Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1. What's new at the MTC?
Like I said last week--the food is good! Attached are some pictures. The strangest thing is the second picture of the fruit--granadia (not sure how to spell it) but you basically drink it! Swallow those seeds whole. Delicious. Haha it is actually not that amazing, but not bad. I just like the fact that I am drinking the fruit. A latino elder had a competition with an elder in our district with who could drink a whole fruit faster. He had it down in practically a second! Those latino elders are quick. They always want seconds at meal times. Haha they are just too funny. All of the latino districts left today because they are only here for three weeks. It is really empty today. Also, two other North American districts left as well. We are not called the "expert" spanish missionaries, although I feel no different from when I got here..ok maybe a little. I have learned three more words. Haha no, I really have learned a lot but it is crazy how fast the time goes. I know I say this every time, but it is just incredible. I get this feeling every so often that my mission is going to fly by, so I really need to make the most of EVERY day. There are hard days, but I can say with all honesty that I love love love being a missionary. What an incredible blessing it is for me to be here. Especially in Peru! Peru is beautiful. The flowers and mountains are stunning. Today is our P-day and will be from here on out. We are the last group to get to do a TOUR of Lima. I am so excited! Because of the increase in missionaries and the decrease of time they will be in the MTC, they will no longer do the tours. How lucky are we!? "The last of our kind!" Haha. Attached in this email also is a picture of an elder in our district, who got beat up by one of the latino elders. Pretty scary, yeah? Just kidding. He actually had a really bad charlie horse in the middle of the night jumped out of his bed, hit his head and got knocked unconscious. Haha so random. We see him at breakfast and he is in a wheelchair and all bandaged up. The MTC is great. So much to learn every day. It never gets old. Proselyting in LIMA take two went better. I talked about 30% of the time! We went to visit less actives, but they really don´t do addresses here (people do not know their addresses), so it is hard to find anything. But, I talked to more people on the street and actually talked about the gospel (or tried) in spanish. Also, we had an incredible lesson at one house. Because we had prepared, the lesson went so well. Each of us (we were in a trio; me and two latina hermanas) shared a scripture, asked questions, and bore our own personal, powerful testimony of what we knew to be true, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ would bless this whole family. The whole family was in the lesson (when you get married most people still live at home with the parents). So, the parents and siblings were there along with the man and wife who we were there to teach (the less-actives). My heart was SO full, it was incredible. Not just full of love for these people (like I have described to you before, which is also very powerful), but the REALITY of my words and how they WOULD bless this family. It was so specific. What a blessing. My eyes started watering (and yes I tend to get emotional when I feel the spirit very strong), but wow was my heart penetrated. Incredible. My companion is really spiritual like I said before, I learn so much from her.
2. Quick Messages
Grandma Stanford, Grandpa Fischbuch could you send me there addresses? I am trying to write letters to them (feel a need) although I have little time to do so..
Thank you all for your love an emails.
3. What I have learned this weekSomething I have really been thinking a lot about this week is why my faith is not complete (what have I experienced that has weakend my faith instead of strengthened it or what exactly do I need to do to strengthen my faith and remove any doubts..although this is a life long process). I have been praying fervently for HELP and as I have been praying I have received slowly (but surely) more direction on how my faith can be strengthened. I realized that a few experiences I have had (not sure what) have questioned my faith in specifically the character of God. So, this week during scripture study I have learned so much about the character of God, and how we come to know of His character. Or really, how do we receive more faith? Alma 25:16 As we live the law (keep all commandments) are faith increases, also as we REPENT, EXERCISE FAITH, and PRAY ALWAYS. A scripture specifically spoke out to me on what I need to do. So, my witness to you is that through studying the scriptures the Lord answers prayers. We must read them! In the temple today I also received more direction as to how my faith can improve. I feel SO blessed. Also, remember Alma 25:16 "In His strength I can do all things." Not just some things. All things. Whose strength do you need? The Lord. Remember this every day: "I can do hard things." How? With the strength of the Lord. I know this to be true, because I see it in my life as a missionary every day. Although I am a missionary, I still am imperfect. I have been blessed with added strength and discernment as a missionary, but I rely on the strength of the Lord all the same. We need Him. Every day. Let us grasp His outstretched hand.
4. A challenge
Ask the Lord a question this week. I know He will answer your prayers. Read the scriptures with faith that He will guide you. I know the spirit will help you feel or learn what you need.
5. Something funnyAll the elders in our zone have been telling all the latinos that they can speak mandarin because they all were taught it in grade school. The had the latino elders SO bad. They are so ridiculous. They said "ding dong" means "good bye", etc. etc. Haha gosh they are so ridiculous, but hey I appreciate a good laugh. The latino elders are a handful too. Whenever we play soccer they go crazy any time there is a hand ball "MANO MANO!!!" They were really impressed that I was playing soccer with them (I think it is just because I´m white, let´s be honest..), but I still love them. 
Jesus Christ lives. I love you all so much. Let us all have faith in Him.

Con Amor,

Hermana Fischbuch

1. What's new at the MTC?
Wow, okay my apologies for last week. I seriously had no time! I decided this week I need to write an email first then read the emails. So, Peru is incredible! The scenery is beautiful. The latinos are quite the characters. Spanish is coming. Something I think is funny is that in my old district (Provo) I was probably the average with learning spanish, but here everyone in my district has taken spanish for at least three years! Talk about humbling. It has been difficult, because in comparison I really am not doing so well, but for me I am doing well with Spanish. Too bad we often determine how we are doing based on a comparison with those around us. Anyways, the Lord wants to humble me, so that is what is happening for sure. My companion and I speak the least Spanish. Haha our teachers feel sorry for us sometimes, but they do not speak much English. Wow, do they speak fast spanish! Ok, so the food is good! Except this past week I have been sick :(. I think it is parasites. I haven´t been digesting things very well, and the past few days I have been sick. Nothing like the sick I would get before the mission. The Lord definitely is blessing my health. We went proselyting in the streets of LIMA this past Saturday. What an experience! I could not understand about 99% of the things these people were saying. They spoke so fast, with slang, and soft. I went with two other latino hermanas, who speak practically no English. That was fun. Haha can you imagine? Well, I will say I went out of my way to start talking to people, but I have not mastered the ability to transition from small talk to gospel talk. I was not afraid to talk to people at all (although my spanish is FAR from good) which was surprising. One of the two latino hermanas practically took over every conversation because she is so outgoing and comfortable talking about the gospel. I bore my testimony quite a few times, and asked questions when I could, but I would say this one hermana did about 60% of the talking the other hermana did 25% and I did the rest. I hope next time I am forced to talk more. Even if it is awkard and I do not know what to say. Wow, did I feel the spirit with this one lesson we taught. The people are so nice and accepting here. I felt SO much love for the people, really of course, it is the love of God, but wow is it powerful. I am grateful I am able to feel how He feels about this people. Every soul is great in the sight of God, that is for sure. My companion is from Logan, Utah. She is cool! We really bonded last week (I can´t remember if I shared this or not), but I know we were meant to be companions. I have learned so much from her. We are different for sure (like my last companion), but we both love Christ, and that overrides everything. We go to the Lima temple every P day. What a blessing that is. I need P days. My brain is worn out after 6 days of so much learning and studying. I love it!! I definitely have hard times though, I will tell you that. Also, teaching has been difficult with my companion in Spanish, but our most recent lesson we committed our investigator to be baptized--the spirit was definitely in the lesson. First people in my district and we speak the worst spanish! Just another testament to me, that teaching the gospel isnt about the spanish, it is about the spirit. Love that.

2. Quick Messages
Any specific questions for me?
Jennifer- I thought about you in the temple today. I miss talking to you!
Raven- I thought about you the other day too. Send me your address please.
I need addresses of all my lovely friends (email or home)! Please send me them. Or put them in the google doc if possible.
3. What I have learned this week
Can I just testify that the Lord answers our prayers. Wow. Well, this week in my personal study I was reading in the BOM (I love personal study) about sacrifice. Something specifically stuck out to me in Alma 13:16. What did Amulek sacrifice for Christ? His wealth, all worldy posessions, his friends, and even his family (his father). This made me think of dad. Thank you Dad, for all you sacrificed to become a member of this church. I feel so grateful for you. What are we willing to sacrifice for truly coming unto Christ? For living the word of God? What do we fail to sacrifice or what prophetic counsel do we fail to follow? I know that we MUST sacrifice MUCH in this life, but EVERY sacrifice we make for Christ makes us HOLY. I testify that to be true, because I have seen it in my own life. Only through REAL sacrifice do I come unto Christ, and He becomes a part of me.
4. A challenge
Sacrifice something for Christ this week. Whether it be time for reading the BOM. Do something different than you are. Ask God what He would have you SACRIFICE for Him. I promise He will let you know. I receive so many answers when I read the scriptures.
5. Something funny
Oh my gosh my district is so funny. The biggest goobers are in my district. haha so a flu virus has been going around and they made us wear all these MASKS haha oh my gosh I could not stop laughing. We even had to teach in them. Biggest goobers. This one elders glasses kept fogging up because of his breath. Write more next week.
LOVE YOU ALL!! Send pics next week.
Hermana Fischbuch

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sarah is in Peru!

1. What's new at the MTC (Peru)?
Wow! It was so crazy getting to the Peru MTC. about 48 hours flying/sleeping on planes and then a mix-up about who was picking us up from the Lima airport--but, alas we made it. I was so pooped! Spanish is difficult. Everyone in my class had atleast three years of spanish in high school so the teacher expects more from everyone. It's difficult, but I'm improving. Some days I just LOVE it here, other days I'm still adjusting. It is really fun though. A lot of work. I'm trying to find time to learn spanish better but I also need help memorizing scriptures, getting better at teaching, etc. Where does the time go? I always ask myself this.
2. Quick Messages
Paul- My eyes started watering today as I was reading your book of mission letters. An investigator we're teaching right now is named Manual (in the MTC. Haha. Thank you so much for sending that. I'd like to send you an email, but for some reason I don't have it. I really love you, Paul.
Ariel- I was SO happy to get an email from you. I have seriously 3 minutes, but I will definitely email you back. Please send your address as we have more time to write than email.
Mary- Ask Taylor about the googledoc settings I'd explain but no time :( love you thanks.
3. What I have learned this week
This week I learned about the POWER of agency. I know that we are all born to do GREAT things, but a lot of times we choose to do otherwise. I had an incredible conversation with my companion. I felt the spirit so strong. Brought me to tears. A lot of experiences like this have happened. I wish I could explain more.
4. A challenge
Share a personal experience with someone you love.

Hermana Fischbuch

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sarah is leaving the Provo MTC tonight


1. What's new at the MTC?
I leave TONIGHT for DC to get my VISA then on to the PERU MTC. I am sooooooo excited. I really have grown to LOVE my district and my teachers, so it's sad. But, I am so excited to be around people who only speak Spanish. I really love latinos. We had a PERU MTC orientation and l felt so excited the whole meeting. There is one elder in my district who is leaving for the Peru MTC too and after the meeting he said, "I'm terrified." Haha it was the funniest thing. Anyways I have very little time to pack, and they let me email because I'm leaving, so I will email a better email next week--P day. I can't believe I'm actually leaving for PERU. Wish me luck with my broken spanish ;). Honestly, I'm excited for the flight/layovers because I'll have time to just study and read spanish/PMG.
2. Quick Messages
Ryan! Thank you SO much for your letter. It was so good to hear from you. I will attempt to send a letter from Peru (not sure how long that will take).
Richelle- Thanks for getting me my coat--I know you are very busy. Love you!
Jennifer/fam- THANK YOU for your package I'll write you soon!
Mary- How are you? I hope to write you in Peru as well. If you could please put the google doc of addresses on my blog so people can put their emails/addresses on it then send it to me. I should have done that before, so my apologies. xox
2. What I have learned this week
I have learned so much this week. Especially about the power of receiving inspiration while reading the Book of Mormon. The spirit spoke to me multiple times yesterday. I felt so humbled. Why should I deserve such promptings from the spirit?  Then I felt this--"All who are faithful (real faith, diligence, obedience, etc.) are blessed with impressions from the Holy Ghost." If we want to be inspired, to be guided, to be comforted, etc., we need to read the Book of Mormon. Also, my companion and I did initiatories (sp?) after an endowment session. Wow, I started tearing up every time they said a certain part. It was something that really penetrated my heart. I felt the Lord really speaking to me through the ordinance.
4. A challenge
This week when you are really frustrated with someone, pray for them. I have seen my attitude change when I pray for people specifically. We really are blessed with love for those we pray for. That is why we must pray for those who hate us or abuse us. Prayer is powerful. Also, attend the temple this week (if you haven't already). I know the Lord wants to speak to us, let us be in places where we can LISTEN.

I will send pictures soon I promise! I have not been taking many pictures. I will try to tonight. Love you all. Thanks so much for the letters. I will do my best to write back ASAP or at least email.

Hermana Fischbuch