Posts Tagged ‘ Travel ’

Elder Austin Fullmer – Pecan Ketchup

8 August 2011

Family and Friends,

I love you all so much. This computer is making me crazy because the y key and the z key are switched. Silly Germans. I love getting all off you emails. Cori, I loved the pictures and I wish you and everyone else luck in the last parts of swab summer. You will all be great. Melissa, thanks for the update. I too have yet to get the new Death Cab for Cutie CD. Unfortunately it is going to be at least two years before I get it. Think of me when you listen to it. Aunt Sarrah, as always you are the best. Uncle Bill, thank you for your letters too!

So second P-day in Deutschland. It is good. First I want to say Happy Birthday to two very important people: Trenton Fullmer and Cate Giguere. You are both AWESOME and I love you both. I hope you 14th and 20th respectivley are great. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Trenton and Cate. Happy Birthday to you. The thing with that song is that it has an unnecessary amount of the letter y in it. I typed z every single time. 🙂

Germany is great. I continue to learn a lot about the language. My favorite day this week was when I got to go on exchanges. My companion is District leader and so the Zone leaders have to do exchanges with us. I went up to the Hamburg area and was companions with Elder Thorley for 24 hours. It was a great experience. It was nice to be companions with someone new for a day. Elder Lingard is great, but he and Elder Thorley have very different priorites. So it was nice to see a different side of Missionary work. Elder Thorley concentrates a lot of finding. You know, just talking to people. I was really nervous when I heard that was what we were doing, but I sort of asked if we could do a lot of finding. Elder Lingard does not really like to talk to people on the street and I get really nervous to speak to people in German. Regardless, long story short, with Elder Lingard I ended up talking to like 30 people. I would be able to start the conversations and then Elder Thorley would finish them. Lets be honest though, most of these conversations were never really long. People are always busy here in Germany.

My compaion is a good guy. He is from Mesa, Arizona. He also is a Marine. Although he only ways like 10 pounds more than I do. He likes to concentrate a lot on teaching and having charity. That is the christ-like attribute is is always trying to work on. I am trying to get him to be more excited about finding and just talking to people. He has been on his mission here in Germany for a year and a half and is 21 next week.

On Saturday we did a lot of service. We went over to woman´s house who just recently lost her husband. Elder Lingard and I picked all the weeds from her Garden. That is sort of generous way to put it. It was not so much a Garden as a bed of weeds! 🙂 It was really great. I am glad that we could help her. Then we went over to the Richter´s home. They are this awesome couple in the ward that are ancient. Brüder Richter looks exactly like Bilbo Bagins from the Lord of the Rings. I might have already told you about them. We go to there home every Mitwoch, Wednesday, for lunch. They are super nice. They have tons of animals and a huge Garden. That is part of what we helped them with. Elder Lingard helped prune bushes and I swept the roof of their green house. Then they made us dinner. Fried egg sandwiches. A little bit of America. Except their ketchup. They have tomato ketchup, but they perfer their own type which they still call ketchup, but is actually made of pecans.

Usually we wake up at 0630. We have time to work out right when we wake up. It was pretty aweful, because I could not stay awake. I realized that if I did a set of push ups right off the bat then I would wake up. Then Elder Lingard and I take turns in the bathroom and eating breakfast. Then we have study time. Personal Study is from 0800 to 0900. Companionship study is from 0900 to 1000. Language study is from 1000 to 1100. I try to take this time really seriously. We try to leave the apartment by 1100. Then we have appoinments during the day. We have an eating appoinment about every other day and atleast one or two investigator appoinments everyday. Which is really nice. We get back to the appartment by 2100 and eat a light dinner, plan for the next day (sort of… Elder Lingard is not a huge fan of this), and get ready for bed. I usually right in my journal and then look up words in my notebook. When I hear a word that people use a lot in conversation that I do not know, I write it down and look it up when I get back to the apartment.

When we first got here in Germany, I recieved a debit card. 175€ are put onto the card at the beginning of each month. This is for food and other missionary needs. Any traveling we have to do (ie: train tickets) we send into the mission home to get reimbersed. It is really nice.

I love you all very much. As always feel free to email me at austin.fullmer@myldsmail.net or check out the blog at elderfullmer.wordpress.com. Pretty sweet. These emails get posted there.

Love,
auf Wiedersehn,
Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

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Elder Austin Fullmer – Plenty of air time

Dad, Mom, Family, and Friends,
Wir haben unsere Reisen Pläne gekriet! We got our travel plans! Wir werden nach Deutschland gehen! We are going to Germany. We are leaving Salt Lake City at 1115AM on Monday 25 July (a week from today!). Our flight is to Amsterdam, Neth. We should get there at 0805AM on 26 July. We think it is a 13 hour flight. Crazy. We leave Amsterdam at 1005AM and get to Berlin at 1120AM. I know there is a huge time difference, but when you look at the time it looks like we will be traveling for over 24 hours. I think it ends up being more like 18 or 19. That is still a lot though. I am really excited to be finally off to Germany. You should seen the 27 German speakers get their travel plans. The 9 missionaries in my district were ecstatic. I admit that I jumped up and down a couple of times. This week will begin to pack. Since we fly out on our p-day, we get to have another p-day on Saturday. So expect an e-mail then. I will probably do most of my packing then. I have ended up with a lot of stuff here, so I am going to have to get rid of something to make all my stuff fit in my suitcases.
This week I have been thinking a lot about consecrating our time to the Lord. We had a district meeting about this topic yesterday. A few thoughts came to my mind and I shared them. First, Doctrine and Covenants 58: 26-27 says we “should be anxiously engaged in a good cause…”. I’ve come to the conclusion that consecrating our time to the Lord means always trying to improve ourselves. Always trying and being and doing good. We all have so much potential. We need to live up to it. It reminds me of the parable of the talents that Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 14-30. We have been blessed with talents. We need to improve them and share them with others.
I am excited for everyone at the Academy. I think this will be the fourth week of Swab Summer. Good Luck! I hope that you are doing great. I with I was there with you. I also think that the Hurst Family Reunion is coming up quick (if not this week). I love you all there and I hope that you all have fun.
Lastly, I have recently fallen in love with Mormon.org. It is the coolest website ever! I gives so much good information and in such a simple and interactive manner. It is way cool. I would definitely suggest checking it out!
Love,
auf Wiedersehn,
Peace,
Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Austin Fullmer – Travel Plans

11 July 2011

 

Dad, Mom, and Family,

 

We get our travel plans in three days on Thursday! I honestly can’t believe that we will be leaving in two weeks from Today or Tomorrow. Wow! The oldest group of missionaries left the MTC today fro the Alpine German speaking Mission. That means my group of German speakers is the oldest in our Zone. I got released as District Leader. I suggested and President Dunn asked my companion Elder Burnett to be the next district leader. I really enjoyed being District Leader a lot. I hope I was a help and support of those in my district.

 

We got a new teacher. Bruder Evans got a new job at a Physical Therapy Clinic. I believe he will be a manager of some sort. He wants to go to Physical Therapy School so this is perfect for him. Our new teacher seems pretty awesome. His name is Bruder Luna (which reminded me immediately of both the moon and Luna Lovegood; thus, radishes as well). His German is amazing to listen to. He spent most of his mission in Southern Germany were we lived. So maybe that is why I love his dialect so much? He is an awesome teacher too. He made reflexive verbs seem kind of easy. Whey they are actually really hard.

 

I my have already said this, but the Provo Temple is closed fro the rest of July for cleaning. So we don’t get to go on P-days anymore. Luckily they asked my district to help clean next Monday. That should be a unique experience and I am looking forward to it. With the departure of German speakers, we got new Missionaries last Wednesday. Two of them are from the Air Force Academy. One did two years like me and the other only one. It was cool to talk to someone else who had experiences like mine.

 

The German is coming along (this just made me think of the India Flag, I think that is the right one…). It is still hard for me to hear and understand, but I am getting much better at speaking. We learn so much here. It is kind of amazing. I love you all and I hope this next week is great. Think of me on Thursday! Hopefully my district gets their travel plans that day!

 

Love,

auf Wiedersehn,

Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer