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Elder Austin Fullmer – Annaberg-Buchholz

Hallo,

Well guys, I am officially not in Bergedorf / Hamburg any more. I can’t believe that my last email actually was written in Bergedorf. I feel like I have been in Annaberg for a long time already. The city of Annaberg-Buchholz is beautiful. We are right next to the Czech Republic in the Mountains. It pretty much went down like this: some German a thousand years ago was hiking through the mountains and thought to himself this mountain top is pretty…. let’s build a city right here on top. I think it is beautiful. It is a quite a change from Bergedorf. Hamburg is really just a German version of NYC or Chicago. Annaberg has a population of about 22,000 while Begedorf itself has about 222,000. The Annaberg area is also about three or four times the size of the Bergedorf area.

The Ward here is awesome. It is a really big Ward for how small the population is. We have about 80 to 100 active members every Sunday. That is way bigger than the Ward in Bergedorf where we had about 40 people each Sunday. Elder Van Miltenburg and I sing in the choir here. And this Saturday the Ward Choir is singing at the opening of the Weinachts Markt, the Christmas Mart. I am way excited about it, but also way nervous. Sister Richter the Choir director was sort of really, really excited when she heard Elder Van Miltenburg and I singing before choir practice. She promptly declared that is was wonderful that she had two missionaries that could sing and gave us to duets to sing at the performance. Meine Gute. We are singing Jingle Bells and The First Noel. It is this Saturday. I will let you know how it goes.

So this week is Thanksgiving, I think. I think it is the third Thursday in November. No one here celebrates Thanksgiving. It is way American. So my district is celebrating it today. I have a small district again. Only four elders ( side note: Elder Stovall one of my MTC Companions is in my district. Way Cool). After this Elder Van Miltenburg and I are going to go buy food and then we are all going to cook it together. I would like to take a moment to think about the things that I am grateful for. 1. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2. I get to spend Christmas in Annaberg, Germany. 3. I have an awesome family that loves me. 4. I have amazing friends all over the county (Connecticut, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Utah and Michigan to name just a few). 5. I was privileged to attend the USCGA for two years. 6. I have an awesome ward and stake president in both Connecticut and Michigan. 7. I am starting to understand German better. 8. Prayer is real.

The pictures. The first one is of me in the Harbor in Hamburg. You might think me a nerd, but I say that Buoy and I thought, ‘oh my goodness I buoy. I want to be an a buoytender some day.’ so… I took a picture with the German buoy. The second is of me and me last companion. I finally got him to take a picture with me. I think you can tell that Elder Guthrie does not like taking pictures with me. The third picture is of my new desk in Annaberg.

Also I the address I gave you was sort of wrong. I talked with Elder Van Miltenburg over the phone to get it and I heard him wrong. I accidentally wrote E instead of B in the street name. Also there are no dashes. So here is the correct address:

 

Elder Austin Fullmer

Karlsbader Strasse 25

09456 Annaberg-Buchholz.

 

If you already sent something it will probably get to me anyways.

You guys are awesome. Good luck this week and for you all at the Academy: two day ’til Thanksgiving break. You made it.

Peace,

tschüß,

Love,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

elderfullmer.wordpress.com

mormon.org


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Elder Tyler Fullmer – Arrival at Criciúma

I got sent to Criciúma and its way nice here. I love it. I’m going to try to send pictures in a separate email. I haven’t had time to take some here, but I’ll send some I took from the CTM.

The only letters I’ve gotten here so far were ones that got sent to Provo after I left. They got sent on to the mission, not the CTM… haha… so I got a couple old ones and no packages have made it through yet.

I’m Really glad I did not get sent to Floripa. They call my Zone the pit, says my comp, but the area is one of the best in the mission. Sadly yes, my mission president is going to change in a couple of weeks, but he’s been good and the mission has been improving massively. He’s also close to having to shut his job down. It’s gone down the toilet since he’s been on his mission. So that’s kind of sad, but you can really see that they love the missionaries they work with. We’re all going to miss them.

Well I had my first lesson a couple days ago and not much to say there, because I didn’t say a word.  I had my First ward activity and that was way cool. Broke my shoes in playing soccer, and no shock, was being beaten by 12 year olds. We had some good old fashioned churasco(bbq) I hope that’s how you spell it.  It was way good.

We haven’t had too many investigators lately.   They, the previous elders(and my comp admits it), focused a little too much on four people that were close to baptism, and they were baptized.  We have been working hard to find new investigators though.

Yesterday was interesting. It was the 50th anniversary of the church here, so the two wards had a special meeting.  Oh there’s 2 areas and 6 missionaries( 4 elders in my area and 2 sisters in the rich part). It was cool, I didn’t get a whole lot out from it, but it was cool to see. Then we had lunch, which is a topic of interest.  We have very small breakfasts, huge lunches, and no dinner, but we have a snack at like 930 or 10pm when we get back. The members do a lot for us and we do eat a lot. They say we never eat dinner, but members feed us, or investigators feed us, so we do get a lot of food.   Its always really good.

So we taught a lesson to a inactive family. We got invited over for cake and my comp started in about the sacrifices of the early members in Criciúma and moved into Joseph Smith and the early members, and that temples are so important.  He put in a DVD clip from “The prophet of the restoration”, great movie, and at that point one of the daughters started getting teary and I knew I had to think of something and prayed for the spirit. Well, the movie got done and I know I’ve got to say something, so I break out D&C 124:135 I believe, where it mentions David Fullmer, and talked about the early church, our family, and temples. Which in and of itself is not crazy, but I was near tears, half the family was crying, and I didn’t stutter, I spoke correctly and without mistake. I can’t do it now and the only explanation was that the spirit gave me what I needed to say.

And so here I am on a computer in a lanhouse(an internet cafe without food) telling you that it’s all good here. I know I’m out doing God’s work no matter how many people look at me like I’m crazy.

I love you guys, I’ll email you next week, bye.

Elder Fullmer

*****Note*****
So he did send pictures, but in a weird nonformat.  Sooooooo…..still no pics.  I emailed back that he needs to send them again, but he needs to upload them in jpeg.  It’s killing me to have NO pictures.  Sigh!
Karli