Tuesday, June 23, 2015

¡hola everyone!
   This week we saw a lot of success. We found investigators that are
so prepared to receive the gospel, and a lot of our knew investigators
are actually references from the members or references from people we
talk to on the street.
   One these references was golden. We were at church on Sunday,
talking with the members after sacrament meeting, and one member came
up to us and asked if he could talk to my companion and I for a
second. He is a normal faithful member who does his home teaching and
saw the needs of the people he was teaching and asked for our help. He
is home teaching  a lady who was less active for a while, but has been
coming to church for the past six months with her 14 year-old daughter
who isn't a member. He told us that the daughter wants to get
baptized, but just needs to have the lessons. We set up a visit for
the next day, and the home teacher was able to come as well. The
lesson went perfectly and the girl is planning on being baptized on
the 3rd of July.
   I played my cello again with all of the primary children for
sacrament meeting. We had some little children playing their violins
and flute as well. Next Sunday I get to play again! We usually have a
meeting after church and then we go home, but this week we were
invited to a members house for lunch, so I carried the cello all the
way to the members house. As we were walking home, my companion looked
to the side of the road and saw a dead rat. She screamed, jumped, and
clung onto my arm so tight. I wanted to die laughing because of he
face that she made.
    We get to go to English classes now because we have three
investigators who go. One of our investigator speaks perfect English
almost and he has only been learning it for three months. He said he
can teach us the language of the Incas, but when he said that there
were three different dialects and I couldn't tell the difference
between the three I decided that I shouldn't even try.
   I was reading in Alma chapter 50 today and I remembered an object
lesson that my dad gave for a family home evening whenever I was about
14. It's talking about Moroni and how he fortifies the cities so that
Lamanites cannot overcome them. My dad related this to how we can
fortify our homes so that the temptations of the world cannot overcome
our families. I think it's amazing that I can still remember that
family home evening from so long ago. I'm so grateful for parents who
taught me the gospel and made our home a Christ centered home, a place
of refuge from the world.
     This area is growing so much! I'm so grateful to be here in
Barcelona and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone. I would
invite you all to Invite your friends to hear this message. I know
it's true and that Heavenly Father will bless us in our efforts.
  Love you!
Hermana Schmidt

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hola everyone!
    Sorry for not writing the week before! But, this week so many
things happened!!! Our Korean investigator, Shim, was baptized! We had
to go to the church early and start filling up the font at the church,
and while we were waiting we ate bread and chocolate and did the
programs for the baptism. Then, Shim ended up coming to the church an
hour and a half early because he got confused on the time. A ton of
members showed up to the baptism and everything went perfectly. When
Shim was being baptized he sat so low down in the water that he pretty
much dunked himself, and we only waited about three minutes for him to
change clothes. Everyone was super surprised by how fast he was about
everything. That's Shim though.
   I had the opportunity to play cello at the baptism, and of course I
made a face when I messed up a part, but I learned from that
experience and didn't make a face on Sunday when I had to play in
sacrament meeting. I loved it on Sunday, though, because whenever I
was practicing with the relief society president before the meeting
started, all of the primary kids came up to the stage to watch me
play.The primary kids are my favorite! Now that I have the cello the
members are always having me play. My companion now has the music for
"somewhere over the rainbow" to play on her ukulele, and we are going
to be having a Karaoke night at the church and singing that.
   We had a family home evening with some less active members and the
son was playing a song that I recognized and so I just started singing
right along with it. I'm without shame here haha. The mission is
definitely helping me to become less quiet.
   After church, on Sunday, we went to Shim's house to eat paella. It
was paella from Catalunya and had tons for seafood. I've never eaten
shrimp where I had to peel off the shell. That was interesting, and
then when I did get the shell off I noticed that there was some brown
pebbles on the shrimp. I made the mistake of asking what those pebbles
were. I ate it anyways, and kept a cool face about it.
   We are receiving a ton of references from the members now. I'm not
sure what my companion and I did, but the members are always wanting
us to visit their friends and have family home evenings with them and
their friends. I think that ever since our perspective changed about
the way to do missionary work changed, the ward members have changed
as well. As soon as we gave more attention to helping the members feel
the importance of missionary work in their life, they have been more
willing to help and share the gospel with their friends. I love how we
are seeing the members working right alongside the missionaries.
    I was studying this morning in the Book of Mormon and Liahona and
came across a phrase that I liked in a talk given by Linda K. Burton.
It is a proverb that says "Thee lift me and I´ll lift thee, and we´ll
ascend together." I know that as we lift each other up and encourage
each other and our friends to stay on the path that leads to eternal
life, we will all be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father
and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Isn´t that what we all want? That´s
what I want. I know that it is possible as we keep the commandments of
God and fill our lives in the service of others. I know that as we are
serving others we are serving our God.
   Love you all!
Hermana Schmidt

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hey everyone!
  This week was really great! A member in the ward is letting me
borrow her cello and I get to play next Sunday during sacrament
meeting! I actually am playing with the primary as well and with the
missionaries as we do a special musical number. It will be so great to
play again.
   We had transfers on Tuesday last week, and my companion and I were
made companions with the new sister missionaries for one night. As we
brought the girls to the apartment we smelt something really bad and
realized at the bottom of the stairs was dog poop. That was a great
way to introduce the girls to Barcelona.
   Our Korean investigator had to move apartment buildings and we were
scared he was moving into the Elder´s area, but luckily he stayed in
our area. There was no elevator in his new apartment building, so we
had to carry everything up the stairs. It wasn´t too many things, and
Shim, our investigator, got us breakfast afterwards and told us that
he would get baptised on the 13th of June. We are going to eat lunch
with him and the family that helped him move. I told him I could make
cinnamon rolls, and he told me he wanted a tray for himself. I love
seeing how the members are helping us with our investigators.
    We had a dinner appointment with some member, but had no idea
where their house was. When we exited the metro we were saved by
meeting up with some other members. The wife took us to our dinner
appointment. We were so greatful that Heavenly Father placed them in
our path. It was pretty late by the time we got to our dinner
appointment and I don´t think that I have eaten so much food in so
little time. There were other members at this house who were watching
the soccer game, and so it was just my companion and I eating at the
table with a member. That was weird, but we laughed pretty hard about
it later.
    We have received Ipads in the mission. It´s pretty cool, but I
just think it´s funny that I´m one of the most technologically
challenged people and yet here I am using an Ipad. It will be cool to
see the work hasten as we use this technology.
   Lots of things are happening here in Barcelona! Thanks for your
prayers and support. I love you all!
   Hermana Schmidt