Monday, May 25, 2015


May 25, 2015
A view from Annaberg Bucholz
The city I am in is actually called Annaberg-Bucholz because it was two small cities that formed together and made a medium sized city. I called it Annaberg B in my e-mail last week because I couldn`t remember the name of the part that started with a B. There are several Annabergs in Germany and this one is about a half hour drive from the Czech border or so (mom note: according to Google maps, it’s about 8 miles away from the Czech border).  The place where I am at is also very hilly too and we have to walk a lot of places as well, so I definitely get a good work out in every day.
There are just me and my companion in my new apartment. His name is Elder Tingey and he is from Tulsa Oklahoma. He went to BYU Provo for a year before coming on his mission. He has been out for about 8 months. His dad served in Germany right after the Cold War and baptized about 10 people here and I have met some of the people his Dad baptized.
The ward here has an actual church building!!! I haven`t attended church in a regular church building for 7 months because of school and the MTC and my last ward. (mom note: when Elder Fisher was in college and at the MTC, church meetings were held on-campus in various classrooms—and in Halle, they met for church on the first floor of an office building)  The ward here is a little bigger but not by too much and we have the full three hours of church on Sunday as well. The ward is good and they try to help the missionaries
Elder Fisher attending a baptism
I didn`t meet anyone during finding this week but I did meet a lot of people from the ward and people that are investigating the church. I arrived last Tuesday and there were two baptisms on Saturday so that was cool. It was an older married couple that have been investigating the church—about the past two years for her and for him it has been the past six months. One of the APs taught the couple too so that was cool to find out.
You asked about the döners and they have them all over Germany but the best ones are in the former East Germany because that is where a lot of the immigrants move to and open up the businesses.
Germany celebrates the Pentecost when Paul baptized all those people but it isn`t Memorial Day.
Scripture of the week:  3 Nephi 5:20-21   “ I am Mormon, and a pure descendant of Lehi. I have reason to bless my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, (and no one knew it save it were himself and those whom he brought out of that land) and that he hath given me and my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls. Surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob, and hath been merciful unto the seed of Joseph."
I hope everything is going good at home and I am enjoying the pictures of everyone´s adventures and the pictures of my niece and nephew. Thank you for the prayers
Elder Fisher

P.S. I got my mission iPad last Friday.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Goodbye Halle! Hello Annaburg!

May 18, 2015
Transfer calls came in last week and we found out that the Elders Program in the city of Halle is getting closed and I am being transferred to Annaburg-B.  Annaburg on the mission map is in the lower far right corner (Mom note: I learned this is due in part to the addition of an area to the mission so some areas needed to be restructured).  My new companion’s name is Elder Tingey.  I will be leaving for Annaburg tomorrow and will have more information about him next Monday. When we are getting transferred, we have to call our new companions and arrange for what is a good time to get there, what the area is like, and what platform I will be getting off at the train station.   Since they are closing the Elder’s program, it was a pretty crazy week—we have been prepping the apartment for next week because no one living here and it has been a lot of running around and getting most of that done getting that all taken care of but we got it done. We also had a zone training meeting in Leipzig so with everything going on we didn’t have a lot of time to meet new people so I really do not have any cool or crazy stories this week.  I am officially done with my training today so that is some pretty exciting news too.
In my new area I will be like a 20 minute train ride from the Czech border I think.  Hearing that reminded me of dad’s one companion that kept wanting to visit Norway on P-Day (Elder Fisher’s dad served a mission in Denmark which is a 50 mile boat ride away—they didn’t visit Norway). .
You asked me what a joint teaching assignment is--A joint teach is when a member goes with the missionaries for teaching a lesson, it is what I used to do with the missionaries when I went teaching with them.
I think my friends (soon-to-be Elders P. and R. and Sister E) are leaving in just a few weeks and I will be reaching 5 months out!!! That is so crazy--I feel like I just went into the MTC!!!! It is really weird how fast time is flying by but it is a good reminder to keep working hard and always have a good and healthy work ethic.
I am eating my fruits and vegetables more now too which is weird but I think that they taste better here for some reason.  I am also learning a lot about European cars too because I ask the members and different people here about certain brands of cars and stuff.  I think Germany is so great and the people are wonderful even if some of them have a few flaws. I really like it here and I really understand why missionaries say they want to live where they served at the end of their missions, because I think it will be cool to study here for a few years or even live here.
The scripture for the week is kinda funny at the beginning but the second verse is really good I think.  1 Kings 12:6-7  “And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever."   Later on though, Rehoboam turns from their advice and chooses to rule with heavy burdens and with brutality because he turned away from the advice of these "Old Men or Elders"
Quote is "Missionary work is but home teaching to those who are not now members of the church, and home teaching is nothing more or less than missionary work to church members." Harold B. Lee.
Anyways love you and I promise to have lots of information about my new companion and area next week. Love you tons and hope you have a good week.

Elder Fisher

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day and the Blessings of Technology

May 11, 2015
Elder Fisher during our Skype call
            This past week was Mother’s Day and all over the world families waited patiently for their chance to talk on the phone or Skype with their missionary who is serving a mission.  Our opportunity came at 7 am on Sunday morning with a Skype phone call from Halle, Germany.  Today’s blog includes some of the things we talked about and then the letters we received this morning—which were really short because we got to spend time talking face-to-face.  Technology is a wonderful blessing.

Elder Fisher's missionary badge.
May 10, 2015

**Where are you Skyping from?
         We live on the middle floor of an apartment building. The floor below and the floor above are families that are related to each other.  One family has a father who is really into computers and their home has a great set up for wireless internet.  All four of the missionaries in Halle are here Skyping at the same time in different rooms of the house (no headset required!).

**What time do you get up in the morning? Go to bed? What is your morning schedule like?
    We get up at 6:30 am and go to bed at 10: 30 pm.  After breakfast, we have personal study time from 8-9 am, companionship study from 9-11 am. Then we have lunch, then we have language study before we go out “finding”. We spend an hour extra in study time because I’m still training.  That will change after next week when my training is complete.  After my training is complete, I will probably get a new companion. My companion has been in Halle since he arrived in Germany so he will probably get transferred.

**How do you get around town?
    We usually walk (about 6 miles a day) or ride public transportation.   The zone leaders have cars to go from one town to another but most places are apartment buildings so a car isn’t very helpful.

**How often do you have district meeting? Zone conferences? Mission conferences?
       We have district meetings once a week, zone conferences once every transfer (or 6 weeks), and mission conferences as needed (about twice a year)

**How is your German coming along?
   Good—it’s hard for me to remember some English words at times (he demonstrated his German and when he was trying to tell us something, there were a couple of times he really had to think about the work he needed.)

**How often do you eat at church member’s homes? What do you eat you eat when you are making your own food?
   We eat at member’s homes about once a week, and there is a blind sister in our ward that feeds us every other week besides that.  We have big lunches but for dinners we usually have sandwiches.

**What tourist/cultural things have you seen?
   We were able to tour a chocolate factory but we can’t visit the museums in this area because they are closed on Mondays which is our day to explore.  In the town square of Halle is a church that is 500 years old which is actually next door to where we meet for church which is on the ground floor of an office building. On Mondays, after we study and do e-mail, we do our shopping and other tasks.

**How is the weather now?
   It’s warmer but we never know what the weather is.  We look out and if it’s cloudy we take our jackets.  It will be nice when we get our iPads because we will have a weather app so we will know the daily weather.

 **How are they going to handle the iPads? (the German missions are the first European missions to be getting them) 
   Each missionary will get them and they will have the apps pre-installed and they will be owned by the mission.  We had a 3 hour training meeting at the last mission conference to explain how to use the iPads to increase missionary work.  If a missionary downloads an app on their iPad, the iPads are monitored to make sure the apps are appropriate.  We will be able to e-mail our ward mission leader on a daily basis and then be able to send our weekly e-mails home from the church instead of the internet café like we do now.  The iPads will have all the church materials on them so it will be easy to get information to show people.  (the missionaries had so fun showing how much the iPads would help the missionary work--you can see this at Germany Berlin Mission blog entry for May 7, 2015--can you find Elder Fisher?)

This week’s letter--

    This last week we had a lesson with a German guy which was really cool and I forgot to tell you about and also my first joint teach on my mission last Saturday too.
    Scripture for the week in honor of Mother’s Day yesterday isAlma 56:48 "And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." the stripling warriors told this to Helaman.
   "I have seen angels, I have had revelations, seen visions, but the greatest of all is that still small voice."  Wilford Woodruff talking to J Golden Kimball
   Okay, that is all I can think of right now. All is well here and hope you have another good week and you and mom are keeping busy.  Just so you know I love you and I am so happy that I was able to talk to you yesterday.  
Love you so much
Love Elder Fisher

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Palm Trees and a Donkey??

May 4, 2015  
Flowering trees mean springtime has finally arrived in Germany

   All is going good here in Germany and I am having lots of fun. This past week we probably spent more than 20 hours doing finding this past week. It was intense to say the least. We didn`t find any new investigators this week either but I have been seeing ways that I am able to improve and become an even better missionary. Only two more full weeks left in my training so that is some pretty exciting stuff I´d say!

A palm tree? in Germany?

Elder Fisher selfie with the palm tree
 I eat a lot of fruit here in Germany now for some reason but Germans also have fruit with like everything so maybe that is why. I actually kinda of like fruit I didn`t think I would say that a year ago!

   I also noticed this week that my English is just really starting to be bad and I do not notice it unless someone points it out so I apologize for any grammar or spelling mistakes I may have in my letters for the next year and a half.  


Elder Fisher

Bonus picture--to illustrate that Germans are pranksters--someone replaced an old donkey with a newer model recently: