Blessings on blessings on blessings

March 26, 2017

Look at my life man that's lessons on lessons on lessons. Sorry for the big Sean reference.

Hello everyone! This week we had lots of splits with other missionaries, but on top of that we literally had so many awesome miracles that I want to write a little bit about.
First off, I didn't write an email last week so no one knows about this but I learned, once again, the importance of inviting people.

We have this investigator named kuriki SAN that my last companion and I found about 3-4 weeks ago that seemed kind of strong but can only meet on weekends. He is in a thing called jietai, which is basically just like he japanese military service. He spends his weekends with his family and I don't want to interrupt that precious time, but felt a prompting to call and invite him to church. He said he would talk with his family and it seemed to be pretty weak to be honest. Sorry for my lack of faith. Well, he came with his wife and their 3 daughters. The ward just loved them because there are basically no families in this ward and everyone fellowshipped them very very nicely. They seemed to really have a good time, but the daughters had a blast. We are going to try and work through them lol

The other miracle occurred on Friday night while my companion and I were knocking doors from 10-2 in the morning. We weren't finding anyone and it seemed to be a waste of time. To be honest, we weren't in the very nicest area either and it didn't seem like people would listen. We decided to move area just enough to separate from where we were and my comp. felt a prompting to go housing in this gross looking, old white building. I've learned enough on my mission to know to follow promptings even when you feel like they might be wrong. Good
choice elder Scheidt! Well we found someone!

Not just someone, but we found a less active named sister saitou who had been less active for about 30-35 years. She had a problem with the word of wisdom and didn't feel clean at church, so she stopped coming. Well. She was finally able to overcome this problem a little while ago and had thought about coming to church a lot over the past 35 years. She just never had the push to come back and so she didn't.

We found her and she came to our activity on Saturday and asked to meet with the branch president to start the repentance process. She then came to church the next day and all the older members remembered her and literally everyone was crying, hugging, etc... it was such a touching moment on my mission. She's literally already an active member again. It is so awesome!

On top of that, another less active came back to church who had cancer and hasn't been in over 20-25 years. People eat her right up and the whole branch just seemed to have so much love.

My companion and I were so happy and it was such an awesome moment to watch these people relive the happiness of the gospel. I'm grateful for the experiences I have out here and they help me grow closer and closer to my savior every day.

Love you all! Have a great week!

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

[Bought the watch on he left last week!]

[Here we are after a long day]


Time is flying

March 12, 2017

It's crazy to me how old I am as a missionary and how fast time is flying. Doing my best to not think about it and just work hard. I want to make these last 3 months the best 3 months! Loving the time out here and trying to make the most of it!

We had a zone training meeting this week and everyone came down to Kushiro to stay in our apartment. We had a ton of fun spiritually as well as physically.
We played dodgeball as a zone in the church parking lot and it was super legit. My body was aching a lot afterwards. Jeez I am out of shape. I'll probably need to go on runs a lot when I get home. We also had a little devotional where we asked 3 people to pick a favorite church video and testify about it to the rest of the zone. After that person testifies, it is free for anyone else to testify if they want to. Really good spiritual experience and something I've never done on my mission before.

Our baptismal date Hitoshi kun is doing alright I think. His date is set for this Saturday and he passed his interview with the mission president on Friday last week. However, he doesn't seem to be super excited to be baptized (kind of feels indifferent) and so we are questioning whether he really has the desire to follow Christ or not. We don't want him getting baptized for us and If he doesn't have the faith yet, we want to wait a little longer and help him develop that faith.
It's an interesting situation because he follows all the commandments and wants to be baptized, but isn't super excited about it? I'm not really sure, but we have another interview this week and if things are okay he will probably be baptized this Saturday! I'm so excited for him. Please pray for him.

Other than that, we have nothing really going for us in the area and are finding a lot. If anyone has any tips on how to find people to listen to us, feel free to let us know.

I'm so grateful for this church and the wonderful things I've learned on my mission. I grow closer to my savior every day and there's no where I would rather be than here right now. The gospel is true and was restored by a true prophet Joseph smith. I know these things and they have brought me so much happiness. I really do love my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ!

Hope everyone has a great week.

Thanks for everything

敬具 (sincerely yours)

  シャイト長老 (Elder Scheidt)

[Here is our zone and Hitoshi kun. The kid all the way to the left is my mission grandson. I trained a new missionary and the kid to the left was trained by my bean. Pretty rare to meet a grandchild in the mission :)
The zone is obihiro zone but we call it BRObihiro zone. Sorry sisters]

No time sorry

March 5, 2017

Don't have like anytime because we are doing a zone activity today, but I'm living and doing well.

I've been teaching a guy named Hitoshi San for about a little over 3 months and we finally were able to make a solid baptismal date with him and that date is for the March 18th. He will be having an interview pretty soon but still has a couple problems we need to resolve, so we will see what happens. But it's been such a blessing to lead him up to this far and watch him grow. Please pray for him. I've grown to love him so much

Love you all and hope you have a great week!

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

[Here's me solving a rubix cube right before bed]

[A guy in my apartment came at me with the door. It was pretty scary]