Dear Fullmer Family,
Right now I'm sitting in the library in Miami while it is POURING rain
outside. I wish you could see this. It's never rained like this in
Utah before. There's a ton of lightning and thunder as well. It's
actually been like this off and on for the past couple days which I
love! Throughout the summer the weather is like this.
Well it's been a good week this week. We still don't have many people to teach but
we're still positive. My backpack was also found which is another silver lining. Thank you for all of your letters and love! Thanks for the postcard Whitney and Marc, I hope your trip to Moab was fun.
I was looking at the calendar this morning and was kind of blown off of m exercise ball because it's almost the end of May. This month has
probably been the fastest one. I don't like how every month goes by
faster and faster but that's just how it goes. Almost 15 months have
gone by... crazy...
Well this week we were able to have zone conferences in our mission.
The topic of the conference was Hurricanes! The first of June begins
the joyful hurricane season. They were saying how we need not fear!
However they kept saying how there hasn't been one here in 6 years so
we're prime for one but not to be afraid. I'm not worried but I hope
there isn't one.
We visited one of our neighbors and the topic was
brought up and he feels like we're going to get one. Who knows but I'm
praying that we don't get one, and I'm sure you are too! Ha ha. The
rest of the zone conference was on the Book of Mormon and the
importance of using it in teaching as also on Mormon.org. He said that Mormon.org can be used as a 3rd companion that works while we sleep.
He said that right now the world is having a "Mormon Moment" meaning
that the Mormons are being exposed more than they ever have been.
That's why Mormon.org is such an important tool. We are encouraged to
tell everyone that we know about it and to become familiar with it so
we can help others learn from the source. Also we are encouraged to
make a profile, which I have, along with encouraging other members to
create a profile... So you should all do it! it's a great tool and so
many good things can be found there.
Also in the conference he was
telling of an experience he had when he did the "escape from alcatraz"
challenge. This challenge is when you swim from Alcatraz to the shores
of San Francisco. He compared it to the mission and it was great! I
learned a lot and became more excited to work.
Also this week we found a cool family. The wife's name is *********
and the husband... we're not sure his name. We blessed their home and
went back the next day to teach them. They are familiar with the
church and have actually been looking for a church to go to. They
weren't able to make it on Sunday but they're planning on next week.
They're from the Dominican Republic and are very nice people.
On Saturday we were able to participate in an eagle scout project
where we re painted the parking lines in the ward parking lot. It was
a great project and at the end it looked really nice! It was fun
getting to know some of the members that I didn't know and serving at
the same time. Also, I didn't get sunburned, well not too bad anyways.
I've been studying Jesus the Christ lately and today while reading, I
came across an interesting point. It was on the announcing of the
births of John the Baptist as well as Jesus Christ. Three months prior to
the announcement of Christ was John's to his father Zacharias. He was
in the temple when this happened and after Gabriel declared what would
happen, Zacharias asked "how will I know what you're saying is true?".
He was struck dumb as a sign. In contrast, when Mary received the
angel Gabriel she asked a similar question but with a different
motive. She asked, "How is it done?" She knew it was true but she
wanted to know how. She had faith the whole time where Zacharias had
doubts. It's amazing what happens when we receive our situations, bad
or good, with faith rather than fear.
I love you all so very much and I know that this is the Lord's work!
We're on the Lord's errand. As we defy our doubts and face our fears,
we leave the path of revelation free from obstacles that would limit
our potential to become who the Lord wants us to become. I love you
all so very much! Have a great week.
-Elder David B. Fullmer
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Dear Fullmer Family,
Thank you for telling me all about your weeks! It's always great to hear from you. This week has been more or less a week of trials but we're seeing miracles coming. For this new transfer we are "white washing" our area or in other words restarting. All of the investigators that we had weren't progressing so we're just going to re start and be "new" missionaries in the area, even though we've both been here for a while. As we've been doing that we've found some pretty cool people and great new places to Harvest. We know that this will be a great transfer.
With having a new transfer we have a new "Zone Challenge." Last transfer it was where we focused on an attribute from D&C 4 everyday and worked to become perfected in our weaknesses. This transfer the title is, "Doubt not, fear not." So what this includes is every morning we think of a fear and a doubt we have for that day and work with our companions to overcome those fears and doubts. It's only been in effect for a few days but we've heard really cool stories already and we're excited for what will come the rest of the transfer. Every Friday as a zone we will be having something called "Fear not Friday" when we have a conference call and share a story of someone who showed forth courage instead of fear. We shared the story of Ammon this past week but this week we want to use something not from the scriptures so if you have any stories that you can think of please mail them to me! I'd really appreciate it!
At transfer meeting this past week I left my back pack there and apparently no one can find it... It's kind of strange because it was in the chapel in Plantation but no one can seem to find it. I'm sure it'll turn up soon, well I hope so because my scriptures and camera are in it. Lot's of memories there.
Yesterday at church it seemed like people were just coming up to us asking us to do things. In Sunday school we sang a song, "in our day" from the Book of Mormon sound track and in Elders Quorum we taught part of the lesson. It's great when the members trust you and ask you to do things for them. Hopefully soon they'll start giving us their friends to teach. One member in particular, who's home we blessed a couple weeks ago, told us about one of his neighbors he want us to see. Yesterday before church they talked to her and she's really interested in having her home blessed. The member was so excited! He was saying how he feels she and her family could be baptized soon that's how receptive they are. It's really cool seeing members have the spirit of missionary work.
That was really cool to see the solar eclipse. I didn't even know it was happening. It was probably raining here so no one could even see it. Haha. Well that's about all I've got to say for this week. Please keep us in your prayers! I love you lots and hope you all have a great week!
-Elder David B. Fullmer
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dear Fullmer Family,
How great it was to skype with all of you on Sunday! It was so great to be able to see each one of you and see how happy you all are! I love you all so much. Well it's transfer week... We got the call last night and neither my companion or I will be leaving the area. We're both really happy to hear that and look forward to the next transfer together. The longest I've ever been with a companion has been 2 transfers, and it actually was Elder ***** (My current companion's companion in the MTC) so it'll be fun to break that record! One of the sister's is leaving out of the ward, the one with the dark hair. It'll be sad to see her go since we all got along really well and the Bishop loved all of us together, but the other sister, will be training a new sister missionary. It'll be exciting to be working around a new missionary, it'll give us old folks some energy!
Actually in the zone there will be three new missionaries straight from the MTC so it'll be really exciting. We're really excited for this new transfer.
There isn't much to be said that I haven't talked with you about on Sunday but yesterday we were able to have our zone activity. Everyone in the zone baptized this past transfer so it was very celebratious? You know what I mean. We were planning to have a testimony meeting as always but apparantly the missionaries who have had three zone testimony meetings wanted a change, so my companion and I put our heads together to think of something fun, yet spiritual and whallah! The "Ask and ye shall receive box!" So what this consists of is you choose a question like, "what was the most spiritual experience this past transfer... or what investigator means the most to you and why... or what Christ-like attribute do you desire most?" and then after you pick the question slip you choose out of another box a name of someone in the zone and then they have to go up and answer the question. It was a lot of fun!
-Elder David B. Fullmer