woke up on the 24th of July really early so I could see the Frankfurt missionaries off. Then at 8 AM, The Berliners set off for the airport. We found out that our flight from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam was not direct. We had to stop in Detroit. At the SLC airport I called Mom real quick to tell my family that I would call them when I got to Detroit. That first flight was fine. When we got to Detroit, I called my parents. It was awesome to hear from them. They were all in Oklahoma for a Family Reunion. After talking, my companions and I grabbed some dinner from McDonald´s and boarded the plane to Amsterdam. It was super hot on the plane, but it started to pull out of the gate. There were so many people on the plane. It was huge. Before we took off, the pilot came on and said that we had to go back to the gate. We pulled in for some problem and stayed in the gate for two hours. There were 14 missionaries on the plan and we were all nervous because we all wanted to speak to people about the gospel. At least, I was afraid to. Either way they eventually took us all of the plane. I went to call my parents again. It was nice to be able to hear from them again. We ended up staying off the plane for four more hours. They got us a new plane, but had to re-seat everyone. I went up to the counter to make sure that all 14 of us had a seat. I took all the boarding passes and passed them out. Our flight from Detroit finally left Michigan at one in the morning on 26th of July. The flight was like seven hours long and I believe that there is a six hour time change from Michigan to Amsterdam.

By the time to we to Amsterdam we had obviously missed our flight. We finally got through security and to the right people to ask about our flights. We found out that the last half of the alphabet (six people who were all connected in the travel system) all had flight to Berlin via Frankfurt. The rest of us, including me had no flights. We talked to a Danish woman behind the counter. She said that she could get us to Berlin via Copenhagen, Denmark. We asked if she could hold that option for us while we tried to get a hold of Church Travel or the Mission President. We could not get a hold of either. Eventually we decided to accept the flights. I reasoned that it would be better for us all to get to Germany even if we had to be separated. We all said a pray together and the people flying through Frankfurt ran off to catch their flight. We worked on getting our boarding passes. I had to speak to a woman who needed our passports and baggage claim tickets. She had to go talk to the other lady that I had spoken to. Eventually we got our boarding passes. They gave us all a bunch of coupons because of all the trouble. They included a five minute calling card that allowed us to get a hold of the mission home. We quickly told them what was happening, got some food and then left on the plane for Copenhagen. By this point it was about 1730 on the 26th of July.

We got to Copenhagen quickly, went into the airport, and stayed their for about 30 minutes. Then we got back on the same plane. It was very little so we got to walk outside in both the Netherlands and Denmark. I`ve breathed outside air in both countries. I got super excited when I saw Germany from the plane. It was super cool. We got off the plane to find our luggage. Miraculously it was almost all their. Elder Burnett was missing both of his bags and Elder Cloward was missing one of his bags.

Once we got our luggage, President Pimentel and Sister Pimentel greeted us. They are awesome. I really love them a lot. he assistants to the President were there too. The Frankfurt group was not there though. Their plane had been delayed again. Crazy. The two Elders that were the assistants took us to a restaurant to eat. Sister and President Pimentel stayed at the airport to meet the other missionaries. After dinner we went to the mission home, which is where the President and his wife live. By this point it was 10 PM of the 26th of July. We were at the mission home with out the Frankfurt group for another hour. Finally they came in and everyone was together. President then did his initial interviews with us and we got to write a quick email home. We stayed at the hotel that was above the restaurant. I finally got to take a shower. It had been like two days of traveling. We spent the night there and in the morning we woke up and Elder Burnett, Stovall and I said our last companionship prayer together. It was kind of sad. Breakfast was at the hotel in the same restaurant Everyone was there so I got to talk with the sisters and a bunch of the elders again.

We then got picked up by the President and his wife. They took us to what they call Maurplatz. The place of the wall. It is a path that marks the Berlin Wall on the south side of Berlin. We walked through a park which used to be called “no man´s land.“ If someone crossed into this land, they were likely to get shot by East Germans. We crossed it to were the final wall would have been. Here we read the two dedicatory prayers for different parts of Germany for missionary work. They were awesome. We then got a chance to pray by ourselves and dedicate our own missions. It was a really sweet experience and I felt at peace. We came back together as a group and left for the mission office.

There we got our permits to preach, our debit cards, and filled out a bunch of paperwork. We paid 200 € for the bike fund and then we went off to the Golden Conference. The Berlin Mission calls the new missionaries Goldens. It was nice to have all of the Goldens together. I guess I did not realize how much I loved them and how much I would miss them until I was not with them anymore. It was exciting to see where I would go. The assistants conducted most of the meeting. They went through a map and let each trainer talk about his or her area. Then President Pimentel got up and announced who would be training which Golden. When he called my name I went up. He called me to go to Bergedorf and to serve with Elder Lingard. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out that the city was in Hamburg. That was one of the places that I wanted to go! We took pictures with the Mission President and his wife (I think they are sending this picture to you) then my companion and I helped to make the sack lunches. Then we lugged my bags to the train station and we head to Bergedorf. It took at least four hours to travel there. By the time we got to our apartment, I was exhausted. The chapel is beautiful as well as the land, people, and houses. I am glad to serve the Lord here in Bergedorf.

So I have been in Bergedorf for 6 days now. I had to speak in church yesterday. It was super scary, but a really good experience. The branch members are super nice and they all complemented me. I am not sure if they are all just really nice, or if they could actually understand me. The talk was on missionary work.

My new address is:

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer
Brook Strasse 19
21029 Hamburg
Germany

I will be at that address for at least four more weeks. Just for your information the mission office address is:

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer
Zerbster Strasse 42
12209 Berlin
Germany

My apartment address is best to send stuff too.

Feel free to email me at austin.fullmer@myldsmail.net and check out the blog.

Love,
auf Wiedersehn,
Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer