From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 5:23 AM

Queirda Família,

This week was amazing. It was a week of miracles. For we know that they exist.
On Monday we received an e-mail from President that told us that we needed to set really crazy goals and try to get them this week. And that’s when the miracles started.

This week we were really blessed. We found so many new people and marked dates. It was such a blessing. I know that this is the Lord's work, for if this truly was not I would not have received the help that I do and have found the people that have been waiting for it. It incredible to see how real this work is. This is the Lord's church. We must never forget. We have evidences or special experiences that show us each one of us that these things are true. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church. To be here in the Vitoria mission. To be in Jardim Limoeiro. What a blessed area. The field is truly white and ready to harvest. We must do our best.

Also on Domingo it was great to see Geovane confirmed and see Rafael (the husband of Madalena) receive the priesthood. And Josimar, one of investigators came to church also. He is really cool. He told me this week that he has already been to so many churches been baptized and still has not found the church that he likes. He has accepted everything. I hope that he continues to have the desire to be baptized on the 6th of December. What a marvelous work and wonder. We are living in an era that is very special. A chosen era. We must be the examples as members.

I feel so grateful to have served in this area. I don´t know if I will stay because transfers are next Tuesday. But whatever it will be. I know that it will be the Lords will- for President Pickett is truly inspired.

I feel so grateful for all of you, My family. Its amazing how fast the time goes. I still can´t believe how much can change in 2 years. I am so thankful that we have the truth. That through whatever trials we can endure, for the Lord gives us the support and strength to overcome the trials. I feel so grateful for the numerous cards and presents that I have received from you all during this time. What a blessing. What courage your cards give me. I love you all very much. I am so grateful for the parents that I have been given that showed me the way. They taught me the importance of the gospel and the blessing that come as we diligently follow it. They taught me the importance of never giving up; that whatever trials we have we can overcome. That Christ already passed them for us. We must follow His example. They are examples to me. Mom and Dad- Thank you.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. I wish and pray that you are all safe and healthy.

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer


From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 5:25 AM

Oi querida familia,

Tudo bem? This week was great. The time is just flying bye. I can´t believe that there is just two more weeks of this transfer. This transfer has been great. Well here is the rundown on the week:

So Tuesday we had conference. Wow! It was a lot of information. I'm excited for the mission growth that happened, but as the President said, we need to do our part. So we have new rules and stuff. It was stressful with all the new information, but all in all it was a good conference. Then later that night we had a family night. It was so cool because a lot of the recently baptized people were there, less actives, and our investigators. It was really cool. Including us there was about 20 people!! It was amazing. We made pancakes! They love them here in brazil!! Hah We just need maple syrup!!

Then on Sunday a lot happened. I gave a talk on the importance of the members helping in the missionary work. It went good. It was a blessing. Then later we had the baptism of Geovane. It was another great blessing. He's a cool kid. He told us that he wants his friends and sister to be members now. It was really cool because his mother came to the baptism who is not a member. She is way nice but doesn´t want to join the church. It was funny because she wanted Geovane to frequent the Church of Jesus Christ. She loves the missionaries. The baptism went well. We sang again and the two members played the violin and the piano again. It was a great addition. The work is really growing.

Its been really great to work in this area. Its been amazing to see the growth. The ward has really started getting excited about the missionary work. I'm hoping that we can get permission from the city to do a display in the local fair. We want to give out DVDs liahonas and things, and we would sing to attract the people. It would be really cool. We were waiting to get the permission.

This week should be great. Tommorrow night we will do another family night at Madalena and Rafael´s house. It should be great. I'm excited.

I know this is the Lord´s work. That as members we have the responsibility to help everyone. We need to do what is best. We need show the world who we are. I know that we can make a difference. I know that these things are true. The Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth once again. And we are part of it. I know that we are blessed with apostles and prophets-let us never forget this. I know that prayer gives us divine revelation. We must do what is right.

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer

From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 5:32 AM

Queirda família.

This week was amazing!! Wow. The work is just going crazy here in Jardim Limoeiro. I love it here. This week was great. The weather completely turned around and we have been working in the blazing sun. I have grown to love the sun here. So here's what the week was like. Well during the week we were blessed. A lot of miracles happened this week. We had not many lessons with members in the beginning of the week and I got sick with a fever and then my companion got sick and then I became worried that we would not achieve our goals. Well, the Lord hears our prayers miracles happened this week. We taught lessons with members. And many investigators came to church!! It was great we have been preparing a young adult, Isailson for baptism this week. He is so cool. He is an elect. Really he follows all the things we teach him and the responses he gives reaffirms that he was truly pre-ordained to be taught by the missionaries and be baptized. He was baptized on Sunday. It was amazing. Us four missionaries sang. It was so cool. We had a sister play the violin and one sister played the piano. One of the elders that sang with us sings really good and together the music was so great. I love this work. And before we sang, Madalena (she is the recent convert with her husband), gave her testimony. She was nervous but did a great job. Her testimony touched me profoundly as she testified about the difference the gospel has made in her life and the new person that she has become. It was great!

On Friday we had interviews. Wow I love President Pickett. Really he is a man inspired of God. He was chosen in the life before this to lead this mission and I feel so privileged to serve here under his direction. Then we will have our conference tomorrow. Im so excited. It should be great. Im excited for this week. For this week we are teaching another young adult named Geovane. I pray that he continues to feel the light of Christ in his life and will follow through to be baptized this week. I feel so blessed and happy to be serving. This coming week we are praying and preparing another young adult that is so cool called Gevoane. He went to church yesterday for the second time in a shirt and tie!! It was so cool. And then he had his interview to be baptized this coming Sunday and stayed to watch the baptism of Isailson. It was terrific. We are going to start practicing singing for his baptism. Oh, and this Sunday I'm going to give a talk too!

This is a great work and a wonder. We are making the difference as members and missionaries. I love being a part of it. For the spirit is really what makes the difference on the mission. If there is one thing that we can all begin to pray for it is to have the spirit always. For the spirit edifies and brings joy to our lives-the joy that makes us want to continue to share what we are feeling with others.

I know this is the Lord´s work. I know that God lives and loves each and everyone of us! I will pray for you three Casch, Casey, and Niki that you can all get better!! I hope you all have a great week and will pray that you all can feel the great spirit that I'm feeling here in Brazil!!Here are pictures. One is of the baptism and the other was when I came home one day drenched ha ha. I was using an umbrella too! Ha ha! I love you all!

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer
From: Elder Jonathan Fischer
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 5:43 AM

Feliz de Das Bruxas!!! ....Chuva ..Chuva.. Chuva..
Querida família,

This week was crazy. There was a lot of rain that fell this week! But it' s been really great training my American companheiro or as they say verdinho (greeny)ha ha. I'm really excited for this week because we have been teaching a really cool young adult. His name is Isailson. He was actually already taught by the missionaries a few times but never went through and wasn´t baptized. Luckily we were blessed to find him because he was ready. He decided to hear the voice of the spirit and has been progressing. He is very special. He understands everything and really wants to change his life. I'm excited for his baptism that we are going to perform this coming Sunday. It's going to be great. We have also been teaching two other young adults. I'm hoping they continue to have the desire to enter into the waters of baptism. This week has been very interesting. The weather really was proved our faith. And because of it we were blessed. It's really interesting how much I have been learning with my new companion. It's ironic because as trainer I'm the one teaching, but in return, I'm the one that's learning. The mission is such a great experience. As for dads job. I'm so happy that he still has a job. The lord blesses his valiant children. I hope he continues to perform so that others can realize the potential he has. Texas? Ha ha ha that's so random mom. But whatever works. Ha ha. I could see you living there. But its hot.. really hot. I'm fine with whatever. For the Lord will guide you two in the right direction. I'm so grateful to be a member of the true church of Jesus Christ. Really as children of God we are proved and tried. We all have difficulties. Whatever they may be. I feel blessed to have a house. For there are people in brazil right now who are losing their house due to the rain. Houses are being engulfed by the rain! But as we remain faithful we can endure to the end. For this life is short. We must stand against the adversary. WE must endure our trials and prove our faith. Loyalty is something that is not easy but it is worth it. I know God lives. I know His Son Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that the Holy Ghost is powerful. We can feel its presence as we study the scriptures and supplicate ourselves unto the Father in sacred prayer. God knows all, and He desires our well being. He cries when we cry, and He is happy when we are happy. I know that we must endure and I thank you all for the numerous prayers.

Com Amor,
Elder Fischer