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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Big news

Bom dia tudo mundo,

The big news is that Skype with video has been approved. I will have
45 minutes to talk to my family on Christmas day and yes we can use
the video feed. Turns out that there were some irregularities in the
missions and so many people were asking so the Area Presidency called
the missionary department and then it got all the way to the first
presidency that have approved it for the whole world. That’s what you
get for complaining people. You get to talk to your family on Skype.
Seems like Dallas is changing right before your eyes. By the way HOW
MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN THE TOWN? I thought I’d get an actual number
because Brazilians really like to know. They think its crazy that you
could live in a very small town.

Let me try and answer your questions. No I haven’t gotten around to
sending the SD cards home I always forget….I’m bad enough about
writing paper mail home and no I’ve never gotten Brynn’s puffy yellow
pouch. I hope it didn’t get lost. No Connor, It doesn’t snow here…hehe
well I guess that’s now true. There is a town close to Lages-SC that
actually did get some snow. It didn’t stay but I sure did make all the
Brazilians here freak out. Most of the time I just gets cold and
freezes. As of right now however it’s a good 80 degrees and sunny
here…well at least it feels like 80 its probably less. It’s supposed
to just keep getting warmer. Its crazy humid here. I know know what
dad was talking about Thailand because man its hot here. At least I’m
not up north or it would be like this all the time.

Well not much news here. They celebrate Christmas, kind of. It’s not
so wide spread as it is in the United States. They, being a catholic
country, celebrate a lot of saints. The holidays are mostly religious
and they celebrate a Halloween type holiday in July I believe. Because
Halloween is taken more literally here and is called “Dia dos brushes”
or “Day of the witches”. I don’t think I’ve seen more people dressed up
like zombies in my life. That’s what they all dressed up as one night
we only saw people dressed up like zombies. Brazilians are so crazy.
My English class is a little bit better, because we call it a
conversation class. So I just sit there and talk to them or in all
reality they just talk to me. They like to talk so they just go off.
They being 50 year old men, have a lot to say.

Well I’ve been teaching a lot this week. We have had a baptism last week
hence the pictures. As you can tell we ran out of baptismal clothes
and those were the only ones our ward has. So ones were using child’s
clothes and the other was using a baptismal dress. Oh well I think
the bishop is going to go looking for more. We have a Zone leader
council this week so they will all be coming in which means I get to
see my trainer again. He might have just been written off though.
That’s why you don’t go on a mission with a woman waiting. Even if you’ve
been dating for five years. Anyways love you guy miss you guys and ill
see you guys on Christmas.

Oh and dad, how much of Luke 2 do you have memorized?

Abração,

Elder Fullmer

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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Surprise! Another baptism

Boa tarde, quasi escrebei bom dia

This week has been good but hard. I’ve been woken up a little bit we
had a couple good lesson that got me a little more focused even though
one of the ladies is a little crazy. She says she sees spirits but she
didn’t even flinch when we told her it was probably the devil using
her gift against her. “She was like well than how do I use this for
good?” so we taught her the first lesson to here and challenged her to
be baptized and sadly she said no but she’s close. She just said she’s
54 years old and cant afford to make a mistake again. So we are
working to get her ready to be baptized.

We also marked a baptism last night. He’s come to church three weeks in
a row and we just never had a chance to teach him. Then last night his
friend’s came up to us and said that he would like to get baptized
so we taught him and then challenged him to accept baptism so it wasn’t too
scary because we knew he would say yes but I still count it as ours.
In the end when we were starting the prayer this other kid walks in
and we just sat there and stared at him. We sat there no one said
anything….then finally he breaks the silence with…….”I have
food?” and he just backed out. We were laughing so much it was so
funny. Anyways we are going to meet his family and see if we can get
them to accept his baptism.

Other than that not much has been happening. We have a new missionary
coming from the us so he will be with us for a week or two because
president is gone traveling doing all the interviews. It’s been nice to
just get to do our thing here. I think that all of this happened
directly from the Lord. The two people we taught who are really close
we didn’t even know before this week. One we taught right after the
English class she just happened to show up at. And it’s lucky because we
had an appointment marked for that time but he couldn’t do it.

Só para terminar agredicer vocês. realmente eu tou muito grato para
todos as cartas de vocês. eu amo todos de vocês. Eu estou trabalhando
aqui em nome de cristo por qué eu sei esta igreja é dele. Nos
precisamos ter fé nele para fazemos todo nos podemos para voltar.Nos
somos filhos de deus e ele nos ama.

Um grande abração, as they say in Brasil
E. Fullmer

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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 – 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 – 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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