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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Mediums

How are you doing? I am doing well here; this week has been a lot better. We taught a lot more. We actually got a reference from some other missionaries for this woman who has diamonds implanted in her teeth. They look like the brackets from braces without the wire but they are actually “diamonds”. I didn’t have the heart to ask her if they were real or not or take a picture with her for that matter. She seems way cool but that seemed a bit odd for a first visit. We also went to visit another reference that was a lady who works for the cleaning company who cleans the chapels. Let’s just say she’s been to ever chapel known to man. She was with her sister and her husband. She and the diamond lady both said that they already know that the Book of Mormon is true but we’ll see what happens when we go back. I really hope they read it because I think that they could be really strong members of the church. I’m scared about Rosa´s, (diamond lady) family, they seem like their kind of sketchy so I am hoping that they are a lot like her. The same thing about the other ladies’ husband. He was….well let’s just say he was pretty strongly against the baptismal invite. Oh well, we are going to work with them.

 

Me and my comp have been working on a different way to teach the first lesson. For the last few times we’ve been using more examples of Joseph Smith. Using his search as a way to teach people about how he learned the things he did while still teaching the parts. Like talking about the scriptures as he would have most likely read and thought about them. It still needs some work but the one thing I believe we as a companionship were lacking as we taught was really showing people who Joseph Smith was and after the first lesson in my mind if people don’t go away thinking about him than you didn’t teach what was important. I however think this will reinforce his story and will give them the desire to read the Book of Mormon. Which is what they really need. Well last night we had a huge thunderstorm. It was right above us and you could feel the shakes every once and awhile. It was really nice. I love thunder storms here. The thing about them is that it means that it’s going to be really humid and that’s the only bad part about them.

 

Well not much more is going on here. We are just working, working, working! We have this other investigator that says she is a medium and meaning she can see and talk to spirits. Frankly the crazy thing is that after the mission I don’t quite doubt that. The sad thing was that she asked us told us something kind of sad in our last lesson. I quote “I feel like God has left me alone. I have decided to do something about it because I don’t want to feel so alone. What I am going to do is call forth a guardian spirit. This means that I’ll always have it with me and I’ll give him offerings so that good things will happen to me.” I must admit I’ve never seen Elder Batemans jaw drop so fast. She then asked “Do you think that would be alright?” Elder Bateman said he didn’t know and I tried to explain to her that the only spirit that is from our Heavenly Father that could stay with her is the Holy Ghost which we receive only after baptism. Oh well i hope you guys are doing good.

 

Abração,

Elder fullmer

 

Elder Tyler Fullmer – The roots run deep

This first part i am writing for all but specifically make sure this gets to Austin…..

“E. Fullmer I get your emails and I can´t help remembering what it was like to be a kid and running around with you thinking up crazy things and here we are running around speaking different languages trying to bring people to the gospel of Christ. Actually I think one of your AP’s is a friend of an elder I’m serving with. I don’t remember the name of the AP but his friend is Elder Eide. I wanted to write you about an experience I had this week. I’ve been down on myself because of my new “calling” and because of the problems that have been going on. I won’t go into detail but let’s just say salt lake actually sent a big sum of money out to half of the mission. I’m lucky most of the elders are honest here. Then we found out were going through another audit, but this one is going to be in depth and 2 or 3 days. But missions always have high points. One thing that I wanted to say is remember your heritage. Remember the rich beginnings we have in the church. I know people here just think well this happened in the USA and doesn’t reach out here. If you didn’t know, our family has a relative in D&C 124 something. It’s a random list of names but our great great great…….uncle is in the list David Fullmer. I use that for members more than investigators, but I have a story for you.

We were teaching a girl and she had major problems about Joseph Smith and all I could think was I need to testify, I have to testify and my comp didn’t give me any space, but he did something I didn’t expect he said, Come to the church at 430 tomorrow we’ll watch a movie with you. The movie is Joseph Smith prophet of the Restoration. I love that movie, and it also has our ancestor in it. Not a name just a part where Joseph is leaving to go to Carthage and 6 other men are riding on horseback with him. One of them is our ancestor. So after the movie I got to testify using that image. I told the story of why he was baptized and all. By the time I was done I was crying, my comp was crying she was crying, and we were all testifying. In the end she looked at us and was like I know I have to say yes, because we gave her a baptismal date, but something is telling me go home now be alone and pray. She left and I have no doubt she will be baptized. The spirit was so strong I can’t help but wonder why our name is embedded in this history, but is relatively unknown. I do know one thing that it can make all the difference when you’re testifying about something that “doesn’t matter” when your history is
embedded there.

Fica Firme,

Elder Fullmer.”

Well know you know the best part of my week I don’t know what else I can say that will live up to that. We have that new auditor that’s
coming. Should be fun, president is kind of freaking out and at the same time just saying “eh we’ve been here for two months so before if
there’s a problem it’s not our fault.” Although I’m not as confident as he is but let’s see what will happen. He was going to come this coming Monday but now it’s going to be to Monday after.

Plus everybody left the house, well everybody but one of the assistants. He and his comp are staying in our house for the time being. The other two were kinda mad because they thought that they would have left as ZL’s, But one left as senior and the other as a
junior. We’re going to have a counsel of the ZL’s this coming week, so that will be cool. I get to speak to them all and act like I’m some one important hehe. It’s been getting better here. I’ve just been trying to forget things and just do my job but it’s just odd coming in here. Every day going to work just looking at computers and working with paper. I’ve been able to use English a lot here. There has
been times where we’ve had people call that only speak English so that was nice to know that I had been able to do some good but really
nothing beats the experience that I want Austin to get. I love you guys a lot and it’s nice to know you guys don’t live on the east coast.

Tell the ward I’m thinking about them and that I know for sure that their sons and daughters in Brazil are being taken care of. People
here are really nice. You get fed well, I mean look at how much weight I gained in criciúma because of the food I was eating. So the
pictures today are this.

1. The Wedding invitation that was made for our baptism(they’re poor and her dream was to have a wedding with invitations and a cake and the ward has really pulled together to help.)
2. Just one of the pictures of them
3. Is a picture of this lady from the area where my comp used to live.
4. She was selling food he hadn’t eaten in a long time so we took a picture of the food.

-the bun was made of mashed and fried white beans
-it had shrimp (the part i didnt like)
-a pepper sauce
-and mashed veggies/roots

My comp asked her for photo which was funny because this other lady that was from the same area came up and was……well crazy to say the least but she took the photos for us so it was nice. Well that’s about it for me see you guys and stay safe.

Love,
Elder Fullmer

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