Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Utah in Minnesota, highest mountain in the world and Growth galore!!!

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 Minnesota!!!

 Nonexistent Spring...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Dear Family,

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,
Elder Schmidt






Saturday, March 21, 2015

Southern most point, and biking in the North

News out of the South and North:

Hey Schmidt Clan!!!

Miss you all with every little piece of my heart!!! Everything is going great and every experience is a blessing. It has been super duper warm this week, in the sixties for a few days even and we did biking!!! We always find so many people that way and it always seems like God has led us straight to them.
       Not much has really happened this week though. I did get a letter. (From myself!) It was the first one I sent out from the MTC and I sent it to a nonexistent address!!! I was so excited that I got a letter then I read it and I was like "Oh, this is from Me." So yea kinda sad, but also hilarious. Sigh* gotta love missionary life! We went to the presidents fireside just the other day with an investigator and it was amazing. There were many converts that shared their testimonies and the spirit was definitely felt there! Have not been able to teach too much this week, but we did meet lots of new investigators while we biked. 

        My poor companion has had a really tough week. A couple days ago she missed a stair and sprained her ankle then just yesterday she slammed her hand in the car door and got her finger smashed! I felt so bad for her :( 
Then on Tuesday we got to go up to Minneapolis for new missionary training, and that was an amazing experience. I learned a ton about how to communicate and teach better. I also learned about how to make it easier to Find people. Favorite quotes from that were "Doubt Your Doubts." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and "The Lord is Never more far away then your knees are from the ground."

       Quotes are my favorite! So it's been a good missionary week! Also Pie Day was on Saturday and my companion got Pie. That day is not going to happen for another thousand years!!! I love this work and I love the people of Minnesota. It is starting to get warmer and the Spring is starting to show. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways that I don't even know about and he is watching over us and you. Everything that I have learned, and will continue to learn, will be with me for the rest of my life! I hope to be the best missionary that I can be and I know that through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ "I Can Do All Things." 

         I Love you all more then you know and I am just Dying for mothers day so I can hear your sweet voices again!
This mission is amazing (and Cold) and I know it will change my life. 

Love x Infinity!!!
Sister (Alexis) Schmidt 

Dear Family, 

I went to south point yesterday which is the furthest south you can go here in the U.S.  It sounds like there is a lot going on at home with Michael Merrill's farewell and you and Michaela getting your YW medallions, boy how time flies out here.  I plan to make everyday count out here, it's almost been 6 months!  I leaned something really cool today, on April 5th the Church will be the head of You Tube for a day.  

Well we have 2 people with baptismal dates Nakai and Levi, so please will keep them in your prayers.  Satan likes to work on you after you have a date.  So prayers would be good.

The weather has been nice, a bit of rain, not like before, but nice.  Dad I'm still benching and if I continue to work out and rely on the Lord maybe I'll be benching 300 by the time I get home so watch out!  Ha ha!!! I finally figured out how to get this computer to send pictures so here they are.   I miss you guys more than I can bear.  Gotta go.

Love you all,
Elder Schmidt

Yes, this IS ELIJAH standing face to face with a HORSE!!!  


Friday, March 13, 2015

Snakes, Small Temples and Snow balls in Hawaii!!!

Ok, here is our crazy news this week:

Hello Family!!!
Well I have a ton to update on! We just had our baptism on Saturday and that was AWESOME! So happy for her and that awesome decision! Well a lot of cool things have been happening. So just a couple days ago we went to a service place called "feed my starving children" and we got to package food! We did 129 boxes, 27,864 meals, which is enough to feed 76 children for a year!!! So that was awesome as I love to serve and we got to do it as a zone so we had a blast with that! 
       We had a cool experience last week where we were trying to find a investigator named Haws, but his address was not coming up in the GPS, so we felt prompted to go check out this media referral that we had just received. Her name was Elizabeth and she was so excited to see us and had ordered a Book of Mormon and was wanting to go to church and everything!!! We always, always, get led to people at the most random of times! This one time we were going with the Elders to go teach and as we were heading to her apartment we ran into a man named Mike, and I though it was going to be just a simple Hello and Goodbye sort of thing, but we ended up talking to him for an hour and we taught him the restoration, invited him to church, and set up a return appointment!!!
       Another time we had run into a Subway to use the restroom and we found an investigator that my companion had met at the library a while ago and then could not find him again, and there he was!!! He wanted to go to church and was saying he wanted to change his life around! And then we were tracting just the other day and as we were walking back to our car we were walking past this door that we Both felt prompted to knock on, so we did and a girl opened the door and we only spoke to her briefly, but she was very kind and we set up a return appointment with her! The spirit really does work and it is amazing where it can lead you!
          The other day my companion got to face one of her worst fears...Snakes! So one of the last active families in our ward has their own "Petting Zoo". They have ferrets, a parrot, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, a baby crocodile, and (my companions favorite) a couple ball pythons!!! They brought the snakes upstairs and my companion was terrified, she did NOT want to touch it, but she did anyway. Her face was priceless!!! Another cool thing every week we go to serve at a food pantry called CEAP, and they did a story of us so we were in the paper!  I did get to the temple and it has the same peaceful feeling but it's super small and there is only one floor so everything is done on the same floor. 
 I have gotten to meet so many amazing people with amazing faith and I am so proud to be out here doing the Lords work!!! I miss you all a TON and I cant wait for the day I can see you all again. The people here are wonderful (the food, not so much) I love you all more then you know and pray for you guys all the time!!! Never lose faith, never stop praying, and NEVER forget that your Heavenly Father and his son love you more then you can comprehend. 
            It's getting warmer so we must be doing something right!!! 
              Always Remember:

                    SCHMIDTS STICK TOGETHER!!!

Love times infinity,
Sister (Alexis) Schmidt




Dear Family,
The past 2 weeks have been crazy.  Remember how I said we were in a drought here?  Well, it's over!  It is now raining buckets, but I like the rain so it's all good unless it stops me from working.   I and doing better so thank you for all the extra thought and prayers on my behalf. 
We have a new investigator, her name is Leonel and she is about 60 and she seems very interested in what we have to say.  We taught her and her husband about the restoration and they said they would read and pray about what we taught them.  Then we bore our testimonies to them of the truthfulness of what we had just taught them.
Funny moments:  when Elder Tubban and I were ridding our bikes and I was telling him that my back wheel wasn't working, only to find out that it was because I was holding down the brake (dah) ha ha!
Oh, I had a snowball fight IN HAWAII!!!  Some of the other Elders went to Mona Kea and brought some snow back with them so we started throwing snowballs.  I guess all my working out is paying off because mine went the furthest-ha ha watch out Dad!
Elder Tubban has me taking the lead in lessons, tracting, calling people, making progress reports, and teaching records.  He also has me on a tough work out routine and yes Dad, I am taking protein after my workouts, I can do this, I will be stronger!!!  I am also eating tons of veggies, no really Mom and we get plenty of meat from the members. I am sleeping ok but it's super hot so we sleep with 3 fans on but then in the morning it's cold because the fans were on all night. 

I am studying the Book of Mormon tons along with Preach my Gospel, Jesus the Christ, Our Heritage, Our search for Happiness and they help me prepare to teach better because when I am out here teaching I get questions about the Gospel that I never heard before.  And Dad, I have almost finished the Book of Mormon for the second time on my mission and I am nearly done with Jesus the Christ.  Oh and Christain, I am writing the talk you asked me to write for your baptism and I will send that soon. 
I am getting really good at chess--watch out again Dad.  Oh and we went to the Kona Temple, my first temple trip in Hawaii.  It's the second smallest temple in the world but I just love the peace and comfort that you get no matter the size of the temple.  The next transfers are on April 8th but I think I will probably end up staying here.
Oh and I just got your box, thank you!  I love everything in it.  Anything I need?  Hummm....  Well if you find any of those "Living Scriptures" DVD's that we used to watch when we were little, I think they might be helpful for the kids we are teaching.  I know they are expensive but if you see them at DI for really cheap that would be helpful. 
 Mom and Dad, I want you guys to know that I appreciate everything you do for me, the sacrifices that you make so that I can serve a mission.  Thank you for raising me well and helping me be a Man of God.  You two are amazing and I cannot say enough about how proud I am to have you guys as my parents.  I love you and I am super excited to see you two again!!!
Love your son and brother,
Elder Schmidt





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Paradise and well... Minnesota!

Here's the latest out of paradise and well...Minnesota!
First Sister Schmidt:
Dear Family,
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 5:30 am to 1:30 am !!!! (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 this Saturday 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


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:
Dear Family,
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,
Elder Schmidt