9.26.2016

Sick week, but lots of ponder time

September 25, 2016

Hey everyone. I probably won't have a lot to write this week because I was sick and laying on my futon 95% of the week, but yep lets do it!

Only thing worth writing about is how much the Lord does love us. To be honest, I struggled a little bit the last transfer. I was consistently asking the Lord what he wanted me to do to become more happy, more lively, more grateful, etc... Well I think coming to kotoni was an answer to my prayer.

We are seriously killing it here. This last Sunday we had 6 investigators come to church. (In my whole mission that has been my biggest struggle.... I've never had more than one person come, and to be honest haven't had anyone come in a good long 2-3 transfers) this time we had 6!!!!!! I was sick, so it was a little rough faking lots of smiles and telling people I was okay, when I was low key dying, but it was so cool. I love this area so much and am having probably one of the best times I've had on my whole mission.

I know this is god's work. I know the 2 years might seem long from the way you look at it, but it is a small price to pay for God sending down his only Begotten Son to suffer and atone for up our sins. The mission is seriously the greatest life changing experience I have ever had. I am learning so much!

I promise everyone that if you study the atonement of Jesus Christ with an intent to learn how to apply it in your life, your life will change in ways you won't even imagine. Take the challenge. Everyone have an awesome week!

Love you all

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)


[Don't have any recent pictures, but my little sister shared this with me. Look at it, think about it, apply it]


Transfers just got real!

September 18, 2016

Soooooo.... I transferred again! I was seriously not expecting it at
all and this will not make my 3rd area in 3 months! To put it in
perspective:
1st area (shinkotoni) 2 transfers
2nd area (shinoro) 2 transfers
3rd area (suehiro) 3 transfers
4th area (higashi) 1 transfers
5th area (asahikawa) 1 transfers
6th (....... KOTONI!!!!!)

It's pretty rare to do a one and done in this mission, but i did it back to back to show off, jk I actually didn't want to transfer at all. Asahikawa had some awesome people I wanted to continue meeting, and sick places I wanted to go :( oh well

Anyway, my new companion is elder Bateman. He is from Seattle, Washington. He came on a mission right out of high school and is on his second to last transfer (15/16), so about 3 more months left on his mission. We are the same age and he is a straight bro. We are getting along great and are legit working the hardest I have ever worked on my mission. Up until now the most lessons I have probably taught is around 14-15 in one week. Elder Bateman and I taught over 65 this last week. We literally talk to everyone and he is way good with people and it gets people to listen to us a lot. I am ready to learn a lot from him and just have the best transfer of my mission.

We also have some sick progressing investigators and recent converts. The elder before me (elder israelsen) and elder Bateman were streeting one of the first days last transfer just talking to everyone they see. They talked to this guy named Uchida San who didn't seem to have a ton of interest, but came to church every week since getting called out to, and he got baptized last week. elder Bateman and his companion found him in the beginning of the transfer and he got baptized in 6 weeks! He is a walking miracle, and I was suprised how much faith he has when I first met him. Solid guy for sure!

I'm really hoping Elder Bateman and I can keep things running. He was a former AP and really knows his stuff, so we are just killing it right now!

This last week a lot happened. I made handmade sushi for the first time, I transferred back to Sapporo again (I do this back and forth transfer to Sapporo and asahikawa a little too much), had a talk first week in sacrament meeting, had a sports night and whooped everyone in ping pong. Made me think about my buddy Nathan the first time we Hung out at BYU when I spanked him hard in ping pong.

Yep, honestly life is good right now and this is one of the best areas in the mission! I'm having a blast and working as hard as I can. The lord is blessing us so much right now

Ok I will send a couple pics of what I have right now kk bye bye

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)


[Working so hard my shoe fell apart]


[Treated ourselves to a buffet after killing it first week together (it's only been 4 days)]


[Made sushi one of my last days in asahikawa]


[Members threw us a big party at the end of the transfer. I ate soooo much]



Hey hey hey

September 11, 2016

What up everyone? Honestly this week was just a normal week of missionary work.

Here's a couple highlights:
             We had zone training meeting where me and my companion
threw it down hard on everyone. Jk it was pretty nice. But, there
actually was one point where my companion yelled out 悔い改めなさい!(meaning
repent! In command form) he said it as a joke, but then everyone kind
of got quiet and things got awkward fast haha. That was funny
             We taught a good amount of people and had lots of lessons
about what people are expecting from meeting with us. I think we need
to weed how the people who like missionaries from the people who
actually have interest and want to follow Jesus Christ.
            We gave out a couple of book of Mormons

Wow this email sounds more boring after actually writing it out. Tbh,
I can't remember anything amazing that happened recently. We have just
been hitting the pavement and getting big spiritually.

I ripped my paints on my bike chain, but I'm a pro at sewing and did a
good job. I'll send that pic this week.

Kk sorry for the waste of time and boring email. Not too much to talk
about, but I will try and be more positive next week and find good
things to write about ha

Transfer calls are tomorrow so that should be interesting. I'll let up
everyone know what happens ;)
Elder Isobe and Elder Askew are reading this .... Haha

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)


[Can barely tell it ripped right? I hope you're proud of me mom haha]



[Ate this meal with a member on Saturday night. Sick Chinese restaurant. First time I ate with a member in a long time. Idk why, but just haven't had any members feed us recently. I don't mind, more time to go find people prepared to listen ya know?]



[Sometimes I use this to house and tell people it's a survey. Depending on the situation it is more effective than, "can we talk about Jesus with you?"]




One more week

September 4, 2016

Hey everyone sorry I didn't send out an email last week. I was putting
pictures on a flash drive and it took a lot of my email time, so....

Anyway, nothing super exciting happened this week

Here's a quick summary:
Went on splits with another Elder in my apartment. We did some good
streeting and it was awesome to watch his dendo fire (wanting to work
harder) increase, as well as his confidence. He's a good missionary,
just had some hard transfers with very little teaching. After teaching
a bunch with him, he got way excited to be a better missionary. It was
an awesome day. Saw lots of tender mercies of the Lord.

Went on splits with members looking for some less actives that live
too far for us to visit on bikes. All 4 elders splits with 4 ward
members. Me and the ward member I was assigned to visited 2 people and
they were both not home. He chose to get married rather than serve a
mission when he was 21 years old, and he doesn't really know how it
feels to try people who aren't home or really just do missionary work.
He seemed a little sad that we spent 1-2 hours trying people who
weren't even home. I then proceeded to explain how that was normal
missionary life and that's why working with members is the best
method. I think he kind of realized how important members are more
than he had before. At least I think so....

Had a meeting with all the zone leaders and sister missionary leaders
on Saturday. I love those meetings so much! I get to hear awesome
workshops from the mission president and his sick assistants (shout
out again to Elder Stevens)

Other than that, just lots of knocking doors and people not being home.

Me and my comp are doing okay. We are both polar opposites, so we
don't talk a whole ton because there's nothing to talk about....
However, we are still teaching a lot and feeling the spirit and that's
all you can ask for.  Okay

Thank you. Have a great week!

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)


[Our district last week before we ate lunch together]


[We were all companions with a guy named Elder Birch at one point, so we took a picture of us hugging a birch tree]


[My mom bought two puppies and I got so puppy trunky]



Sapporo temple dedication

August 21, 2016

Hello!

This week we had one big event! The dedication of the Sapporo Temple! It was awesome to go inside and take part of such a spiritual ceremony. We also got to see Gary Stevenson and Russell M. Nelson from the quorum of the 12 apostles. Those guys are spiritual beasts. You could feel the tangible presence of the holy those way strong when those 2 walked in with their wives.

Other than that, it rained and rained and rained this week. Apparently there was a pretty massive typhoon this week and some areas got closed down just for a small period of time, but we are all good now.... I think
On Saturday we spent 8 hours outside walking around with no one answering the doors. I had never seen a place rain so hard (considering California is in a drought and it almost never rains in San Diego) and I thought we were going to get called in for sure. We actually did get 3 texts with flood warnings, but this work can't be
stopped!

Also, because I know he might read this email I went on splits with one of the Ap's (Elder Stevens) and it was probably one of the best days I've had on my mission. We just worked really hard, taught some awesome lessons, and just had a good timing doing it. There wasn't much more you could ask for. We also had the car that day, because he is an assistant to the mission president, and it rained pretty hard. My normal comp. must've got covered that day. Idk too afraid to ask haha

We've been teaching people and trying to get people to progress. One lady I feel could be very close to baptism if she just shows faith. Please pray for her. Her name is ogasawara san.

Yep yep.... Normal life out here and I'm enjoying Japan a lot. Trying to make the most of the 10 months I have left, because it will fly by. Sad to see all of my older missionary friends go home, but nothing I can do

Ok love you all, bye bye

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)


Sapporo temple!
Image result for sapporo temple



[Took no pics, so enjoy one of my buddies] 

video





Short email

August 14, 2016

Sorry everyone I decided to write this email at the end and my one
hour is ending pretty soon, but.....

So we had zone activity on Monday and zone training meeting on Tuesday.

We played a picture scavenger hunt and everyone seemed to like it. We
also told everyone to bring their favorite snacks and dump it into a
big tub of vanilla ice cream and mix it. That was way bomb! Shout out
to Elder Fa'alafua!

ZTM was pretty good. I was sweating bullets in front of the whole
zone, but luckily my suit coat covered up my armpit sweat marks. Maybe
that was a little much... Jk I actually thought it went really good
and when I started talking I wasn't nervous at all. We are working on
unity this transfer and I've already seen lots of small miracles from
everyone's efforts.

Other than that, the area right now is struggling a lot. We hardly
have anyone to teach and if we do they don't have a whole ton of
interest, so we are doing lots and lots of finding here in asahikawa!
Yes!

I will try to find something more interesting next week. Love you all








Oh shoot!

August 7, 2016

The title is what I thought when I got my transfer call last week on
Tuesday morning. So, even though I just got to the higashi area 6
weeks ago, I am packing again and transferring back to asahikawa. This
time I will be in the other half of asahikawa and working with a
different ward. Basically in asahikawa there is 1st ward and 2nd ward.
The first ward correlates with the suehiro area (where I spent 5
months) and the second ward corresponds to the asahikawa area. I'm
super excited to be back in asahikawa. I honestly probably like it
more than the Sapporo area, but don't tell anyone that.

On top of that, I went zone leader. For some reason (which has yet to
be disclosed) my mission president and the assistants decided it would
be funny for me to skip district leader and go straight zone leader.
That being said, I have not given a workshop of any sort, but tomorrow
I have to give two 40 min workshops with my companion in Japanese. We
are basically training the 22 missionaries and 1 set of couple
missionaries in the asahikawa area. I am way pumped, but also way
freaking nervous. I just wish I had been district leader even for one
transfer so I can have some kind of idea on how this is going to
happen. Oh well... I'm really intimidated because I'm the youngest
zone leader in the mission at transfer 9, and the next youngest is
transfer 13. If you don't understand missionary lingo that means the
next youngest zone leader has done 24 more weeks of missionary work
than I have.

So.... Because I went zone leader and basically all the other zone
leaders are new to a large degree, we have had lots of meetings and
trainings. Basically all of Friday and Saturday where just long
meeting. I haven't even had the chance to go out into my asahikawa
area and dendou (missionary work) for more than 1 1/2 hours. Haha

Lastly, my companion is Elder Whitmer. He is my 6th out of 8
companions from Utah and he is the nerdy, most genius kid I have ever
met. Idk why, but most of my companions are pretty polar opposite of
my personality. Anyway, I knew him from back in my bean area (when I
first came to Japan) and we are going to kill it here. For the past 6+
months I have been the older coma onion, but right now he is transfer
15 (meaning he has 3 months left on his mission) so I'm going to learn
a lot. Kk

Hope you all have a great week. Lots of meeting, so not a lot to write
about... But thanks

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)

No more temple and lots of housing

July 31, 2016

Hello everyone!

First things first.... Congratulations to my sister and her new husband jack (who I've never met). I'm sorry I couldn't be at the wedding, but thanks for including me with the cardboard cutout that you guys made. :)

This week, it rained HARD!!! 3 or 4 times this week I had full on rain gear and spent 7-8 hours outside and just got freaked pounded by the rain. Luckily, my rain coat is crap and my upper body was soaked. Ha yeah luckily.

One fresh thing off the week: because all the elders in Sapporo worked hard at the temple, the mission president and his wife threw a barbecue for us at the mission home. It was way tight to sit down and eat like an American again with American size food haha. Japanese people have tiny portions. You would think you would lose weight in Japan, but you actually ended up eating one portion and then realizing you want 3 more because you're an American. Then you ended up crying because you're so fat and poor :/ it's a vicious cycle :/

Anywayyyyyyy, basically no one could meet this week, which left us with lots and lots and lots of knocking door time. We found 3ish people, but man this was probably one of the longest weeks of my mission for sure. I don't know why but it seriously feels like an eternity from when I emailed last Monday. I thought about the validity of the saying  "the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days" and think it's more like "the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like years." I think that's a better portrayal of this last week, but..... It was just a normal week of working hard and teaching English class and going to church.

Because of the lack of temple service this week, our days opened up big time and we had lots of 8 hour days when no one could visit. I honestly don't mind those long 8 hour days as long as we have one or two appointments some time in the day, but this week literally no one was home. But.... I can't complain because I'm still being blessed like its no one's business out here in japan, and I'm loving life right now. Not much more I could ask for.

Sorry for the boring rant. This next week I will look for something interesting. Transfer calls are tomorrow so you can look forward to that if you want to. Till next week....

Bye bye love you all

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)

Open house is over

July 24, 2016

So the privilege of working at the open house for 2 weeks ended last
Saturday, but boy was it fun and exhausting. I don't know why or how,
but just standing motionless for over 2 hours has a way of draining
your body more than when you are moving around.

We had 2 investigators come to the open house this last week and they
both seemed to enjoy it. It was awesome watching them in the celestial
room feel the spirit way strongly. One of our investigators told us
about the night and day difference she noticed when she entered and
exited the room. It's the spirit! Now we just need to help those
investigators recognize that was the spirit and boom!

This week we saw lots of tender mercies from the Lord. We had a decent
amount of time housing (knocking doors) and I just kept a prayer in my
heart to help us find someone to listen and someone that just gives
our message a chance. Well, sure enough we found 2 awesome people that
really listened and seemed to want to meet again. I have big hopes for
them for sure.

We have some people progressing, but it is very slow and no one is
willing to come to church. This week we made a goal to try and get
people to church trying every way possible. Church is such a good
blessing for so many reasons: they can meet members, need to go to
church to get baptized in the end, can learn more about Jesus Christ
at church than from 2 broken down Japanese speaking Americans, can
take the sacrament, etc...
The blessings are endless, and I feel if investigators start coming to
church, they will progress the most. Might seem obvious to some of
those reading this, but it's something that's way hard here in Japan
and I'm sick of that excuse. I want to change the odds and just bring
20 investigators to church.

Anyway, this email is probably way Boring but basically I just worked
at the open house a bunch this week. It's awesome to see old members
and less actives again that's for sure.

Ok have a good week everyone

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)

Temple week

July 19, 2016

Hello everyone! So we worked the temple on Monday, so today is my P day.

Honestly not a whole ton to report on other than the temple.

We work there about 4 times a week and we do things like: tour guides,
ushers, doorkeepers, etc...
Lots of fun and the spirit is way strong there for sure. We have done
a tour with 2 investigators now, and we have 3 more appointments for
these next couple days, so please pray for us.

This week I've probably had the most awkward encounter in my life. We
were housing and this mom probably in her high 30s, low 40s came out
and talked to us. We were having a good time until she started
complimenting me and my comp. like crazy. First she called me and
ikemen (meaning hot or good looking) and then she called my companion
a "baby face." He got a little sad and she picked up on it really
quick and tried to play things off calling him an "ikemen baby" hahaha
that was definitely a first.
She talked a lot about her family and how she has 2 sons and is really
lonely because she is divorced and the kids are never home. She then
looks me dead in the eye and says "do you want to make a baby?" She
points inside and says "let's go right now!" now usually in these kind
of never-occurring awkward encounters I just kind of laugh, but the
look on her face was this (I'm serious and I'm lonely) look. We both
kind of panicked and couldn't get words out for a while , but
eventually told her no, never no, and then taught a bit about morals
haha.
Anyway, that experience was a first and hopefully a last.

We have just been pounding sushi, going to the temple, building
relationships with members, etc...

Life is good right now and we actually had one of our investigators
come to church this last week. Please pray for him. He's way old and
thinks he's too old to understand. His name is azumaya San. Freaking
love that guy

Kk have a great week everyone.

敬具 (sincerely yours)
ー  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)