Monday, September 14, 2015

WEEK 11 Fairfield 2nd Ward

Hello Everybody👋🏼,

Before I start anything I wanna give a quick shout out to one of my very best friends Elder Nielsen. Geese, man. You're quite the stud bro. I can't believe you are about to head out to The MTC in a couple days. You are going to be the most amazing missionary in the world & I mean it. Your leadership capability and the power of influence you have on others is going to bless you in the 2 short years to come. You're one of the most loving people in the world and it's quite evident that The Lord saw YOU as the person to best serve the people of Lubbock, Texas. Remember the importance and sacred power of your calling... EVEN WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH. You're there for a reason. Give em all you got. (D&C 75:3-5) Kings Do King Things.🔱 I love you, Grant. I'll see you soon. GodSpeed brother.

The past week was not much out of the ordinary. Elder Achal and I are steadily working with our investigators and doing all we can to bring them The Gospel. Unfortunately, you can't share this great message when people don't show up to appointments 2 nights in a row, but I guess that's all just part of this mission thing.😉 We have been bailed on more than a couple times this week, and it's gotten on our nerves a little bit but that's alright. Aside from those couple lessons, I had the single handedly most spiritual experience of my life last Monday. 

We have been teaching this Elderly couple for the past 2 months of me being here. Brother & Sister Wagner are their names. Brother Wagner is a member and has been all his life. He served a mission, and has had high roles in leadership within callings of the church. He's an amazing guy. His wife is a non member, but happens to be an episcopalian. Sister Wagner is very very interesting. She has a lot of questions about The Book of Mormon, so we normally spend the majority of our discussions answering those questions. This lesson was a little different though. We taught her about prayer and the importance of scripture study. In teaching this lesson, I had an amazing power overcome me. I had never felt The Lords presence nearer to me before. I honestly felt as if The Savior was in the room standing next to me, putting thoughts and words into my mind of many marvelous things to share with Sister Wagner. I was sharing scriptures, offering up pieces of insight and many other things that I had never before known. A knowledge and feeling had completely overcome me to the extent of which I didn't even feel myself talking. I think I might have come out of that lesson learning more than she did, but it was the most powerful feeling I've ever felt. I was no longer teaching that lesson. It was the Holy Ghost. The spirit was so strong and I've never felt The Lord speak vicariously through me like that before. It was a defining moment for me in which I can now testify that this work MUST be ordained of God. It has to be. There is no other answer to it. There is no way a mortal and imperfect man (such as myself), can have experiences like this without a supreme being acting as a constant companion to me and speaking through me. This is an amazing work that we are called to. I love it. I walked away from this lesson feeling just as Nephi describes in the 8th chapter of his writings in the Book of Mormon. I wanted everyone to experience this. I wanted everyone to have this same light and happiness that I enjoy from The Gospel. I wanted to cry out to everyone in hopes that they might come and feel the love from our Savior Jesus Christ just as I had in that short amount of time. I had "partaken of the fruit and it filled my would with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also." It's an amazing feeling beyond description and comprehension. I'm so thankful that Heavenly Father has blessed us with this Gospel and blessed us with knowledge of happiness that no other church has. I'm so thankful Heavenly Father trusts us as missionaries to preach his RESTORED gospel despite being the immature, inexperienced, 18 year olds that we are. 
The importance of our calling and being a missionary is not one to take lightly. 

Something REALLY fun happened this week. We showed up to a service project that had been previously set up with our WHOLE district. We had about 6 Elders and 4 Sisters there. A member wanted us to weed a little bit of their yard. Well, it turns out this wasn't just a "little bit" of their yard. Their garden was infested with 6 foot weeds that hadn't been cut for 4-5 years. Yes, 6 foot weeds. These things were taller than me, and just about as thick as a water bottle. They were literally small trees. Hahaha, but it was alright. She supplied us with some SWEET power tools and we did WORK.💪🏼 Elder Adamson & I took the weed eaters and destroyed the garden. We had these babies strapped on us like a soldier would have strapped his gun on him in World War II. Hahahaha, I almost felt like I was in a movie. It really made me feel like a kid again so I kinda had to wake up out of this "action movie scene", and come back to the reality that I was just a regular missionary performing some service for a member. We had fun with it though. The only crappy part was the 16 Spider bites I walked away with on my legs and arms. They have been itching like crazy. Hahaha but it's alright. I just smack em as hard as I can and the itching stops for a couple minutes.😂 and yes. I did wear my Jesus Sandals to the service project which was probably the word idea of my life. 

But yeah. It's been a pretty good week. Mission life is tough, but it's worth it. We make these little sacrifices and endure these little trials just for an eternal state of happiness. I believe this mission will eventually bless my life and my future family. I believe that this work is one of failure and success that molds us into whom we are supposed to become. I believe this to be the true church of God. And I certainly believe we can all benefit from our Savior. There's no doubt about that.👍🏼

I love each and every one of you. I miss you all so much. I think about it as I lay in bed at night. I think about coming home and seeing family, and friends, and neighbors, and the daycare kids, and the many other things that made home life so great. How great will be the day.😊

I'll see you all soon. 22 short months. GodSpeed.🙏🏼

-Elder Schaefer

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