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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

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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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Sad for the Sayers so that’s why Hillary never answered more than one of my letters but that’s really sad for Shelby. She was so nice. As for me after office hours i get to be a regular missionary. Should be cool right but it just kinda sucks to leave and go out. Some days you’re just really tired. We’re working on a lot here. We’re trying to change the way our mesadas(allowance) works and that’s a pain but after its done i won’t have to do so many reimbursements and as well were working on getting all of the water and electricity bills paid by me so that’s been a bigger hassle but will be good as well. We live in an apartment building a ways away from the mission home. We have a dryer…a dryer mom I’m so happy hehe. As for my comp he does the same thing but he buys passages, makes what we call DVD power (DVD with video clips to help us teach), all the travel stuff. So he’s doing things when I’ve got my stuff. I think by the end of this week hopefully I’ll be doing all of this stuff by my own.

Well The English classes are going good. The ward here is a little better but it’s really weird being out of a small town. Criciúma was big but still felt really small. The apartment buildings are dumb i don’t like them at all. It’s hard to do the work here but like you are going to see we have a lot of not favelas but barrios that don´t have the apartment buildings. My new comps a little odd but i like him. He’s had a hard life and I’m surprised he’s even out here so that’s really good. I don’t have a whole lot this week. WE don’t teach a lot but it think we’re going to have a wedding/baptism in October. That’s crazy but he’s stopping his marijuana habit and here coffee habit is coming a long a little slower but were working.

The hardest part of Brasil is that no one is married. Marriage is nothing here and it’s really sad but this is happening worldwide.

I’ll talk about the pictures right now. So the picture of the rock was we were walking along a “beach” to get to a recent converts house cause were now teaching his mom. So i decided to take pictures and I’m not sure my comp was happy but there was nowhere to contact and no one to talk to so i stopped. The same with the other beach picture.

The next two one is of a hill we went up and then the other is of the backside of that hill. It killed me and my comp was like “wow i didn’t think it was going to be this bad. It was crazy but the back side was kinda cool looking.

I don’t have too much more to say. I love you guys. I hear that Austin’s doing well. There’s a guy Elder Eide whose serving in my mission who has a friend who is one of the APs in the Frankfurt mission i don’t know if that’s Austin’s or not i can’t remember right now. I love you guys a lot. One phrase that we say a lot is ” Fica Firme” and I like it a lot more than what is in English “stay strong” I don’t have any doubt you guys won’t have any problems but like with Shelby anything can happen.

Eu sei essa vida é dificul as vezes mas nós temos que fica firme. Sé nós não podemos fazer isso essa vida não vai vale a pena. Que dor na? Realmente eu tenho um conhecimento que eu tenho que servir aqui eu não sei por que mas eu sei isso. Jesus cristo sofre para todos nós e agora nós temos que fazer todas as coisas certas. Eu amo portuguese e eu quero usar portuguese para minha vida entera não sei como mas eu vou. Eu te amo.

 

E. Fullmer