Posts Tagged ‘ Transfer ’

Elder Austin Fullmer – Christmastown

14 November 2011


I got transfered…. I have mixed feelings about it all. I absolutely love Bergedorf and Hamburg. I have really enjoyed my time and service here in Northern Germany. My ward is amazing and I know that I certainly have made connections here that will last for a very long time. So transfer call was on Saturday. President read off the transfers starting with Hamburg Zone and then going in Alphabetical order. So I found out very quickly that I was getting transfered. President said that Elder Guthrie would be getting a new companion in Bergedorf. So that took away some of the suspense. I knew that I was getting transfered. Then he went through all the other Zones. City after city based by and my options were limiting. I turned about that he got to the last Zone the Dresden, Germany Zone and my name still had not been called. The suspense was certainly building back up again. He went through each city and still my name was not being called. He got to the last district and then the last city. I was the last name that he said. So, I figure with this long explanation, you are also ready to hear where I am going. Annaberg, Germany.

I don’t really know a whole lot about this city, but here is what I do know. It is way little. Bergedorf is part of the second largest city in Germany, so that will be way different, to got to a really little town. Annaberg is really close to the border with the Czech Republic. I will be in another District with only four Elders. One of the Elders in the other city in my new District is Elder Stovall. Elder Stovall was one of my companions at the MTC. I am way excited to get to see him regularly for a couple of weeks. Also Elder Burnett, my other MTC companion, is in the Dresden Zone. I will get to see him at President Interview and Zone Conference. Lastly Annaberg has the nickname amongst the missionaries as Christmas-Town. Apparently my area is the hub of all things Christmas in Germany. I must admit, I am pretty excited about that.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity. To go on a Tausch (Exchange) with Elder Wride in Lauenburg. It was way cool. We taught a long time investigator named Walter. He has pictures with every single missionary that has ever entered his apartment. So we took a picture and I gave him my address. That evening we did street contacting in the Altstadt (the old town). The church that is old town was build in 1598. That’s right, before James Town. American is so young. We contacted into this man from Bayern which is Bavaria in English. We was way cool and got really excited when I told him that I was born in Bayern too. We talked with him about what were were doing and our message. In the end he did not want to take a copy of the Book of Mormon, but he did take our card. I am always amazed how Heavenly Father, but us where we need to be. I know that that German Truck Driver felt prompted to walk down to Altstadt and look at the beatiful Elbe River. We were supposed to find him there. I was able to place my Book of Mormon a few minutes later with this young guy who was just getting back from playing soccer. Hopefully he reads something and can feel the spirit. Also, as a side note: Lauenburg has a car and your American license is good for the first six months in Germany. So I got to drive the whole day since Elder Wride just hit his 6 month mark in Germany. I got to drive on the Autobahn. Sick.

I love you all. I hope that you have success this week. I have to pack today and then have a 5 hour long train ride to the former GDR, German Democratic Republic. Go Communism Go. That was a joke.

My Address in Annaberg is:

Elder Austin Fullmer

Karls-Eader-Strasse 25

09456 Annaberg-Buchholz


But as always the safer bet is the address at the mission home especially for things bigger than letters:

Elder Austin Fullmer

Deutschland Berlin Mission
Zerbster Strasse 42
12209 Berlin

Sweet. Talk to you later.




Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer


Elder Austin Fullmer – The love that Heavenly Father has

Familie und Freunde,

One more week in the transfer and thus, one more week as a Golden. wierd. I have already spent more time in Germany than I did at the MTC. The MTC seemed to go on forever while I was in it, but the time in Germany has flown. So we have transfer calls this Saturday. Either Elder Lingard or I are going to be transferred. I think it is a little more likely that Elder Lingard gets transferred because he has already been here in Bergedorf for three transfers, but he is district leader and he has stayed four transfers in every one of his transfers except for this Golden city. So I really wouldn’t be surprised either way. Honestly I would like to stay here in Bergedorf for another transfer, but you never know and it is the Lord through inspiration to President who decides anyways. Be ready for the news next Monday.

This past Tuesday was pretty interesting. First off we had five appointments. Only three of them went through, the other two either were not at home, or told us that they didn’t have interest anymore. We had one appointment with a woman from Ghana. Her name is Marie. She is what Germans call an auslander or foreigner. She like many auslanders lives in a community compound that is provided by the German government. It was crazy to see the poverty that some people live in. It was super humbling. The craziest part about it is that there are people in the world who live in such greater poverty that Marie does. We went from her house to the Urbanscyk family. They live a lifestyle quite different from Marie. Herr Urbanscyk is a layer and he and his wife live in a very wealth part of Hamburg. The stark difference really made me ponder my own blessings. We should be very grateful for all of the success that we have. One of my favorite parts of being on a mission is getting to know people. Seeing people in a light that I never have before. I hear so much about people’s lives, their worries, their faith, their families. There are so many people in this world and everyone has a story. I have grown in my testimony of the love that Heavenly Father has for every one of these people.

We had President Interviews this week. That is when our Mission President Interview every missionary in the mission. He spends a day in every Zone (some Zones combine). He was here with the assistants to the president (a set of missionaries who are called to support and help the president) in Hamburg on Friday. He gave a lesson on the Atonement and then interviewed everyone individually while we went to different workshops. It was good. My testimony of the Atonement was strengthened. I hope that you all have a fantastic week and lots of success. Remember how blessed we are!




Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer