Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas (December 26, 2011)

Dear Fullmer Family,

Merry Christmas! It was so great to be able to Skype with you yesterday! It was so great to see how great all of you are doing and how happy you all are. I love you all so much and it definitely made my Christmas talking to you all. Sorry but I dont think my email will be very long today... I pretty much told you everything yesterday that I would have put in this email. But I do have a few things to say that I forgot to tell you yesterday.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Well one thing that I forgot to tell you is that last Thursday we had our mission conference where I was able to talk to Elder Reidhead. He told me some very great news. He first told me that the couple we were teaching in Riverside Park got married and baptized last weekend. Now their son was planning to get baptized yesterday. I'm sure that he did! He sounded like he was super excited to get baptized! I love the feeling knowing that someone I found ended up getting married! I was ecstatic! They're doing really well.

You asked some questions about the man who committed to be baptized. He has been taught just about everything, been to church 3 or 4 times, but just wasn't quite ready a little while ago. Now he is. He's about 50 years old and is from Venezuela. I'm really excited to be able to teach him this week!

So for the song at mission conference, we sang a quartet (Were You There on that Christmas Night) . It sounded pretty good I think...
Also at mission conference, President Anderson spoke and one of the quotes he quoted said,
"Not that which we give, but what we share,—
For the gift without the giver is bare;
Who bestows himself with his alms feeds three,—
Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me"

It was a very nice story that he told. Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year and I loved being able to share it with all of you! Please keep me in your prayers! I love you!
-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, December 19, 2011

One week till Christmas

Dear Fullmer Family,
Well this week has been a pretty good one! It's so weird that Christmas is just around the corner! Thank you so much for the packages that you sent to me. The appartment looks (and sounds) more like Christmas, thanks to the iPod. I'm actually surprised how much i like the David Archie music. You know me too well. I love the song "Los pastores a belen" It's fun to understand music in Spanish. The cat and mouse song is also very nice! Thanks for sending the Christmas music!

So for next week "the skype party!" we'll probably be skyping about 5:00 FL time. I'm not sure what time that is in UT... but hopefully that'll work out. We have it all planned out with the Bishop so I'm really looking forward to it! I can't wait to see all of your faces! I don't know if it would be possible but could you set the computer up in the living room so I can see the tree and the village? That's something I really miss. Haha. But if it's not possible don't worry about it.

This past week in our ward we had a fiesta and it was so much fun! It was planned to start at 7:00 but it didn't actually start until about 8:30 which was disappointing because we had to leave at 9:00. However for that 30 minutes it was a lot of fun! We had about 15 investigators come! All of them pretty much showed up on time so by the time 7:30 came along we had more investigators there than members! Haha. It was fun though. One of the families that came we met the day before. We were knocking doors and we had one extra invitation left and we met this woman. I had the thought to ask her, 'Are you doing anything tomorrow night?" She said no so we invited her to come. At about 7:10 the next night, the night of the party, we got a call which said, "We're here! Where are you?" We went out in the hall and saw this family. They are such a cool family who loved the party! They want to come to church and have us come over to teach them! I'm really excited to be able to teach them.

The family that we brought the tree to... We haven't really been able to visit them much because of conflicting schedules but they did come to the party the other night and loved it! We're planning to see them tonight thought and so hopefully everything is going well with them!

We had something really funny happen last night. So as we were visiting a recent convert family last night we rode our bikes over there and put them where the missionaries always put them. However we forgot to lock them up... So as we were teaching them in the living room, the daughter said, "Who is that by your bikes?" The next thing I know is that my companion is outside saying, "Hey! What are you doing?" I'm grateful that I have him as my companion. He's a big guy! Haha. It was pretty funny but now we know that we need to always lock up our bikes! My companion was out of that door so fast! Haha.

Anyways, I love this time of the year. It seems like more people are more receptive to listening to us during this time of the year... (We're at the library and there is Nat King Cole in the's now Christmas!) :) I love being a missionary! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that he came and he will come again soon! I know that this gospel is true and that our family is forever! Hasta Domingo cuando podemos ver cada otro! Les amo mucho y no puedo esperar! Have a great Christmas week!
-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekly Update December 12th

Dear Fullmer Family,

Another week has passed and I can't believe December is almost halfway over. It just seemed like yesterday it was the middle of August. It definitely doesn't seem like Christmas time considering that there
isn't snow and not a Christmas tree. My companion and I wanted to get a Christmas tree but realized it would be a little difficult to get it to our appartment on bikes... We're still considering it but nothing has been done yet :) 

We are getting along really well! He's such a hard worker and just loves the work! It's been really great! I asked him if his family knows the England's and he said that they do! What a small world. Well speaking of Christmas we went last Monday to the home of our investigators with a tree in hand. We went out with the Bishop that night to buy a Christmas tree and it was a very special night. We taught about Jesus' birth before and said, "We need to go grab something." We walked in with a Christmas tree and all of their faces just lit up! They were talking to us saying that they were wanting to get one but because of their situation they wouldn't be able to this year. The mom started to cry because of how happy she was! It was really so special to help them feel the Christmas Spirit. They are doing well! We found out more about their situation and it might be a
little while until they get baptized... Looks like we're going to have a wedding before they get in the water :) No one is ever married! But I absolutely love that family!

North Miami Beach is awesome! I love being back in Miami. To answer one of the questions asked, my apartment is about 20-25 miles away from my first one. It's great being here! This past week we did a lot of Harvesting and ended up with a total of 22 blessings that we left in the homes of investigators. More than I've had in a while! IT was great. One downside of this area is that there are a lot of Jewish people here who really don't want to listen to us. But we're still working trying to help them find the truth. A few of them let us come in a leave a blessing so we'll see how that goes. 

The members here are really awesome! Their first concern is if we've eaten and if we say we have they feed us anyways... I've been gaining weight... Luckily I'm riding bikes a lot and working it off! Haha. Speaking of riding bikes, one of the days this week we rode for about 31 miles... We usually average about 20 miles a day so that's been quite a bit of exercise! It's great though.

I'm glad that you were able to get the pictures of the shoes. I asked the Bishop if he could send some pictures of my shoes and he said, "Sure! Take them off and put them on the dash!" Our Bishop is so awesome! He lives in the same appt complex and us and is always there to help us out. One real big blessing is our appt here in this area. It is HUGE! I have my own walk in closet and my own bathroom! It's not fair how spoiled we are in this mission but i'm not complaining~! HAha.

So the MoTab concert is this week huh? Too bad you didn't get tix. Who is the guest this year? Josh Groban? it couldn't be because he's waiting until I come home so we can be duet guests with motab... JK! HAaha. But hopefully you'll be able to get some surprize tix!

So about the phone call on Christmas. So skype is allowed and we have it all set up with the Bishop. Our church is from 9-12 but we'll have to check to see if there is a special schedule for Christmas but i'll
find out and let you know. What is the skype info so we can add you as a friend?

Well I know that the Lord loves us and is guiding us. He is mindful of EVERY situation and is guiding our steps if we only let Him in. I have seen many miracles while I'm on my mission and I know that the Lord
has many things in store for me. We had interviews this past week with President Anderson and he said that he sees many gifts and talents that are very unique to me. He told me how he's noticed how easily I
show my love to others and help them feel comfortable. I never really thought about that before but I'm grateful for this gift that God has given me to be able to show the love that I have for those who are in
my life. I love you all with all my heart and I know that our family is forever! It's hard being away at this time but as I work with all of my heart, might and strength, I know that the Lord is helping me and blessing all of us! There is no where I'd rather be than here and there is nothing I'd rather be doing than helping others come unto Christ! Have a great week and I love you lots!

-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, December 5, 2011

Transfer Week December 5th

Dear Fullmer Family,

Well as I was just finishing up my email it got erased so I get to write it again... Sorry if it isn't very good but I'm running out of time! gotta love technology!

Well to start off, my new companion is from a city in Utah. He has been out for about 4 months and has a lot of energy and I'm so excited to be able to work with him. I am right now in North Miami Beach and I love it so much! My ward that I am in is so incredible with a lot of loving members willing to do pretty much anything for the missionaries! I know that there is a lot of potential in this area and I'm excited to be able to help so many people come unto Christ!

It sounds like you've all had a pretty crazy week as well. The weather sounds pretty tough. I hope everything works out alright and that everyone will be safe... Especially my car :) I saw that the fence his the T! The weather here has been just about as bad as yours... 75 degrees and sunny... with a slight breeze. It's been horrible. So it's not so bad being in an all bike area in December. My area is one of the largest all bike area in the mission. There aren't a lot of them
but I'm glad to be in it. It's fun to meet so many interesting people on the street along with getting some exercise. It's going to be a great transfer!

Yesterday we were actually blessed to be able to have a baptism! He's an incredible man! He had been taught for about 4 months and has had a baptismal date before but as it neared to
the date he got scared. The same thing was going to be happening and when we came to see him on Friday he tried to back out. I had known him for about three minutes and I knew that he was ready! As we started to talk with him he said he didn't feel ready to get baptized. For some
reason I didn't worry about him not getting baptized. The Spirit confirmed to me that he is ready and to give him a push. As i prayed about it I got the thought, "if you don't push him, you will regret it for the rest of your life..." So I followed the prompting and gave him a little push. The scripture in D&C 82:10 came to mind and i told him that if he got baptized on Sunday the Lord would immediately bless him. He has to! With other stuff that we told him being guided by the
Spirit and praying to ask if he should get baptized on Sunday he asked, "What do I need to do to get baptized?" We got an interview set up for him that night and he got baptized yesterday by my companion! It was a great experience!

Yesterday we were able to got watch the Devotional and it was a great experience! I don't have time to really go into it but it was a very spiritual experience. We have some other investigators who I really love! They are a family of 6 and the kids are adorable. They've been having a really hard time financially so I don't think they'll have much for Christmas. We're going to surprise them with a Christmas tree tonight :) SHhh... I'm really excited for it! i LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

It's cool to hear that Bob Wilkinson is coming to Miami! Unfortunately I can't plan to meet up with them. They would have to drop off the package at the mission office. I would love to see them but it's just one of those rules...

Thanks for the iPod as well... But there were only four songs on it... I don't know if that was the plan but they were great songs! I'm going to send it back home today and I don't know if you could put more Christmas songs on it? that would be great!

I've been thinking about Christmas ideas and some things came to mind...(He sent some gift ideas) 

Well that's all I've got here! I love you all so much and I know that this work is the work of the Lord! This is the season of giving and I love giving the best give of all! Love you lots!
-Elder David B. Fullmer