Hello everyone!

November 13, 2016

Had the opportunity to go on splits with one of the assistants this week and another day with a transfer 1 missionary in my apartment named Elder Jensen. I learned a lot from both and got lots of fire to work harder and harder every day.

I'm trying to think what happened this week, but it was lots of visiting members. Elder Akamatsu and I have just been visiting members like crazy. We tried probably 3-4 every day this last week and I can already see our relationship with members increasing a lot. Other than that, our investigators are all way weak or have no interest, so we have been dropping and knocking doors a good amount lately.

One small miracles was when I was on splits with the AP. We had lots of finding time and so I decided to pray and choose an area for us to knock doors. At first no one was home and it was kind of a bad area, so I thought we should move on to a new area. However, the spirit prompted me to continue and we kept housing. After about another 20 minutes we knocked a door and this guy says: go ahead and let's us into his genkan (the room behind the door but in front of the main room where you take off your shoes). After that he said to enter his house without us even saying anything. Probably the second or third time that has ever happened to me in the last 16 months. He had met missionaries before and has come to church before, etc... He's pretty dang rich and just kept feeding us weird food I've never had before. I think he was a kinjin. That's what we call golden person meaning that they are so prepared to hear our message.

Been studying very hard recently and learning lots of new church history, Japanese, life advice, etc... I'm learning more than I could ever imagine and loving life right now.

It snowed way hard last week and we were off our bikes for about half the week and then it freaking melted but stayed as cold as it was with snow. We our on bikes right now, but actually have to send them into the church headquarters today whether there is snow or not in our area. So.... We will been on foot for the next 6 months

Excited for what lies ahead.

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

[Shoutout to my buddy Gary in Russia this is him]

Member work for days!

November 6, 2016

Hello everyone!

So, I still haven't sent a picture of my companion, but I'll send one this week. I'm not sure what image you have of Japanese people, but they are generally pretty small and don't eat a whole ton. Nevertheless my companion is the opposite and actually weighs 35-40 lbs. heavier than me and is blessed with a American broad shoulder build. Probably weird to write this but I think my dad will get a kick out of it haha

Anyway, this week we have just been visiting tons of members because right now the member/missionary relationship is pretty weak. We now we can't do as much in God's work without member help, so we are basically doing lots of visiting and finding near their houses. Most of the time they aren't home, so things can get really hard when you get lost for 20 minutes, finally find their house just to find them not at home. But.... We are leaving nice notes and snacks/ candy to show them that we came as just a little sign of gratitude.

In other news, it snowed here again, but this time it didn't melt. I wrote an email back in the middle of October about how it snowed, but that was way early for this year and it actually ended up melting the next day. So we have just had ice cold wind while biking, but that all changed again. It snowed about 2 days ago and it snowed hard. I remember sending in our bikes to 本部 (the mission office) late December, but we are sending them in next week and are on foot from here on out. I hope I'll be able to get in shape from November to April. Shoot 6 more months of snow! I miss California haha I'll be honest and say there is a part of me that looks out the window every morning and says to myself "yep too much snow and cold. You can fake sick just this once" but this work is too important to complain and put myself first.

Things are good and my companion and I do English and Japanese days. We switch off every other day, so that's pretty sick. We have a zone conference tomorrow and so lots of our time last week was spent in meetings and receiving workshops from the mission president and his assistants.

Life is good right now. Keep on working everyone. Love you

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

[The missionaries in kotoni right now (6 of us)]

[Thought I would share something inspirational for once...]

[Sometimes we study too much and finding something to shake our faith. Keep on persevering and see the bigger picture]

[My comp and a green bean in my apartment emailing literally right now]

What happened with transfers?

October 30, 2016

Well transfers came and i am staying! Really happy that I'm not doing another 1 transfer and out in another area. On top of that I got a new companion and for the first time since transfer 4 (9-10 months ago) I have a Japanese companion. His name is Elder Akamatsu and he is from Hiroshima and going onto his 5th transfer. He just became the youngest zone leader in out mission and now we make the youngest zl pairs. That means we are going to become way humble this transfer.

To give you a little background on him: he his 23 years old and already graduated college. He spent the last two transfers with the elder that I trained about a year ago, so we lots of talking about my bean haha lots of fun. We both love him a lot. Lastly, Elder Akamatsu also is a swimming pro. He won't tell me how good he was, but I've heard from others that when he was in middleschool he was basically one of the best swimmers in Japan for the
freestyle. I'll try to get it out of him later this week! :)

Our Chinese investigator (luan San) hasn't been answering our calls or replying to our texts, so that's a little bit worrying but other than that we have just been doing so much finding. However, we made crazy good goals on working with members and we are going to visit them a lot in this next week. Excited to watch this area grow and work hard.

Anyway, nothing else is happening but finding and normal missionary work.

We had a Halloween party and we were in charge of the game. The sisters did the donut on the string game and it reminded me of my dad. :) haha love you

Have an awesome week!

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

[Also went to watch an investigator at a dance recital practice and he let me dress up]


October 23, 2016

To start things off.... It snowed on Thursday! Elder Bateman and I had an appointment with a recently found young family at 6:30 and it was pretty cold outside but no signs of snow at all. We went into the house and had an awesome lesson, got to know the family better, and boom we leave at 7:30 and there is about 1-2 inches of snow piled up outside. It was freaking ridiculous and I just kept yelling "my life is over" however, the snow has completely melted and now it's windy as heck. It feels like winter, but the snow is gone and some I'm kind of stuck between whether I want it to be snowy or not right now.

I went on splits with another elder that I came to Japan with and it was legit one of the most fun days I've had on my mission. I know I'm not here to have fun, but i feel like it was a perfect mix of working hard while having fun. After all, they do say if you aren't having fun you are doing things wrong. We had 2 appointments fall through and so we literally had 7 hours of nothing..... Finding yeah! We didn't have a whole ton of success, but the whole day I just felt like the Lord was blessing us and even though we didn't see a lot of stuff happen. Made me think a lot about how far me and this other elder had come since coming to Japan in September of last year.

Other than that things are normal and get rejected a lot. We do lots of streeting here (walking on the streets and literally calling out to everyone you walk by) and I love it. Get rejected and yes! Time to find someone who wants to listen and will be immensely blessed.

Having a good time. Transfer calls are tomorrow and I hope I don't leave again. I don't want to do 4 areas in 4 months that is for sure.
It's all good, I think I'll stay :)

Love you all

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

[My comp wanted to try eating the whole thing it is called the teine Yama. It is 6-8 cups of rice turned into fried rice with gyoza and curry all mixed in it. To put things into perspective only a few people in the world have finished it and it weighs 8 pounds. He got half way and was about to throw up. Look at the top right and you can see the grease haha so sick!]

[No one believes this little 165lb. Guy can pound food, but I put this (4-6 pound) meal down in 20 minutes haha]

[Bought a sick scripture case last week!]