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Elder Austin Fullmer – Should I be my brother’s keeper?

Family & Friends,
I hope this week was a good one for you. It was pretty good here in Annaberg. We were sort of all over are area again. I really like being able to get out of Annaberg itself. It feel like every single one of the 22,000 citizens in Annaberg have already been spoken to by other missionaries. We were able to finally find some new people to teach. We met with Frau Küchler and her friend Jürgen. They both live in Cranzal which is a smaller town three stops down the train line from us. It was a cool lesson. We are trying to set up another appointment, so I hope that works out.
We are trying to meet with a lot of the older members in the ward too. We meet every week with two older members that both live in different types of assisted living. The woman can’t read anymore and can’t come to church so we read from the Book of Mormon out loud with her. The man comes to church, but really likes the missionaries. We go over to his apartment and play chess with him. This man has a brilliant mind even though he sort of had a mental break down a couple of years ago. I would have loved to see him at his prime. He speaks German, Russian, and English and translated for both Elder Oaks and Elder Nelson when they visted the DDR (Deutcher Demokratik Rebulik). He taught me how to say ‘I am a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ’ in Russian. I figured there were so many Russian speakers when I was in Bergedorf, that I should try to get that basic sentence down.
We had Zone Conference this week. It was pretty fantastic. I got to see Elder Stovall (which I guess is not that big of a deal because we see each other like twice a week), Sis Schaerr, and Elder Wride (Elder Wride was in my district in Bergedorf). We had a lot of good workshops, and President’s talk was way awesome!
I gave my second talk in German yesterday. The topic was ‘Soll ich meines Burder Hüter sein’ or ‘should I be my brother’s keeper’. It was pretty sweet. Way Way better then the talk I had to give my first Sunday in Germany. The funny thing was I got up there got two minutes into my talk before realizing that I had forgot my Bible, since all but one of my scripture references came from the Bible, I just laughed, told the congregations what was up and went back down to my seat and got my bible. All in all a success.
Good luck this week.
Peace,
tschüß,
Love,
Elder Austin Fullmer
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Elder Austin Fullmer – Enya

19 December 2011

Hallo,

We had Christmas Zone Conference this week. That means that my companion and I had to wake up at 5AM to get there. We got there pretty early. I would have been content with getting there 15 minutes early and thus being able to wake up at 6AM, but live and let live. A man on the street told me that the other day. I was really glad that I caught the saying when he said it in German. Leben und leben lassen. Sweet.  Anyways, we took the train from Annaberg-Buchholz to Chemnitz and then from Chemnitz to Leipzig. It took us just over two hours to get to the Leipzig Central Stations and then about 20 minutes with the street trains to get to the church building. I got to see Elder Burnett, one of my MTC companions, and Sister Shaerr, one of the sisters in my district at the MTC. I was so happy to see the two of them. Elder Burnett has been my favorite companion so far. The Assistants to the President and our Zone Leaders both gave a Thame (lesson / talk). Then we had a gift exchange. I thought it was going to be like a White Elephant exchange, but it was more like musical chairs. Before we started, Elder Burnett and I were talking about the gifts we brought. He didn’t tell me what he brought, but it was really cool the way it was wrapped. It was the shape of a pyramid. I told him that I was determined to get his gift. The funny thing was that I actually did. The even funnier thing was that when I opened it, I found that the pyramid part was just cardboard and that at the base was a tribute CD to Enya. It gave me a good laugh. He told me that the tribute band is actually pretty awful. I have listened to it yet. We will have to see.

The theme that our mission president gave was about love and charity. This week is the Advent of Love, so that is why he talked about love. He really talked about loving the people of German. You always hear about missionaries saying how much they loved the people of the place where they served. For some missionaries that is actually sort of hard, here in Germany at least. We get rejected so often that sometimes it is hard not to get frustrated. President Pimentel quoted something that the Prophet, President Hinkley said, something to the affect of, any man or woman who harbors any sort of resentment or unkind thoughts for another race cannot be considered a disciple of Christ. Food for thought.

We have transfer calls this week. They are on Friday because Saturday is Christmas Eve. Pretty excited to see what happens. I have a thought that I might be doing a one hit wonder here in Annaberg. One transfer and then out. But really I have absolutely no idea. So mal sehen. We’ll see.

Last thing, I have been reading the last session of General Conference (the biannual conference that my church has that is broad casted all over the world to members) because I didn’t get to see it back in October and when finally got our copy of the talks at Zone Conference. I really, really liked a talk by Elder Cook. It was about trials. He said, “Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith or of an imperfection in our Father in Heaven’s overall plan. The refiners fire is real, and the qualities or character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purity us and prepare us to meet God.”

Merry Christmas. Schönes Weinachtszeit.

peace,

tschüß,

love,

Edler Austin Arthur Fullmer

Elder Austin Fullmer – Fullmer Family Bran Muffins

Hallo!

First, Mom, I love the cookbook\notebook that you sent me with all of your recipes. I don’t know why I haven’t kept you up to date with my cooking adventures, but I thought I would take a moment and share. To date I have made: Pasta, Sausage and Veggies; Chicken Noodle Casserole; Broccoli Cheese Soup; Chili; German Potato Salad and Wursts; Tuna Salad; Baked Potatoes; Egg Salad; Pancakes; Biscuits; Fullmer Family Bran Muffins; Gravy; and Camping Cookies. Wow. I was so tired of eating Spaghetti. Seriously, that is all that missionaries eat, and it was basically the only thing that Elder Lingard and I ate until I got the recipes. Way better. A few quick stories in relation to this food. I actually made the camping cookies this past week. We have been meeting with two younger kids Elias and Janos Jeromin (12 and 10). Their Mom is a member of the church, but really inactive. We found out that her two children wanted to be baptized. The problem was that they were never coming to Church and their Mom didn’t want us to meet in their house because it was always messy. So for a month we were meeting in a park nearby their house. Finally, it just seemed silly to keep meeting with them when their Mom wasn’t trying to help the situation. The mother is a single mom and super stressed out, so we took a couple of steps back. This past week, I baked those cookies, and Elder Guthrie and I wrote our testimonies out and with an invitation to Stake Conference: we dropped by their house and rang the door bell. She came to the door and was really happy to receive our gift. The woman literally looks like she is always about to cry. So I think we cheered up her day. I hope so, anyways. Hopefully they come to Stake Conference. We have it this weekend. It should be pretty cool.

This past week we had Zone Conference. We have a Zone Conference once a transfer during the fifth week of the transfer. This time the Zone Leaders called my companion and I and asked us to give a talk\workshop on Motivation. The ironic thing was that night I really need to think about motivation. That night we were halfway through the week of our door to door challenge. That night three old ladies told me that could not understand my accent, one man told us we would not have any success at this apartment building, and then another literally walked us out of his apartment building and told us to move on. I got the message. I needed to be thinking about motivation. The next week, I thought about this idea of motivation a lot. I sort of felt like I was back in LT.Halvorson’s Leadership and Organization Behavior class – mostly because we talked a lot about motivation. Elder Guthrie and I came up that a couple things that missionaries can use for personal motivation. First the ”whats”: music, the Scriptures, goals, and our testimonies. Second the ”whos”: our families, ourselves, our investigators, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Maybe some of these ideas can help you motivate yourselves this week. We used a scripture for the topic of ourselves and says, ”verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” Also, and the risk of sounding a little sacrilegious, I just thought of a cool quote. It come from a song that The Fray sings: ”Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” Good Job, The Fray. Right on the Money.

The rest of Zone Conference was way fun. I have made some good friends with Elders in the Hamburg Zone. The Neumünster Zone was also there, so I got to see Elder Turney. That was way fun. He was in my Golden group. We traveled to Germany together.

Well I love you all. Good luck with everything this week. Also, Aunt Jana, and Dad, be safe in the Middle East this week. You are actually closer to me there then the people in America. So you should count yourselves lucky, just saying.

The pictures are from some families in the congregation here.

peace,

tschüß,

love,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

 

Elder Austin Fullmer – Sommerfest

15 August 2011

Familie und Freunde,

I loved getting all your emails this week! It really lifts me up to hear from you all. Good news: President Pimentel announced a change in email policy. I am now allowed to email back if I receive an email. That means I can email people everyone back, when in the past I was only allowed to email my direct family. I still can not promise that I will be able to email everyone back every p-day. I only have so much time.

This week was pretty good. We had a lot of success. We challenged three people to baptism and all three agreed. One is a small family. Frau (Ms) Boysen and her son Maurice. They are really nice and absolutely love the missionaries. A little too much almost. They came to church this Sunday which is really good because they can be a little flaky. They really love the geminde (ward in German), which is really good. After a while as missionaries we will be switch to a different area, so we are working really hard are trying to get geminde members to come with us to teach. The other investigator that has a baptismal date is Herr (Mr) Wegner. He is pretty cool, but honestly a little foreboding to me. Not that he is scary, he is just really intelligent and uses a lot of large German words. I can hardly understand normal speakers let alone German intellects. Nevertheless, he is a really cool guy. We meet him at his garden which is really close to the church. It is really beautiful. He has been coming to church for the last three weeks. He is super solid.

Last night we met at a Wohnung Gemindshaft. It is a big apartment in which many people live. This apartment has five people: three young single adults and a young married couple. They are all really solid in their faith. We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and why we need it in addition to the Bible. They ask a lot of hard questions, but it really shows their genuine interest. On Saturday our ward had their annual Sommerfest. Which is exactly what the name says, a summer party. It was a really great opportunity to talk to and enjoy the company of the ward members. Germans like to have fun and they like to feed me delicious German food. It was awesome.

Last Thursday was probably one of my favorite days since I have been here. We had Zone Conference. It was really awesome. There are eight Zones in my mission and we meet as couples for Zone Conference. I am in the Hamburg Zone, so we met with the Neumünster Zone. It was a really refreshing opportunity. At the MTC you are with a 2500 other missionaries all day every day, but most of the time out here in the field it is just you and your companion. I am the only Golden in the Hamburg Zone, but their are two Goldens in the Neumünster Zone, so I got to see both Elder Turney and Elder Cloward. So cool. President and Sister Pimentel were their and both gave talks. It was really good to see them and feel their love for us. At Zone conference you hear from the assistants to the President, and your zone leaders. Also we have a big lunch. I got to talk with Elder Turney and Elder Cloward during lunch.

I love you all!

Love,

auf Wiedersehn,

Peace,

Elder Austin Arthur Fullmer

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