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


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Monday was Teancum's 5th birthday.  As you can
see, he LOVES Thomas the train and requested
a Thomas cake, balloons, and gifts.

Well, that was easy and he sure had a blast with all of
his Thomas things!

Monday, November 17, 2014

News From The Islands

ALOHA Dear Family!

These past few weeks have been a blur, I am loving the work here.  Our mission President made a new rule that we do at least 10 hours of service each week.  I like that, that's something I have grown to love out here is serving people; it feels so good!  I am getting pretty used to the area and the mission schedule.

 Sadly my companion is leaving me because an Elder in a different area is going home due to cancer, so my companion is replacing him as a zone leader.  My new companion's name is Elder Gee who has only been out for 4 months so even though he will continue training me, I am like the senior companion because I know the area.

After hiking the tallest mountain last p-day we went to the oldest church in Maui and sang a song in the chapel which was pretty awesome.  Zone conference was awesome!  I keep seeing new wildlife and other new sights here.

I am excited to talk to you guys at Christmas!  Keep me updated on Alexis' mission call and everybody else.  I hope you like the pictures.

Love you!
Elder Schmidt

The bench press I work out on every morning.

A cruise ship.

Zone conference

A cool family we had dinner with

A frog and lizard

Beautiful Maui!!!