Monday, February 11, 2013




1. What's new in QUITO?
Well. I got pictures attached and no words. But there is a picture of Franklin (first baptism), my companion, and I. I cut my hair awhile back. I was thinking of cutting it shorter :). I feel really grateful for my new compañera. Realmente, ella está ayundando a mi mucho. Puedo sentir que tenga amor por estas personas. We talked to a lot of people (door to door) and also in the bus, street, and whereever. We have a goal to talk to 20 people every day about our message. 140 people every week. Excellent goal. Really it is the goal for all missionaries, but no one comes close here. Usually about half or less. Also, we are going to make weekly fliars more or less for the ward every Sunday and spotlight a member. Also, make announcements for activities, and the talks for that day, etc. I am trying to make a ward directory (VERY slowly) for the missionaries that come later. Wow is it hard to remember people with out pictures or addresses all in one place. I feel really grateful for all that we had in our singles wards at BYU. What a difference haha! Here people don´t know their own addresses because the street names just aren´t a priority. Also, members do not know the names, numbers, and addresses of other members so it really is a challenge sometimes to find people. Also, my companion and I want to start doing english and piano classes. She can play piano. I can play the right hand (does that even count for anything anymore?). Haha. We are really excited for what we can do for the ward. Also, the bishop´s son was called to be the ward missionary leader (tender mercy). The man before was really busy with work and what have you, so he really didn´t help us with anything. And we need all the help we can get as missionaries!! It is raining today. This week it has rained a lot. I seemed to survive the week of training my companion about the area and what have you. Luckily we didn´t get lost really. And we made it to our appointments. Somehow. Tender mercies. I got sick again this past week. A family we were teaching was sick and I´m pretty sure I got what they had. Boo. I was able to go out and teach, but didn´t start feeling better till today. I am excited to start exercising again in the morning. Also, reading. I am trying to read the BOM in spanish in free time (but really we don´t seem to have much of that). Did I mention we wash our own clothes? Good times :). My arms will be ripped when I come home. Or really just my forearms. Attractive.

2. Quick Messages
Tricia Hofer I need your address! Jenna Dewey tambien! Funny story about a skirt you gave me and a button on it..
3. What I have learned this week
This week I really came to feel that Christ and our Heavenly Father know us individually. They know our needs. They know our fears. They know our dreams. Our relationship improves with them when we are obedient, and we are honest with them through prayer. I am still working on this. I know there are parts of my faith that are broken and always need to be mended. We are always a work in progress! Haha. But, I really KNOW that my new companion was a tender mercy from the Lord. I know that he knew who needed to be helping me learn how to be a better missionary. She is exactly what I need to become better. She is not perfect. Nor am I. Nor anyone. But, she is what I need right now at this time. The Lord knows us and He knows what we need. Sometimes we don´t WANT what we need, but always we will improve with the experiences the Lord grants us--if we exercise faith.  We recieve strength from the Lord when we read the scriptures. We can feel that he knows us and loves us when we pray sincerely and specifically. When we attend church. When we serve others.
4. A challenge
Please please please this week serve someone. Without being asked. Be proactive. There are so many people that need help. Don´t wait for opportunities. Act.

5. Something funny
There was a tarantula in our bedroom. Just chilling. My roommate called me from the other room. Haha it was some species smaller than the usual, but really poisonous (apparently). After about 15 min, a tupperware for transporting the spider, and a broom stick for smashing it, the spider´s life was taken. Haha it was so funny. My companion was brave enough to kill it (I am afraid to kill things I realized). But I remember asking her, "Are you sure we shouldn´t just let it go outside?" and she basically responded with the story of Laban and Nephi...it is better for one spider to perish than a pair of missionaries to die of poison and the city of Sangolqui to dwindle in unbelief. Point taken. :)


I LOVE THE LORD!!

Sending you my love,

Hermana Fischbuch

End of January


1. What's new in the mission?
First baptism in the mission!! Franklin Ushiña. It went well. A lot of the ward came because there was a ward temple trip an hour afterwards, so people came to the baptism because they were already coming to meet to go to the temple (Guayaquil which is about 8 hours away from here). Normally, I don´t think a ton of members come to the baptisms, by nature everyone is just busy. I wonder how often we think we are so busy with the responsibilities of life that we forget what really matters. Is your relationship with God more important than your work? School? Friends? Hobbies? etc. This really helps me evaluate my time. Am I really so busy that I cannot give a real prayer at the end of the day, or make it a priority to read my scriptures daily? Haha obviously I am a missionary, so I am doing these things. But, the habit is the same. Is your relationship with God real? Or is it superficial? Little tangent. The baptism was excellent! I felt the spirit so strongly when Franklin was baptized. I felt SO happy for him. He received the Gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday (his baptism was on Friday). As for our other investigators (people we are teaching), Linda has a baptismal date. She is dating someone in another ward and has really felt something good and different about it. We challenged her to read a part in the Book of Mormon and she also attended our ward this past Sunday. The Book of Mormon is central!! To every person´s conversion. This is something I have really come to know. Sometimes we are hesitant to teach about the Book of Mormon the first visit, because we are teaching  about the life of Christ, Apostasy, First Vision, etc. and usually we don´t have much time for the BOM. But, wow is it necessary! There really is power in the Book of Mormon. I know this because I am trying to read the BOM in spanish early in the morning (before exercising) and sometimes I cannot understand exactly what is going on, but I can FEEL the words are true. I just love that. A lot of times we don´t understand things (what people teach us, or what we experience, etc.) but we feel that it is good...it is true. I love the power of the Holy Ghost! Oh. P.S. I have a new companion. Hermana Catalan was sent to Quito for cambios (changes every 6 weeks). We were both surprised because usually the trainer stays with the newbie (me) for the full 12 weeks. But, to be honest I felt a change coming. I thought I was going to leave haha! I learned a lot about teaching from Hermana Catalan--she is an excellent teacher. I also learned how I can improve and what I should focus on (although this is always changing). My new companion is from Nicaragua--Hermana Tellez. This week I have to teach Hermana Tellez all about the area, members, people we are teaching, etc. I feel inadequate! I´m basically her teacher and I have 6 weeks in the mission. Yikes. Pray for me! My companion didn´t tell me a whole lot prior, so I am hoping that I know what to do :)

2. Quick Messages!
Scott--thank you for your email!! I have to finish reading it, but I will write you next week. :)

3. What I have learned this week
Two things. I always bring a spiral to church and do my best to interpret the messages. But if I come with questions, I can receive answers to my questions simply by listening to the spirit. It´s really an incredible thing. Anywho I want to share two things from church. First, there is a talk by President Monson about love from the last General Conference (I believe. My apologies I don´t know the title). There is a quote from Shakespeare that is along the lines of..."if you do not show your love, you do not love." Wow. What a statement. If you are not telling your family that you love them. If you are not serving them. If you are not spending time with them. If you are not acting upon the love that you have...you do not love them. I testify this to be true. When we love people we want to give them our time, our service, our love. We all can express our love in different ways, but I challenge you to show your love for those you love. Act! Second, I love love love the scripture in Alma 5:26. If ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love...or really if you have been converted and felt the love of God in your life...can you feel so now? It does not matter that you have felt it in the past...what are you doing now to feel the spirit of God in your life? What are you doing now to show that you believe that Jesus Christ is your Savior? That you understand His atonement and His love for you. Ah. I just love this. Chastisement with love. I know it is important that we are acting daily. The little things. What are we doing to have the Holy Ghost dwelling with us? Now? What are we doing now? Let us act and be doers of the word!! Let us show our faith BY our works! I know Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he came to the Earth. He performed miracles. He was patient. He put people first because of his perfect love. He performed the atonement so that we could have eternal life. What are we doing to show that we love Him? Ah. I just love this gospel. So much.

4. A challenge 
When you go to church write down a few questions you have and as you are listening to the talks or lessons, pray for the spirit to direct you to answers. I promise you that you can receive answers simply by attending church (prepared with questions). Just one reason why it is so important we go to church--we receive personal revelation. The Lord wants to help us and guide us. Also, show your love for your family! Make TIME for them. Serve them. Hug them. Write them a note. Do something that helps them KNOW that you love them. That you really love them.

5. Something funny
Haha. So the day of the baptism of Franklin my companion and I decided to look a little nicer. So we spent a little more time getting ready. Guess what happened? It starts pouring in the middle of the day and we have no umbrellas. Haha! When we got home we were soaked...we looked great at the baptism!

I love that we can come closer to Jesus Christ by making sacred covenants like baptism. What a blessing!! P.S. I have pictures to send, but the cord is not working this week unfortunately. Next week!

I LOVE YOU!

Hermana Fischbuch

Franklin


1. What's new in the mission?
Well time sure does fly, let me tell you! This past week went really well. Did I mention that everyone here is Catholic or really "catholic" haha. Not very many actually go to church or really even know the background of Catholicism and what their beliefs even are--it is all a cultural thing, which I find very interesting. A lot of times we are so tied down on what we knew from before (not actually what we practice or do) that we are afraid of change. No one wants to be different than what their family is..too bad. So many blessings! Ah the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly is incredible. Franklin the young man we have been teaching is just wonderful. He is such an honest person. He really wants to do the right thing. And what is great, is He wants to know Christ. That´s what it boils down to. Sometimes it takes something really hard in our life to make us realize we need Christ, other times we see all the blessings we have and want to thank our Heavenly Father by turning to Christ and following him, other times we simply follow Christ because we love him. I sense this love Franklin has for Christ. It really is incredible. I promise that we all need Christ. We all need his atonement because we are all imperfect! I know this to be true with every particle in me! I am really grateful for Franklin he truly is an example to me of how we need to act on our faith. Diego came to church as well this past Sunday (I still don´t understand him that well because he talks with slurs and a little differently). Haha Diego. He is different. He has a good heart. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and doing the things that we have asked him (read, pray, come to church, etc). Except he does not want to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. It is so interesting. He is afraid. I sense it every time we talk about it. He is afraid that it is true. Because if it is (and we can all know that it is through sincere prayer), then he has to change everything he has been taught. His family is all Catholic (naturally), and wow, that is scary. But, if you receive an answer from God that the Book of Mormon is true, there is no turning back! Well, I guess if you turn back, you will be held accountable..anyways a lot of people would rather not be taught--they would rather not act because if they act they don´t want to be responsible. How sad! Do you not know how incredible the blessings are of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!? Haha this is what I want to tell people. Yes, it is hard. Change is hard. But, the JOY that comes from doing the will of God, and knowing He is happy with what your doing...is indescribable. God wants to bless us!! Why are we afraid? Also the Familia Muya basically went MIA this week haha. We have been searching high and low for them...haha no they have just been busy and sick. They probably are busy and probably have been avoiding us. Good times. I love when people avoid us. P.S. I got sick with a parasite this week! Gross. I felt incredibly nauseous, achy, diarrhea, the works. Fun times! One of the elders said, ¨"Welcome to Ecuador!" haha. True that. I am recovering as we speak. It has been a quick process. Luckily. The Lord helps His missionaries! I am so grateful for my companion. We definitely have our differences, but she really helps me and serves me. She is great. Hermana Catalan.

2. Quick Messages!
Heather-AHH!!!! CONGRATULATIONS :=)! I am so excited for you. P.S. I hardly remember any science because my brain is being jam packed with spanish and the scriptures, but that is sweet. I always knew you were special!
Ariel- thank you for your email! tell Tia I have a letter coming her way.
Josh- Congratulations, Priest! So exciting.
Mary- I always laugh when I read your letters. I also teared up a bit erading one part. Thank you for your love. I love you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MYLES! I am going to start sending my emails just to you so everyone doesn´t get them twice. Also, does Aunt Mary get my emails?
Tricia- I need your apartment address please!!
Sarah Smith- I heard the song "I´m wide awake" and thought of you. I love you my dear. I hope you are well. Need your address too!
Brother Tucker- Thank you SO much for your package! So thoughtful! I will have to write you a response to your questions. Thank you for your testimony too!

3. What I have learned this week
Ah. What a week. This will be short. What would you do if a poisonous snake bit you? Would you wait around and act like it didn´t happen? Would you try to get the poison out yourself even though you do not have the proper medication? Would you go to your friend or the neighborhood store to buy some remedy? Would you continue doing your normal activities because this poison in you is not a priority? This is your life! You are not an expert in poison nor the healing thereof! Why would you waste precious time? Who knows what that poisin is damaging inside you..perhaps a vital organ. Is your life not valuable? When we sin...it is exactly the same.Seriously. No matter what the sin is. When we lie. When we cheat. When we offend someone. When we fail to forgive. I know I talked about this last week but I was really pondering in my scripture and this analogy came to mind. Sin is poison to our bodies! The longer we fail to repent the greater and more damaging the effects on our livelihood. Sin is not just bad decisions it is our failure to make GOOD decisions! We know who the great healer of all is --our Savior Jesus Christ. I promise you He knows your pain. He knows what you need to repent of. Let Him in. Let him heal you. I promise He will, but you must recognize that the snake has bit you, and immediately drive to where He is. You have to make time for healing--for repentance. One incredible blessing of repentance is PEACE. Do not we all want peace? Christ offers us PEACE.

I love this-- "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27)
 Also, in the Book of Mormon-- "...insomuch that He did speak peace to our souls" (Helaman 58:11)
4. A challenge
When you sinned today (we do every day), this night (immediately) ask for forgiveness. Ask for help to overcome your weaknesses. Ask for healing from the greatest healer of all Jesus Christ. He will give you peace. I promise you this. Because countless times he has given me peace and contiues to give me peace. He lives. He loves you. I testify of this with all my heart. Jesus Christ came into the world for all of mankind...so that through him we might be saved. If we repent.
5. Something funny
I still find it funny that I nod any smile as if I am understanding when people are talking to me. I am understanding a tiny bit more. I am sure it will come. Haha gosh now I know how anyone else feels who is learning English. People, talk slower and be simple! Explain your phrases!

Attached are pictures of my companion and I. And me when it randomly started hailing.

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Hermana Fischbuch

Diego

1. What's new in the mission?
We are teaching a young man named Diego (25) and he seems to be progressing with what we are teaching him. Although, a part of me believes he really just needs to feel loved. I think he has experienced some hard things. I really felt God´s love for him the other day when we were teaching about the reality of the atonement of Christ. How Christ really knows our pains, because he suffered for every single person. Hard to comprehend. A lot of times we say things and we learn things regarding the character of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Do we actually believe what we have been taught? Do we actually believe Christ knows our pains and is there to help us? Do we trust in Him? It is easy to feel like God, Jesus Christ, and even all aspects of religion are somehow abstract. This happens when we get caught up in the busy-ness of the world. This happens all too often. A remedy that I have found to work is looking at a picture of Christ before I say my prayers. Seeing his Face. And praying with real sincerity. It is hard when we are tired from a long day of (who knows what), but I promise you your relationship with Christ matters more than any activity of your day. Whether it be work, school, or even the responsibilities of your relationships. Little tangent, my apologies. Also, I do not have spelling check so my apologies in advance if I spell anything wrong. I talked to a young man on the bus the other day (Franklin) about 20 years old and he said he would be interested in listening to us. (I never know if I am speaking spanish correctly--I can only hope!) Anyways, we finally got in contact with him (with New Years and he works a lot) and did a tour of the church with him. Our first time meeting with him. I testified to him of the First Vision (and the reality of Joseph Smith being called to be a prophet). The spirit just tore me apart in that moment. I was holding back tears as I testified to him. Later, he told us he felt something powerful when we taught him the first vision. He told us also that he had a dream regarding finding the truth...and when we taught him about Joseph Smith, he knew it was true. All of it. Incredible. There are many people here (I think most people) in Sangolqui that are content with their lives, or perhaps just afraid of change. But, wow is it incredible when we teach people who really are prepared. Who really have been searching for answers to their questions...for the truth. For something more. People that will do anything to know God...to really know him. And how do we come to know God? By living the gospel he taught when he was on the earth: faith, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and persevering till the end. I love teaching these people (to the best of my ability in spanish of course.) We have interviews with the president this week. Woo hoo! Oh, my first fast-sunday here was excellent. I was so impressed with the testimonies of the members of the ward. There was hardly any time for all who wanted to share their testimonies. All expressed gratitude and bore personal testimonies. Do we realize how much we are blessed? Are we quick to share our testimonies with others? Of course we don´t have to bear our testimonies every fast-sunday...but why not? A short, simple testimony. Who knows how many people need to hear what you have to share. Or perhaps, only the Lord. Maybe He wants to hear from you in sacrament meeting. Just a thought.

2. Quick Messages!
Aunt Leslie- I was thinking about you yesterday while I was at church yesterday (Sunday). How are you doing? I love you lots! Also, I pretty much drink an allergy-free herbalife shake almost every day. Papaya, banana, oatmeal..yum! I am grateful we have a blender...seriously life savor.  
Alex Daresh- For some reason you came to mind on Friday while I was on the bus. Are you doing ok? Your family? Are you reading the Book of Mormon I gave you? That book has changed my life. I know it is true. God loves you!
Jennifer- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! P.S. I got the package you sent me. I have yet to open it, but THANK YOU! Very thoughtful of you (as always). A letter should be coming your way...who knows when! I Love you!!
Josh- Happy Birthday 2 days early! Do the jerk for me. Seriously. When I get back I will not know how to dance. Also, I will be sending you a letter too! You are really cool, Josh. I hope all is well with your golfing skills. I know you are probably tearing up the course without me to hold you back (in the golf cart). I bet your muscles are huge from carrying your golf clubs. Haha!

3. What I have learned this week
What a week! As always. I love love love personal study. Me encanta estudio personal! Me encanta leer El Libro De Mormón. Maybe I should write in spanish more often? Anywho, during personal study this week I was thinking a lot about how most people see the world. Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? Were we born just to die? How sad. My heart aches for people who really see no true purpose in this life. There is so much purpose! We are here to prepare to meet God. Our time is precious! Every day is a day to improve, to show faith, to experience, to love. We were with God before this life and we will be with Him after this life. Our families can be together forever through the powerful and eternal covenants of the temple. What an incredible blessing. How much the Lord loves us! How much he wants us to be happy! Men are that they might have joy! I could say so much more...but on to my next point. ¨The natural man is an enemy to God and has been since the fall of Adam and will be forever and ever unless he YIELDS to the enticings of the Holy spirit...¨ (Mosiah 3:19). Only when we tield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit can we come close to God. How do we do this? We do all things that invite the spirit--we live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We keep the commandments. We read our scriptures. We pray (sincerely). We attend church. We magnify our callings. We are honest in all our dealings with our fellow men. Etc. Naturally we are inclined to do the opposite--to do whatsoever is pleasing to us. Like the cookie monster, we may eat what we want and when we want it. We live how we want. Yielding to the enticings of the Holy Spirit means doing what the Lord wants of you. Not simply failing to make bad decisions. It means making good decisions. Giving up all your sins to know God. I love that. It´s tough, but we are blessed with the SPIRIT when we do the will of the Lord. And no greater joy can we experience in life than that of the the Holy Ghost.
4. A challenge 
Think about your weaknesses. Think about some of the poor decisions you make (the ones you justify). Be honest with yourself. What sins are you holding back? What sins are you clinging on to? I had this ephinany the other day about my sins. Before my mission, I remember at times trying to justifybad behavior. Convincing myself that my imperfections or poor decisions were really not a big deal...or not sins. Who is telling us this? That anything not of God is ok? We know when something is a sin (whether it be small or large). Why do we justify our sins? Because repentance is hard. True repentance is hard. True repentance is CHANGING. Wow. I was in awe as I thought about this. Changing is not easy. We resist change. But oh, the joy you will feel as you give all your sins to know God. If you are honest with yourself and with the Lord. The spirit will fill your soul. Joy. I promise you this. 

5. Something funny
Hahaha something funny happens every day. But let me just say I about died when we were about to teach Diego the Word of Wisdom and he randomly tells us he has some food for us (never before). He comes out with coffee and cookies. What are the odds! Also, when I was talking to a young lady I asked her how long she studied to become a nurse and apparently I said sick. How long have you studied to become sick? Haha enferma is sick and enfermera is nurse. Love my spanish!

I love being a missionary. Hard work. But, I love love love it.
Also, I love getting emails from you all. I get to print them off and read them at the house. Please continue! 

P.S. My pictures do not seem to be uploading onto the computer. We will try a different place next week when we write. I have a few good pictures to send. 

Love you all,

Hermana Fischbuch

hello hello hello


Hello hello hello!
It was wonderful getting to skype the family. Haha I am sure you all are having a good time in Kingwood. I am glad we finally got the skype working. I love you all very much! Hopefully next time I get to talk to you (Mother´s Day) my spanish will be a tad better! After that skype session I couldn´t stop smiling. I love my family..as strange and awesome as we may be.

1. What's new in the mission?
This week just flew by! The days seem to go by slow, but the weeks go by fast. How does this work? I have no idea, but it happens this way. For Christmas day we went over to a member´s house and ate some good food. Somehow I muster up the courage to talk to strangers just about every second of the day...haha I have had some awkward experiences, but also I have felt the Lord´s love as I have attempted to communicate with people that He needs me to communicate with. We taught our first family this week. It was truly incredible. I could feel that this father was going to be a leader in the church. MORE next week. :)

2. Quick Messages!
Ariel- loved loved loved your talk! Thanks for sending me that. I love hearing from you! Feel free to email me updates and I will write you letters back :). I love you!
Scott & Josh- Guess what song came on the bus..´´I´m sexy and I know it´´ haha thought of both of you two dancing

3. What I have learned this week
Two things stand out to me. First, that we must look for the good in all things. Almost every day there are moments where I feel really tired--I want a ´´break.´´ From proselyting, spanish, trying to cram all this information into my small brain, :) etc. Anyways, I know all of you have moments like this because they happen every day. There is and and will always be opposition in our lives. A few days ago I had a really hard day for a number of reasons. I almost lost it. But in that moment, I sincerely pleaded for help (through prayer), and wow, did the Lord help me. The bad feelings did not simply go away, but I felt the Lord helping me accomplish what He needed me to accomplish. Like the poem of the footsteps and Christ. He will carry us in our hard moments--there will be one set of footsteps. But, we have to ask for His help. And if we expect help, we need to be keeping the commandments. One thing I have learned as a missionary is when I am feeling down or tired, I need to find something good to focus on. Whether it be something ridiculous (like laughing at how pathetic a situation is), or simply focusing on small accomplishments, we can always find something good. You ALWAYS find what you are looking for. If you want to find the good you WILL find it. Life is full of a lot of highs and a lot of lows, but the spirit of God brings us JOY that LASTS. Also, another thing I learned again this week is we need to remember the importance of opposition. Why do we suffer? Yes, many times it is because of our poor decisions or the poor decisions of others (and how their decisions affect us), but also suffering comes because of the fall of Adam--because we were all born human--with flaws, weaknesses, and imperfections. This world is imperfect too, there is opposition in all things. But, I can testify with all my heart that our life on earth--our imperfections and the incredible gift of agency--are all for our benefit. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much. By coming to earth, obtaining a body, and exercising our agency (experiencing the good and the evil), only through these things could we experience JOY and experience growth and knowledge. ONLY through suffering are we truly refined. It is truly incredible what God has in store for us if we prove ourselves FAITHFUL after a trial. Every challenge we face has a purpose. Sometimes I wonder if before this life I talked with Christ and decided what challenges I would experience on earth, or perhaps I requested certain trials because I was so excited to prove myself faithful. Or, perhaps I simply received my mission call to earth like one recieves a mission call now. With in the envelop explained how my life would be on earth and what exactly God expected of me to accomplish and learn in this life. Crazy to think about it that way, huh? Really changes your perspective. I do not know much, but I do know that Christ lives and oh how much He loves us. I promise you that when you are really struggling, that if you turn to Christ...really turn to Him, He will help you.
4. A challenge
This week when you experience something difficult. Pray to our Heavenly Father with sincerity, truly believing that He is there for you. That He loves you. I promise you the Lord will be with you...through His spirit. Of comfort, joy, peace. What an incredible blessing it is to FEEL the love of God.

5. Something funny
Today just about half the population of young men are dressed up as women...haha apparently it is tradition, I´m going to have to ask my companion more about it. They all dance around and ask people for money. It is the strangest thing haha!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I LOVE YOU ALL!

Hermana Fischbuch
1. What's new in QUITO?
Naturally, I have no time! Haha my apologies for last week--no email. We arrived in Quito late and I was helping President Ghent's wife with dinner--she really needed help. And we only had 5 minutes to write home so I figured I would not be able to write much anyways. My apologies! We all got to eat at their house for a little mini-Christmas. It was really so good. We played games. Played songs with bells (by color coding). I really hope I can do some fun things with my family for Christmas when I have my own children. My Mission President is solid. I feel so grateful for all the men and women who sacrifice so much to serve in these callings that are so time-consuming. It is no easy task. Wow did this week fly by! My companion is from Chile she does not speak english really. Seriously, I do not speak english...it is so strange. Haha I know when I get home I am going to have trouble remembering english, because it has been one week and I am already thinking in spanish (for example, when I am praying). I still have trouble with grammar principles (present subjunctive) and just need to memorize a ton of verbs and vocabulary. I am not understanding a ton, but definitely more and more. For some reason I am not afraid with the language--with mastering it. Maybe I should be! Sometimes I get frustrated and my brain really is exhausted from trying to do spanish haha, but I am giving myself plenty of time. Or atleast I am trying to be patient with myself. My poor brain. It starts shutting down around 7 p.m. It is really too bad we teach some lessons after then. Ok. Quito is beautiful! I will send my mission info next week (my apologies) I forgot to bring that info. But, wow it is wonderful here. I have not used my giant comforter that takes up one of my suitcases...I am hoping I have to use it at some point as I have lugged it all the way here haha. There are a few elders from the States here, so I speak some english with them occasionally if I see them, but I really am trying to stick with spanish. Today, we met up together as a zone and did secret santa, made breakfast, and played some other games. It was a lot of fun. Haha I am pretty sure I ate cow intestine or something. Not bad. Not bad at all. Haha! Strange texture though. Everyone here is Catholic--this really changes my missionary approach. Everyone believes in Jesus Christ. The trouble is they are so ingrained in their culture they really resist change; they are open to learning more but not open to acting upon what we teach. Definitely frustrating, but all people in all religions and places have the same issue. Do we practice what we preach? The weather is great here. I have been pretty good about talking to people (although the language often makes me feel insecure). Sometimes I have no fear whatsoever. Those are the best times :). When I am just on cloud nine and wanting to teach everyone and anyone what I know to be true...with a smile...and with sincerity. Good times. My first Sunday went well! My brain was just tired, so I really did not understand a whole lot. An incredible young man who we taught the day before came to church with us. He is 18. I felt SO much love for him as we were teaching him. Golden investigator. Definitely someone who is seeking for truth. You can just feel it. People who really are searching--they have a strong spirit, and they just accept what you are telling them. It is marvelous.

2. Quick Messages
Finally got some dearelder letters! Friends. Send me your address please!
Mary- I will talk to you soon. LOVE YOU. PS Do you want me to just send you the email every week, and have you forward it to everyone? That way nobody receives it twice. Let me know. I always laugh at your emails. Thank you.
Paul- I showed my companion your book. She laughed because she misses some of the words of Chile. Thanks again for sending me that book. Love you.
Ryan Lew- LOVE that talk. Thank you!! Hope all is well.
Richelle- Ah. Miss you! Thank you for thinking of me. What is your address? Email me.
Ephraim and Lisa--Congratulations!! Ahh!
Arntsen Family- You are so sweet. Thanks so much! I enjoyed spending time with you before I left. As for doterra..no idea! My health is pretty good :).What is your address? I can write you.
Ariel- I sent your letter to 1401 Cherry lane. It will probably arrive in a month...who knows. Love you. So excited for you and the changes in your life!
3. What I have learned this week
Wow have the promptings of the spirit been incredible for me. It is so new to me still...the promptings of the spirit. But, wow, when we are worthy of the Spirit, the Lord will tell us where we need to go, who we need to talk with, etc. I have had some pretty incredible experiences already...in just the past few days! I will just tell one as I do not have time (this phrase will probably be said every week!). I was sitting on the bus with my companion next to me this past Sunday, and this lady walks on the bus. Right when I see her I feel this powerful burning in my bosom--I know I need to talk to her. I have no idea why. I just know. But, I am afraid..isnt it awkward? For about 30 seconds I fought with myself. Finally, I told my companion we needed to go talk to her. We do. And as I am trying to mutter something in spanish I am again pounded with the spirit in my heart. The love of God just fills my soul for this woman. And she was totally not interested haha. So odd. It turns out she had talked with the missionaries for quite some time then just decided to stop..she said she felt nothing when she went to church so she decided to go to a different one or something. Anyways, I ended up shedding some tears in front of this lady I did not even know, so I just bore my testimony to her and hoped that she could feel what I was feeling...so intense. She basically invited us to attend her church haha. I felt so silly afterwards, but my companion told me that all that matters is that I ACTED on the prompting. It does not matter what results of it. All that matters is if you do what the Lord needs you to do. If you feel you should do something, do it. Miracles happen through US. The Lord works through the children of men. I can testify of that with every particle in my being! He needs us to be worthy of the spirit so we can help others that really need help...need to hear what the Lord needs to tell them or remind them or teach them...through YOU. I have had other experiences which were more successful, but I wanted to share that one because I feel it is a really important principle. Wow, the love of God is so powerful. Hopefully, I can work on not crying when I can pounded with the spirit that way. Perhaps, I always will. Haha who knows. The spirit is realy, and through obedience to the principles of the gospel we become INSTRUMENTS in the hands of the Lord. And, the Lord blesses His servants--or all who follow the promptings of the spirit. Immense blessings.
4. A challenge
My challenge this week goes along with what I was pondering about yesterday. This week PRAY for an opportunity to SERVE someone. I promise you that the Lord will give you an opportunity, and you will FEEL that you need to act in some way. Many times it does not seem logical, and often times it is scary (potentially awkward), but I promise you that you will be blessed if you follow the promptings of the spirit. Fight the fear of the natural man! Trust in those promptings--no matter what the outcome. I promise you someone needs YOU in some way...this week.

5. Something funny
Haha okay really short. We live next to a karaoke bar and every night...without fail...there is someone belting out some spanish song (usually a little pitchy). It just adds to all the dogs barking outside are window. Haha I just layed in bed the other night and laughed. So ridiculous. Haha gosh. There are so many dogs here. Also, as we were trying to teach someone these two dogs started mating basically.There are so many dogs here. Good times. I try to find something to laugh at every day. Usually it is myself doing something dumb, or a pathetic or awkward situation. Plenty to share.


This is hard work I will not lie. But, oh how rewarding it is...even if we just help one person. Teach one person. One soul.

I love you all. I miss the cold weather and lights around, but Quito really is beautiful. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Talk to you soon (family). Forgot my camera cord. Next week will send pictures. Thanks for sending me pictures!

Con Amor,

Hermana Fischbuch