August 3, 2015
I am being transferred across the country and will be going to the other corner of the mission to a place called Bad Bentheim which is next to the Holland border (mom note--it's about 8 miles from the border of the Netherlands--if you can look on a map, Elder Fisher is basically doing a diagonal move across the mission--he's going from southeast to northwest) The place I am going to is actually a branch and I do not really know anything about it yet. My companion here in Annaberg will be staying and will be training a new missionary.
The new mission president is all about focusing on the temple and he will be doing a lot more stuff in Freiberg now because that is where the temple is at in our mission. Also he is HUGE with member missionary work and he always says, “Do not invite the one, invite all your friends to hear the gospel”. The mission has a totally different feel to it now I think but it is really cool.
The Annaberg ward does do a lot of activities but the specific activities are not printed out for people to see. However, they happen every week and everyone knows about it. They do all kinds of things for ward activities. They do not have Young Single Adult (YSA) wards in Germany but there are stake YSA activities and institutes in the bigger cities.
You asked what a “cliff hanger” lesson was. The cliff hanger idea is when we finish the first lesson and then at the end have a huge lead in into the Plan of Salvation or other gospel topic and then say we don’t have time today to talk about this though so could we come back again to explain because this it is a large part of our church.
The iPads are useful but still it is a trial and error kinda deal right so we are still trying to figure it out. We can show Mormon messages now in lessons and have much more material for lessons on hand to use since we have these iPads. For instance, we have the Liahona, general conference talks, pamphlets, and scriptures in every published language almost.
We usually aren’t able to do too much if we meet someone who doesn’t speak German or English but we can use Google translate if we have wi-fi with our iPads. But we did get to translate for someone this week-- There is this family in our Annaberg ward whose son lives in America. Their family came to visit and the son’s wife and daughter do not speak German. We translated for them and we got to talk to people in English which I really haven't been able to do in three months--other than at missionary conferences with other missionaries.
As for interesting people this week, we were dooring this one street and the last person whose doorbell we rang, come down and said that we should have learned last time (have never seen this man before) and said he forbade us from coming back last time (not legal to do) so that was a funny experience to have.
When we go shopping, we buy everything at once (at the grocery store) but we might go to a bakery a few times a week to get a dessert or bread or something.
My favorite thing that I ate this week was grill meat with homemade French fries and a broccoli cheese soup. It was amazing. (mom note: I’m assuming someone made this for them—Elder Fisher’s cooking abilities do not include soup).
Scripture for the week is Ether 12: 37 "And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father."
Quote of the week: "In distinguishing communism from the United Order, President David O. McKay said that communism is Satan’s counterfeit for the gospel plan, and that it is an avowed enemy of the God of the land. Communism is the greatest anti-Christ power in the world today and therefore the greatest menace not only to our peace but to our preservation as a free people. By the extent to which we tolerate it, accommodate ourselves to it, permit ourselves to be encircled by its tentacles and drawn to it, to that extent we forfeit the protection of the God of this land."
Love you and hope you have a good week.