Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Opening Doors


How is everyone?? Hopefully really well! It sounds like you guys are starting to get some of the same weather over there that we have been having here. It is starting to get quite a bit colder, I even had to pull out my hat! That is sweet that you guys got to hear Elder Bednar speak this last week! I don't remember if I told you or not, but Elder Kearon will be coming to our mission at the beginning part of November, so that should be pretty sweet!

This week has been pretty awesome! We had a cool experience on Friday, one of our members has been trying to set up a time to have us and their friends over to dinner, and we were finally able to do it this week. It was awesome, everything pretty much went great, and they were asking a lot of good questions. We talked all about the Plan of Salvation, and the Restoration of the Gospel! And the couple that we were teaching seemed very interested!

We also had a meeting with another investigator, and he is actually reading from the Book of Mormon, and getting things out of it! This may not seem like a huge thing to you guys, but they were working with him for about 2 months or so before I got here, and hadn't really gotten anywhere, so we pretty much just laid it all out for him.

Other than that, things are going good here, my legs are getting in pretty darn good shape, so Dani and Mom - Watch out! Just kidding, there is no way that I could ride 100 miles... that's crazy! But we rode to the furthest (and highest) part of our area the other day, and I was able to do it with out too many problems, it took us 37 minutes haha I timed it on my watch. Just a little sidenote... the first time Elder Pound took me there, we had an appointment, we got to the end (the biggest hill) and knocked on the guy's door, and he said, "Oh, I forgot we were meeting! Right now isn't a good time." I wanted to ask him if he realized the size of the hill we just rode up to get to his house... haha I was a little upset to say the least.

Anyways, thanks for the package, I just got it today! The shoes are sweet, and they fit!! Love you guys! Have a good week!

- Elder Schaap

P.S. Sister Matsumori started a mission blog! It's at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Love Those Why I Believe Firesides!

Our zone activity today -- Laser Tagging!

Trying out my Lumberjack skills

The Postmas and Me!

Hello Family!

Things have been pretty crazy this week! I don't even know where to start! So Wednesday night, we met with that investigator that I was telling you about, and it went really well! Unfortunately, he wasn't able to make it to church on Sunday, but we are going to be meeting with him tomorrow night again, and hopefully we will get to meet his wife as well!

And then, a few weeks ago, I called the Postmas and told them that I needed to see them one last time before they left, so they came and took Elder Pound and I to lunch! It was really good to be able to spend time with them before they leave, apparently they are leaving on the day of Halloween. That morning though, we walked out of our room, and it turns out that one of the hoses in our hot water heater had sprung a leak during the middle of the night... so we had a little bit of flooding in our apartment! No worries though, none of our stuff was ruined, luckily all the flooding was close to the kitchen, so that was really the only part that was affected. So we have been trying to take care of that a lot of this week, hopefully we will be moving apartments soon...

Anyways, our investigators from California came to church and "Why I Believe" with us this Sunday, it was awesome, they had a really good time. I also got to see the Postmas at the fireside! Then on Monday night, we were able to go over there with our Bishop, and answer a few of their questions that they had. We actually had dinner with our Bishop on Monday night, and he was running a little late, so we were just sitting outside on a bench that we had, and his neighbor came up to us and introduced himself, and asked if he could ask us a few questions, it was really cool, and eventually when Bishop returned home, he joined in on the conversation as well. I don't know if we will ever teach him again, but it was a great opportunity for us and the bishop especially to bear his testimony to his neighbor!

Thanks for all the emails and updates! It is so great to hear from you guys every week! I love the shoes, they are sweet! Sorry to hear that it is getting cold there already, it hasn't been too bad here... but I think it probably will start getting a lot colder very soon, that is ok though, I would much prefer it be really cold than really hot!

Glad to hear that Austin's homecoming went well! Tell him he should send me an outline of what he said! Thank you guys for everything! I Love you and hope you have a great week!

- Elder Schaap

P.S. Oh yeah - there's a Cafe Rio in Olney, MD - Wahoo! and rumors of 5 more coming soon to the DC area. Awesome!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Teaching in Mo-Ville

Hi Everyone!

It seems like time keeps going faster and faster, and I feel like I don't even remember what has happened in the last week! Anyways, we were able to meet with the less-active member from California and her daughter again yesterday, and they came to church on Sunday as well! And we invited them to come to "Why I Believe" with us this Sunday, so it should be great! They are pretty much our main focus right now, and hopefully we will be meeting with them a more frequently.

Other than them, we haven't been able to have a whole lot of teaching opportunities, and not too many people are interested in what we have to share with them. We did have a cool experience though at one of our members' homes, they invited us over for lunch on Monday, but they didn't tell us that they were planning on having a non-member there for an FHE lesson afterward, it was really cool too because it was about half in Spanish, and half in English, there was another member there who served his mission in Mexico, and he taught the lesson on missionary work of all things! It was great!

We have an appointment with an investigator tonight, who I have only met once, and apparently they had been teaching him for a few weeks before I got here, but it should be good, and we have a member coming with us as well!

I love you guys, and I hope that everything is going well, thanks for all that you guys do! You are the best! Have a good week! Love you!

- Elder Schaap

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mo-Ville and Conference

...So we have a ping-pong table in our appartment, and we decided to take some action pics, and I tried to make some good faces! Haha enjoy!

Hello Everyone!

Well things have been going like crazy here in the Montgomery Village (we call it Mo-Ville for short) ward, it is A LOT different than Bowie, there are spanish and french missionaries that cover the same area that we do, and I have roommates, so we are around a lot of missionaries all the time where as in Bowie, it was pretty much just me and my companion for the most part. And I am really sore from riding my bike so much... guess I need to get back into shape! Things are really good though, we had a sweet experience happen this last week, we found a less-active member that has recently moved from California, and her records aren't even in the ward yet, but we were able to have dinner with her and her daughter on Monday, and it turns out that they are having sort of a tough time in life right now, but they want to get back to church, and the daughter has not been baptized yet, so hopefully we will be able to reactivate the mom as well as have the daughter be baptized.

I was able to meet quite a bit of the members, even though this week was general conference, but I can already tell that this ward is awesome, and they want to do missionary work. Speaking of conference, I thought it was amazing! As usual! Some of my favorite talks were both of Uchtdorf's (naturally...) he always seems to have a way of putting things so that it makes sense to me, Elder Christoffersen's talk about repentance, and all of the missionary talks as well. Unfortunately we weren't able to have any investigators at conference though. And sorry, I don't have my notes on me right now, or else I would go into more depth, but I took a bunch of notes!

Elder Pound and I are doing good, even though he sometimes has no mercy on the bikes for me haha, so things are going great, and we work really well together. It is kind of nice... ok, it is really nice to not have to worry about teaching my companion how to do missionary work, not that I have ever really had to do that, but it is cool, because we can just hit the ground running rather than having to get everything in order beforehand. But all is well here in Mo-Ville, and it should be a fun transfer! I hope you guys are doing good! It is so weird to see you guys and Austin in the same picture.... yikes! Hope everything is going good though! And thanks for the shoes, they came yesterday! Love you!

- Elder Schaap