Monday, February 25, 2013

It is Finished

Dear Fullmer Family,

Well, my time is just about up! It still hasn't hit me that this week I will be coming home. I'm filled with all kinds of different feelings but it will all be good.

This week has been amazing!!! So many crazy, terrible, amazing, and wonderful things have happened. There is no way I'll be able to decribe much if anything that has happened. Our investigator didn't get baptized this week but will be this next Sunday. Her parents asked her to wait a week out of respect for them. It's not going to be an easy week for her. She's really strong and I'm really proud of her and what she has decided to do regardless of the challenges. I have learned so much from her especially what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. She understands that following Christ is never easy but it's the only way. It has helped be want to become a better person. I can't really go into much detail because I kind of want to be able to do it in person. Luckily I'll be able to do that soon! 

This week has just been amazing! Probably the best week of my mission. I truly have worked to the very end and it feels so good! I know that the Lord is proud of me and I want to keep going. Unfortunately I'm not able to be a missionary forever but my mission will always be apart of who I am. 

I love you all so much and Can't wait to see you soon! Please continue to pray for Our investigator this week. It's going to be a very difficult week for her and all the prayers she has the better. Bye!

-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, February 18, 2013

Last Week of My Mission

The Key West branch gave this Giant Conch Shell to him 
Well the time as come, if I like it or not, the end is nigh! Ha ha. I can't believe it, I know I say that a lot but I really can't believe it. This week has been a great one though. It flew by but it was great! We were able to have a zone conference where Elder O. Vincent Halleck of the Seventy came to tour our mission. He is an incredible man with a very strong testimony! He talked to us about the Gathering of Israel and the role that we play in it. Very powerful and I learned a lot!
Sorry but this letter will be pretty short. Lot's of activities to do. It's basically my last P-Day and I want to live it up in Key West. We're going with the Branch Mission Leader and his family to see the Ernest Hemmingway house, the Key West Lighthouse, the Aquarium, and the Truman White House. Don't worry, I'll be taking pictures!! I bought a new sd card because I filled up my last one :) It's a beautiful day todeay except it's FREEZING1!! I woke up today and in the trailer it was 59 degrees... I know that's a heat wave for Utah and that fact alone makes me worried for how cold i'm going to be... Ha ha. Ohh well.

I had my departing interview with President Anderson this past week which went really well. I was nervous for it but it went extremely well. I brought my list of 100 things I've learned in my mission which was actually pretty easy to make along with three short term goals and three long term goals. I learned a lot in the interview and he helped me recognize how successful I've been on my mission. He said that every missionary towards the end of his mission feels if he could have done more but he let me know I should feel very happy with what I have done and he said that the Lord is very pleased with my service. It was a very great experience. I had the interview right after zone conference because he won't see me until the day before I leave and he likes to do them before that. He went over my travel itinerary in depth... So I hope you'll be at the airport when I get into SLC! Ha ha.

This week is looking to be a great week. I'm going to make it the best week of my mission. ****** is planning to be baptized on Sunday and I'm so excited for it!! She's doing really well and it's going to be a great day. Please keep her in your prayers this week. Another person was supposed to be baptized this past week but he hasn't been feeling well so hopefully we'll be baptizing him as well this Sunday. I'm going out strong!!

Well, that's about it from my end. I love you all and I look forward to seeing you all soon. I know that the Lord lives and that this is His work. As I was leaving the conference on Friday it hit me that it's about over but I felt the spirit testify that I have fought a good fight and I have kept the faith. I won't stop my final week. Think if the Savior gave up on His last week. Everything he did up to that point wouldn't have made any difference in the salvation of all mankind. My role is quite a bit different than that of the Savior's but there are still people to find and people to influence. It's not over until I get released and I'm not going to stop.
I thank you for your prayers and your faith. I love you all!

-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, February 11, 2013

Key West is the Best

Dear Fullmer Family,
What's an amazing week I've had. I hope all of you are doing well and I pray that you all don't freeze to death before I get to see you! I can't believe Christian will be going into the MTC on Wednesday! I remember those days... They seem like yesterday. I kind of with I could do it all over again but unfortunately that's not the case. Good luck Christian! I love you and I know you'll do an amazing job helping all those Argentines :) Cuidate!

Well this week I finished up my ulcer medication. The day after I took my last pill I started to get some tummy troubles that have lasted all week so it would probably be good to get me to a doctor as soon as possible when I get home. Ohh joy! However, that didn't slow me down this week in the slightest. Last Sunday was Fast Sunday and I specifically fasted for two things. 1.) That one of the recent converts in this area who has had work on Sundays for the past four months or so, would be able to come to church on Sunday. and 2.) That one of our investigators would receive an answer and her family would be receptive to her decision. Well both of those things were fulfilled this past week. The recent member called us up on Friday and said, "You'll never guess what just happened!! Someone just randomly called me and asked if I wanted Sunday off!" We were ecstatic! He came to church Yesterday and said once he got back home, "I didn't want to come back home. I was afraid I'd get off my LDS high." Ha ha. It was so great to see him there at church. Now with one of our investigators... So her birthday was this past week and I wanted to make her a birthday cake. So on Thursday I made a chocolate cake from scratch and man was it good! We surprised her with it at the lesson on Thursday and it was a lot of fun. Up to this point, her parents didn't know that she had been meeting with us. There were a lot of extras and he took it home. Well she ended up telling her mom that we made her a cake and she told her that she had been meeting with us for the past two months. Her Mom actually took it very well and basically told her, "As long as you're still a Christian, it doesn't matter what church you go to." We haven't seen her since that happened since she went with her Mom to tour a Catholic College in Naples. Ha ha. It's pretty exciting! Also, This past week she saw a post on facebook that said something along the lines of "Don't put off your baptism invite!" She's really cool and there are a lot of miracles happening!

Also this past Thursday we taught Early Morning Seminary! Man, that is so early!! It started at 6 AM! I'm glad I lived in Utah for Seminary. The lesson went really well. It was all about Saul on his road to Damascus. Also, Yesterday both of the sacrament talks were in Spanish and the majority of the members don't speak any Spanish so lucky me, I was the translator for everyone! It was pretty hard especially since I haven't been in a Spanish ward in almost eight months. Ha ha. During this week our Zone Leaders decided to make the long trek down here and have an exchange for the day in Key West! It was a lot of fun being able to be with them, who were both in my zone when I was a zone leader. A lot of cool things happened.

Well this week I'm going to have my departing interview with President Anderson. I'm kind of freaking out about it! We're going to be having a General Authority come and speak to us. Elder Halleck is coming. I get to have my interview right afterwards... Yippee! So he has asked me to put together a list of 100 things I've learned on my mission along with three long term and three short term goals. It should be a great time! Anyways, I need to get going. I love you all very much and I know these last weeks will be the best ones yet!
-Elder David B. Fullmer

Monday, February 4, 2013

Last Leg of the Race

Dear Family,

Wow! What an amazing week I've had! It's just been fantastic. Most of the great experiences happened yesterday which I will be talking about. However first off I was kind of bummed that the 49er's didn't win... Que sad :( Ohh Well. I don't really care! Haha. I'm glad to hear that the weather is slightly improving in Utah. It's been just beautiful here as always. Gotta love Paradise! Haha. Hopefully it stays this way for a while. Today is absolutely gorgeous! It's nice and cool with a slight breeze! I just love it here.

Well things with our investigators down here are going really well. We had a couple great lessons with an investigator this past week and she's getting close! The first one was on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the last on was on prayer. The last one was on Saturday and we got a text from her friend and said she wanted to meet with us.  We set it up for 2:00 and didn't have much time to prepare. My companion basically said, "this one's yours" since he wasn't feeling very well that day. As we were doing our other activities, some service for a recent convert, I had a very strong impression to teach about prayer. We talked all about prayer and I asked her about experiences she's had with prayer and she opened up... A lot! I had never seen her talk so much especially about things that were very personal to her. We talked about where she was at and helped her recognize things that she could do better to receive more guidance and answers from the Lord. We committed her to pray specifically about a date for baptism. Yesterday for my fast I fasted specifically for her. During the day we got a text from her friend saying that the investigator wants to meet with us so she can ask us about baptism. I have a strong feeling that she's really close and is receiving answers. I love fasting so much!

Now with another investigator, I'm not sure if I've talked much about him but he's our investigator who's mostly blind. He is so humble and teachable. On Saturday we had a lesson about the plan of salvation and we taught it Star Wars Style! He's a huge star wars fan and so we taught it to how he's be able to apply it. We weren't planning to teach it that way but it kind of just happened. Haha. Don't join the Dark Side! Haha. he loved it! He came to church yesterday and was very enthusiastic in the gospel principles lesson which I taught. I've been doing a lot of last minute teaching this week! It's alright though because I love doing it. We're hoping to baptize him this weekend.

Now it's time to talk about what happened yesterday! A lot happened! So first off we had a total of eight investigators in sacrament meeting between the two branches which was really exciting. Then during testimony meeting a young man walked up who I didn't recognize at first. He said that he wanted to bear his testimony on how the Lord leads and guides people to those in need. At that moment I remembered who this guy was. Last Friday evening we felt like we needed to follow up with someone we had met a few days before. We went there but she wasn't home... As we were walking back to the car a young man on a bike rode up to us and asked, "you guys Jehovah's Witnesses?" I thought, ohh great... Time to get ridiculed but I said, "Nope! We're Mormon's!" He responded, "Where's your church at?" I gave him a chapel card with the address and he said, "I'll be there!" We got in the car and then left to another appointment. In his testimony however he explained how he had been out of jail for 46 days and was really wanting to learn about Christ and turn his life around. He prayed and he saw us. He said how grateful he was that he met us! The branch absolutely loves this guy and made him feel so loved. We'll be meeting with him on Tuesday. Pretty cool right?

Okay next story! So when we were up in Marathon on Thursday we made return appointments with everyone we met for Sunday afternoon. We got a call on Saturday from the Branch President who said that while he was home teaching, he learned of a person who wants to know learn about the church. He told us that he had made an appointment for Sunday at 4:30. We were in a predicament. We needed to be in two places at once. Luckily we got permission again to split up. This time, my companion went up to Marathon with a recent convert and I stayed down here with a member. It was fun! I went and visited a few of the people he home taught and then went to the lesson at 4:30. The lesson was amazing! It was all in Spanish so the member couldn't say anything or understand anything so it was all on me. I taught the restoration and the Spirit was so strong! She didn't talk much during the lesson but she said she'll read and pray. She's got a lot of potential. Later on in the night, the member got a call from his son that he had gotten in a car accident as he was leaving work from the airport. We hurried over there and when we got to the crash sight a woman came out of the other car and ran up to me and said, "I cant believe you're here! We're members of the Church!" Luckily no one was injured and it could have been a lot worse than it was. The driver of the other car was a little shaken up and her neck was hurting a bit and asked if we could give her a blessing. We graciously did. I knew that I was supposed to be there at that time! What are the chances that the son of the member I was with, accidentally hit another member from out of town and that a missionary was on a split with his dad? Not very likely! It was an awesome day! I wish I could keep telling more storied but I'm out of time.

I know that the Lord guides his servants who are on His errand! I love this work and I'm going out strong. It's the very last leg of the race and I'm not quitting! Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Cuidense mucho.
-Elder David B. Fullmer