Monday, May 23, 2016

Germany's Weather, Service Projects for Spring, and Pictures of things in Germany

"Largest German backyard I've seen" wrote Elder Fisher
May 16, 2016

   Summer kicked in this past month but then the winter wanted to stay a few more days and then it will be spring in a few days again. The weather in Germany cannot make up its mind, I think it is just about the craziest thing there is.

   Sounds like you had a full week over there, I feel like our week was pretty full as well. We had a couple service projects again and we also were able to find a few contacts as well. For our service projects this past week, we worked in a garden putting new dirt in and we also worked cutting wood for someone in the ward to help get them ready for the coming winter. I love working with my hands and being outdoors working, I think that is a good general idea to lead me into my future career.

A view that a member of their ward shared with
Elder Fisher and his companion
   Transfer day is on June 1st so I find out about next transfer on May 28th so I will find out if I’m staying in Minden or going on to another place.  Minden is about the size of W_______, without a big city right next to it. There is a lot to do with bread in Minden for whatever reason, I do not know why, but a few people in the ward work for a bread factory place here in town.

   My favorite way to meet people is through going by on old investigators and seeing if they have interest in meeting with us, and then dooring around where they live.
I studied from the Bible this week from the stories of Job and that was good to read. We also read through teachings of the prophet George Albert Smith as a companionship together and that is also pretty interesting.

Part of a WWI and WWII memorial in Petershagen.
   The last couple days have been the Pentecost celebration here in Germany so it has been a little bit quieter and my favorite people to visit this past week was a part member family that invited us over for because of the German holiday today and that is why I am writing later than usual. I get along with them very well and enjoy spending time with them. It was a really good eating appointment too, I enjoyed the food a lot and the desserts were spot on as well.

   Scripture of the week: Job 40:6 “Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, “Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.”

Quote of the week "My mission means everything to me!!!" Jeffrey R. Holland

That is about all I have for this week, but want to say that I love you and that I pray for you guys everyday too!

Another picture of the WWI and WWII memorial in Petershagen.


Elder Spencer Fisher

A Mother's Day call, spending time with family, and beautiful things in Germany

May 9, 2016

Elder Fisher during our Mother's Day video chat.
   The e-mail on that arrived on May 9th arrived the day after our Mother’s Day chat—our video chat time was 7:30 but by the time we got our technical issues worked out, it was close to 8 am.  It was good to see him and talk to him…and have all our family together at one time. 

Now for the email…..

   It was good being able to talk with you too, it was good to see everyone in the family too. I cannot believe how much C. and A. have grown and not just with height either. Thankfully, we do not have to worry about Skype not working again so that shouldn't be a problem. I enjoyed the call and, about the technical difficulties, you know me I'm easy.

A pretty sunset.
   I am amazed too, at how much time has passed.  I am still trying to work hard though, and not think about the time too much, because a missionary from my group mentioned how next month we only have 6 months left and I cannot believe it. I know I only have so much time left but I still feel like I have 2 years left.

   This past week we had 2 service projects and a ward activity. We got to meet a lot of ward members that we normally do not see and the spouses and children.

   This week we met a non-member friend of a member in our ward and that was cool, he was really funny and we did a service project with him so that was good.

   Today is my companion’s birthday and we are just going and looking at a bunch of stuff that he likes.

   Scripture of the week: Alma 56:47 “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.”

   Quote of the week: "mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." Forest Gump.

   That is about it for this week, have a good week, I love you and love getting your e-mails too.

Elder Spencer Fisher

Friday, May 6, 2016

Companionship exchanges, and a P-day Hike

May 2, 2016
Missionary hiking selfie with the district.

   We had a good week but nothing too big to report on I guess, we did service, had companion exchange, I was a little sick but got over it within 48 hours so all is good.
The weather here got cold for about a week again then it got warm again and should just keep warming up for the summer since it should start next month.

   My companion and I have found a few more things to talk about, but mainly we are just trying to find interests in each other or we explain things that interest us to one another.

   We had companion exchanges this past week:  The companion exchange is usually about 24 hours sometimes they last a little more or a little less depending on the schedule and everything. The companion exchange was good and we are having another one today.

Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal platz 
   The interesting place that I visited this week is what we visited for Pday today. We had a district P-day today which is where the 8 missionaries in our district get together to spend most of the day together, it was fun, we went for a little hike to see something called Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal Platz. Or at least something like that, it was pretty cool and the weather was nice as well so that always helps people to have a good day together.

   The food here I would say is pretty normal but I would also have to say that the members like giving us non German food, like lasagna, roast chicken (like you make), Arabian food, and other foods that are not actually from Germany.

   I noticed from pictures you sent that Flat Elder Fisher is still around. Are you planning on keeping him until I get home or something?

   I am glad that A. is liking her preschool, but I still cannot believe that she is old enough to start preschool now! She still did not even talk when I was home, I guess they grow up after almost a year and a half.

Kaiser Wilhelm
   Scripture of the week: John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”


A view from their hike

Elder Fisher and Illum with a
member of their ward

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Elder Fisher found a new pair of shoes!
Quote of the week: "There has always been terror, there is terror, and there will be terror, indeed there have been terrorists through all of this, there is no need to fear when we have the knowledge of the plan of Salvationist!" Approximate quote Jefferey R Holland

Love you lots and pray for you every day.

Elder Spencer Fisher

A short letter on missionary work

April 25, 2016

(This week’s letter had a lot of family references so the blog is short)

   We found a new investigator this past week who lives somewhat close to the church and we are meeting with him this coming Thursday and it should be a good appointment. We also have less actives to teach but as of right now there is not too much to report on but hopefully soon there will be something good to report on.

   I did not have an exchange this week but I do have exchanges this week on Wednesday and Tuesday.

   My current companion graduated high school before he came out on his mission, and he has been out about 14 months. Between the two of us, I do the cooking.  I have been to maybe 1-2 restaurants to eat my whole mission. We do not go all that often because they are expensive for us missionaries.

   Something that stood out to me in personal study this week is how Lehi tried teaching his sons as his final act before he died and didn't try doing something selfish.

   Scripture of the week: Proverbs 28: 25 “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.”

   Quote of the week "What is worse than being blind? Being able to see but (having) no vision" Heller Keller

I love you and hope that you have a good week.


Elder Spencer Fisher