Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax (Hump) Day!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1) Good co-workers
2) Quick work days! 

Goals for the Day:

1) It's tax day!  So, my first goal is to just get through this work day!
2) Get to the Post Office
3) Dinner
4) Lexi to Mutual
5) Get things ready for tomorrow
6) Get to bed early tonight

From the Camera:

This kid makes me smile.  Love him.  Glad he is enjoying every aspect of his mission.  

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea..

The next time you do your laundry at the Laundromat, leave a couple of quarters behind for the next person. You could even leave them on top of the machine with a note saying "Have a great day!"

Benefits:

You will leave the laundromat smiling; you will never regret not having those couple of quarters later. And it's pretty likely that the recipient of your kindness will leave smiling, too.

Step It Up:

Make it a practice to do this every time you go to the laundromat. Perhaps the next time you go, offer to take your friend's, roommate's, or neighbor's laundry, too. Pay for it and return it clean and folded.
From the Kitchen
Cheddar Biscuits 

3 cups almond flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbs baking powder
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with non-stick spray.
Mix dry almond flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add cream cheese, butter, and eggs. Mix until just combined. Fold in cheddar cheese. Low carb cheddar biscuit
Portion biscuits with an ice cream scoop. Bake for 23-25 minutes.

serves 12:
344 calories: 32 g fat: 7.3 g carbs: 3 g fiber: 4 NET carbs each
From the Spirit:

A Time to Talk by Robert Lee Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
For us this is a great poem about the importance of friendship and relationships in our lives.  Sometimes we are the ones that need to put down something to go and strengthen that relationship (i.e. stop doing the dishes for a few minutes, close the computer, etc.), and sometimes we are the one that needs to wander till we can find a friend to talk to.  The Lord has give us relationships in life to help and strenghten us when we are strong, but especially when we are weak.  If you are feeling weak, look around for that friend who will put down their hoe for you.  If you are feeling strong, look around today for those that need your love and support.
From the Schmidt's:

What a day!  Today my friend an co-worker retired.  It was hard to see her go.  I was fine all day until she left for the last time this afternoon.  Then the tears started to flow.  My supervisor came back from walking her out and saw me and he came over and rubbed my shoulder.  I thought that was nice of him to not ignore my tears, but to acknowledge them and try to comfort me.  I really appreciated that....especially from a man.  Usually most men will run whenever they see a woman crying.  I thought I would be okay today because I was happy for my friend, but apparently not.  The one I confide in and laugh with won't be there tomorrow.  It's a sad day......Time to look at this as an opportunity, right??!!

Today was also tax day, which usually means craziness at work.  Thankfully that never effects our team like it does the rest of the teams.  Members of other teams would call us and you could tell they were overwhelmed.  I felt bad for them.  

Kevin has been on the phone since I got home from work today.  He ordered something and they promised delivery today.  Guess what?  It didn't come today and now he is giving their customer service line a piece of his mind.  He really is calm considering the fact that he is not happy at all!  I've noticed that Kevin picks his battles much more carefully now that he cannot spend too much time upright walking through the house.  It's kind of strange.  I'm used to him pacing through the house whenever this kind of thing happens.  I'm hoping he gets the issue resolved soon.  He doesn't need this.

Tonight has been a quiet evening.  Kyle went to his lifting practice.  You should see Kyle's right collar bone right by his neck.  He bangs the bar on his collar bone every time he lifts so it has got a big knot on it and it is bright red now.  Not fun.  He comes home each night in pain.  He works hard.  I remember when we lived a couple houses away from the house we live in now.  Kyle carried all the furniture over from the old house to the new house on his back.  He had our entire house moved in one day.  It was pretty amazing!  Couches, tables, dressers, beds and all.  EVERYTHING!  The kid is strong!  

Lexi doesn't have another Standardized Test tonight, but she does have Mutual to get to.  She is wiped out this week.  I am too.  In fact, I wouldn't mind just going to bed now....BUT, I still have too much to do around the house before that can happen.  

Looks like I'm off to run a couple errands.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Take care and we will talk soon.

From the Missionary:

Hey Everyone,

How is everyone?  Today for P-day we are going to China Town, which is supposed to be a pretty hard place to get around but we have missionary that wants to take us on a tour.  So, I might get a $20 "Rolex".  That should be pretty cool.  

This week was awesome!  We had like 4 dinner appointments, which NEVER happens.  One of them was this member named Brother Pepis who lives in a 1 room apartment above some people who I never had met.  We were a little nervous to bring all ten missionaries from the Ward but Brother Pepis insisted.  It turns out that the people who live under him are his family and they were having a huge Greek Easter Party.  It was crazy!  The video I'm sending is a full lamb being cooked over coals.  It was awesome!  IT was an awesome missionary experience as well because none of Brother Pepis' family were LDS.  They were all drinking and stuff, so it was super awkward at first, but we started talking to them and really enjoyed their company.  Afterwards we went upstairs to share a message with Brother Pepis and we talked to him about the Jaradite's boats an how we can be like the stones and be a light for others.  As it turns out, Brother Pepis has made a Jaradite boat that works completely.  It is at 1/60 scale.  He is talking to the church to see if he can make a full size 60 foot boat.  It's insane how smart/crazy this guy is.  He is trying to create a new turbine to make a wind powered/solar powered car.  He use to design boats and stuff....it's so crazy!  

Anyway, this week flew by.  We have found 3 new investigators who seem pretty solid.  We also, in one day, found 10 potential investigators for the Sisters and the Spanish Elders.  It is so crazy how much Spanish is spoken here.  I have already learned to introduce the church in Spanish, but my companion can usually share a brief message and refer them to the Spanish Elders.  It's like I'm in the SPANGLISH program!  My companion says I will learn Spanish pretty well here because a lot of places here have a ton of Dominicans.  In one of the areas English Elders actually ordered Spanish tags because no one will speak to you if you have an English tag on.  

The area I am in is awesome!  The members love missionaries, but there are very few members.  It's about 80% or less and we have five sets of missionaries in the Ward.  Last Sunday I went to the youth class (because they have very few youth.  They all meet in one class.)  The Elder I went with says our job is to make sure no one teaches false doctrine.  I thought he was just kidding, but he was not!  Ha Ha.  The entire time we had to stop the teacher from teaching all these things that other religions do for Easter like Lent and Palm Sunday and all that stuff.  It was so bad.  The teacher talked about Christ like he believed in the trinity and stuff.  Yikes!  
The members here are awesome, but they are just very uneducated in the gospel.  I am loving it here!   The people are awesome.  I've only been kicked out of a couple buildings.  I love knocking doors with a passion.  LOL!  I know this is where I need to be.  I love sharing the gospel.  I am getting a ton more comfortable.  My companion is trying to get me to campaign for AP.  Ha Ha.  We joke about the real purpose of missionary work being leadership positions or numbers.  

It's been really fun.  I'm on the subway right now going to China town and a guy just came in selling stuff.  He calls himself the human vending machine.  There is so much that goes on here.  I love it!  It's impossible to have a repeat of the same day here.  Anyways, I'm sorry this letter isn't super long.  Today has just been really busy and I didn't write any of this in a draft throughout the week.  

Love, 

Elder Schmidt


video
Video of the lamb cooking
 Jaradite boat Bro. Pepis made
 Graffiti 
 A sign in one of the buildings we were in.
Me and my companion, Elder Sorenson

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