Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

Hello mom! Happy happy birthday from all of me to you! I wish you happy birthday, so I can party too! Hahaha I hope it was very fun for you this past few days celebrating. I announced in my district meeting that it was your birthday and everyone here says happy birthday :)

So I have some pretty big news. My companion for the last 5 months, the man who I have gone through thick and thin, up and down, happy and sad, rain and shine with has gone the way of the transfer. Yes my good friend Elder L is now in the English program. I learned so much from him. He pushed me when I needed to be pushed, and I pushed him when he needed to be pushed. We were like Stockton and Malone, Laurel and Hardy, Bert and Ernie. It was challenging for me to hear that call where we found out he was leaving. I cried. But I know that I will apply the principles he taught me and I will grow and develop so much as a missionary. My new companion, however, is pretty awesome, and you've heard his name before. Elder W and I are back together! I know this transfer is going to be hard at times, but I know so many blessings are waiting for the people we work with and us, cuz we are gonna explode this program.
Last night in our last lesson together, Elder L and I went to a LA members house who was having some trouble paying tithing. Thanks to the Spirit of the Lord who has so many times given movement to our hands we got him to recognize the importance of paying tithing before anything else because of the marvelous blessings that will be poured out on him from the Lord.

This past Sunday we were in the Belford towers trying to check on a potential investigator and he wasn't home so we did some tracting. The Belford towers are full of African immigrants and we tracted into a whole family. This guy named Peter is who we did most of the talking to, though everyone else was listening. He was really cool and taught me an important lesson. We introduced our message as being about the Book of Mormon, biggest mistake of my life (not really) but anyway he said something I really took to heart. He said we could talk about the Book of Mormon and the Bible and scriptures all day but what really would excite him would be one thing: what has Jesus done for me. I realized right then that our message was not about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, or where is Kolob and how to get there. The message is Jesus Christ. The message is Jesus Christ. Who he is and what he has done. Later that night I came to the conclusion that Jesus Christ has done two things for me that I can relate every gospel principle to. He has done these two things: 1) He has given me a family and 2) He has given me an identity. Without Jesus Christ I would not have anything because I would not have those two things. If you think about it it's quite simple. Jesus Christ died to save his heavenly family so we can be together forever as earthly families and it comes through having a knowledge of our identity; who we are and why we're here. That moment was a game-changer for my whole mission. Since then when introducing myself I always say that we have a very special message about Jesus Christ. He is everything to me.

Anyway I love you all and I'm so happy to hear how everybody is doing! I'm lookin forward to this transfer and the new adventures it will bring! To the edge, Elder Schoemig
(Mom's note:  Elder Winkler was Elder Schoemig's companion in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) and now they are back together again.  :)  )

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