Tuesday, May 19, 2015

week 46

We had a really good week this week, particularly around the end of the week. It's funny how usually a week will start out really slow, and just when you start to think that it's going to end up crummy, everything turns around.

Monday we went thrift shopping! I scored a pair of slacks and a decent tie as well! We had dinner with a member of the Bishopric's family, which was great. They're such an awesome family. Their son actually just left about a month ago to serve in one of the El Salvador missions.

Tuesday morning we helped a new family move into the ward. We always get excited when new families move into the ward. They always have great opportunities to share the gospel because they are meeting so many new people. That evening we met with Andre, who is progressing slowly, as well as Dorris, the older Baptist lady we've been working with. In Dorris' lesson, it was really neat. We were able to help her recognize the Holy Ghost working in her life. She felt it multiple times in the lesson, and she understands that when she feels the Spirit, it means that whatever message is being presented is from God.

Wednesday morning we had apartment inspections and then service at the food pantry. That evening we had dinner with a member family and then Bible Study at the Paynes'. In the Bible Study, there is a hodge-podge group of people that don't really seem to be connected in any way. There are so many different up-bringings, backgrounds, ages, and personalities, but one thing that has struck me as amazing is that the gospel in some way has touched each of their lives, and that is what brings us together. It reminds me of the verse in Doctrine and Covenants 50:22 "Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together."
I think that in and of itself is one of the biggest miracles in the Church: that everyone needs the gospel, and the gospel needs everyone. And no matter who you are, you can come and be edified and rejoice with the rest of the saints.

Thursday morning we had Zone Leader Training, which went really well. Our mission is going back to the training program that the new missionaries go through called "12 Week." As a mission, we are all studying it in an effort to get back to the basics and prepare for the flood of new missionaries coming in this summer (summer is the time when most missionaries come into the field). That afternoon we were able to give a blessing to a less active who is returning to Church. That evening we visited another less active we've been working with who has a desire to come back as well.

Friday morning we had correlation meeting, which went well. After that we finished up our weekly planning session and then later taught another lesson to Andre. Also, funny story about that day, we got home from correlation and found out that our water was off! We talked to the office about it, and they ended up calling the water company. They found out that apparently our water was supposed to have been shut off over a year ago! For some reason it was never turned off. I didn't think about this until now, but it reminds me of the scripture in John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that shall give him shall never thirstbut the water that shall give him shall be in him well of water springing up into everlasting life."
That scripture is truer than I thought! But we got our water turned on later that day, and hopefully there won't be any more issues with that.

Saturday morning we took a tour of the Church Building with Dorris. As we entered the Chapel, Brother Payne suggested that I play a hymn. I felt that "Be Still My Soul" was what I should play. I began playing, and by the end all 4 of us were singing those beautiful words. We then had a wonderful discussion about the power the Holy Ghost has to bring peace to our lives, despite the challenges and changes that lie in our path. She understands that she felt the Spirit, but she, at least for the moment, is lacking in the courage to be able to follow those promptings. After that we ended up meeting with Torion, a young soon-to-be father, who is working on getting married, baptized, and ultimately sealed in the temple. That evening we were headed to visit some people, when Elder Vergara and I both felt that we should visit an investigator who hasn't been progressing. We did, but he was busy, so we left, and then felt to visit another former investigator a couple houses down. We did, and he wasn't home, but as we were leaving we ran into a nice Hispanic lady with a couple of her kids with her. We asked if we could share our message, and she agreed, so we sat down with her and felt that we should share the Plan of Salvation. As we were teaching her, you could see that many of her doubts and questions about life and death were being addressed and answered. She was particularly touched by the beautiful truth that her son, who is mentally handicapped, will be blessed to receive a perfect and immortal body after this life. As we were finishing the lesson, her teenage daughter arrived home, and we invited to her to join us. She agreed, although a little reluctantly, and sat down at the table. We began teaching her the Plan of Salvation as well, and part way through the lesson, we explained the role of the Holy Ghost in testifying of and confirming truth. At that point she was able to recognize that she not only felt that feeling before, but was feeling it now. Her whole image changed from one of reluctance to one of excitement, enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn. At the end of the lesson she told us that earlier that day she had been praying to hear a message like the one we shared with her then. We left her with a Book of Mormon and she was ecstatic about reading it! We are going back tonight to teach them again. I know that God really does prepare people and guide us to them as we listen to the promptings of the Spirit.

Sunday we had Church, which was great, as usual. One of the talks given was about the power of fasting and prayer. The young man and his wife are only here for 6 months, but they obediently followed the counsel of their Stake President and Bishop to set a date by which they could have someone in their home to be taught by the missionaries. They really didn't know many people, because they had only been here about 2 months, but they set a date in faith and fasted and prayed that they would be able to accomplish that goal. It turned out that they were blessed to be able to talk to one of their neighbors and invite her to listen to the missionaries. She accepted! There was a lot more to the story, but in short, God answers us when we show Him that we have a true desire to reach out and share the gospel with others around us.

One thing that has been on my mind recently is the profound peace that I have experienced by living the gospel. As Jesus said to His Apostles in John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as thworld giveth, give unto you. Let not your heart be troubledneither let it be afraid."
The peace given to us through the Holy Ghost as we live the gospel is something that the world in no way can give us. It is pure and perfect, and the only source from which it comes is God Himself. I know I truly have felt that peace, despite hardships, trials, and tests. Life will not be easy, but our Father in Heaven desires that each one of us experience the profound and eternal peace that He is willing to offer us.

I love this work, and I love all of you!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

week 45

To all those wonderful mothers and mother figures, thank you for everything you do to really hold the world together. You all do so much, and are dramatically under-appreciated for it. So THANK YOU!

We had a fairly good week this week. I think it was a little bit off just because so much happened, but it was still really good.

Monday evening we actually went to the YSA Family Home Evening activity with the less active we've been working with, Josh. He actually really enjoyed it! Then two days later we heard that he ended up going to play basketball with a bunch of the guys from that branch. It's great to see people get connected with the church again, and amazing to see them re-ignite that fire of faith.

Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning. At the end of the meeting, we all got the chance to bear our testimonies of what we know to be true. It really brought a powerful Spirit into the meeting. Later that day we met with Andre, an investigator who we've been working with for a little while now. That day we actually got a call from the Zone Leaders and found out that there was someone who needed to be interviewed for baptism that evening. Elder Vergara did the last one, so I got to interview the baptismal candidate, Jonathan. It was a very neat experience to be able to represent the Lord in helping someone recognize that they are prepared to receive the sacred ordinance of baptism.

Wednesday morning we actually went to Transfer Meeting. Normally we wouldn't have gone because both of us are staying in the area, but I was asked by three sisters to accompany them in their rendition of "Joseph Smith's First Prayer" to the tune of "Come, Thou Fount." It was a lot of fun to arrange, improvise, and even sing a little at the end. It makes me grateful that I was blessed with a love for music. It really does bring me joy making music. That evening we had dinner with a member, and then went to the Paynes' for Bible Study.

Thursday morning we did a bit of service for a member of our ward who comes out with us all the time. It felt good to give back in just a small way for all that he does for us. That afternoon we had a quick lesson with Victor, a 16 year old that we've been working with. We had been teaching him and his mom for a while, and we showed up to an appointment last week and they had moved! The next couple of days we prayed that we would be able to find them. Then on Tuesday this past week we ran into the mother, Veronica, walking down the street because she had lost her car keys. We figured out at least which street she lived on. Then on Thursday we got to the street and still didn't know which house it was. We said a quick prayer that we would be able to find them. As we were walking down the street Victor stepped off the bus from school! God answers prayers!

Friday morning we had weekly planning. That evening we met with a recent convert named Catrena as well as a Spanish family that has been struggling for a while.

Saturday morning we met with a less active family. The daughter has been struggling a lot with her faith lately. As we talked with her, it became very apparent that many of her issues and concerns came from her decision to listen to the lies and half-truths that society and the media will tell us. It made me extremely grateful for the absolute truths of the gospel, centered Jesus Christ. After that we went to Coordination meeting. That afternoon we had a lesson with Rafael, a Hispanic man Elder Bishop and I actually taught at the end of that transfer. We haven't been able to see him for a while, but at the end of the lesson he committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. You could tell that he has a very soft heart and a sincere desire to know truth. After that we went to the Walls, the part member family that we've been working with. We were planning on going to the Temple grounds with them, hoping that the special Spirit there would help soften the father's heart. We got to their house and all piled into the cars. As we were driving to the Temple, rain was just pouring from the sky. I could hardly see through the windshield for a while. Elder Vergara and I were sitting in the back seat praying fervently that the rain would stop. As we were pulling up to the Temple, the clouds parted and the rained stopped, just in time for us to have a great walk around the Temple with their family. Again, God answers prayers!!

Sunday morning we had Church in our normal meetinghouse, which has been a rarity the past few months. We've had General Conference and then 3 Stake Conferences within the past 6 weeks! It was a lot of fun during third hour to play piano in Primary so that the Sisters there could enjoy some time together for Mothers' Day. I don't get to do that very often, but it was a lot of fun! That evening we got to Skype with our families! It was wonderful to be able see and talk to everyone for just a short time. It really makes me appreciate what an amazing family I have been blessed with.

In Alma chapter 56, we read about the faithfulness of Helaman's Stripling Warriors. One thing in particular that really stands out in this story is the profound influence their mothers had upon them: 
"Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."
The great faith of these amazing soldiers was so strong because of the efforts of these wonderful women. They were diligent and faithful in their efforts to raise their children in righteousness, and it resulted in amazing faith in the hearts of their children. So to all you mothers and mother figures out there, you DO make a difference, and God appreciates the difference that you make, as do many people here on Earth.

I love all of you, and I love this work!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

week 44

We have had an amazing week this past week. I couldn't think of a better week to end a transfer.

Monday, we were able to pick up a new investigator named Andre. One of the things he wanted most was a King James Bible. He has great faith that it can help him in his life, and we're working on helping him see that the Book of Mormon can help him just as much, if not more.

Tuesday morning we had District Meeting, which went well. That evening we went to mutual and talked with the Young Men about the importance of the Book of Mormon and how to share it. It was really neat to see them so eager to share a Book of Mormon with someone they knew. After that, we stopped by a teenage recent convert named Josh. He's awesome.

Wednesday morning we had service as usual, which is always fun. That evening we had Bible Study.

Thursday we got to teach Dorris the Plan of Salvation. It was neat to see her make the connections about what this really means for her. She still seems very apprehensive about it, but she is very curious about it. That evening we had a dinner with Sister Moore, a less active we've been working with. She was really excited about having us over, and she even brought two nonmember friends! It was great!

Friday morning we did some service at a member's house, cleaning out gutters. After that we had weekly planning. Then we visited with Torian and Tori, the young unmarried couple with a baby on the way. That was super cool. We talked about marriage and how it can be eternal. They were so amazed at that, and excited to look forward to that ultimate goal beyond baptism. If things work out, they should be getting married this week, have the baby soon after, and hopefully be baptized on June 6th! We're so excited for them! That evening we met with the Robinsons, which we haven't been able to do for a while, so it was really good to get back in. He is struggling right now. There are just a lot of things going on, and he could definitely use prayers.

Saturday morning will possibly be the highlight of my mission. We had a mission conference, meaning that all 195 missionaries in the Missouri, St. Louis Mission gathered together to listen to Bishop Stevenson, the Presiding Bishop; Elder Soares, a member of the presidency of the Seventy; and Elder Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. I don't think I've ever felt the Spirit so strong as I did during that two hours. They opened it up to questions for about the first hour and a half, and I got to ask about how they have learned to recognize and act upon the promptings of the Spirit. They each took time to answer, each in a slightly different way. At the end of the meeting, they each bore such a powerful witness that this church truly is the Church of Jesus Christ. The Spirit flooded the whole room. That evening we got transfer calls, and I am staying here in Maryland Heights with Elder Vergara! We're excited for another transfer together. It'll be great!

Sunday morning we had a special Stake Conference with Bishop Stevenson. He shared some neat thoughts about the importance of "Reclaiming the Sabbath" and giving it back to God. The Sabbath, particularly the Sacrament, really should be the center of our week. That evening we went over to the Walls again. We shared one of the Church's videos about temples. Afterwards, we had a wonderful discussion about how their family really can be made eternal. It was amazing to feel the Spirit once again fill the room and testify to him that truly can be. We probably sat there for a good minute or two in complete silence, letting the Spirit sink in and testify. It was amazing to see him start to tear up as he spoke of what he thought it would be like going through the temple. He knows that is where he wants to be. He knows this is true. He said it himself that it is only a matter of time.

It was such a wonderful week, full of powerful spiritual experiences. The Spirit truly is the ultimate test, for "by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." At the end of the mission conference, we all stood and sang "I Believe in Christ." I was blessed to be playing piano during it, and it was such an amazing feeling to hear the voices of nearly 200 missionaries united with the voice of an Apostle of the Lord, each sharing their own personal witness that Christ truly does live. 

I know He lives. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. He lives, and I know that He leads this Church today. 

I love this work, and I love all of you!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

week 43

We've had a pretty good week this week. The weather has been really nice as well, which makes it nice to be outside.

Monday evening we had a couple lessons lined up, but the fell through. But God provides, and we ended up teaching two unexpected lessons and picking up 3 new investigators! 

Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning, which I got to give a training on studying in order to receive God's will. It was really neat comparing our study time to the time the Savior spent in Gethsemane as He took upon Him not His own will, but the will of the Father.

Wednesday morning we did service at the food pantry, which is always good. Afterwards our ride took us out to eat at a really good Mexican restaurant called Chimi's. It was really good. That evening we had Bible Study, and two of our investigators, Torianne and Tori, came! They loved it and are excited to come back this week! It was great!

Thursday we had an appointment fall through, but we last minute set up a lesson with a recent convert named Catrena. We got there with our Ward Mission Leader and were surprised to see that Catrena had a relative over at her house. We invited her to join in on the discussion, and we ended up teaching a powerful Restoration, where she felt and recognized the Spirit testifying that these things were true. It was so cool to have God place her in our path so she could learn of this wonderful message.

Friday morning we were able to meet with a less active, Sister Moore, and then teach one of our investigators named Dorris.

Saturday we were riding our bikes down the road, when I heard a crash behind me. Elder Vergara had gotten a wheel caught on a curb and had been thrown from the bike! Luckily nothing was broken, and for the most part he's OK. Mostly just scratches and soreness. That afternoon we taught Rosemary and Walter, a Spanish part member couple.

Sunday we had an awesome time at Church. It was the first Fast and Testimony Meeting we've had since January! It was great to hear the wonderful testimonies of the members of this ward. Sadly, no investigators came to Church, but I definitely felt uplifted and energized from being there.  That evening we met with the Walls again. Brother Wall has been looking for an answer for quite some time as to when he should be baptized. We really feel he is ready, but he needs an answer that now is the time. Please keep him in your prayers!

The topic of discussion in Priesthood yesterday was the talk by Elder Oaks this past General Conference about the parable of the Sower, found in Mark Chapter 4. I thought it interesting that the two things that stopped the seeds from growing were barriers and parasites. In a spiritual sense, those are two things that really block our growth as well. Barriers most often arise because we are either offended by somebody or our own understanding is limited, causing us to doubt and choose not to work around the issue, while in all reality we can choose to grow around that barrier, much like the roots of a plant, and continue to sink deeper into the rich soil of the Gospel. Parasites are really anything that divert our time and energy away from our spiritual growth. Much like the thorns that choked the small plant in the parable, there are many things in this world that, if allowed, will steal away our time, attention, and energy, so that we don't have enough to grow ourselves. 

However, I know that if we consistently do those simple things, daily personal and family prayer and scripture study, weekly church attendance, regular temple worship, and weekly family home evening, then neither of these things will hinder our spiritual growth. When we do these things, our focus is on the Savior Jesus Christ, who will help us learn and grow in ways we never thought possible. 

I love you all, and I love this work!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

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"We found like three of these little baby bunnies outside our apartment. Spring is here!"

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"Biking is the best!"

week 42

So we had a really good week. We're finding new investigators, and more importantly, investigators who are willing to progress.

Monday we didn't do a lot, just the normal Preparation Day stuff.

Tuesday, we had District meeting in the morning, and then I went on exchanges with Elder Almeida in Pagedale. It was good to be there. We talked to a lot of people as we were traveling from place to place on foot and on the buses.

Wednesday morning we exchanged back and then had some Spanish Lessons through the rest of the day until Bible Study that evening.

Thursday was sadly just a bunch of appointments which fell through. Those days are tough, but they make the next days seem even better. Haha

Friday afternoon we exchanged with the Spanish missionaries so Elder Vergara could go do a baptismal interview in Illinois. Elder Hayes, who I actually served around in my last area, was with me for the rest of the day. We stopped by a less active, Sister Moore's, house, and she let us sit down and chat with her on her back porch for a while. We shared a quick message and talked about how she felt when she first joined the Church. It was really neat to see the wheels turning in her head as she remembered all the things she enjoyed about the Church. We invited her to Church, and she enthusiastically agreed! It was really neat. Soon after that, we were able to pick up two new new investigators named Torianne and Tori. They are a young couple with a baby on the way, and they are very excited to keep learning  about what we share. We had a great lesson with them, and we should be going back this evening.

Saturday we kind of accidentally ran into a part member Spanish couple named Rosemary and Walter. They are awesome people, and we invited them to Church, and they agreed as well! That evening we visited the part member family that we've been working with, the Walls. We are really focusing on Daily Personal Scripture Study, because it is so essential to each of our conversion, especially for Brother Wall, who's not a member.

Sunday was a great day. Sister Moore, Rosemary and Walter, and the Walls all were at Church and it was so great to see. They all really enjoyed it, too! It was also really neat to see Brother Robinson bless the Sacrament. He was also called as the assistant 11 year-old scout leader, and his wife was called as the assistant librarian. It's wonderful to see people get involved and incorporated in the Church. It really helps in keeping them active!

It's been a great week this week, watching many people either discover or rediscover the wonderful, simple truths of this gospel. Alma, in his discourse to the people of Zarahemla, taught us this wonderful principle: 
"And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?"

What a powerful thing it is for each of us to remember the past spiritual experiences we have had (which is much easier when we record them in some way). There is such power for each of us as we draw upon the past witnesses of the Spirit. And when we continue to use and appreciate those experiences, more will inevitably come. I definitely saw this to be true as I started reviewing my study journal that I began using in the MTC. I found some really wonderful insights that really apply more now than they did then. I wonder if sometimes the inspiration and revelation we receive is meant for us to use somewhere down the road, so why not record it?

I love each of you, and I love this work!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

week 41

We have had a wonderful week this week, with lots of lessons, new investigators, and wonderful weather that I'm savoring before it gets too hot and humid.

Monday we had a "Spring Cleaning" day for all the apartments throughout the mission, so that took up most of our day. That evening we visited with a less active member we ran into who lives in the same apartment complex as us. His name is Josh, and he's YSA age, so we will hopefully get him connected with some fellowshippers in from the YSA branch in the next week or so. He's great.

Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning and then exchanges for the rest of the day. Elder Whetton, one of the Zone Leaders, came to Maryland Heights with me. He's an amazing missionary. He's really talented on the piano as well! That evening we had a good lesson with Dorris, an investigator we've been working with for a while now. She had a stroke a couple of years ago, so it's hard for her to understand everything immediately.

Wednesday morning we did service at the food pantry in the morning, and then that afternoon we stopped by a part member family we've be working with. We had set a baptismal date with the daughter a couple weeks ago, and she promised to come to church on Sunday so she could be baptized. That evening we had Bible Study, and Josh, the less active, came with us! It was neat to see that he was sincerely motivated to learn more and come back to the fold. Sadly, we had to leave halfway through because there was a big storm, so President Morgan wanted all the missionaries to head home. It didn't turn out to be that bad, but I definitely enjoyed the thunder and lightning!

Thursday was a bunch of riding around on bikes for most of the day. That evening we had another lesson with Dorris, which was good. She mentioned that she felt very curious about what we believe and honestly wanted to keep learning more. We told her that that desire to learn was from God, evidence that she was on the right path.

Friday we weekly planned, got a new phone, and had a good visit with another part member family, the Walls.

Saturday we had Coordination meeting in the morning, and then that evening we picked up 3 new investigators! It was a family that we had fun into a while ago, and we finally got in the door. Nerman, the dad, is from Yugoslavia, Griselda, the mom, is from Mexico, and they have 3 kids. The daughter actually had picked up the Book of Mormon we had left and started reading it even before we had taught a lesson! We taught them the Restoration and are excited to keep working with them. After that, we were just about to turn in for the night, when Elder Vergara felt that we should go visit one more person. We did, and they ended up not even being home, but we talked to a young man named Jovanne who was really cool. We talked to him about the Book of Mormon for a little bit and then we felt inspired to ask him if he had any deep questions about life. He asked how we knew that God existed. We both testified to him of our own coming to know that He truly does live and love each of us, and the Spirit was almost tangible. It was amazing. We also left him with Alma 30, the chapter where Korihor denies the existence of God. He thanked us multiple times, telling us that he needed that. It was great!

Sunday morning we had a special session of Stake Conference. Our previous Stake President was called to the 6th quorum of the 70s, so we got to see the Stake Presidency reorganized.  Sadly, Victoria wasn't able to come, which means that we will have to reschedule her baptism. It's sad, but we will keep working with her. That evening we stopped by a potential investigator's house and were able to teach him a short Restoration lesson. He said that he had been going through some stressful things recently, but that he knew that the Book of Mormon could help him. It was pretty cool that he already recognizes that wonderful truth!

As I look back upon this past week, I really love seeing all the miracles that happen in my life, and really everyone's life. It reminds me of the counsel of the Prophet Joseph Smith in D&C 123:17: 
"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."

I know that that is so true. As we do our best, God is so much more able to shower blessings upon us and reveal His arm in our lives. As we look for those miracles that already happen in our lives (because they really are there in all of our lives), we will begin to see more and more how much our Father in Heaven truly does love us. I know that to be true.

I love this work, and I love all of you!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

week 40

We have had a very busy, but wonderful week. So many places to be, lessons to teach, and testimonies to bear. It's great!!

Monday, we played basketball for a while, which is always great. That evening we had a good visit with the Robinsons. He received the Aaronic priesthood a couple weeks ago and should be receiving a calling soon, too.

Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning, a Spanish lesson, dinner with a member, and then stopped by to talk to a potential investigator.

Wednesday morning we did service at the food pantry. After that we went to lunch with a member and one of his friends, which was cool. That evening we had Bible Study at the Payne's home.

Thursday we stopped by and talked to an investigator named Dorris, an older lady who was raised Baptist, but is willing to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. That evening we had a short visit with a recent convert named Catrena.

Friday we had Zone Conference, which was a blast. I love being in big meetings with a bunch of missionaries. There is such a powerful spirit. That evening we had a lesson with Denise and Dejah. Denise, the mother, is really having a hard time accepting that the Great Apostasy actually happened. It's amazing how many people out here have trouble accepting that. I never thought that would be such a pivotal point in the message of the Restoration, but it is. Without the Great Apostasy, there would never have been a need for a restoration. After that lesson we met with the Walls and challenged each of them to write down a question that night and pray and ask God that He would answer that question the next two days at General Conference.

Saturday was just wonderful. I absolutely LOVE General Conference!! What an amazing blessing is to receive such wonderful counsel from modern day Prophets and Apostles, called by God.

Sunday morning, a Spanish Investigator named Hector picked us up and came to the morning session of Conference. Yay!! He really enjoyed the messages. After the afternoon session, we taught Victoria, a teenager who never had been baptized because her mother was less-active. She is planning on being baptized on May 2, but she will have to gain the courage to come to Church for the next 3 weeks. 

I think one of my favorite talks from General Conference was Elder Holland's powerful testimony given of the necessity of the Atonement. What a wonderful message to know that Christ truly did pay the price for our sins, die, and rise again to die no more. Another talk that stuck with me was Bishop Causse's. I hope that I can be more amazed and in awe at the wonderful gift of the Atonement.

I hope each of you enjoyed the inspiring messages from General Conference! If you didn't get to watch all of them, then watch them! If you already did, then read them and study them because there is a wealth of wonderful direction from our Father in Heaven.

I love you all and I love this work!

I know that He lives!

The Church is True!


Elder Fullmer

week 39

Hello all! It's been a wonderful week to be a missionary! I'm definitely loving this wonderful Easter Season where there's so much to be grateful about, especially the fact that Christ lives!

Monday this past week we emailed, shopped, and then Elder Bishop packed up for the transfer Wednesday.

Tuesday we had District Meeting, and that was about it for that day.

Wednesday we had Transfer Meeting in the morning, and I got my new companion, Elder Vergara! He's awesome! He's originally from Mexico, but has lived in California for the past few years. He has a great desire to serve and bring every one we possibly can to the knowledge of the gospel. That evening we had Bible Study at our ward mission leader's house.

Thursday, we had another District Meeting, just to get to know everybody in the new District, and it went extremely well. It was our first District Meeting together as co-District Leader, and it turned out really well.

Friday evening we had an awesome lesson with the Walls, the part member family we have been working with. The Spirit was super strong, and he definitely felt it. We are just going to have to be patient with him as he overcomes some of his own concerns.

Saturday we had one of my first lessons in Spanish, so I was basically useless. Haha But it was still a great lesson, and the Spirit still feels the same in Spanish. 

Sunday we had Church in the morning, a great visit with a less active sister in the ward, a lesson with Victoria, the daughter of a less active member, who just agreed to be baptized on May 2!!!, and then we had a great lesson with Rafael, a man we found about a week ago who is super open hearted and has a ton of faith that God will truly answer his prayers.

It was a great week, and Elder Vergara and I are really looking forward to the rest of this transfer.

Also, just a few days ago, the Church released the Easter media-initiative for this year entitled "Because He Lives." They came out with a brand new video about the importance of recognizing the fact that Jesus Christ lives. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it at HeLives.mormon.org!! And then after you watch it, share it with everyone you can!! It has such a wonderful, inspiring message of hope and peace. We are so excited to share this with everyone we meet, and I hope you are, too!

I know Christ lives! And every day He is there to help us and guide us. 
Joseph Smith bore such a powerful testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ: 

 22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been giveof him, this is the testimonylast of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
 23 For we saw him, even on thright hand of Godand we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
 24 That by himand through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

I love this work, and I love all of you!


Elder Fullmer