Monday, October 26, 2015

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark, and Happily Married,

We love you all dearly! The week has been full of many world events that have drawn my thoughts to you often.

My favorite news article was one out of SALT LAKE CITY (AP): A strange pig-snouted turtle, that is two feet long,and lived alongside tyrannosaurs and duck-billed dinosaurs has been discovered in Utah.

The University of Utah announced the finding in a news release Wednesday. A team from the Natural History Museum of Utah discovered fossils of strange-looking turtle in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

We've been enjoying the transition to fall weather, and had a lot of rain in the Texas area, enough to cause up to 14 inches of rain in spots, and a lot of flooding. The train rails in Corsicana, our favorite spot for fruit cake, were washed away, causing a freight train to derail. From the International Space Station the astronaut tweeted a picture of Hurricane Patricia from aboard the station: "Hurricane #Patricia looks menacing from @space_station. Did the hurricane come through San Luis? Just a reminder to be cautious about flash floods!!

Porter's Friday night football game was off and on again because of the lightening. He got home near midnight cold, wet and very tired. Both of Miller's baseball games were cancelled. Dad was gone on an overnight trip to Corpus Christi for work, in the middle of all the rain and storms. He was just thrilled to be on the bus, not in control of the wheel ;-)

Also, sources close to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney say the two-time Republican candidate for U.S. president is getting ready to jump into the field of Republican candidates vying for the Republican nomination. The rumor of a Romney candidacy is in stark contrast to Romney's announcement last January that he had decided not to seek his party's nomination. Maybe? Maybe not.

From the home front, mostly stuff of the same stuff. Breyer was asked by Cooper what her super hero name is, and she told him "Breyer Wonder." We laughed about that all the way to his school. When asked, she told him her suit is pink, but she wouldn't comment on her super powers.

One night we had roasted vegetables and chicken for dinner, one such vegetable being cabbage. Your sister refused to eat it cooked instead, wanting it raw. She picked up the extra head of cabbage, peeled off a few outside, unsavory leaves, and proceeded to take bites out of it. Too funny!

Miller is showing a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit. He is given Pokemon cards from classmates, just because of his coolness, and he turns around and sells them. He's up to $11. He use to not like riding the bus home but is now more than happy to do so as that's where he conducts his business with their leftover lunch money.

We have a bit of news from your cousin in San Diego. She said, "I'll just say right off the bat that there is probably no way I'll be able to see Elder Schenewark on Halloween if he comes to the San Diego temple. Major holidays are generally nights we go in early for safety reasons. While he's at the temple I'll either be working or in our apartment. If he's coming to San Diego that's sooooo cool!!!! It's the best place ever!!!!!!!" Perhaps you could meet before and have lunch on the lawn?

Your companion's mother answered my email, and shared this with us: "Things are awesome here. :) I love San Luis! Elder Schenewark is a boss. He is so prepared and such a good guy. :) I love him so much. :)" She also shared a story from him you hadn't told us about ;-) He said: "Speaking of the big hill, one day this week Elder Schenewark's tire went flat. So we walked 2 miles to Walmart and bought him a new one and walked back the two miles. This was in the early afternoon when it was 100+. We went downhill on the way there. I have never sweat so much as I did when I tried to climb a mountain in full proselyting clothes in 100+ degrees. Right as we got to the top I remember thinking, maybe someone will see us and offer us a ride. As I thought that, some guy pulls over and shouts for us to hop in. Without second guessing we jumped in. We are new here so we assumed it was a member. It turned out to be "Waldo." He told us his name is Waldo and he offered to take us to get a drink at a gas station. We accepted. He told us about how he wants to be a missionary and how he experiences, as he calls it, "supernatural" things. He told us about some dreams he has had where he is beating up Satan. It was pretty strange. He was talking really loud the whole time too. We couldn't even get a single word in. He just kept going and going. He told us how he respects us and how he drove past us right as we got to the top of the hill and something told him to "Go back. Those two are My sons." He followed the prompting. We tried to get as much contact info as we could as he dropped us off near our house but he told us that he has to fix some stuff in his life before he could be talking about the Gospel and stuff. He jumped in his car and left. But not before we got a selfie with him."

Remember my love. No speeding down the big hill, and no stranger - danger!

I found this quote by President Monson while preparing for my Sunday lesson. He said, “We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness. . . . We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift his children. He is dependent upon each of us.” 

I have thought about simple acts of kindness that we can perform for others (raking leaves), more meaningful ways we serve (home teaching), and those service acts that exemplify the pure love of Christ. I think this week I've realized that when we do something for someone that they aren't able to do for themselves, sort of by proxy, we are truly exemplifying the Savior. His atonement was a sacrifice given for our behalf; most if not all of the Savior's acts exemplified charity, or the pure love of Christ. When we perform vicarious ordinances we are acting as proxy, and doing for them what they can't do for themselves. Missionaries such as you, Hunter, are acting in behalf of the Lord. I will be striving to find more of these kinds of ways to serve.

So much love,


P.S. Dad has a few questions for you: 
What do you eat?
Are there a lot of "Day of the Dead" decorations in the town?
How is your Spanish progressing?

P.P.S. I got your request for granola. I still have your glasses, and plan on mailing you one box before that transfer ends, just in case ;-)

P.P.P.S. Pictures, please. They're worth a 1000 words but if you'd rather type that much in your letter instead, that's okay with me ;-)

1 comment:

MarieC said...

I had not heard that rumor about Mitt possibly running. OH, how I WISH!!!!