Monday, January 6, 2014

The Tripanionship, Training, Etc.

This was a very full and wonderful week and I'll try to write everything about it. 

Tuesday morning we went to Mt. Pleasant and dropped off Elder Peterson. I picked up Elders Derricott and Mcmurtery and we headed back to Midland 2. It was a glorious tripanionship. We worked in the Midland 2 area mostly but taught some people in Midland 1. We had a great time teaching and finding together. It was definitely different but a ton of fun. I'll include a picture at the bottom.

Thursday morning, we all went to Lansing to pick up our trainees. Before that we got some instruction from Pres. Hess. Then we met our trainees...My new companion is Elder Graves! He's from Pocatello, ID and is awesome. He is the 4th of 5 children and loves filming, especially sports-camera work. He is a great guy; he has worked hard and is adjusting to mission life well. He loves the people we meet and is a wonderful listener. He is excited to learn more, get better at mission work, but is enjoying himself. Elder Graves is basically teaching me. 

It's been an insanely busy week outta nowhere. We've been following up with a lot of potential investigators and other stuff. It seems like the ward is warming up to mission work as well now that we're bringing people in. We've got some solid referrals which was a surprising blessing. 

So many things happened this weekend. A huge miracle and blessing was teaching Jeremy Hammers. Jeremy is a friend of our Ward Missionary Leader Bro. Jones who gave him a Book of Mormon 2 years ago. Jeremy contacted Bro Jones on Friday and said he wanted to learn more about spiritual things. Jeremy has been through a lot recently which I won't get into a lot of detail with, but he is amazing. We got a text from Bro Jones that said, "come right now, I have someone for you to teach". When we got there, Bro Jones and his son-in-law had taught him the Restoration. We had a profound follow-up discussion with him - he has just recently come to know that God lives and he wants to follow God. After talking to him about the Atonement we gave him a priesthood blessing. The Spirit was very strong. Jeremy asked us if he could come to church with us which was awesome. After we gave him the blessing he cried and asked about prayer and we answered his questions. We set up a time to have a church tour and discussion for Saturday. He loved the church tour, but he got overwhelmed by our discussion on the Plan of Salvation and left hurriedly saying that he needed time and didn't want to investigate any more. We were pretty heart-broken because we had no idea what we had done wrong. We said a prayer when we got back to our apartment for Jeremy and we felt very strongly that everything would be alright. Jeremy called us an hour later and thanked us for the lesson and explained he had gotten anxious. He told us he wasn't going to come to church but he did anyway. He had an amazing experience with Sacrament meeting. He wants some time to read the Book of Mormon then he'll see if he wants to learn more but it I know that everything is alright. 

Wow, that was a long-winded story about that but seriously that doesn't contain a 100th of what happened in the past 3 days. 

We taught a new investigator named Chuck who's awesome. We set a date with him and basically his only obstacle is to make a friend in church. After our discussion he went on and found candidates for a good fellowshipper for himself which was pretty awesome. He has a slight developmental disability but is brilliant as far as gospel doctrine. He seriously said some profound things. Wow.

That's about it. I'm excited for what's ahead and I feel blessed for all of the blessings that God has given us. I love mission work! So many blessings. I love you all. I seriously think about you all of the time. 

-Elder Schmutz
Here's a picture of the tripanionship

Elder Graves, ladies and gentlemen

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