Red Lodge Montana

Red Lodge Montana

July 27, 2017

First week in the field

Thank you all so much for those emails! I'm doing great out here! The first couple of days were hard because I didn't know much and I didn't know anybody. But I'm feeling better now that I've been out here for a bit. The tracting was the hardest part at first. Because we went to some crappy trailer parks and saw some pretty sad people and they wanted nothing to do with us. So that was hard but by the time I got home and ate some food I felt a little better haha. But now tracting is a bit easier because I've studied and done lots of training to make myself more ready and be a little more bold.

I can already  see how I'm getting strengthened and my testimony is getting stronger. I'm learning so much, my mind is like a sponge right now, it's crazy how the mission turns you into a spiritual bank. It takes a lot of work but it's very possible to see miracles happen. On top of miracles I'm spoiled! We stay in a members home in their basement, It's so nice. And we drive a nice Chevy Cruze, and I have this iPad, haha I have more stuff here than I did at home! The members feed us well and they are all so giving, it's a blessing.

My companion is awesome. He can be a bit rowdy and crazy sometimes but it's what I need when I'm feeling down. He's great at training, he knows what he's doing, I'm thankful for him. It's my preparation day today so I had some time to look back and see how things went, and to be honest, we didn't have much success all week. We only had 2 potential investigators out of 43 people we saw. But the strange thing is that I'm happy! Just doing the work brings joy even without much success. Being put in awkward situations and having to learn to just get over it and mature up makes the daily life challenges seem like a piece of cake. Cause if I can have a high old stoner man tell me to get lost I can definitely make my bed and do my laundry. (And cook my own food too, just for you mom). It's just getting over that hump that you have to be a big kid now is the hard part, and I think I'm getting over that hill already in just a few days. But like I said, I'm pretty spoiled so I haven't had it hard yet. And I still will have hard things ahead, I know it.

I see a lot of missionaries I know here. My MTC comp is in the area next to me and the missionary that took me to the MTC from the Salt Lake airport is in the ward next to me! So I love seeing people I know here. And there are a few of missionaries from Az here too. I met Elder Brock who is from the same ward as us in the valley, he's awesome, he's a stud haha. And I just got back from my first in home lesson with a lady named Jennifer. Wow. That was so cool. She was a prime example of how the Lord prepares people for us. She already said she would be baptized next month! She said she was looking for a religion to join and she didn't know which one so we told her the restoration and the Joseph Smith story. It perfectly applied to her, she started crying and she wanted to know more and she wanted to read the Book of Mormon too. It was so cool, it's hard to put into words, but it was so inspired of God, I just know it. So that was my first taste of success and its amazing. It doesn't always work that well but when it does, it's unforgettable. Ok that's all I have for this week, I love and miss you guys! You're all in my prayers. I hope things go well for you all this week! Keep staying strong!

     -Elder Schneider

July 23, 2017

Bozeman, Belgrade 2nd Ward!!

So they let me send an email to let you know where I'm going! So I'm in the Boseman area in Belgrade 2nd ward. My trainer is cool his name is elder McMahon (pronounced mcman). This can't be real long but I love you and miss you! You can just tell everybody this info.

     -Elder Schneider

July 20, 2015

Week 2

Dear Fam, 
The days are really starting to get fast now! Now that I have the hang of things I can start to enjoy it a bit more. I'm just ready to go out already! I still need some practice with some of those lessons but at least I know what I'm doing now. Its crazy how much you grow in this place! There is so much I've learned in just a week and I have so much more stuff to get down. It almost seems like its an impossible task to learn everything you need to know to teach random people on the spot. I learn best from actually teaching people and practicing rather just studying in class. But anyways, its great here!

I've been teaching a few investigators and I'm pretty rough at it but I'm learning! The coolest is a guy by the name of Jonathon. Just fyi, this guy is freaking smart, like he seriously has the hugest vocabulary and I cant even understand him half of the time. But the most impressive part is how fast he learns. We give him a scripture to read or an assignment or something like that and when we come and see him again he understands it better than we do! Its crazy! And when he prays its amazing, its so sincere and heartfelt, it makes me cry haha. But we've given him three lessons and we got him to work towards baptism, so its super exciting. Ahh it just makes me pumped when I can see people take in the gospel and let it change their lives. I just want more and more of it! But not everything has been jolly here. Two missionaries from our district have already gone home. Its really sad, cause I care for them and stuff. But they both prayed and talked to the leaders and decided it was best for them to go. So that was sad but it made me more determined to stay. Leaving isn't an option haha. I could never do that, I would just get depressed and die if I went home.

Just one more day until I go out in the field so I'll get a taste of some real hard missionary work soon. Oh and I can call you guys on Tuesday morning at the airport before I fly out, so be ready for a call in the morning, I'm not 100% sure I can, but they told me that I can buy an hour of call time to call home, so if there isn't too many missionaries on the phones I'll call you ok? Anyway, I hope you guys are doing good, I miss you all! Keep me in touch with what's going on in the family! ok thank you, love you guys :)

      -Love Elder Schneider

July 13, 2015

First Email home
Hey I got your stuff! thank you! and since we can only email once a week I'm writing you letters too while im here so youll get a couple of extra letters and stuff. But today is day 6 for me and Im really starting to get things down here. Now that I know what im doing and stuff im realling enjoying it! My teaching is a little sketch but I've got a testimony thats strong so thats a good start haha. But I really do miss you guys more every day. I thought I would have detached by now but I guess not haha. I just really want to be in Montana already. I heard a super good devotional from Elder Bednar last night that kind of changed how I think of missionary work and made me want to go out and serve extra bad now. It was seriously the best talk I've heard. This place is changing me already and its not even a week, I'm hoping being in the field wont be too hard. But I want to say thank you to you for being so good to me and being an example for me when I was getting ready to leave. You guys always support me and I can't even thank you enough. Keep sending me Dear Elders, I love them. keep me in touch with whats going on in the family so I can know. Let everybody know I love them! Love you.
     -Elder Schneider 

July 8, 2015

Arrived at MTC


Elder Schneider with Elder Pett delivered safe to the MTC

July 8, 2015

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport 

On his way!
Just a Dad and his boy
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