Red Lodge Montana

Red Lodge Montana

My first Baptism!

My  new convert Jennifer

Elder Wylie, Jennifer and Elder Schneider

Sept 21, 2015

Ipad Returned by an honest awesome citizen

To the Fam,

So I just got my iPad back so I have a lot to catch up on. The first thing is the baptism that happened on sept 2 of course. That was so awesome, I've never done it before so it was an experience to remember. But I was so nervous when I did it. I didn't dunk her all the way the first time so I had to do it again.. But she still loved it, which is what matters. She described it as "rejuvenating". She had a lot of support and she enjoyed it very much. Then the next day on Sunday I got to confirm her too, and I was even more nervous for that! I had to do it front of the whole ward! But I tell you what, that was even more awesome than the Baptism. I could just feel the Holy Ghost descend upon her. I have never before been able to perform such an amazing ordinance. There is real power in the priesthood. I was able to talk to her a few days later and see how she was doing. She said she noticed and immediate difference after she received the Holy Ghost and that she still had that same feeling. That really strengthened my testimony and put a smile on my face.

As well as that, as you all know I'm training. My companion Elder Wylie is an awesome guy. Let me just explain to you his personality. He was painfully shy when I first met him. But, he's coming out of his shell. He is actually so full of personality and humor. He keeps surprising me with hidden talents and skills. He can beat box and play the drums. He's also very smart and a deep thinker. But my favorite part about him is his desire to work and follow the rules. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Elder Wylie and I are on the same page and we are loving it. We often have no clue what we’re doing but we just learn as we go and enjoy it. Me and him get along very well.  It’s weird because I’m having to be out going and be the confident one that has to approach people and be the example. But I’m surprising myself actually. I’m doing a better job at taking the lead already and I can’t wait to see how much more improvement I have to make. And I also love seeing my companion blossom. He kind of knows the doctrine well already but he just needs to be able to teach it, and its coming, slowly but surely. He's very good at being organized and working smart. And this helps me a lot, because I can get sloppy sometimes. He makes sure we work smart and that we do things right, not just fast. So I'm learning a lot from him too. 

One miracle I had this week was a blessing I had the opportunity to give. We were out contacting some less active people and we come up to this lady's house. She lets us in and is happy to see us and all. So we talk with her for a bit and then we notice that she was doing homework or writing something. So we ask her what she was doing and she says that she was writing a paper for some college homework. But she said that she had gotten a bad concussion a few months ago and wasn’t able to focus very well so it’s been hard for her to do any schooling and writing and stuff like that. So the thought pops in my head, priesthood blessing? I ask her if she’s gotten one to help and she said she had and it helped, but she would like another one. Me and my companion are like heck yeah we will give you a blessing! We take out the oil and go through it all. So we give her a blessing and leave her with a pamphlet. We came back about a week later. We ask her how she was doing and she said she was doing great. She said the blessing helped her finish her homework and it was as if she had never gotten a concussion. And we were like wow, that’s amazing. The priesthood power is real. That was the first time I have really seen the priesthood heal someone. So I have no doubts in its capabilities. 

I’m starting my tenth week in the field here and its getting pretty crazy. I don't really see a whole lot of success with the people we are teaching but we are having success with ourselves. I get the feeling that it might stay this way. There is so much religion out here it seems as if there is no room for the LDS religion. But I just have to keep being patient and realize that there is nothing I can do when people are not open. If they want to listen, great, if not, oh well. We try our best and that’s what matters. But I want to know about you all more! Keep me updated! Tell me what’s going on in your lives! I hope you all are doing well, I love you all. Until next week, peace out! And I’m sending pictures in a bit

      -Elder Schneider

September 21, 2015

Pics for the week

Shout out to Pops aka Barry

and this is Bear

Montana doorbell humor

And.... another gorgeous sunset

Prep Day

Another beautiful Montana sunset

Sept. 14, 2015

Lost Ipad

About the lost Ipad: I know, how could I? The one cool thing I get on my mission and I lose it! But it taught me to be a little more responsible. And I get made fun of by all of the other elders too so I’ve been humbled. So I guess I have quite a bit to catch you all up on. These past two weeks have probably had the most happen than any other time on my mission thus far. For one, I had my first baptism. And two, I’m training. So you can imagine how much stuff I had to do. But it was so awesome. I’m learning that the Lord qualifies the called and doesn’t call the qualified. Because I know for a fact that I wasn’t qualified to train, but I was called, and He is turning me into what He has called me to be. If the Lord only called the qualified there would be very few people on this earth with the Priesthood and there would be very few callings made.
That’s not how He does things, He trusts us and then gives us an assignment and lets us grow and learn. He will help us along the way of course, but He will definitely test us and try us. He knows our capacity’s as individuals and knows just how much stuff to throw at us at once. But the thing that seems to always touch me is the blessings. I don’t think you will find one place in the scriptures where the Lord gives us a commandment and then doesn’t promise blessings in return. He will, without a doubt, bless us for everything we do right. And sometimes I may say, "Well I invited Johnny to church and he told me to get lost, that wasn’t a blessing". But wait, maybe it was. Maybe He was just giving me an opportunity to grow and learn. And if Johnny’s immediate answer was, I want to get baptized, that probably would have done me much less good than the rejection. Do we look at trials as punishment or as opportunity? Do we look at work as stress or as things we can achieve? And I hope we all look at the more opportunistic answer of the two. It’s all in the way we look at things. If our hearts are hard we will be sluggish to recognize the Lords blessings, but if we are continually keeping a fresh hope of goodness and a positive outlook we find less to gripe about. It’s funny how often it occurs to me that the Lord really does bless me with more than I can comprehend. If you ever pity yourself, stop it. Because if you trying your best to handle whatever life throws at you, you are doing what you should be doing. We should never say, I didn’t ask for this, or why does this always happen to me? Just say, I know the Lord is teaching me something, what is it? Do you guys ever pray about trials you are having and thank Heavenly Father? I know I don’t do it very often and I should do it more. Because trials are like math equations, we don’t know the answer, but the Lord does. He can give us the solution to solve that equation. And if you just ask for the solution to the problem He will give it to you. We will probably have to try a few different formulas and so forth but we just have to start. And in the end, you’ve learned something new to take with you for the rest of your life, along with the blessings He has promised you. So honestly, why fear tribulation? It’s not easy, but it’s not scary either. Like D&C 58:3-4 says, after much tribulation you will be crowned with much glory.
We cannot comprehend with our natural minds the things God has in store for us. And do you think He will just give it all to us in heaven? No, I think we will have to work for things in heaven just as we do here on Earth. We will have to learn just as we do here. But I’m glad it’s like that. I’m glad we have the opportunity to keep growing and to keep learning. Knowledge is becoming very valuable to me as I’m out here. I see how much knowledge does for me. I used to hate studying things but now I just love soaking in all of the scripture and books we have to read. It’s like having a shelf full of friends. Each story teaches me something as well as triggers emotion. I hope you all are reading and learning daily, especially from the scriptures. And if you’re not, you better start. Because if knowledge is the only thing we can take into the next life that would be a real bummer if all you knew was the basics to life. How about you learn something new? We should always be exercising our minds and trying to absorb as many things as possible (only good things of course). Try challenging yourself to memorize things. Memorize a quote you like word for word and you see that you not only feel a sense of accomplishment but you will also have one more thing for you to keep. Our stake up here has made a list of 7 simple things. they are: 1-Read the scriptures daily as an individual, 2-Read the scriptures daily as a family, 3-Pray daily as an individual, 4-Pray daily as a family, 5-Attend the temple once a month, 6-Hold family home evening once a week, 7-Attend church once a week as a family. Those seven simple things will make a dramatic difference in your life. I hope that you all are striving to do those things. We have a family that’s blended in our ward and we taught them last night. The mother has been really stressed lately with how crazy the kids are and how the father is always getting upset and so forth. So one of the members asked her, are you doing the seven simple things? And she said, some of them. Well, she needs to do all of them. If she sits down with her family every morning to read and pray it will make a difference. Maybe the kids will be still be rowdy but she will have peace in her heart. And I know that to be true. You just have to start and make a commitment with yourselves to continue to do these 7 simple things. That doesn’t mean life will be easy but it will become more manageable. So accept that challenge ok? Thanks. I just want to say I miss you all so much and I love you dearly. I’m keeping you in my prayers every day, Keep being awesome. Love you.
     -Elder Schneider

Sept 7, 2015

Note from Mom:

No Email, we found out the next day that Elder Schneider lost his Ipad.

Good Ol' Montana

Cold Weather Comin

Overcast Days are here

Waitin on the Rain
Storm Clouds from our car

New Comp!! Elder Wylie.

My new Companion, Elder Wylie.

Watch the road Elder!!

August 31, 2015

Transfer One Complete

Dear Family,

Well this week was great! Lots of stuff to tell you about, I don't even know where to start! I guess I'll just mention my miracle of the week. 

My miracle of the week is about a family we've been seeing. This family just showed up to church one day to see how it was. They didn't really know why they decided to come that one day but I'm sure glad say did. So we talked to them and set up an appointment to teach them. They invite us over for dinner and feed us a great meal and they have great hospitality. So then we teach them right? The lesson we gave them was super spiritual and I know they learned something new. And in the lesson they mentioned how ever since they came to church their family has been happier. They felt as though something was missing in the family and the church could be the answer. So then we asked them to be baptized and they gave a hesitant yes. Because they felt as though they weren't ready but then we explained to them that we set a date in the future for them to work towards and they felt a little better about that. So the spirit was super strong and it was so awesome to hear. They missed the last two Sunday's but they are still keeping in touch with us and want to learn more, I'm super excited about them. We aren't supposed to add up the number of baptisms we get, but if they follow through that would make 5 people on date for baptism. So I'm pumped about that!

These last few weeks have been kind of difficult because our ward wasn't doing that great to help out the missionaries. So I had things to fix. I was kind of feeling overwhelmed. So I've just been praying real hard to be patient and to just do all that I can do to best solve these situations. And this week has been a real blessing for me. I've finally started to see some changes in the ward. I don't know if it’s from our efforts as missionaries or if it’s just the Lord answering my prayers, (probably both) but the ward has seemed to pick up a bit. And I have to give a ton of thanks to my ward mission leader. He is so good. He is super helpful and always on the same page as us and has that same desire to push the work forward like us. He just gets stuff done. And he's also just a cool guy so I like being around him. But these changes are giving me a lot of hope. 

I am starting to look more outside the box of a traditional missionary so that I can try something new instead of trying the same old things. My teaching skills are improving and I’m learning more from the scriptures daily. Being with this companion has shown me the missionary I want to be. I know that I want to be obedient and hard working. I can't stand to waste good time, haha that probably doesn't sound like me, but it's true. I have this constant feeling like there is so much to do and so many people to teach and so many rules to follow. But I like it like that. Staying busy helps me a lot. When I'm busy I can just get lost in the work and not worry about the world. And there are blessing that come from working hard and staying busy. It seems like when we do what we are supposed to do we just have blessing come to us. I'm still working on my ability to do missionary work by the spirit, because that really is a hard thing to do. It seems like sometimes I get no answer so I just have to go with the best decision I can think of. The power of the spirit is real though. I have seen it work in me and I have asked some inspired questions that really just hit people. So I know it's in me I just have to keep working at it. Another hard part of teaching is being able to answer people's questions. I can’t answer a lot of the questions still but at least I can answer some. I will get there. 

But I’ve also got some news for you guys! So we got transfer calls on Sunday and guess what? I’m staying in Belgrade! But, I’m training a new missionary! Yeah I’m only half way done with my training and I’m going to be training another missionary! I was kind of nervous at first but I feel pretty honored that the Lord trusts me enough to be a trainer this early. And it will also be nice to be in charge so I can make sure we follow the rules and work hard! This is going to be an adventure! So I’m still in shock about it a bit, but I’ll settle down pretty soon. I don't even get to know who he is until I see him, so that will be interesting. Anyways, that’s my cool news for you guys. I hope you all are doing good and that things are working out for you guys. I love you and miss you all. 

     -Elder Schneider