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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 – A little hike

10/22/11

So this week was pretty crazy. It went by really slowly. Mom i’ll try
and get off the sd cards that I have with me to you guys in this letter that I send off and pictures are going to come in another letter.

Oh well so I hear that it’s fall there and kinda cold? It’s flipping hot here and now we’re six hours apart well most of us. I do really like it here. President is making  changes so that’s always nice. People are
getting their visas like crazy right now so I’m thinking the kid from
our stake might be coming soon, but who knows. I hope he does so I can be here to welcome him. That’d be so sick. Actually you will get the pictures and stuff in this letter. I’ll have to find a better way to do this next week. I’ve got some movies for you guys cause I’m sure you all want to hear me talk hehe.

The baptism went well in my extremely small baptismal pants
which made my companion and the lady I was baptizing laugh to no end . I sent you a picture of that. This file is going to be really big. Sorry guys.

I really miss you guys. We got 3 new American elders from the
states 2 days ago. They’re pretty cool.  One of them is going to stay with Elder Machado so good luck to him. He seems like a good kid.

So today was quite the day. We most literally hiked a mountain but it wasn’t a “hike” because we were on a road. It took us so long to get up. Mainly because of the sun that we are “privileged” to be
getting. I am quite literally the most tired I have ever been. I’m going to pass out tonight.

I’m glad things are going ok back at home. I’m glad
to hear that Jana is back or was back for a little while. I’m going to try and get around to making a package for you guys one of these days. I don’t send them mostly because there is not anything to buy and send back to you. It’s not like this is Paraguay. It really very similar to the EUA and there is not much cool things besides food.

So speaking of food we found this great place supermarket for rich
people that has make you own pastries. It’s like a pastry subway and it’s only around 3.50!!!!!That’s crazy. It’s so crazy I almost bought 2. So were going to be going back there a lot I believe.

Ugh I’m so tired right now I’m sorry this letter is a little short.

Love you guys,
E.Fullmer

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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Gifts of the Spirit

So guess what… I found out something I thought was really cool. We have someone from our stake coming to this mission. I don’t recognize the name, maybe he is new or something. His name is Patrick Andrew Mitchell. The funny thing is that I didn’t even recognize that he was from our stake. When I looked at his “profile” I just saw that he lived in Sheridan and thought “wow that’s close” then

saw that his bishop(not the ward name) lived in Grand Ronde. I had already clicked away before I really got what was going on. So I jumped back and saw President Peterson’s name and was like ” this is crazy I can’t believe someone from my stake is coming here.” I don’t know him though, maybe you guys told me he was coming but I don’t remember and I thought it was cool. I hope he gets his visa so he comes when I’m secretary and  can welcome him here. If you guys see him, or more likely his bishop, tell him we’re all praying for his visa because we need more missionaries. I think we’ve got 4 people stuck in the US. One was liberated that we know for sure we think.  Two more are, but not for sure, and the other one still has visa by his name so he doesn’t have it.

So today is the big day. We have my first baptism today. It’s a baptism and marriage. Should be way cool. I’m not baptizing her. I made my comp ask her who she wanted to do it. He just wanted to be like “Oh and by the way Elder Fullmer will baptize you”, but he asked and she quietly, like something was wrong with her choosing one, asked him to do so. It’ll be nice, he wants me to talk, but of course I don’t know what I’m going to talk about. So that will be fun. Her whole family is coming, we think we’ll have around 70 nonmembers there. We just hope we have enough food.

My comp is training the new executive secretary so we’re in a group of three right now. We had some major problems with one AP and president was like “I’m done, he’s going to be demoted to senior his last transfer” so we did some changes in the set up and now my third comp for right now is Elder Bateman. He’s cool, I like him a lot. It’s cool to have an American comp again, but the odd thing is that he’s got less time in the mission than I do right now. So he’s kind of freaking out like I was when I got called here, but as we can see things are going good now. It’s going to be good cause he’s really ready to work and just go go go which I kind of need right now.

 The postal service is still out-of-order….. because the time has come for the government to decide how much more they will all make next year. So Elder Machado says that this happens every year but last time was shut down for 30 days. All of the missionaries are freaking out. No letters mean that everyone here starts to die. Today was way sunny to start the day out, but now it’s all cloudy and dark. I do love this town a lot. I need to find a safe way to send my two sd cards home. I’ve got a lot of pictures to send home. And I still have a third to use. Thank you memory cards.

So we met a Baptist today who was this crazy American guy who wanted to talk in English but got stumped by some 19 year old guys haha. He told us that you can’t do anything to gain salvation just accept Christ. If we try to do anything good, that’s trying to buy your
way into heaven. I was like “well we need faith and a scripture says ‘faith without works is dead…..I’ll show you my faith through my
works…..” and then he cut me off to say” no no no that’s trying to buy your salvation and Christ already paid.” He showed us a picture
from “the Passion of the Christ”(which was disgusting) and was like, “he paid.” then he said that he didn’t want to argue just was nice to talk in English, and then this struck me as funny he said “Man if I could have the gift of tongues that would be such a blessing, but we know that those things stopped in the first century.” Haha… he has been here for 4 years and doesn´t know how to speak very well.
I wanted to say “I have 6 months and I know this language better than you. That’s the gift of tongues showing you the right church.”

Anyways my job is to sit at a computer and to put all of our financial things into the mission system to send to São Paulo to be approved. Then if we have a problem, I have to make the calls to fix it. I go to the bank and make payments, but the thing I do the most is make sure things are filled correctly and make sure that all our payments are going smoothly. For example, I just got word from São Paulo that two of our land lords have banks that the church can’t work with anymore so next Tuesday I have to talk to them about how I can change that or if we need to cut that house. I just make sure things go well. A lot of times I’m just making sure missionaries are getting the money they need.

Anyways this picture is something that someone spray painted on a wall close to our house and I thought it was funny. There is also a
fountain I need a picture with, but there’s always a doorman there and I bet he’ll think I’m odd if I’m taking a picture with this fountain.

Oh mom, I had an investigator freaking out over your album the other day. She was like “oh my gosh I can’t believe your mom scrapbooks as well.” Hehe so you might need to do some more.

hey last week if forgot to write about my audit, but I don’t have time this week someone write me and remind me about it next week. Let’s just say it went ok.

Love you all,

E.Fullmer

Elder Tyler Fullmer – 6 months!

So as my pictures show yesterday was the big 6 months. It felt way weird to see how fast this mission goes. I called Elder Emerson and got to talk to them for a bit and I found a crappy tie in the closet that was mostly…….well completely dead and well……you see what happened. It was actually a trial to do. We had to figure out how to burn it without matches. It was nice though, Elders  Baker and Bateman helped me out a lot with it. Sad news is that correos (postal service) is down. They’re on strike. The last time it happened it lasted for 30 days.

I’m feeling a little bit better about my job here. So that’s always a plus. Transfers are here again and this time I get to say hello to the new missionaries. We just had a big emergency transfer and we closed areas and opened some. We had some people going home and
we’ve got more when the transfer completely is finished. Our wedding is going to be next week and we added another baptism marked for that day so I’m feeling a lot better about things here. The english classes help keep my mind off stuff. It’s funny we started teaching them songs to help them recognize things that we are teaching. Brynn will love this….we started with “Imagine”. It was funny the guy who works with all the house stuff had a video clip of Glee singing the song so we played that to show them what the tune was but then I felt completely unable to sing so it was kind of a terrible idea.

I cleaned my room…..my office was really messy and so after i went through our records of august and July I cleaned out my cabinet so that now i know where everything is. President is way cool and he’s making a lot of changes to the mission. They’re all needed but he’s got a lot of people, let’s just name the assistants as the first ones that are dying from all of the things that he’s changing. Because everyone thinks that everything that President Quiroiz did is written in stone. The major thing he did was said that he wants us all to not
practice using the picture chart that we have. It’s called the flippy and everyone can´t teach without it. We’re not teaching, whole, by the spirit. It’s really sad and it needs to change in the mission. Not going all GH (Gloria dos Homens) on you, but me and my comp started to change the way that we were teaching a while ago. That’s how we marked the seconded baptism we have for the 24th. It’s crazy september is almost done pretty soon it’s going to get hotter than heck.

But what’s crazier is that the next transfer is in November. Sorry im scraping the bottom of the barrel here I don’t know what to talk
about. I guess things are going good with Elder Machado. Its kinda bad but i was way mad at him the other night and then I got way mad at myself for being so mad about something stupid that he didn’t really mean to do, but I couldn’t bring myself to talk to him about it so I just sat around in another room until the others got there and the next day he was like why are you mad at me and I let it all lose he
was looking really sad and i storm out and i felt really bad so i went back to talk to him, but he was bawling and I didn’t know why so I
started talking to him turns out more crap with his mom happened and she was yelling at president over the phone. So we talked a lot and things are better, but I still don’t know. There’s just something about him. He’s so obnoxious at times. I don’t know what it is with the Brazilians but I have yet to live/have a companion that is brazilian the is not one of the strangest people I’ve ever met. We were sitting on the couch this morning and pulled the whole “poke, poke,poke,…..” until I couldn’t handle it anymore.

We as you can see its life as normal here. Learning to live with people who are completely different from what I was used to…well not
completely sometimes it’s like having Connor with me here. So Connor you can sleep easy your job has been taken care of here. Really everything is good here. Love you guys and please pray for me, I think we have the auditor coming this week. I know we haven’t done anything wrong but it’s still a worry they came for round 2.

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Elder Tyler Fullmer – A short visit

You think its dull there come to Florianopolis, Brazil.  I bought a hammock and who would have thought that it would weight three hundred pounds. But its really nice. I’ll have to take a picture of it and send it to you guys. We went to the Morro Da Cruz last week which was way cool. I’ll be sending those pictures today. So the big news is that I’ve been signed off to work on my own here and Elder Egito will be leaving for another area. I can’t stand him and his companion. They are so obnoxious and they eat every scrap of food. I didn’t buy a lot of food all at one time last week because they believe that all of the food in the kitchen is theirs. So there’s some good news.  We’re doing away with all reimbursement of transport. So fun time here. I had to figure out a way to give people more money depending on where they are. Fun times but then the money went out to the people early. I know what to do next time, but it’s just a pain. So Elder Jairo Mazzagardi Came to the mission last Wednesday. Pres. Fernades gets a call at like 8 Monday and E. Mazzagardi was like “how full is your schedule for this week” to which president responded “it’s completely full of travel and interviews for the next 2 weeks. To the surprise of president fernades he heard this response “that’s nice….president do you think i could have a meeting with your mission I’m free the next 2 days” ha-ha. So we were all scrambling to get things ready. one day to plan and two days for Elder Mazzugadi to have meetings. When he got here I was up in the “escritorial” and he came in and shook all our hands while he stared right into your eyes and you just felt like he was really searching your soul. It was really crazy but all’s good. He’s way cool. Pretty soon each house is going to have a portable DVD player to use to study, because that’s not going to be misused at all. oh and don’t forget the iPods that every mission will have as an area book. The church is moving up in technology people. In Brazil that means that our houses are going to be targets, because dumb missionaries are going to be yelling about what we are using to work and they’re going to tell about all the cool stuff the church sends. Anyways today is off to the dunes. We’re going to play ultimate Frisbee for the other 2 guys’ last pday in Floripa. They’re not happy about leaving but I think Elder Machado is. Elder Machado is my comp, he’s a Brazilian from I think Salvador. A place people nickname the Baiia(?) I don’t know how to write it. He moved to São Paulo to work and go to school and that’s where he found the church. He just showed up at the church after hearing a little bit about us from some inactive member. Anyways his family situation is fairly messed up. His mom pretty much disowned him for coming on a mission, won’t talk to him and keeps saying that he deserted her. It’s really sad. Four of the pictures are from the Morro da Cruz (I took the shadow picture in remembrance of Connor. wasn’t nearly as cool though). The one is of the famous bridge of Floripa (terrible picture) which isn’t used now. It’s close to falling down. The last is from a member’s balcony. it’s a great view. Oh inspiring story of the week. The day the bridge picture was taken we were going to give a blessing. One of the special ones the missionary’s in this mission give. I don’t know how many other missions do it. We got there and he was smoking and acting really weird. He was way jittery and nervous and would not stop talking. He said things about spirits and things like that so we knew we had to bless him. The sad thing was he said that he didn’t know if he had faith to change. So we gave this blessing in a house that smelled like smoke. Completely just years of smoke. The minute my comp said “now in the name of Christ we command any evil spirit leave so that the Holy Spirit can be here” all of the smell of smoke was gone. Like something was retreating. It was crazy! Testimony builder and when the prayer ended he didn’t have anything to say. He was calm and everything was better, we’ll see what else happens with him. Well love you guys.

Love E.Fullmer

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