Tuesday, October 21, 2014

week 16

So there's not a lot to report on this week.

The highlight was inviting one of our investigators, Steve, to be baptized on December 13! He seemed a bit hesitant, so we asked him to pray about it this next week. We feel like he could be ready by then, but hopefully he will feel the same way, too.

Yesterday I got to play "Oh How Lovely was the Morning" in Sacrament meeting (again). Before I played it, I asked everyone to think of a name of someone they know and then ask them to listen to the Missionary lessons. I'm hoping that people will take the challenge and invite others! It was cool to see that the speaker who got up after me was almost in tears. He said that he recognized the arrangement from when his brother used to play it, and that his brother is now struggling with his testimony. I'm glad that I was able to touch the heart of at least one person there.

We also met an old Former Investigator, who was actually really excited to have us back, which was great! But apparently he leaves every winter to live in Florida for a few months, so hopefully we can work with him before he leaves.

A really neat scripture that I found this week was in Moroni 7:13:
"But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God."

What a testimony that is to me of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the gospel in general. I have never heard anything taught in this church that doesn't invite us to do good and come closer to God. And if this gospel does that, then it must be inspired of God, just like the scripture says!

I love you all, I love this work.
The Church is true!
Elder Fullmer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

week 14

So it's been another wonderful week here in Fenton.
A few really neat things happened this week.
We had two of our investigators watch a session of Conference which was great! The first one, Catfish, came with us to the Saturday Afternoon session. After it was over, we talked with her, but she hadn't really changed her mind at all about the fact that there is one true church. So we went to dinner, and in the prayer I asked that Catfish's heart would be softened. That night at the priesthood session, she called us and told us that everything finally had clicked in her head! One of her friends had been talking been talking to her and convinced her that she basically was already living like a member of this church. It was so neat to watch the Lord work through others to help soften her heart.
Our other investigator, Ed, attended the Saturday morning session with a member at a different building. We went and talked with him Saturday evening about what he thought about Conference. He agreed with everything that was spoken about, which was good, but he still didn't feel that he needed to leave his church. While we were talking to him, I was overcome with love for this wonderful man. I realized that God loves him regardless of his choices, and He will never stop loving him. Ed just isn't ready at this time to make that big of a change in his life. It made me think of a ladder that we are all climbing in life. We are all on different rungs on that ladder that leads to heaven, but regardless of where we are, Christ is always above us, reaching His hand to us so that he can pull us up to the next rung.
What an important lesson for me to learn right after Conference. It helped me realize better the meaning of President Uchtdorf's talk in the Priesthood session about each of us asking, "Lord, Is it I?" I hope that each of us will be humble enough to accept the Savior's outstretched hand and let Him pull us up to the next rung. It will often be hard to climb to a higher level and realize how high we are above the ground, but just remember to not look down. Always keep your eyes on the Savior, and be ready to accept His wonderful Atonement in our lives, no matter what we have to sacrifice.
Another highlight for this week was getting transfer calls Saturday night. I'm headed off to Weldon Springs, Missouri, where I will be serving with Elder Jones. It was a little hard to be called off somewhere else right when there are so many good things happening in this area, but a scripture that I read this week really helped me to understand better what my attitude should be like:
"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me." (Alma 29:9-10)
What a wonderful blessing it is to realize "what the Lord had done" for each of us. And what a greater blessing it is to be able to share that with so many wonderful people, and and have "my soul filled with joy" from seeing others climb to the next rung on their eternal journey. 
I love you all, and I love this work.
The Church is True!
Elder Fullmer

[Here are a few photos that he sent today:]

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Peter was impressed that gas could drop below $3/gal. That's something we haven't seen in far too long!

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Panorama showing the fall colors starting to come in.

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Reese's graham cracker treat. He said it was delicious!

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On a visit to the St. Louis Science Center, Peter found something he thought Hannah would enjoy--a laser harp!

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His investigator, Ed.