Elder Drew Schneider is serving a full-time LDS 2 year mission in Billings, MT. Drew is originally from Snowflake, AZ but had recently moved to Mesa, AZ before heading out to Montana. His family loves and supports him. Thank you for your interest and support via this blog.
Red Lodge Montana
February 1, 2016
like there is always something new and different happening here. So much
randomness for a small town. But I'm loving it here. This week was much better
compared to the last couple of weeks. We did more to talk to everybody and stay
focused. We had to tell ourselves to do that because we were missing so many
teaching opportunities. So we had a lot more lessons and we found more people.
here are so frustrating! I feel like a babysitter for our investigators. It
seems like they are always up and down with how they are feeling so we always
unsure with where at are at. And I guess I shouldn't say that they are
annoying, I should say that Satan is annoying. One minute they are ready for
baptism and to read the Book of Mormon and the next they are anti. I'm like,
how do they change so fast? Satan is good at his job, but God is better. We are
going to have to step up our game with the way Satan is playing!
We had the
opportunity to give two blessing this week. They were both on the same day so
Elder Peterson was spiritually exhausted, or at least that's what he told me.
But I love giving blessings, it's the coolest. There is always that close
connection to God when you're taking part in a blessing. And the people who
receive the blessing seem to have more of a connection with you too.
another family move this week too. I swear I will have moved about 100 people
by the end of my mission! But I don't mind it at all. Service is my favorite
thing to do. And the people here are humble so they actually let you help them
unlike some places. Our neighbor is a sweet Indian lady from Malaysia who is
super nice and funny. One day she knocked on our door and was like, here are
some egg rolls I just made. And so we had some yummy egg rolls. It was super
funny to me to eat a random egg roll, Elder Wylie would have thought it was
funny too. But that's just how it is here. The people actually serve and then
let others serve them!
Peterson and I gave talks this Sunday. That was my first talk I've given as a
missionary. We talked on missionary work, fitting huh? But it went well. I felt
like we did a good job. It always feels good to give a talk anyways. And right
after that we taught the gospel principles class. It was like a super spiritual
Sunday for us.
Peterson turned 19 this week. We had some cake at a members house and hung out
for a bit to celebrate. It's weird that I'm only 18. Sometimes I feel older
than that and sometimes I feel like I'm 16 still. But I think it's sweet that
we get to come out so early to get ahead on life. People are always surprised
when I tell them I'm 18, they usually think I'm 12.
actually talk about the work here, it's going good. We are finding success when
we stay focused and be obedient. Which is sometimes hard to do. We have a few
people who are so close to baptism! We just need to keep the spirit with them
as much as possible. The members here are awesome at doing missionary work. The
give us referrals and come teaching with us quite often. It's every
missionaries dream to have a good Ward. If we could keep improving our teaching
and finding then we could have plenty of people convert here. Everyone in this
town has a connection with someone else. We just have to get it going!
of what I have to write about this week. I'm sending pictures in another email.
Love you guys!