From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 6:21 AM

Querida Familia,

This week was great. The news is that I'm still here in Jardim Limoeiro. I'm happy here, the ward is just great! Actually I'm really excited because my new companion is new! I'm a father as we say on the mission. He's way cool. He's from Lynden Utah. I'm really excited to show him what Brasil is like. This week was great.

We have been teaching two really great rapazes (young men). They both have a date to be baptized on the 8th of November. I pray and hope that they can continue to progess and can enter into the Holy covenant of Baptism. And then on Sunday it was a great experience. I was able to watch Madalena and Rafael complete the other part of the baptism. For they recived the gift of the Holy Ghost. What a special experience. I will never forget them. What a marvelous couple they are. I can not express the love that I have for them. They are beginning to grow in the gospel. Madalena is really excited. She even went with the president of the Relief Society to visit less active sisters!! She is so great! I feel really blessed to have known this great couple. Then we were blessed by a man that came to the church. Actually my companion and I made a contact with him on the street. And I think we couldn't set up a time with him so I just told him where the church was. He was really cool but just let it pass my mind. Then on Sunday he showed up at the church!! He said he had gotten on the bus and then asked someone on the bus (who luckily is a member ) where the church was. And he arrived. He is way cool. I'm hoping that we can teach him and he continues to have the desire to learn more about the Restoration of the gospel.Also this week we received another dupla of missionaries in are area. Acutally are area split!! It was so cool. So now there are 4 of us in apartment. I'm excited because the other senior missionary was my companion in Rio. It's going to be great. I'm really excited for this transfer!

Well I hope you are all well. Just remember that we must hang in there. Even when we have trials we must endure to the end. As the prophet said we need to have happiness in the journey of life. We must look for the best in all things. For if we do our part, the Lord will keep His promises and we will be blessed. I love you all much. I hope all goes well! Today we are going to go buy furniture for our apartment! Ha ha we need beds for the other elders!Also on friday we are having our conference! Elder Jay Jesen from the seventy is going to visit. It should be really good. Im excited!!

Com Amor
Elder Fischer

p.s. thanks for all you letters! I got the missionties! I can't believe all the snow that hit Colorado! I hope Aaron is better! I wish all a great week!!

p.s.s i still can´t beleive what happened with Sandy. It's almost like a movie. I can´t beleive it. How are the kids ? What are they doing? Thats really sad. I hope that the kids remain firm in the gospel. How did you find out about her death?

From: Elder Jonathan Fischer

Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 6:11 AM

Queirda família,

Wow what a week!I can´t believe the transfer is already over. Tommorrow the new transfer will start. This week was a great week. My companion and I were blessed with the opportunity to help a very special casal(couple)enter into the path of Christ this weekend. It was a great blessing to see them marry on Saturday and be baptized on Sunday. It was a great wedding. The ward came together and it turned out great. Then the baptism was fantastic. The president of the relief soceity gave a breif talk and bore her testimony. It was amazing. Very spiritual. This truly is the Lord´s work. I hope everyone in the baptism felt the truthfulness of this great missionary work. Madalena and Rafael are great. I will never forget them.

Also we have been working with a young adult that had already met the missionaries. Wow. He is great. He has been progressing very well. He said that he had already been given the chance to hear the gospel and this time he is going to follow. He has a date to be baptized on the 8th. I pray that he continues to have the desire to follow the example of Christ and be baptized!! What an elect!

I'm excited to see what will happen with transfers. Mom aftering hearing the lastest news. I just want you to know that God knows our situations. He knows what is best. For we learn from the lessons of life. I know that the power of prayer is real. But, also that we cannot change the will of God. We are so blessed as members of the church. We are rich- we have a richness that cannot be taken away from us. For we have the greatest knowledge! We know for ourselves that God lives, Chirst His Son lives, and that His Church is on the earth. That the power to seal families for all eternity is on the earth once again. We must not be fearful even though we are living in the last days. I know that we all difficulties. Whatever they may be we will overcome them. But we must continue. As Presidente Dieder F. Uchtdorf mentioned ( I think) , we cannot be distracted by the little things. We cannot lose sight. WE have the light. I know that Jesus Chirst is our Savior. I know that this is His Church- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I don´t think I know it ..I know it. I know that the Holy Ghost is real. I have felt the power he has and cannot deny it. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer

p.s. How's the weather? It's really heating up here!! Yikes!! Are there a lot of Halloween decorations? p.s.s mom I got your package! Thanks so much !! I love you much

October 12, 2009

From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 7:06 AM

Queirda família,

This week went by so fast! I can´t believe that this is the last week of the transfer!! Already! This was great.

We met some great people this week. This week we did an activity during lunch with one member to retrieve references. We call it the "the ark of..´´place the name of the member´´. Its great because we ask them to write down the names of their friends that live in the bairro that they would save. In doing this we ended up with a great reference. It turns out that the member's neice lives close by..never went to church and has only 5 months here in this state. We visted her and she promised she would go to church. Then on Friday we returned and taught the neice and her husband. They are not married but they marked the 25th of october to turn in their papers to marry. I'm excited. Im hoping that the uncle of this neice can help them through the marriage process. Maybe even loan them money so they can get married faster. The couple went to church this weekend. It seemed liked they enjoyed it.

Also this weekend Junior was confirmed. He's such a great kid. And this weekend I'm so exited. Madalena and Rafael will get married in the chapel and then on Sunday they will be married. I'm exited. I pray that everything goes well. My companion and I have been extremly blessed.

This truly is the Lord´s work. This Sunday was great too. It was fast and testimony meeting. The spirit was so strong. It was a great spiritual boost. The spirit is so incredible-it's influence is undeniable.

I know that Heavenly Father knows each and everyone of us. He wants us to make the right choices-but we must choose. Will we follow? We must continue in faith. A mission has been a great blessing in my life. We all experience difficulites-we share a common trait -as brothers and sisters in zion we must remember to support each other and keep on going. I know that Christ lives. He loves us and is our advocate. I know that I am not perfect by any means but I'm trying. I know that all of us can have more peace and joy in our lives through the restored gospel of Christ.

I love you much! I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for all you do! I love getting your missionties! Thanks! I love you all!

Com amor,
Elder Fischer
From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 6:55 AM

Queirda familia,

Well as for this week. I received your letters! Wow there was a mountain after the mail strike stopped! Thanks so much. It was great to see your photos! Nicole --haah-- Casch is growing so fast!! :) Can´t wait to see him. Mom you look so skinny !!! Ha hah I loved the pictures of the trip. The arches ..I want to visit that place!! As for last´p-day we visited the covento da Penha. Its a Catholic church way high up that overlooks the city. I will show you guys photos next week. It was way fun. I even saw a monkey ha ha ha! I took pics. I´ll send them next week. And today we are going to the chocolate factory. I'll take pics! I'm excited I love the chocolate factory ha ha ha..But, as for this week:

We have been teaching Maria da Penha, Madalena and Rafael. Wow these people are so great. Madalena and Rafael will be married and baptized on the 17th and the 18th. I'm so excited for them. They are so special. My companion and I have been so blessed. Maria da Penha, She is so great. She has two restaurants and last night she agreed that she would not sell alcaholic drinks in them. Wow. She is special. She went to conference-2 sessions! The second session she watched which was the last, I think she liked more. What a blessing it is to take part in this marvelous work. She is searching for something and wants to change her life. She has a date to be baptized! The 25 of October. I pray that she continues to make the changes in her life so that she can enter into the holy covenant of baptism.

As for conference, Wow! I loved conference! It was such a great spiritual experience. I especially liked David. A. Bednar´s talk and Jeffery R. Holland. I could feel the power and authority that Jeffery R. Holland has when he gave his talk. Wow. He is the warrior of the church. What inspirational men of God that are leading the Church of our savior Jesus Christ. I feel so blessed to have the privilege to hear the words of the prophets. To hear their counsel and feel the truthfulness of their divine callings. I would like to thank you all. Each one of you. For the love and support that you have been giving me. I thank you for your prayers and your letters. I love you all very much.

I hope that we all can remember the words that were said in the conference. Especially how we as children of God have families, and we can live together forever--- but we need to make the right choices in this life. For if we do not prepare us in this life and avoid the temptations of the adversary everyday -How will we be able to live in the presence of our father? We need to support one another and as Presidente Uchtdorf said, as member of the Church we need to try to develop the divine attribute of Love. If we continue to do so in this life we can live together forever; that the promises made in the temple will be fulfilled. I am so grateful to be a member of the church. I know that this is the only true church on the face of the earth, that the heavens are open and that we are living in the last days -the last dispensation. I know that Joseph smith gave his life to restore the church of our savior Jesus Christ. That even though he was persecuted he continued on and brought forth another light of Christ -The book of Mormon. I know that this book if the word of God. For we can feel the spirit as we read this holy divine scripture. I hope each and everyone of you have a great week. I pray for you all and wish the best!

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer