Monday, October 26, 2015

Hermana Schmidt Week 57 Letter 10/26/15

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From: Nicole Schmidt []
Sent: 10/26/2015 10:59 AM
To: Bunney Schmidt
Subject: Fruity Jack-o-lanterns! :)

Hola a todos!! :)

Happy birthday to my cousin Amanda! :)

So this week was a lot of SEARCHING. We have a list of less-actives in our branch that is long. So we have dedicated basically every day to trying to contact every person on that list. It has been especially rewarding, not because we've contacted every person and they are all jumping for joy to return, but because I feel so, so close to my savior. I always thought that searching for investigators was the most rewarding experience, but I think it's tied with searching for less-actives.

I've thought a lot this week about the parable of the lost sheep, and it said that the shephered diligently searched for the lost sheep. Every step I've taken this week with a list of these lost sheeps I've felt the shepherd literally walking at my side, and encouraging me to find his sheep that once knew, but are now lost. It has been INCREDIBLY spiritual and motivating. I thought a lot about this quote by Dale Renlund : 

“I now realize that in the Church, to effectively serve others we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes.  Only then can we begin to comprehend the true worth of a soul.  Only then can we sense the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children.  Only then can we sense the Savior’s caring concern for them.  We cannot completely fulfill our covenant obligation to mourn with those who mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort unless we see them through God’s eyes.  This expanded perspective will open our hearts to the disappointments, fears, and heartaches of others.  Only when we see through Heavenly Father’s eyes can we be filled with “the pure love of Christ”. Every day we should plead with God for this love.  Mormon admonished, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with thus love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.” With all my heart, I want to be a true follower of Jesus Christ.  I love Him.  I adore Him.  I witness of His living reality.”

I just know that, that's what it's all about. Helping, lifting, loving our brothers and sisters and helping them to be faithful. As Neil A. Maxwell put it ''True that wickedness never was happiness, but neither is lukewarmness full happiness. Failing to be valiant in christian discipleship will leave us without significant happiness. Therefore our active avoidance of wickedness must be followed by our active engagement of rightneousness.'' What are we doing to be more valiant? What are we doing to help others to be valiant? From all of these less-actives I've seen a missing part of their souls. They have normal lives, many of them, but many of them have found themselves to be unsatisfied, unhappy, and filling in the gap with anything BUT the gospel and expecting it to last, but it doesn't, and they are even more lost than before. What are we doing to help them? 

I know that true, valiant, christian discipleship is what makes us happy. A happiness that actually lasts!

Hurrah For Israel! :)

-Hermana Schmidt 

It's the beginning of Christmas in the DR

Carved pineapple since no halloween there


More decorating

Still more decorating

Nice tree and nice kitchen

Even more decorating

And yet more decorating

Happy Halloween 

Celebrating halloween DR style

Soaking wet

More wet photos

More soaking wet

Tags in the Christmas Tree

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hermana Schmidt Week 56 Letter 10/19/15

In addition to this letter, I asked her how her ward members were and how the area was in listening to investigators and she said this and told me to add it to this email and promises a longer one next week:

1. The members are GREAT! and leaving with us tons. 
2. Yes, TONS!! IT is wonderful!!! :) And lots of families!!

From: Nicole Schmidt []
Sent: 10/19/2015 1:20 PM
Subject: It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!!

Hola a todos!!

Happy birthday LUC!!! :) 13!!!! AH!!! 

Okay I seriously have no time left. So I will just share a super cool story from our week. 

So we went a visited an 81 year old woman named Margo. She hasn't been home but we both felt we should go try again. and she was there!! So we shared a scripture with her and talked about how much our Heavenly Father loves us. She then said, ''I've been searching my WHOLE life for something that fills me, and nothing ever has. But now I finally found what I was looking for. What you girls say, it really does fill me.'' 

She accepted to be baptized right then and there!! We are thinking mid-november. It was just amazing and it's never too late to enjoy the filling, energizing power that the gospel gives us!!

And it's beginning to look a lot like christmas means that EVERYWHERE there is already christmas decoratios!! it's crazy!!!  

The biggest thing i've felt and learned this week is the importance of prayer and just pouring out all of our feelings to a loving HEavenly Father. I've NEVER felt him closer and everyday I feel like we are receiving personal referrals from the Lord himself! It’s just incredible to see so many miracles every day, and I know a big part of that are our prayers. I've just felt that prayer really leads to power. I have NO DOUBT that He hears us and loves us so much. In very precise moments he has answered the very smallest desires of my heart, like a hug, or ('s true), or just a friend to talk to. He has always been there. I just know He lives and loves us!!! He really does look out for us and answer our prayers. :) 

Hurrah for Israel!! :)

-Hermana Schmidt

San Pedro with her zone sisters

Long Alley behind her house

San Pedro Church

Happy Bday Luc

with Hermana Martinez

Visiting San Pedro

Visiting San Pedro 2

Shopping with the Zone Sisters

Another with zone sisters

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hermana Schmidt Week 55 Letter 10/12/15

From: Nicole Schmidt []
Sent: 10/12/2015 10:55 AM
Subject: Sun tanning has never been so easy!

Hola a todos! 

Happy birthdays to Ciera, Shannon, and my nephew Andrew!! :)

I can´t even begin to talk about how amazing, incredible, overwhelming, trying, and rejoicing week this has been!!! Opening an area is NOT easy, but it has been so so special to feel the spirit TRULY guiding us to find people in our area, especially families. It is an AMAZING experience to truly build zion little by little!! I have felt time and time again that we are here to build a solid foundation for many sisters after us, and maybe we won´t see tons of fruits in our time here but because of our hard work, there will be tons of fruit in the future. The Lord truly is good, and puts us where he needs us.

San Pedro is so different from my other areas. It is a lot more humble, and the people are way more open. It makes the work easier that is for sure!! It is also a LOT more hot!! Holy cannoli, I will be like 50 shades darker in 2 weeks I swear. But, hey, free and fast sun tanning I can´t complain! 

My companion, my trainee, is Hermana Martinez. She is Dominican and from the north part of the country. She is SO prepared and so it´s made training easier in a lot of ways. She is bubbly, outgoing, and so hard working! 

I don´t have a lot of time left due to picture sending and a slow internet place, but I love you all and thank you so much for your prayers!!! You have no idea how many miracles we´ve already seen... and we are just getting started!! :)  How exciting! :) 

The Lord truly is guiding us and helping us. And that makes it allll worth it!! 

Hurrah for Israel! :)

Hermana Schmidt 

Hermana Schmidt and Hermana Martinez

Hermanas with President Corbitt and his Wife

Crazy Hair after Rainstorm

Poor Hermana Martinez had her suitcase break

Hermana Schmidt with her trainee Hermana Martinez

Last FHE before moving

Last night in Mi Hogar

Nametags after massive rain storm

with Brendy and Jessica

with Hermana Lorlita

Another with Hermana Lorlita

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hermana Schmidt Week 54 Letter 10/05/15

From: Nicole Schmidt []
Sent: 10/05/2015 9:57 AM
Subject: Riding Onwards in TRAINING wheels... Into Opening a New Area!!

Hola a todos, 

Happy birthdays to my 2nd cousin Garrett, and to my cousins Bella, Tomoko, and Daniel!! :) I hope they are great! :) 

So wasn't conference just incredible!?! :) It was for sure what I needed to hear. I am so grateful for modern day prophets and apostles, and if I had the time I would write out all of my favorite talks and quotes. But one that I will be putting into practice NOW that I will write about is the ''Ponderize'' talk. I want to do that with my next companion every week, and I will be excited to see the fruits of this practice. I hope my family will take on the ponderize challenge as well. :) 

I have some very exciting news to share with all of you that I am just bursting in my seat to write!!! On saturday night we got a call from President Corbitt. I quickly picked it up and president corbitt asked me to put it on speaker. He told hermana jackson and I that we would both be training BRAND NEW missionaries!!! Hermana Jackson will be staying here with her trainee-- she will just do fabulously and I am so excited for her! :) He then said, ''But now I want to specifically talk to Hermana Schmidt. I was talking to your future trainee at the MTC (he won't tell us who they are early) and she is just SO bubbly and so optimistic that I decided to call you BOTH (my trainee and I um... she must be awesome!!) over the mission english learning program. So you are on the mission leadership counsel now and will be expected to go to all the leadership meetings each month. On top of that, you will be opening a new area in SAN PEDRO!! (which is the CAMPO. A poorer part of the country and where I have always wanted to go!!) 

Basically since that call, I have been studying and preparing myself like crazy. I've been so, so nervous but so excited!! I had the thought that this is seriously what having a baby must feel like-- nerve wracking, exciting, anticipating, with lots of chocolate cravings. But I came up with a list of some training goals :

1. Be Creative, Fun, and Happy. :) (That's my top goal) 
2. Rejoice in the good times, and find the opportunity that can come from the oppositions
3. Praise first, Correct 2nd. 
4. Ponderize scriptures each week. 
5. Be balanced in our teaching and unified. 
6. Listen and Lift her. 
7. Ask HER for help also! :) 
8. Be positive and patient. 
9. Be humble and prayerful. 
10. Line upon line I will learn and she will too, no need to stress. If I stress out, she'll probably pass out. 
11. See her through the eyes of my mission president and our Heavenly Father. 
12. Be exactly obedient and organized. 
13. Train her in a way so that she would be able to train someone after her training. 

I don't have a lot of time but I am just SO excited to train!! :) I know that this call truly came from the Lord. I was pondering this morning and reading my scriptures and I felt so, so strongly ''Do not fear. This is completely by inspiration.'' And I just knew. This is right. So i'm not afraid. I'm nervous, but not afraid. I'm excited and I know that the Lord will help my trainee and I through whatever lies ahead- joyfully and miracously-- as he has done for me so many times before. He's never left me before, so I know that he won't now. I truly know that it is nothing that I have done that has ''earned'' the spot of a trainer. I know i'm a trainer to learn, and to come closer to the Lord, and to serve. I'm just so grateful for the opportunity to learn more and have new experiences that I am sure will teach me even more of the Lord and of the gospel!! 

Thank you for all of your support!! Here's to the next BIG adventure!! (and I will be  finding out who my 'daughter' (mission lingo) is tomorrow) :)

Hurrah for Israel! :) 

-Hermana Schmidt 

October and the Pez candy she found

Another of her excitement on finding this