Ok, so I have been slacking on getting these out. It's been busy
getting another one ready for a mission so soon after sending
one on a mission. I guess it comes with the territory of
having twins! So here are the last 3 letters he wrote
a bunch of pictures he sent...
I am here in Hawaii and it's everything I've heard about it. It's humid, hot, and very pretty here with the ocean right next door to where I am. So to start from the beginning, because of the delay of our flight we didn't even take off until 7 pm and then we had to fly to L.A. and then catch a flight to Hawaii. By the time we arrived in Hawaii it was 12:00 local time which would be 4 am Utah time, so I was pretty tired! I know you are wondering how I did on the flight over there, but it was dark and I couldn't see a thing, so I did ok. The mission president and his wife greeted us at the airport then we went to a members house to spend the night. Then we went to the mission president's home for breakfast and got to know each other. That night we went to a baptism which was really cool.
After that we got our assignment areas and companions. My companion is Elder Palmer who has been out for 15 months. My first area is Maui west Zone.
Early the next morning Elder Palmer and I took a flight to Maui which was only a 20 minute flight and this time got a picture. We got moved in and got to look around the area we will be serving in.
We met with the ward mission leader and did some tracking THAT WAS SO COOL!!!!!!! Some wanted to know more and others didn't. We have also met some members who are great! I am doing great here and I will be home before you know it.xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
I love you all,
It's day 4 in the field and everything is going great. We are getting a hurricane so hopefully it doesn't hit us. It's really hot but the people are really nice and very generous with food. The want you to have lots and lots of food. Some of the things they say are: "You still hungry, please take more, oh you want more of this, take some it is so good, still hungry I have this, TAKE SOME HOME, EAT MORE!!!" There is one food I won't try it's called bailet and it's an egg that is half developed and then they stop the growth so when you eat it the baby chicken moves around in your throat. I think I just lost my lunch just writing that. I don't, repeat DON'T want to try it!!!!!!
I am loving it here, it's so pretty! Except that there are daddy long legs spiders everywhere, it's gross. Everyone is really nice and I am learning a lot and making many friends. So how is everyone doing? How are you?
Love you Mom, Dad, Alexis, Michaela, Jarom, Noah, Jacob, Christian, Teancum, and Isaac
How is Utah? Is there snow yet? Anything big happen? I want to hear everything!!! Here in Hawaii lies Elder Schmidt doing the Lord's work, in Maui in the Kahului ward where everybody is super nice.
The past week has been a blur and once you get in to the work time just wizzes by. It really is like serving a foreign mission here and it's very different form Utah. There are a lot of bugs and animals. Also more nationalities like Mexican's, Tongan's, Philippines', Samoan's, Chinese, Japanese and the list goes on and on.
Some of the locals want me to try "their food" and some food I have tried is Kentucky Fried goat, different types of salmon, asparagus, coconut including the milk, apple bananas, kumquat, local spaghetti, and lots and lots of rice, they eat rice with every meal here. They want me to try raw fish so that should be interesting!
I blessed oil today and my companion gave a blessing for the healing of the sick and that was a really cool experience.
The Island of Maui is very beautiful and there is palm trees everywhere and so many birds that roam here: the pelican, swan, ducks, roosters, chickens, seagulls, ravens and more that I don't know the names of. Every house that I have visited has a dog and they all bark. Some are quite scary and will bolt towards you only to be stopped by a chain.
I have been tracking now 6 times and I have only had one slam of the door in my face--yay!!!
Some are too busy or not interested and some try to convert us to their religion.
They have us doing hard work too like moving furniture, pouring concrete, digging holes, filling up holes, cutting tile, and other chores. I have learned a lot and have been able to teach many people.
The children love missionaries here which is awesome. P-day is awesome I get to do volleyball, basketball, Frisbee, and I hope to go hiking soon. I like to email on p-days as well but I prefer to write long letters and save email for chatting.
Alexis, congratulations on choosing to serve a mission!!! It will bless you throughout your life! It is truly a testimony builder and is building my faith in Christ. I'm glad you saw meet the Mormons, I got to see it too and it was really good!!!
Thanks for the Halloween decorations, we decorated the front with some of them. And dad, I'm working out every morning check it out! Ha ha!
With lots of Love,
Aloha Elder Schmidt