Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Elder Schmidt's letter from 06/10/15

I know this is getting posted a week late. But after thinking about it for a long time I thought it better not to post his letter.

Curtis had quite the week last week in the space of a couple of days he witnessed two people take their lives. One of them was a person standing very close to him as they were waiting for the subway and as it was pulling up the person jumped onto the tracks. Being in Oakland for about 15 months of my mission I witnessed a-lot of things that opened my eyes to life outside of Mesa in the 80's but I never witnessed someone taking there lives let alone two in one week. I could only imagine the feelings he went through. He debated about telling us so we won't worry about him. Just like most missionary's he tries to make us think nothing can happen.  At the end of the letter he let us know in his way that he was he is processing it well, as he was talking about it he let us know that in both cases they were able to make both of their teaching appointments each of those days and were on time. That just made me chuckle a little bit that is what you call focus.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May 27th 2015

Hey everyone,
The Bronx is pretty cool this time of year. Everyone is outside
just hanging out opening fire hydrants and stuff hahah. It is getting
pretty hot now some days are better then others but the humidity  is
definitely the worst part. When we walk anywhere we end up drenched in
sweat. It's pretty awful.

This last Sunday we walked with an investigator to church. He is from Nigeria which I assume is pretty
hot, but he said the weather in New York is the worst he's felt haha.

I am pretty surprised at how well I have been able to adjust here and
just as a missionary in general. We had interviews with president
yesterday and he said that a few missionaries had said that I am one
of the most prepared missionaries that they have seen. It really meant
a lot to here that, even though I don't feel quite that way. It makes
me happy to know that I came out at this time and not a year ago. I'm
happy I'm here now and having the experiences that I am having. I love
you all and hope you have an awesome week
       Elder Schmidt