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!!!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Pictures from Maui

Some pictures he sent on
the last p-day.
He's doing great!
The baptism last Saturday


Some food he's tried

Hiking the tallest mountain in Maui



Beautiful Maui


Monday, November 10, 2014

First Baptism!

Here is the latest news from Elder Schmidt:
Aloha Schmidt family how have you all been?  How was Halloween?  Is Alexis getting excited about serving a mission? I hope you are all doing well and are safe, I pray for all of you every night.  This last week has been a blur the time passes quickly because I am so busy all the time.  I hope you like the pictures.  Some are of a hike I took, some are of a Japanese family we are teaching, some where of Halloween and some of "visitors"(a mouse and a cockroach) in our pad. 
 I am doing fine,  although I have had my moments, it's very, very hard being out here.  Being a missionary is a lot of pressure on my shoulders.  Having people slam the door in my face, people swearing at me, people smoking, smoking pot, on drugs, drinking.  People fighting with each other and both men and women walking around practically naked. 
 I guess it's not supposed to be easy, and with it comes all the good.  On Saturday we have a baptism, he is a 9 year old boy who is very hungry for the gospel.  One of his relatives will be doing the baptism, but it's still cool to be having the first baptism of my mission.   There are many people who are open to hearing the gospel including a cool Japanese family that I have learned a lot from, I want to visit Japan when I return.  We have begun teaching them about the restoration and we hope to  be able to continue to teach them.  
The people here love to talk, I bet if we let them they would talk for hours without stopping.   I have made so many friends out here, they are all amazing missionaries.  I have tried new foods, including raw fish.  I have seen lots of plants, animals and bugs that I have never seen before.   Being here has made me realize just how beautiful God's creations really are, I can't wait for you to see it.  I am thinking that I would really enjoy a job that involves traveling this immensely beautiful world.  I love you all and I am very excited to be able to talk to you at Christmas!!! 
With more love than any of you can imagine,
Elder Schmidt

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Turning in mission papers this week, and we
are all very excited over here!!! 
It's like dejavu doing this again so soon after
sending off Elder Schmidt, but at least I
know what to expect this time around.
If all goes well, we are hoping she will have her
 mission call by Thanksgiving.  What an awesome
thing to be thankful for!

We are all just so proud of Alexis for choosing
to serve a mission.  If she goes out on her mission
 by March, she will be home before her brother is
home.  If she goes out in April, they
will be home the same month--
October.  I like the sound of a
double homecoming!!!
Submitting papers this week
brings her one step closer to her missionary
experience.  Which we are all very excited about
because it will be an experience
of a lifetime for her!

Monday, November 3, 2014


I love the traditions we have leading up to Halloween!
There is always a trip to a pumpkin patch, the one we
went to this year had a fun hay slide, corn box, hay
 tower, hay maze, and hayrides.


This is what the front of our house looked like
this year.  The kids had fun with the black
spider webs and this door cover that made
sounds and played music when someone
came to the door.
Ahhh!  The carving of pumpkins we love
so much.  I love Teancum's reaction to
pulling out the slimy pumpkin guts
with his hands.  "Eww mommy!"

I think they turned out pretty cute...and the
pumpkins aren't bad either!!!

Paul and I even got in a short romantic slow dance
in the midst of all the chaos.  Anything to be
close to my sweetheart!!!

So for school Noah dressed up as a creeper,
Christian was a knight, Jacob was
Harry Potter, and Jarom
 was a cyborg.

A closer look at Jarom's cool cyborg face.
He looks like his daddy in this picture.
This is how my trick or treaters dressed up:
Jacob Harry Potter, Christian Darth Vader,
Teancum Spiderman, and Isaac was

 And since Paul was on duty, these are
my helpers for trick or treating:
Alexis the witch princess and
Michaela the Pok√©mon trainer.
Jarom the cyborg helped out with
the Wolf's haunted house in our
neighborhood which is always

Noah was also a big creeper helper passing out
candy to all the trick or treaters, thanks guys!