Monday, March 26, 2012

Moving and new apartment pictures

Weekly Update: March 26th

Dear Fullmer Family,
Como estan? I hope you all are doing fantastically well! I love you all and I really hope you're doing well! This past week has been another fantastic one! As a zone we were able to have 6 baptisms and 29 investigators at church! It was fantastic! As a mission we are sitting at 88 baptisms for the month of March and we just need 12 baptisms on Saturday to hit the goal of 100! It's looking that it's going to happen.

We are finally all moved in and confortable in our new apartment. It is super nice and I really hope i never leave it! Haha. I've got pictures to send (which are posted on the blog)

Everything's been going pretty well for our investigators as well! However we had an interesting thing happen this past week as we visited with one of our investigators and her family. So, on Monday we went over for our appointment and guess who was there?.... Their pastor from their other church. We walked in the apartment and the feelings that we felt were absolutely terrible. He looked like he wanted to kill us! He was wanting to fight over everything but we knew that wouldn't help at all and would most likely hurt a lot of things! We don't teach anything, the Spirit teaches everything. If the Spirit is not there we can't do anything. So we asked if we could come by another time and then we left. We were kind of confused about what to do but the next lesson we taught was super spiritually powerful! They know what they need to do, now they have to choose. It's one of the hardest things to do. I don't know when they'll get baptized, hopefully this next weekend, but they will get baptized. Three of them came to church yesterday and the grandma, bore her testimony of the power of Jesus Christ. It was amazing to see! I also bore my testimony of an experience that I had this past week... Drum roll please....

So last Monday, we got a call from a member of another ward saying someone got in a car accident and was in the hospital close to our house. We called the mom of the boy to see when she would like us to come and give him a blessing. We set it for 7:00. Since the lesson with our other investigator that night ended quite abruptly we headed over a little earlier than planned. The minute we walked in the door someone came up to us and asked, "You're here to give a blessing to my mom right?" We said, "Yep!" We had no idea who that was but he waited for us as we checked in and followed him to the room. We came in and everyone in the room was crying. They saw us and smiled. The mother was very old and was very sick... She had been praying for someone to come and give her a blessing. When she told us what her name was, it was not the name of the person we were called to give a blessing. We gave the blessing and they asked how we knew she was in the hospital. We said we didn't but the Lord did. It was so cool to be used by the Lord to answer a prayer in need. We were right where we needed to be at the exact moment! It's incredible how the Lord works things out. Later we blessed the young man who was in the car accident and after we left that, the mother asked us if we could go to the other boy who was in the car at the same time. Both were in ICU. It was a very special experience!

On Saturday we went over to teach a man we are teaching and it was one of the most different surprises I've ever had on my mission. We came over and he had three pictures with him... They were of his baptism when he was 14 years old. He forgot he got baptized but apparently he's a member! Haha. Pretty crazy. Now we need him to come back to church.

Yesterday the Bishop came up to us and commented again how much he loved the musical number we did the other week and asked if we could sing again on Easter Sunday. Do you have any ideas of anything we could sing?

Well as you can tell it's been a very busy week! It's been a really great one. I cannot wait for this next week as we have General Conference. I have been praying a lot about having spiritual experiences and answers to my prayers this conference and I know all of the above will happen. I can't wait for the opportunity to hear the words of the Prophet. Being on a mission, the love that I have for General Conference has increased so much and I hope you all have the desire and a listening ear and heart for this next weekend. Search for the answers to the questions that you have. If you listen, every question will be answered! I promise you that.

I love all of you so very much and I pray for you all! You are so special to me! I know that the Lord is listening to every one of our prayers and He answers them. We don't know when or how but He always does. President Monson said, "There is nothing more gratifying to have a prompting from the Spirit and to act upon it and to later find out that you were used as an answer to someone's prayer." I love the Lord and I hope He knows if He has something that needs to be done, David Fullmer is ready. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekly update - March 19, 2012

Hello Fullmer Family! How is everyone doing? This past week was amazing! Well not necessarily in our personal area but in the zone it was fantastic! We were able to once again get 30 investigators at church, which for the past 4 week average in our zone it is 26 inv @ church which has never happened before. And the investigators aren't just coming to church but they're also getting baptized! We had three baptisms this past week and like 5 for next weekend! Everything is going really well! Sorry that this letter is a little later than usual... We moved apartments this morning. Happy P day activity! I'm exhausted! However it went very smoothly. We had a lot of help this morning from the Sister Missionaries who sacrificed part of their P Day to help us out! We're so greatful for their help! They were incredible. So at 6:45 this morning, us and the 4 sisteYrs went to work. It's a pain to move but the new apartment is so nice! I love it! It'll be a nice change. This past week we were priveliged to hear from Elder Walter F. Gonzales at a zone conference and also at church on Sunday! He's such a funny guy! Whenever he was looking up a scripture, while he was turning the pages he would always say... "I hope it's still here..." Everyone was laughing! But he talked to us about the power that the Book of Mormon brings to the lessons. He said, "Your lessons need to be flooded with the Book of Mormon... but to be able to flood your lessons, your mind needs to be flooded with it first!" He's an amazing man! While he was at church, well he wasn't able to make it to our sacrament meeting.. but I would always pass him in the halls. Whenever I would pass him he's say, "Elder Fullmer, I'm still here..." Every time he'd say, "You thought you got rid of me Elder Fullmer but I'm still here..." In sacrament meeting, since it was invitation Sunday it was focused on missionary work. My companion spoke along with Sister Lake. Then My companion and I sang a musical number. We sang "The Olive Tree" It sounded pretty good I think. Our voices blend very well together. I hadn't sung in such a long time that my vocal cords were out of shape but I think I didn't well with such little practice. A yw in the ward played the accompaniment and it sounded really nice! Unfortuneately we didn't have many gators at church... we only had 3 but they all really enjoyed it which is what counts. We were expecting about 13 but last minute Satan worked on them... Darn Satan... Next week we'll get them though. This past week we've been focusing a lot on gratitude. We actually had a gratitude fast as a zone this past Friday which was really special. I've never done that before... just fasting to give thanks without asking for anything. I encourage you all to try it! It's incredible! That's so cool to hear about the iMac that Stephen fixed! I knew he's do it eventually! And that's also cool to hear about Sam running for Assemblies. He'll do amazing! Keep me updated! The investigator who accidentally went to the Baptist church last week is doing really well! He has a lot of questions about organized religion and why it's important. He would have come to church yesterday but he got sick... He'll come next week! Our Cuban family of our investigator are doing well! Beatris' niece Diana is incredible! It's like having a member with us when we teach Beatris. They were saying how they weren't sure about going to church and she said, "Their church is better than yours... Go to theirs! Haha. She came last week but the rest of the family didn't because they went to a water park... She's gunna get baptized really soon! Well... There's not much more to say today. I'm tired and i'm ready for bed! It's only 3:00 but I'll probably be taking a nap when I get home! I love you all so very much! Talk to you soon! -Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekly Update - March 11th 2012

Hola La Familia Fullmer!
Como estan? This week has been another fantastic week in Miami! The
weather has been really nice with some rain here and there, which
doesn't bother me because we are in a car. :) This has been one of the
best weeks of my mission.

So since we did so well as a zone this past week in bringing investigators
to church by getting 26, we bumped up the goal to get 35, which is almost
double the amount of the old record from the past year... Well we didn't
exactly hit it, but we were able to come together to bring 30 investigators
at church. We were the highest in the mission by far! I am so proud of all of the
missionaries in my zone and I love working with them.

Funny story by the way. We were out in the area of one of the companionships
helping them plan for the next week and one of the missionaries,
who lives in SLC, actually on 13 east and 19 south went to East
High School. It turns out that he was in choir there and what's even
weirder is that we both sang in that tri school choir with West, East
and Highland. I even think we sat within like 4 people of each other.
How crazy is that?! Well anyways I'm very proud of the zone and what
we're doing. We had 3 baptisms as a zone and we are looking forward to
the next few weeks where we will be having quite a few baptisms. Gotta
love missionary work.

One of our investigators had a really spiritual experience
yesterday. So funny story... We called him around 10 o clock to remind
him about church at 11 and we woke him up. Day
light savings had its
effect on multiple people yesterday. Well he said he'd be coming but
would be a few minutes late. So we waited for him outside in the foyer
but never came... So after the sacrament, which we had in the foyer,
we went inside and we were with our other 5 investigators at church.
However at the end of sacrament meeting we got a call from him who
said, "I'm outside." So we went outside and he came up to us saying,
"Guys, you'll never believe what happened." So it turns out that he
put the address in his GPS but instead of taking him to our church it
took him to a Baptist Church. Ours is hard to find because it's
covered with trees... So he went there thinking it was ours and then
realized after the service that we weren't there and it was a Baptist
church. But he showed up afterwards and stayed for Priesthood and
Sunday school.

In Priesthood we had one of the best lessons that I've
had in my entire mission. At the beginning, a recent convert was
conferred the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained a Priest by another
recent convert who was baptized about 6 months ago. It was a really
cool thing to be able to see. Then the Elder's Quorum President
taught very simply about the Priesthood and what just happened. It was
such a powerful lesson and our investigator was hit by a wall of Spirit. It was
incredible. He was pretty much speechless by the end of the lesson and
said he was definitely coming back for the first hour next week. It
was such a great experience for me and for our investigator.

This past week we were able to give many Priesthood blessings which
has strengthened my testimony of the Power of the Priesthood. One of
which was a call that we got asking if we could come to the emergency
room immediately. We cancelled everything that we had to run over to
the hospital. It was a young man who had an internal blockage in his
stomach or something like that. Before we got there he was just
screaming because of pain. As we got there we gave him a blessing of
health. It's incredible how peaceful he was after the blessing and how
his family was so filled with hope that everything would be alright. I
feel so blessed to have the confidence that the Lord has in me to hold
this sacred authority. It makes me want to be a better person to be
able to help those whenever they need it.
This past week we found a really cool family! It's kind of a funny
story how we found them. So as we were looking for an apartment
complex of a former investigator we accidentally turned into the wrong
one... However as we were driving to the exit we saw this woman and
her son with the trunk of her car open. There were a ton of groceries
so I pulled the car over to go offer some help. We went over and asked
if we could help them move in their groceries and at first she
declined but then we said, "Are you sure? There are a lot of groceries
in that car." She then accepted and we helped bring in the groceries.
At the end she asked, "What do you do?" We said that we would love to
be able to leave a blessing in their home, which we did. She is a
single mother and has 3 boys. We left the blessing and she definitely
felt the Spirit. She said that she would come to church but wasn't
able to come yesterday because of work but said she would come next
week. We will be teaching them this next Tuesday.
Another investigator and her family are doing well! They know it's true
but it's been a real struggle trying to leave her other church. We know they
have felt the Spirit testifying that it's true but now it's their time
to act. They are up in Orlando right now but we'll be teaching them
tomorrow as well.
This next week I am really excited because Elder Gonzales is going to
come to give a training to all of us and cannot wait. He will also be
giving a fireside Saturday night in my chapel and I hope I will be
able to attend. My companion and I will be singing next Sunday in
church because it is "Invitation Sunday" and as we were talking to the
Bishop, who is good friends with Elder Gonzales, said that there is a
good chance he will be attending our sacrament meeting this next week!
I can't wait! We are going to have a bunch of investi"gators" at
church because I know that they will be touched by the Spirit!
We actually will be moving next week... The reason why we are moving
is because the owner of our apartment foreclosed and lost the
apartment. So that is why we need to move. I haven't been able to see
Elder ----- yet. I hope he's doing well though. I hope to see him
I know that the Lord blesses us so much when we are obedient and are
quick to respond to the promptings of the Spirit. When we do that He
knows that we will answer the call and will entrust us with those that
are prepared and willing to listen to servants of the Lord. I love you
all so much! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Today I will be
making some pies :)

-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, March 5, 2012

Some pictures of new and old area

Weekly Update (March 5th, 2012)

Dear Fullmer Family,
Well... I'm old. I'm a year on my mission. I still feel like I've only
been here for 3 months or so, which is good, but as a look around I see that

I'm older than most missionaries and it's a little scary.
Haha. But this will only help me to work even harder to make sure that
I give it my very best!

Thank you so much for sending me the package.
I loved it! I'm so excited to make some key lime bars and just eat
junk food. Haha. I love it.  Also Ilove the ProActive. It's already working so well!

Thank you for that.
So yes, my area is pretty south. It's the most south I've been. Our
area is the most south in our zone but there is another zone below us
so the Keys aren't in our zone... I love it though! This is probably
my favorite area. By the way, next Monday we will be moving
apartments so if you are going to send anything to me for the next
week will you send it to the mission? I don't have the new address
yet. It's in the same complex and it's actually even nicer than the
one that we're in right now. We went to check it out and there are
hardwood floors, and carpeted bedrooms! Very nice! :) I'll let you
know the new address when it get it.

This past week we were able to have PPI's with President Anderson
(Personal Priesthood Interviews). It was a great time to just sit down
with him and talk about what's going on. As I was sitting there I
compared it to my last interview and I was able to see how much I have
grown in these past 3 months. It was great. It was a lot different
than my past interviews because we pretty much just talked about the
zone and how to be even better. However it was a great experience for

This past friday, all of the zone leaders came together for the
ZLC or Zone Leader Council at the mission home where we talked about
mission goals and progression. As a mission we are averaging way more
baptisms than last year. As a mission from December 2011 to Feb 2012
we had 235 baptisms. In December 2010 to Feb 2011 we had like 120. We
have almost doubled the amount of baptisms and are continuing to
increase. We average around 75 baptisms a month but the goal is to hit
100 which we are so close to hitting.

This past week as a zone we had a goal to get 26 investigators at
sacrament meeting. The record for the past year as a zone was 19. We
were crunching the numbers and in order to get 14 baptisms as a zone
this month we need to increase the amount of investigators at church.
As we made this goal a priority, and fasted and prayed that we could
rise to it we were able to bring 26 investigators to church yesterday!
It was incredible! I'm so proud of my zone! They worked so hard and we
did it. In the zone there are 7 companionships. 5 elders and 2
sisters! I love them so much!

Yesterday the investigators that we had at church were -------- and her
two children and ------' sister. She and her family came last
week and said they would come again. The morning before church we went
to check to make sure they were coming and we showed up 30 mintues
before church and guess what? They were still in their jammies... We
were like, "What are you doing? We have church in 30 minutes." They
tried to get out of it but as we promised how important it is to go
they hurried and got ready. She grabbed her sister next door who came
for the first time. They loved church! The sister, who's daughter
we've been teaching, came up to us, and said she loved church and her
whole family is going to come next week! It was incredible. We will be
seeing them tonight and talking more about baptism with them.

Well this past week something happened that I want to share with you
all. At the time it wasn't very funny but looking back I've been
laughing about it... Alright, here we go. So last Tuesday we went to
an appartment complex to go harvesting and to follow up on some people
we met earlier. So we took the car and parked it in the parking lot.
So as we were heading back we got to where the car was parked and both
My companion and I stopped... We looked and the car was gone... We were
wondering if that's where we actually parked and came to the
conclusion that it was and we didn't know what to do. We said a quick
prayer and started walking around. We saw a man walking and asked if
he had seen a white Chevy Malibu leave the parking lot. He said, "You
mean the one that was on the tow truck? Yeah it left like 10 minutes
ago." Immediately I was stunned and didn't know what to do. So we
found the number for the tow truck, by the way it's like 8:55 at
night, and called it. They said that we would need an original form
for the car or something like  that so we gave an elder in the mission office
a call. Unfortuneately there was nothing we could do
that night but it would have to wait for tomorrow. We ended up walking
home that night and got home right before 9:30. I didn't sleep well
that night. The next morning we needed to go to a District Training up
in Down town Miami so we took the train! It was a lot of fun! Haha. So
the elder drove down from Plantation to get the car and he got it!
We got it that next afternoon. However because of that, My companion
and I get to pay the $124 charge... It was dumb because where we
parked was an unmarked spot and apparently  someone owned that spot
and called the tow truck... We weren't gone for more than an hour...
So if you see a charge for $62 you know why... Live and learn right?

Well that's about all I've got for today. I just keep typing and
typing, it's fun to share all of the stories. One more real quick. So
on Saturday we were harvesting a group of complexes where our Elder's
Quorum President lived. We didn't really know where he lived but
didn't think it was where we were Harvesting. So we started to knock
and about 5 minutes in we knocked on his door. He answered and we were
just about ready to give the approach when he said, "Elders! Come on
in, my kids are sleeping but come on in..." We had no idea what to say
to him because he expected we came for a reason but my companion came
up with something and made it sound important. He gave us some water
and we were out. We kept laughing about it all day!

Okay now that's all I have to say! I love you all and I am so glad
that I am serving at this time where I'm at! I know it's where I'm
supposed to be! I know this is the work of the Lord and I love being
able to serve Him daily! I love this work!
Pleas keep me in your prayers! I love you all!
-Elder David B. Fullmer

P.S. AMY GOT MARRIED?!?! That's so awesome! I'm happy for her!