Hola Querido Familia,
I can't believe it's already P-day again. The days seem to go by slow, but the weeks go by fast!
1. What's new at the MTC?
last week I think I failed to mention that we taught an "investigator"
all in Spanish. Talk about difficult. My companion has a great knowledge
of the scriptures (which I love!). Our lessons went well. Our spanish
not so well, but the spirit was really strong. My eyes started tearing
up as I attempted to share a personal experience with this investigator
with the little spanish I knew. I think he got it. I testified to him
that the Lord answers prayers, because of a specific time he had
answered mine. The spirit was so strong. My companion and I both had our
eyes watering. Don't worry we held back the tears...mostly ;). Not to
mention this investigator was attractive...shouldn't there be some sort
of requirement for people we're teaching not to be attractive men? Haha
just kidding. I forget that just because I'm a missionary doesn't mean I
don't find men attractive. Although we are teaching "investigators" who
are already members of the church, we can still feel the spirit very
strong, which surprised me. But, then I remembered how the Holy Ghost
confirms truth, regardless of the situation. I had a lot of "hard"
moments yesterday. For a number of reasons. I really prayed to the Lord
to help me. The next day quite some time later, I was really filled with
the love of God--or the spirit. I felt at peace. I felt happy.
Something cool--I think because of the experiences we shared with our
investigator when we committed him to be baptized he said he would. He
only committed to baptism for us. Out of all the companionships in our
district. Really cool. P.S. Something funny. I've been trying to speak
spanish more often. I was speaking spanish in the bathroom to myself. I
can't remember what I was saying. Something like...I know nothing
ever...always (I said this in spanish because I was trying to use the
words I learned). And apparently there was an hermana in the bathroom
who left and to my companion waiting outside she said, "I wasn't sure if
I was supposed to respond to that...". Haha anyways, I still talk to
myself if you were wondering ;).
2. Quick Messages
-Paul! I was so happy to hear from you. I'll
tell you straight up--I almost cried when I got that package from you.
Almost. I just feel really grateful to have you as a brother. Thank you
for your letter and advice. I laughed quite a bit. I showed one of the
sisters (who shares my odd sense of humor) and we both laughed at the
line about how after a few weeks we'll start referring to the MTC as a
"compound." Haha. Too funny. Thank you for your journal. I haven't had a
chance to read much of it, but I'm sure it will help me. I don't have a
lot of free time...ever. I feel like I need to be learning Spanish, yet
we're teaching investigators every day or other day, attending class,
reading BOM, etc. Anyways. Thank you. I love you.
-Mary. I hope to send you a letter this week too. Every time I write
letters my hand starts cramping because I feel so rushed, so my
apologies for my handwriting that may be illegible... :)
2. What I have learned this week
I want to share one thing I
learned this week. I watched a talk by Elder David A. Bednar, and felt
the spirit so strong when he testified of the character of Christ. He
explained that the natural man is an enemy to God, and how we are all
like the cookie monster-- "we want what we want and we want it now...we
want cookie now...we want baptism now...we want blessings now....etc."
The focus should not be on us. If we want to come unto Christ, like we
convenant to do when we were baptized, we must develop the character of
Christ--turn our focus outward. Elder Bednar then explained three
examples of when Christ was in the greatest of suffering and STILL
reached outward. (After fasting for 40 days and Satan tempts him--he
sends angels to John who is in prison (JS translation), after suffering
in the Garden of Gethsemane AND the disciples falling asleep AND Judas
betraying him...what does he do? He heals the ear of the guard who Peter
hit with his sword. Can you imagine how exhausted he was? While on the
cross, whom did Christ reach out to? He immediately was concerned for
the welfare His mother, and even preached to the men on the crosses next
to him. Never once did he complain, "poor me" or focus on how much
suffering He was going through. The reason WHY the atonement is so
powerful is because Christ never has focused on Himself--he is selfless.
The atonement of Jesus Christ is real. I have felt His love for me,
when I have prayed in my darkest hours. He is there. He is quick to turn
3. Questions to think about What are times in your life where
you are suffering? How can you react differently to your suffering so
that you become like Christ? This is something I know I can really work
on. I pray to be quick to reach out.
4. A challenge
This week when you are really stressed or
experiencing your own personal suffering, make the choice to serve
someone. Make the choice to focus on others and not feel self-pity. I
know we will be blessed if we try to develop the character of Christ and
I love you all. I would love to hear your thoughts or testimonies. Have a great week. Wow the time flies,
I have my travel plans! I'm supposed to leave next week for the PERU
MTC, but I don't have my visa yet so we'll see. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
For every letter Sarah is going to:
1. Tell you how the MTC is or my mission
2. Personal messages to those I don't have time to write letters to or don't have their address (I left it out this week)
3. What I have learned over the past week (I'll try to focus on ONE thing, although I really learn so much every week)
4. Questions to think about (that I have thought about)
5. A challenge (for you and I)
How does that sound? :). Let me know!
1.How's the MTC?
What an incredible blessing it is for me to be serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wow! I felt the spirit so strong when Ariel dropped me off. This is where the Lord wants me to be. I am so happy to be doing what He wants. The MTC is not much different from what I expected, but I will say this..we have no time! Haha. Every extra minute is used. Out schedule is jam packed with activities--I always feel like I have to shove food down at meals (or maybe I always do that haha). Sisters are now allowed to work out in the mornings because they have classes for us (Cool, huh?). Classes such as yoga, kickboxing, aerobics, etc. They have an indoor track--10 laps is a mile haha. My companion and I and the two other sisters wake up at 5:45 so we can change and head to they gym and work out for 20 min then run back so we can shower and get ready for the day. Class. Spanish. Personal Study. Companionship study. Study some more. Eat. Sleep. Busy! We to have lights out at 10:15 and from 9:30ish to 10:15 we are to get ready for bed/shower/or do anything necessary (for me take pills, use my biomodulator, contacts, brush teeth, etc...). We are also to have companionship prayer, write in our journal (my personal goal), and have personal prayer all before 10:30. Haha it is a challenge! This is SO good for me. As many of you know I MUST write down everything and look at the time frequently to make sure I do everything necessary in a timely manor (I often fail at this). Haha! What a blessing it is to be imperfect and have the ability to become better through Christ and His gospel. Anywho, my health is the same. It is still difficult at times, but I know I will be fine. I just get that "feeling" :). There are six beds in our room but there are only four hermanas in our whole branch (basically a ward with smaller wards in it called districts). Each district has about 10 total missionaries, so our branch has multiple districts (we are the only district with sister missionaries). They were happy when we arrived last Wednesday :). I have really grown to LOVE the missionaries in my district this past week. We do everything together. How powerful it is when we have testimony meetings or talk about PMG (Preach My Gospel). So to sum it up..the MTC is efficient. I LOVE GYM TIME. I lift weights or play basketball or volleyball. It feels SO good to work out and compete (at any level). My companion and I are very different, but I am grateful for every opportunity I have to improve--especially with patience and charity. She is from SLC and is serving her mission in Florida. I probably will be in the MTC longer than 3 weeks as they have been having delays with visas...we shall see :). I've seen a few friends at the MTC (not missionaries) it's been cool. Thank you all for the letters. It's super easy to use dear elder while I'm here if you would like to email me (they print it off and give it to me). Just go to dearelder.com then make a username then put in my name, mission, and mailbox. Everyone looks forward to getting mail, so thank you for your letters already & yes I would LOVE to hear from you. It's so nice hearing about the "real" world. Being here still feels like a dream haha. Oh! They only talked in spanish our first day. Haha that was interesting ;). Also, we taught an "investigator" in spanish the next day. Spanish is coming okay. I felt the spirit so strongly in a few of our lessons--one being
3. What have I learned this week?
I have learned a lot this past week.(Weird I know, right?) Two things stick out to me. First, my calling as a missionary is sacred. And as I type that I think, of course it is, and I'm sure you all are thinking the same thing. But, the spirit as testified to me that it is--I don't just "know it" because I have been taught that. There was an incredible devotional last night given by Elder Echo Hawk. He talked about conversion and his conversion process. The call of a missionary is sacred. Wow, did the spirit testify of that to me as I looked all the missionaries around me. We, the missionaries, have been called to represent Jesus Christ. We are "saviors" to those we convert. Oh, how GREAT our joy will be when we unite with those we have taught and converted in the world to come. I know that to be true. Whether we are missionaries or not--the people we save--the lives that we "save" through our example or love will bring us GREAT joy. I feel that so strongly. We must remember that conversion in NO way ends at baptism. There are many members of the church who need to be rescued. Second, I was reminded of the power of the Book of Mormon. Elder Echo Hawk later talked about how the Book of Mormon is CRUCIAL in enduring the hardships of life and coming unto Christ. I want to testify to you that I know without a doubt that what he said is true, because I have experienced it for myself. There is a sacred power in the Book of Mormon, if we only open its pages and tap into that power. Power to be healed. Power to have faith. Power to endure. Power to love. Power to forgive. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and reading it DAILY gives us so many blessings. I made a goal to read the BOM daily in April through my entry to the MTC, and wow the Lord blessed me. Of course my trials and challenges were STILL there (sometimes they increased haha) but I received so many blessings (that I often realized later) from reading the Book of Mormon.
What do you feel when we read the Book of Mormon? What have you learned from the Book of Mormon? What blessings are you missing out on when you fail to read the Book of Mormon?
5. My challenge to you this week is to read the Book of Mormon EVERY day. 5 Pages. Or, however much you can. But, make sure you set aside time to read it. I promise you that the windows of heaven (incredible blessings) WILL be opened unto you, because I have seen it in my life, and continue to see it at the MTC. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. Jesus Christ lives and he yearns for us to seek Him out--to come unto Him. Let us read the Book of Mormon.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Blessings to you all. I pray for you in Espanol (the little spanish I know).
Con mucho amor,
Hermana (Sister) Fischbuch :)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Today is THE day. I feel so happy. I know this is part of the Lord's plan for me--it feels so right. I am so excited to finally start my journey as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a blessing. I got set apart last night. I am grateful that two of my bishops as well as my sister, grandmother, mother, and best friend got to attend. I feel so much gratitude towards my family and friends. Thank you for these last few weeks. The Lord is ever present in our lives. Jesus Christ lives. I hope to hear from you all every once in awhile. I wish you the absolute best in whatever lies ahead of you these next 18 months.
Sister Sarah Fischbuch
Sister Sarah Fischbuch
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In less than two weeks I report to the MTC. About once a day I get this overwhelming feeling of excitement. No apprehension. No fear. I just feel ready. Of course, I know there will be many challenges, and I will struggle. But, for now I just feel ready to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a great feeling. Peaceful.