Here's the latest out of paradise and well...Minnesota!
First Sister Schmidt:
So not much has happened, but things are getting better!!! So I'll just tell a couple of stories. This week me and my companion went to this baby shower for one of the members just to stop by and say hello and all I can say is WOW!!! Africans really know how to party!!! There was loud music, tons of food, and tons of people. We didn't stay for very long but when we left one of the Africans gave us two plates of food!!! And yes, we tried it, which in my opinion was a very poor decision.
The first thing we tried was the rice which wasn't too bad and then we tried the chicken wings, it was Instant FIRE!!! I thought we would die. I probably drank several gallons of water that night. Oh yeah, and the flyer for the baby shower said "come and party from !!!! (Sigh Africans) But I have also come to love and greatly respect them as they have this amazing faith in Christ and they are always so happy and loving to everyone. I have so much happiness as I teach them and have really come to learn a lot about them and the African culture. We also tried some food called fou fou and if you've seen the movie The Good Lie, it's what they feed them in the camps. It tastes like play dough.
Me and my companion are working on our African accents and it's hilarious,because sometimes as I pray I'll start praying in an African accent without even realizing it Things are also getting much better with my companion. We are learning how to work off of one another's strengths and have become a great companionship. Don't get me wrong we still have a lot we can improve upon, but through Christ all things are possible. The baptism is and we have lots of investigators that will be coming! I am so happy that she is making this choice for her life and I know that it will bless her Forever.
Thanks for the updates on Elijah, I miss you guys and him a lot, but I know I'm in the right place and that this experience will change my life for the better. I am also getting better with names so that is a great blessing right now. We also learned a cool African phrase from the girl getting baptized "JHE TEM TUA" It's French for I love you and I don't know if the spelling is right. It's cool because lots of the Africans don't speak African they speak French, because they were colonized by the French and picked up their language. Some of them do speak some African though and the only African language we have heard off so far is "Ebonics or Ebo"
Thank you all for your letters, they REALLY make my days so much brighter and dad thanks for the Thomas S. Monson talk you recommended, I read it and it was really good!!! You guys are the best family I could ever ask for and I pray for you a billion times a day!!! I really love it here and my area and the people are amazing. It supposed to start warming up soon so I'm WAY excited for that one! No excited for early morning jogs though. I love this work and am learning so much. Learned this funny quote it's a little twist on a different one
"MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE FROZEN"
Yup, I can relate to that!!!
Well, have to go now. I love you all SO SO SO , MUCH!!! I'll be praying for you guys all the time. I miss you guys with all my heart and I keep our family picture right next to my bed at all times. Be safe! Jhe Tem Tua!!!
Love you all,
Sister (Alexis) Schmidt
Now to piece together what Elder Schmidt said
and he didn't send any pictures this week:
How have you guys been? I am having a bit of a hard time, it's been raining non stop which has me kind of down. Man, I guess I never realized how hard a mission would be, but it's the best way to learn so maybe you can just say an extra prayer for me to pull through it.
Well, we got new Sisters and Elders in our area and I got to hear 2 General Authorities speak, Elder Haney and Elder Christianson of the seventy. My companion and I are good and we are slowly teaching more people. One is Nick and the other is Jane.
I've been reading a ton of scriptures and finding ones that talk about the second coming, man it sure seems like it's getting closer, scary and exciting. I like D&C 130 and my new Book of Mormon hero is Alma the younger, he was awesome.
Gotta go love you guys,
YAH, YOU BETCHA!