Monday, July 25, 2016

The German People, Missionary Service, and the Benefits of a long Stay in one Branch

July 11, 2016

   The weather is also pretty nice for the most part as well. For 4th of July) I ate this huge plate with corn on the cob, shrimp, steak, and chicken and salad, and fries. Wasn't actually very Mexican for my food but it tasted really good. We found knockoff root beer at a supermarket, and yes most Europeans do not like root beer, they say it tastes like tooth paste.

   My favorite thing to see in Minden so far is probably the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument. It was really cool to see, also we see it on the top of the hill everyday whenever we go outside pretty much.

   We talked about the spirit this past week at district meeting and setting district goals, of what we want to accomplish in the coming transfer.

   Most members in the ward are German, there is a member from Peru, a member from Jamaica, a couple from Nigeria, and I believe that is it.  We met with a long time investigator this past week and that was pretty cool because we read a chapter in the Book of Mormon and he realized that the Book of Mormon really just talks of Christ and his mercy towards us and that we can be saved through the atonement of Jesus Christ, that was really cool to see and experience someone realize that at one time.

(mom note: the following are some specific question’s for Elder Fisher and his answers)

What do you like about the German People?  I like the way a lot of them do business and take care of thing. Also most are very clean and have spotless houses, I like that a lot.

What customs, traditions, personality traits do you like?  I like Christmas here a lot, kinda sad I do not get to celebrate it here again, culture-the bakeries are really good, also that art is very important to them, Personality traits-They are honest and for the most part do not beat around the bush, I have learned to really like that and picked it up myself to not beat around the bush.

What do Ward members do that help the missionaries?  They give us service a lot which helps us to get to know them better and to help someone as well.

And, what do you wish they did, or did better?  I wish they would do their home and visiting teaching.

What do you like about serving a long time in one area, and what do you not like?   I love knowing the members so good and I feel like I am actually a part of the ward now. I feel like I know most of the people on the streets or at least recognize them from finding or just going around the city.

(mom note: back to his regular letter)

   I got some much needed clothing and I was able to get the shoes repaired as well, I bought these shoes like a year ago in Germany but when you walk every day for several hours, it makes the shoe kind of fall apart. However, I got them fixed completely for 25 euro so no need to worry.

   How many refugees are coming into the US? I think I heard at one time that the US took in about 10000 or so but I am not sure. We see refugees almost every day walking around and a lot of the times they just seem so sad and we cannot really give them any comfort because they do not speak German or English, anything you do can make a difference though, I know that. 
    (mom note: If you would like ideas on how to help refugees in your community, please visit I Was A Stranger--there are videos and lists of ideas on how to reach out to help those who are refugees or in crisis in your community. You can also view: I Was a Stranger: Love One Another.  

   Scripture of the week: Alma 12 :8 “And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?”

   Quote of the week "it [joining the church] will bring you into the greatest fraternity in the   world"-Gordon B. Hinckley

Love ya,

Elder Spencer Fisher

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