Mission to be Split

From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:12 PM

Calm. The internet sucks pra caramba!

Ahh. im sending you my week long e-mail now! :)
Oi tudo Bem?

This week flew by again!! On Tuesday we had our conference. It was great. I love conferences. There was a lot of great things said. One of things I want to speak about, is our impact in the lives of others. Presidente Pickett gave a talk about the father of the sister in law of Sister Pickett. He served in Brasil for three years. Serving and loving the people he did his best. But as his mission came to an end, he looked to his baptisms to look at his ´´success´´´. How many baptisms had he performed, 1. How could this be? Was he a good elder? As the years passed he received a notice. It was the son of the one man that he had baptized. Turned out that his family had grown in the gospel and his son became a setenna as he is today. Elder Aidukatis. So, did the missionary literally baptize a thousand of people like Amon? No, but the impact that he had was very significant that led to many baptisms. As a matter of fact, The brother of Elder Aidukatis is my Presidente of the Branch. Interesting how small the world is.

Also I have breaking news from the conference.

The president told everyone that our mission will not exisit anymore. . I know. So what will happen? Our mission will become Mission Vitoria. It will not include any cities of rio, except one city, Campos. I already served there. And our mission will include a part of Belo Horizante, other mission that is interiror that is undergoing changes. So our mission will shrink. But what about the missionaries like me in Rio? What will happen. Well, Presidente does not know. Its probable that we will all just go to Espirito Santo. But, there is a chance that we could just stay in the other mission. Interesting huh? I want to stay will President Pickett. But I will go where the Lord wants me to go. Serving the Lord is serving the Lord. Im so grateful for the opportunity to serve. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and Redeemer. He lives. He is the light.

This transfer is coming to an end already. It ends 5 of the May. It's the shortest transfer in the year- 5 weeks.

The work is still going great. My companion and I have been blessed. We have one investigator who is special. She is an elderly lady. Her name is Luzia. She is just eating up the gospel. She quit smoking and drinking coffee about 20 +- years ago because of her health. She is progressing well. She loves the Church. Im really excitied for her. She says that she feels light when she leaves the church. When she reads The Book Of Mormon it is so clear.

Also I received my packages. All of them. Thank you so much it was so great. I can´t begin to describe how thankful I am. Also I received a card from Karina. Tell her thanks. I wrote her a card but I know it will take forever to get there. But can you tell her thanks and that the card is coming? Also, I burned all the pics. Its about 300. I think that it should be enough photos huh? I will mail it tomorrow.!

Well I hope you all have a great week!

From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:48 AM

Wow Sounds like things are heating up there in the U.S. I mean mom, your going to a protest. It sounds like there is going to be a revolutionary war!

But, here in Brazil things are chill.haha On Wednesday we went to Outback Stakehouse in Niteroi to celebrate my birthday and the birthday of one elder. It was good. The food was really good. I think it was made better than in the states haha.

Also this week, me and my companion have been attacking our area trying to find those people that are ready to hear the gospel. We have been blessed to say the least. We have some great investigators right now. Maria Madalena, she is a single mom who once knew the sisters. She has decided to make a change in her life. She has been taking the steps necessary to prepare for baptism. Praying, she will be baptized this Sunday. Also, we have another investigator. She is strong in the Catholic church. She loves her church. But the strange thing is she has accepted everything we have taught her. She stopped drinking coffee. She went to two of the conference sessions Saturday and Sunday. And she felt the spirit strongly. But, she still cant give up her catholic church. We have taught her many times that this is the true church that her church does not have authority. Last night especially was special. We taught her again for the 3rd time the list lesson to clarify that this is the true church. When I bore testimony i knew she was feeling the spirit. I could see it in her eyes. And I bore testimony that she was feeling the spirit and that when we are here, HE is here with us. And that we are representative of Jesus Christ. I know she has been continually touched. But as she says she is waiting for a response from her prayers. We challenged her to sacrifice a Sunday to attend our meeting instead of her mass. Praying and time will tell. Also we have been teaching this Elderly lady. Wow, she is great. She lives really really close to the church. She used to frequent a Church called Maranata. But, she said when she visited our church she felt something. When she left, she felt peace. She Said that when she prayed about these things she felt lighter. She is a great investigator.

But, this week went by fast again. Its amazing how fast things are going. Im sorry my e-mails are not very long. Really, I don´t have a lot of time. Im going to burn a cd today and send it to you of all of my pictures.

Well I hope you are all well. This week I was readying in Helaman. In chapter 5. What a great story. As it states in verse 12 of Chapter 5. We need to build our foundation upon Christ. He is our rock. And if men do this, they will not fall. Really we must ask ourselves, are our foundations constructed upon Him and His teachings? Are our works and desires enrooted in His doctrine and principles? Also in that same chapter I read something great. When Nephi and Lehi were in Prison. They were going to be slain. But because of the Lord, they were encircled with fire. A fire that did not burn them nor the walls of the Prison but showed the authority in which God has, and the authority of God that they possessed. Really we must ask our selves, do we have the faith to be courageous? Are we examples of Righteousness in which we can become instruments in the hands of the Lord? Could we be encircled by fire? Are we building a house that is established on His teachings and is spiritually encircled by fire?!

I love you all much. I think and pray for each one of you!

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer


From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 8:31 AM

Oi tudo bem?

How are you all doin? My birthday was great. I was able to watch conference and a member (who is awesome), made a really good lunch for me. She cooked carne assado and she bought a really good cake! It was a cake made with bon bons!!Haha on the mission this is a party! It was really good. And she gave me a really cool shirt with Rio stuff on it. It was great! I want to send photos but this lan house is horrible. I can't send pics.

Also this conference was great. One talk I liked in particular was by David A. Bednar. It was a great talk on temples; it was inspirational. I like how really we can have the fire of the temple covenant; every member needs to remember this. Really the temple is the holiest place on the earth. We have the opportunity to feel more peace and happiness in our lives. We need to take advantage and remember the significance ofthe temple.

As for this area, the work is coming along. Really I have been blessed. Im excited about a couple investigators. Yesterday we found a senhora(old lady) who is awesome. Im excited because the gospel will change her life. She is so humble and kind; when we were teaching I could see the desire in her eyes. This is the power of the Holy ghost, this is the power of the gospel.

Well I hope you all have a great week!

Thanks for all of your cards and e-mails.

Com amor,
Elder Fischer