Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Princess Graduation

(And she wants to be a teacher when she grows up!) 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Letter #91

Dear Family and Friends,

The photos were from an activity we put together on Saturday. There are 4 returned missionaries in the branch, and 4 full time missionaries, us, so we divided up into 8 groups, and then separated the rest of the members into one of the groups. Our focus was on the area around the chapel, so we handed each group a couple less actives to visit nearby, to see if they could help, but also to see if the address was even right (usually they´re way outdated).

And in our ninety minutes we were able to visit twenty less actives, and talking with people in the street and neighbors of the members, 44 referrals. My group even ended up bringing a less-active to the second half of the activity. We all returned, talked about what we did, a couple people bore their testimonies, and then it was off to lunch, which was stroganoff, followed by açai and cupuaçu. Delicious.

Finally, the members went at it with soccer and some other games while the three Americans handled all others at the ping-pong table. Aunt Janel beware,  #undefeated. It turned out to be a fantastic activity where perhaps the most lasting effect to be felt will be the members themselves as the morale went way up in regards to member missionary work, including several youth with a new or increased desire to serve full time.

On Wednesday we had our zone conference, where literally everything went off with out a hitch. That's not rare, it's impossible, but somehow it happened. Even lunch turned out to be fantastic. It was the last zone conference for Pres. and Sis. Young so we planned a surprise: God Be With You ´til We Meet Again song and then presented them with shirts and a poster.

And after trying to think about how to give a new twist on an old subject, i.e. following up and accountability, we turned to the story of the creation in Genesis and Abraham 4 and brought the house down.

Thursday was our interview with Pres. Young. My temple recommend would be expiring at the end of the month, so I was able to renew that, and was touched thinking about answering the same questions to return to our Heavenly Father. Just a thought, but it made my smile bigger and bigger thinking about returning to His presence, or the temple. And one of our district leaders was sent packing, opening up space for a new one, and now I am so grateful for the missionaries we have in our zone, I couldn´t have picked them better.


Elder Schenewark

Sunday, May 21, 2017

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark, family and friends,

Dad and Porter left for Marietta, Georgia early this morning. He has a national coaching conference he's attending until Wednesday. Then he'll head towards New York for Evan's graduation from West Point. Saturday night he'll have made his way to your grandparents in Boston. It's a whirlwind kind of a trip. I miss your father when he is gone. Marriage is not a human invention but is a divine creation, part of an eternal plan. How grateful I am that he's mine. I love to laugh with him at the end of the day and anytime in between.

Porter will be going through the Boston temple on Memorial Day, since the temple is open on Monday's when it's a holiday. Doctrine and Covenants 109:21 says that the blessings received in the temple are "poured out upon those who shall reverence thee in thy house." I wish this for Porter as he goes for the first time

They'll leave Wednesday to head back to Texas. In the meantime, the rest of us will be holding down the fort in Texas.

This is the last week of school for some your siblings. We'll know tomorrow if some are excused from the last week because of their test scores. They're so ready to be done with school except for your sister. She would go everyday through the summer as she does love her girl friends. Seminary is over, so I won't have to worry about that this week while I'm all alone.

Your friend Edmar found me on Facebook and tagged me in a few photos. He explained that members went with the missionaries in search of less actives (rescue) and in a period of one and a half hours you and your group were blessed with 44 references.

That's wonderful. Congratulations on this successful endeavor!

This is the time of the year when a lot of activities begin to wind down. Miller is finished with Cub Scouts for the summer, and has completed his first year Webelos.

Sawyer was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

Baseball tournaments this week finish regular season baseball for Miller and Sawyer.

Dad finished his winter semester, and begins his summer sessions soon.

And you'll be finished shortly as well. We spent all week finishing Porter's paperwork for his VISA application. It's such a complicated process obtaining notary signatures, fingerprints,...hopefully he'll get his religious training certified tomorrow, and we'll be all set. Back-to-back missionary sons this time around...and I love it.

I love you. Finish strong, healthy, and safe.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017