Dear Family (and everyone else) :)
I absolutely loved the box, Mom!!! It was a little ray of sunshine in my life so thanks a BUNCH!!! I just can't believe how fast time is flying by, I can't tell the days and the nights apart anymore!!! Time is nonexistent on your mission! So I heard that Mom and Michaela got their medallions!!! SO proud of you guys that is an amazing accomplishment and you will be great examples for others!
So just as Time is nonexistent here so is Spring. We just got a bunch of snow yesterday and though it is truly beautiful it's not the best for tracting in. Feeling the spirit and meeting the people who are ready to receive this gospel makes it all worth it though! Just last week we met an amazing person named Tiffany, and her Faith was a very inspiring example to me. She had been praying and asking God to give her a church and direction in her life, she had been feeling very lost at the time, than after she finished her prayer about five minutes after, some missionaries knocked at her door and she said that they were her answer and she recognized that God had answered her prayer!
SO AWESOME!!! So then me and my companion got the amazing opportunity to teach her. We taught her the restoration and invited her to be baptized and she said Absolutely Yes and that she wanted her three children over eight to be baptized as well!!! (little victory dance)!!! Most amazing experience of my mission so far. God really does answer prayers and guides his children!!! So then we had the problem of how to bring her to church. Many, pretty much all of the African people her have no transportation or do not know how to drive! What we really need is a church bus!!! So we had to get a ride for her and her seven kids!!! Six of them are hers, one is her niece, and she is a single mom!!! Yup, busy busy! Makes me very grateful for you Mom :)
So anyway we were able to get them all to church and it was a great experience. Even though the kids were hard at times Tiffany said that she had loved what she felt there and desired to come back!!! So it's been an awesome week. We also did lots of biking this week and I know that I am being helped because there is no way that I'd be able to make it without the Lords help! I love the joy that sharing this gospel brings and slowly, but surely I am beginning to see my improvements. I love you all "SO MUCH" -Isaac. And miss you, but I know that you are doing well and that Heavenly Father is watching out for you guys!
Moroni 10:18 (cool scripture we found)
Lve x Infinity,
Sister (Alexis) Schmidt
P.S. I loved Elijah's pictures from the blog. He is CRAZY!!! (Correction: that is actually me next to the horse, thank you)
All decked out for St. Patrick's Day!!!
Zone bowling activity
I found Utah...in Minnesota!!!
Nonexistent Spring...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
I can't believe how fast time goes out here. It seems like just minutes ago that I was entering the doors to the MTC, the doors that changed my life forever. I have changed so much over these past months, it's the hard things that I've learned from. My companion and I have been finding more people to teach, and although they each have had a hard time believing what we say, we still strive to teach them the best we can. I am still working out with my companion, and trying to eat right and we play basketball whenever we can. We went to Mauna Kea last p-day which is the tallest mountain in the world, there was snow and it was cold.
We have been having lots of ward activities lately, a whole bunch of them. Which is good, we've been able to build a stronger bond with the ward. We had interviews with the Mission President yesterday and he said that the first Presidency wants all missionaries to start staying in each area for 6 months, so I guess that means I might be here for a while.
I have been reading a lot and all the books testify to the divinity of Christ. His majesty, and His excellence. I can not tell you how much love I have for my Savior since stepping into this mission. He is EVERYTHING to me and if He is with me, I have NOTHING to fear!
I appreciate all the support you guys give and I feel all your prayers for me in my heart. I want you all to know that I pray for you all and I love you all. As I continue this miraculous journey in my life, I want you to know that God does love you all more than you can comprehend. He is always there for you to help you through your trials, all you have to do is ask.
I know that the Gospel is true, with out a shadow of a doubt, I KNOW! This is indeed, His church. I know we will be blessed as we strive to follow the teachings of this Gospel. I also know that there is now better place for me to be right now. The Savior, my Lord, my God, my rock, is here watching over me as I strive to bring the chance of salvation to His children.
He has done EVERYTHING for me and I in return will try to give everything to Him. Let us never forget the importance of living the Gospel and it's teachings, following HIS teachings. This is not our home, we lived in Heaven, let us try to get back where we belong. I will through these 18 months I have left on my mission try to prove my obedience to my God. If I die in this work, so be it, I will not give in to the enticing's of the devil and his followers. I know this church is true and though I die, I will not deny!
I am doing well and I am progressing as the days go by. My challenge to you all-especially to mom and dad is to at least find one person a day to share this glad message with. The Lord comes swiftly, He is near. Let us gather as many of Heavenly Father's children to Him as we can.
I love you all and thank you again for your prayers,
YA, YOU BETCHA!