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,