Monday, January 12, 2015

First Transfer

The latest news out of Hawaii from Elder Schmidt:

Dear Mom and Dad,

So I have some news, I am getting transferred on Wednesday to Big Island aka Hawaii.   I will be in Hilo and it's a super local area, so it should be cool.  Elder Gee is staying here and getting a new companion, Elder Penrod.  I am a bit nervous but I know it will be ok.  My new companion is going to be Elder Tabon who is Philippino.   He is also the district leader which is cool but kind of overwhelming because I was told that when he leaves I will be the next district leader. 

I am really happy out here other than missing you guys a ton.  I cleaned up our whole pad and organized it so now that I am leaving it looks really great ha ha!  Thank you for the birthday package and cards/gift cards, I loved them!  No, I didn't have cake.  I know you sent me a mix but we didn't make it because we had a dinner appointment at a recent convert's house and she said she had a cake for me.  But sadly we found out that she was killed by someone who we were told was hired to kill her but they are still investigating.  I guess he had some past issues with her which led him to do that, so yea, I had no cake on my birthday.  Yeah, I am most certainly NOT in Utah anymore ha ha!   We get a lot of that kind of thing out here but times that by three and that is the area I am going to next.

How is Alexis?  Any exciting news?  You guys didn't get rid of all my stuff right?  I will try to write you more and I will write and send pictures when I get to my new area.  Oh one more thing, if we have a small waterproof backpack can you send me one because I will be in a biking area and it rains a lot in Hilo.

I love you guys more than you know,
Elder Schmidt


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Growing but still Goofy

Dear Mom and Dad,
First off I REALLY enjoyed talking to you guys on Christmas!  It didn't hit me till the next morning, I thought of you guys and I lost it because I miss you guys SO MUCH!!!  Other than homesickness, things are going pretty good. 
 I have been teaching a lot of people one of them is Japanese, so that is always fun.  I have been learning how to keep a house clean, washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, doing the laundry, keeping all my stuff organized on my desk, I also do most of the cooking so I've gotten pretty good at cooking.  I am trying new things but it's hard because they eat a lot of mayonnaise here, so I still have to get used to that.
On p-day we have the opportunity to hike and play many sports with the other missionaries including:  basketball, volleyball, football and rugby so I am able to get a bunch of energy out!
Schmidt kids, yes I am loving the warm weather, you guys would love it here, the warm weather and beauty never gets old.  The food is great, rice 24/7 ha ha!  Don't worry even though I am growing a ton, I will still be as goofy as ever when I come home.  I hope you guys like all the things I sent you for Christmas.  Try the Li Hing powder I sent over fruit or popcorn, it's good.
I miss you all more than I can bear but I know I will see you guys again soon.  Thank you for all boxes and the letters you send, they really help me A LOT!!!
I love you all Forever,
Elder Schmidt


Thursday, December 18, 2014


With all the business of Christmas time,
I forgot to blog about our tradition of
going to the Festival of Lights in
Spanish Fork.  I just love this
tradition but this year it was
a bit different seeing the
lights with no snow
and in 50 degree
Also and more exciting news:
a certain letter we have been
expecting came today ( picture below).
 She is set on waiting till Christmas
to open it so her brother
can be there too...

It's taunting me!!!!!!
Uuuuuhhhhggggg!  The anticipation is killing me!!!
Seriously, I would rather be impaled that at least 
would be over quickly.  In case you haven't
noticed, I have patience issues!

One whole week.......

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

He is the gift

He's not much of a letter writer, but he sent this beautiful
 Christmas post card and this is what it said on the back:
Dear Family,
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (with snow) and lots of love all around.  Tell Uncle Brad that I will miss his Jeopardy and send my love to him and his family.
Always remember what Christmas is all about for He is the gift!  John 3:16
{A He is the gift card was attached to the post card,
Discover the gift
Embrace the gift
#Share the gift}
Love you,
Merry Christmas
Elder Schmidt
Here are some pictures he emailed to us as well. 
These are from the ward Christmas party.  Elder
Schmidt and Elder Gee.

This is what Elder Gee's mom sent him,
she is such a sweet lady!  Thank you

Elder Schmidt and Elder Gee are teaching about
20 lessons a week.  Go Elders!

Beautiful Maui!

Thanksgiving!  What a feast!
He got our Christmas box with snow decorations,
Christmas tree and all!  Yay!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elder Gee's Mom

Ok, here is Elder Schmidt's last letter and some pictures from the
week and  with his companion that I got from his companion's mom. 
I was blessed to be able to connect with Elder Gee's mom on
face book.  Such a comfort for me to have a connection to the mother
 of the Elder that my son is spending so much time with and getting to
know so well. The Gee's sound like such an awesome family,
 I can't wait to get to know them better.
Hello Schmidt Family,
How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you eat enough?  I know you guys had a good one, I did too.  I will send you pictures of my Thanksgiving soon.  I had lots of normal Thanksgiving foods and Michaela if I find a good recipe I will definitely write it down so that you can share it with the rest of the family.
It's very colorful and warm here but it's rainy season so it rains a ton here.  Isaac, Teancum, Christian  and Jacob, the pictures that you draw for me mean a lot to me and they always make my day!  Keep drawing and keep laughing and I am sending my laughs to you in this letter :)  Jarom and Noah keep drawing you guys are getting good, your comics and drawings made me laugh oh and I solved your maze in like 10 seconds :) 
Alexis, I am glad that the house isn't as funny with out me, I guess that is just my role right?  You'll get your call but before you open it make sure you say a prayer to receive peace that wherever you are called, it's where the  Lord wants you to go.  It will be all good.
I'm glad you guys are enjoying our Christmas traditions.  I will miss watching the Lord of the Rings series this year with you guys but just think of all the movies I will get to watch when I get home. 
Tonight we are going to the Nakagawa's (the same house we went to for Thanksgiving) to meet with some investigators so we will see how that goes.
Keep up the good work family and keep helping other people and never give up because
 2 Corinthians 7:16.
Love you all,
Elder Schmidt


Friday, November 28, 2014


 Dear Family,
Aloha, I am doing pretty good, I'm  still pretty homesick but I am doing better.  Happy birthday to Teancum, wow, 5 is a big number!  Alexis I am so excited for you to get your mission call--can't wait! 
 Things are going great with Elder Gee and I am starting to lead some of the lessons we teach, so that is pretty cool!  We just went to the most beautiful place I have ever been to...Hana...Wow!  Really pretty!  For Thanksgiving it will be just another day in the mission field except we will get to go to a members house for dinner...can't wait!  I hope you guys eat a bunch, I know I will.
I haven't seen any sharks, thankfully.  But I have seen the Holy Ghost in my life helping me teach and grow.  I am so excited for Alexis to have this experience, I can't wait to hear where she is called to.  Keep looking for ways to share the gospel with others because my mission president said that when you get released from your 2 year mission you are getting set apart for your lifelong mission.
I love you all more than I can express :) 
Elder Schmidt-serving the Lord