Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Investigators, Rain, and Plans for the Coming Week

June 13, 2016

   This week for us was a little slower, the investigator that was making really good progress decided that he did not have any interest anymore and doesn't want us to contact him anymore. Sad but I hope that he opens his heart again later in the future and makes the covenants with our Heavenly Father and all of that good stuff. Other than that we had a few member appointments this week and met with some people who like us but aren’t making a whole lot of progress but they were at least nice. 

   For P-day, we are doing nothing today because it is raining and when it rains here, we do not usually ride the bikes, we ride with the buses. It is a lot drier.

   My favorite thing to cook is chicken quesadilla wraps. They taste really good. My companion likes to cook goulash.

   We have not had any ward activities lately but we usually do stuff with ward members all the time so it feels like we always have some sort of a ward activity.

   This week we were not able to meet anyone too interesting but we were able to get a church headquarters referral on Saturday so hopefully we will meet someone interesting this coming week. We also have a few service projects this week, a few member appointments, companionship exchanges, and later this week we have a Zone Training Meeting.  We also have interviews with President Fingerle, we will see what he has to say about life so it should be a good week. Other than that there is not too much to report on.

   My favorite thing to study this week were older Ensign articles, sometimes they have some pretty interesting stuff in them about other religions or older issues relating to the church, they were interesting to read.

   Scripture for the week: Genesis 1:26--a good one to remember, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

Quote for the week "it takes a big dog to way a ton" (mom note: favorite family saying)

Love you and hope that you have a good week,


Elder Spencer Fisher

Chocolate Factory, Missionary Teaching, and P-day activities

June 6, 2016

   We had a regional stake conference yesterday so fast and testimony meeting was a week ago, but they were both very good.

   Last p-day, we went to the outlet center for the chocolate factory, so all of the chocolate that broke in the factory or didn't look so pretty they sell there, The actually factory was about a 30 minute walk so we didn't want to walk it. This Pday we have a little bit of service projects and then baking cookies at the end of the day.

   My companion and I share the cooking, cleaning I do more of, but I look at it as a way to serve my companion and I have become a lot cleaner on the mission, and cannot put up with dirty apartments anymore.

   This week we met with our investigator 2 times, he wants to be baptized and is trying to keep the commandments that we are teaching him as well, he is really good. Yesterday we walked around in a park with an old lady who wanted to know more about us and our church, it was for about 30 minutes I think so that was pretty cool. This coming week should be pretty busy for us if all of our appointments work out and do not fall out. We hope and pray for that.

   In summer, it is sometimes hard to not think of California beaches and other fun stuff like that but we just keep moving along and staying focused.

   I am making lists of all of the commandments and things we are encouraged to do and things that we are warned not to do in the scriptures so that is very interesting to study.
Scripture for the week: Jacob 2:18 “But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God."

   Quote of the week "Sometimes it is easier for us to help a stranger than to help someone who's history and character we know" (approximately) Elder Kearon

   I do not need anything else right now but I will let you know if anything comes up.


Elder Spencer Fisher

Monday, June 13, 2016

Zone Conference, Bielefeld, Herford, and Service Projects

May 30, 2016

   I cannot believe that school is already out for the year! That is ridiculous! It never went by that fast when I was going to high school, but I am doing something a lot better know so that is probably why it is going by a lot faster and more enjoyable.  Thanks for the list of seniors and where they are going, and you can tell C. & D. that I thank them as well. Looks like a lot of them will be heading out to BYU Idaho. It will be cool to see a few of them at school.

   It was transfer day last Wednesday but I’m not moving for transfers and I am staying in Minden with my current companion.

   For P-day last week, we went to Bielefeld.  We saw the city and I got a few more short sleeve shirts and then went to a city called Herford and bought some really good chocolate from a chocolate factory.

   For service this week we didn't help in the garden but we are helping a member with their future apartment and getting it ready for new wiring and piping and everything.

   Yesterday at our eating appointment we got hot dogs which were really good but we ate a lot of food and we do not really want to eat hot dogs for a while now.

   The one appointment fell out and the other one went good and he said he wanted to be baptized! but the actually baptismal date will come a little latter.

   This past week we had Zone Conference, it was really good, but we did not hear anything about the new missionary dress code at all (the sunglasses and hats new rule) so I think our mission will probably not change our rules. In our mission we do not really need them, at least not like they do in South America or Africa or Pacific Islands or something.  (mom note: whenever we check the weather where Elder Fisher is serving, it is raining about 50% of the time).

   Scripture for the week: Jacob 1: 19 “And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day.”

   Quote of the week: "I teach them the principles and then they govern themselves" (approximately) Joseph Smith

   That is about it but I am ready for June and hopefully some warmer weather will come with it as well. I love you guys and hope that you have a good week too!

Elder Spencer Fisher

Hannover Zone, Germany Berlin Mission, week of May 23, 2016
(if you click on the picture, it will enlarge it for easier viewing)

Tornado, new Missionary Clothing guidelines, and Blessings

May 23, 2016

   Well, it is sort of well in Germany, there was a tornado in Minden yesterday (May 22nd). No big deal though (Video posted of Tornado)  (mom note: if you Google Minden tornado, there are a few pictures online).

   My companion and I either share the cooking now, or help prepare stuff.  And we ride the bikes a lot still.

   I did not here about the missionary wear but we have Zone Conference this week so maybe we will hear something. We haven't heard anything about this new rule for the sunglasses and hat thing, but maybe at zone conference even they will say something. (another mom note: missionaries can now wear hats and sunglasses on warm, sunny days)

   This past week we found a new investigator that we will be meeting with Tuesday and a referral that we will be meeting with on Wednesday so it should be a good week from what we have planned this week.

   My favorite thing to do (on P-day) is going to the church and playing football with our branch president. Today we are going to Bielefeld, a big city, for P-day to go exploring.

I was reading Psalms this past week and really realized how much the Lord gives to us.

   Scripture of the week Psalms 23:3-4:  “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

   Quote of the week: "I am going to take out my watch and give you five minutes to name me a better man (than the prophet of God)"--J. Golden Kimball

Love you and hope that you guys have a good week too!

Elder Spencer Fisher