Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Words for the Wingman

Dear Hunter,

My letter won't get to you in time so just a quick note to let you know que pensamos muito em ti!

Espero que tudo está suave na nave;) Saiba que nos te amamos e temos bastante orgulho de você. Vou querer sua ajuda pra reaprender ou refinar meu português assim que você voltar. Tenho perdido somente um pouco vocabulário e, com certeza, meu sotaque!

Bem, vamos lá! Vai batizando! Realmente sou muito grato por eu ser seu irmão.

Com amor,


Monday, March 27, 2017

Letter #83

Dear Family and Friends,

AHHH!!!!! That was basically my reaction. I was thinking that his call had arrived, and was, together with Tanner, supplicating heaven that he would make a trio of Schenewark´s in Brasil. The news definitely made my day, and I´m glad we´ll have a chance to spend some time together before he leaves. And all of a sudden, family reunions in the future will be held in São Paulo. 

Cooper, I've said it once already- start learning Portuguese now! Everybody speaks well of the Campinas mission, and it´s home to the temple. I´m definitely very excited for you Porter!! Congratulations!!

I´m going to start with a culinary highlight. An old mission pal of Uncle Zach, Elder Domiciniano, serves in the branch presidency here. We´ve become acquainted and then friends over weekly Friday lunches. It helps that he´s an amateur master chef. I gave him a packet of Rudy´s sauce to use with his smoker, and he reciprocated by bringing us to I think the best barbeque I´ve had on the mission. I wish I had had a camera as it is something I´ll want to remember. 
And now for the weather. Colatina continues to be home of the free steam press. We leave, start sweating buckets, and then the sun bakes the shirt. Works nicely. The locals do say that winter is coming, so we´ll see if it continues. 

Today was yet another transfer, and I´ll be staying another in Colatina with E. Dial. We have a lot of investigators progressing so I´m excited about that. 

I am so thankful that the Lord called me to serve here. I know that it is the right place. We are very excited for General Conference here. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth, and following him, we´ll never be led astray. 


Elder Schenewark 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark, et al,

Porter, Tanner and AnneMarie spent some time together this week - bowling. Porter was declared Bowling Master, with AnneMarie a close second. But of course whose bowling score was highest pales in comparison to the biggest news of the week: Porter's mission call. Your brother was contacted by the Canon Center, and told his mission call was in, except they used our phone number. Apparently it's the number for him in their directory. After leaving a message that his call was waiting, he called me, and stayed with me while he picked up his call and walked back to his dorm room.

Then he read the call, and sobbed for 20 minutes. Literally. Every time I asked him where he was going I couldn't understand him except I could understand Brazil. The Brazil Campinas Mission. Porter needed to go to Brazil. His two very capable and looked up to brothers went there, and going somewhere else would have signified to Porter he wasn't good enough for Brazil. And, the mission is exactly half way between Tanner and your missions. Sandwiching his mission between his two older brothers figuratively meant he was right between his brothers, where he always wants to be.

Porter had listed his availability date as May 8th. Instead of going four years without seeing you, you/'ll have ten days together, as he leaves August 8th.

You know Porter's named after Brigham Young (Porter Young), and a family instrumental in serving Jarrod while he was getting ready to go and while he was on his mission, the Youngs. The Brazil Campinas Mission is where they went on their mission together. Sweet tender mercies all around.

Porter is very aware, now, of how much his Father in Heaven is aware of him, his needs, and feels very loved. Hence 20 minutes of crying. It was a good day.

On the Monday back to school Sawyer came home from track practice stoked, for two reasons: After watching himself on slow motion video, he tweaked his form a bit and can now clear seven feet plus, consistently; and, he creamed everyone in a very hard workout because he spent his spring break on trek walking and working like a pioneer. "And I wasn't even out of breath." Unfortunately, at his track meet later during the week he struggled to catch his breath after running the 300 hurdles, a beast of a race,and then running to the high school to complete in pole vaulting. Hopefully next time pole vaulting will be first, and he'll have the strength to get up and over the bar.

Cooper played in a men's double match this week, against six schools, 172 matches, and placed fourth.

Miller and Cooper have been suffering your poison ivy / poison oak misery. Cooper's airplane got stuck in our tree, and Miller spent an afternoon throwing balls, trying to knock out the airplane. Unfortunately, the ball kept landing in the undergrowth, and rolling in the poison, and Miller's now poisoned hands wiped sweat off his face. It's a doozy of a case. Cooper has a bit just from coming home and helping at the end. Miller's been to the doctors two times, today the doctor said it's the worse case he's ever seen. I had to disagree with him, but it has caused a lot of suffering to Miller.

Cooper and Sawyer made pinewood derby cars to race in a scout / Elders Quorum competition. Cooper came in 2nd. Making the cars is most of the fun, but having your own track to use will help to make this event a fun yearly tradition.

The activity of the week went to cub scouts, and the leader that built the launcher for the boys' rockets, an empty liter bottle. Miller has the backing of Cooper, who helped put on the only nose cone, and spray painted it black. It was an impressive Batman of a rocket, and had all the other cub scouts drooling, especially when it flew.

Tanner is leading the NCAA March Madness Tournament. with Sawyer the next closest competitor. Such is the state of the tournament as it nears the conclusion. They're the only two that have a champion team still left in their bracket, so the hardware might be heading to Utah in April, just in time for Tanner's graduation.

Your sister came home one day from school absolutely thrilled it was the first day of spring. She spent her free time after school picking wildflowers in the backyard, filling all our mini vases, and placing them strategically throughout the house. She even had to call Tanner to share the news with him and AnneMarie.

I went with Breyer on a field trip to the Fort Worth zoo this week...fun! Being a chaperone to not one, but three girls, was more than fun. A definite learning curve. One didn't want to walk when her feet were tired, one wanted to eat everything in my bag, especially when it wasn't hers, and one was just adorable. Your sister. She loves the zoo. Our favorite animal this trip was probably the gorilla family. There were two one year olds and one two and one three year old gorillas that put on a great wrestling and bug eating show.

Fairland Boys Basketball team were undefeated this year, won their advanced games, and made it to the state semi finals. They had more pre-sale tickets than the other three schools combined, but did lose. None of the players are seniors so I'm sure the next two years will be . A lot of the players are younger brothers to the boys yin your graduating class.

There was a one person terroristic attack in London this week in front of Westminster that shook up the world community. Unfortunately five people were killed, including one LDS man visiting his parents serving as London temple missionaries. I mention this only as my thoughts of you often are centered around your safety in a place in the world far away from Texas. Westminster is just as far away, and when these incidents occur I think of you. Be safe.



Friday, March 24, 2017

Called to Serve

Porter's papers have been in for around two weeks, and his call arrived today!

Dear Elder Schenewark,
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Brazil Campinas mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months. You should report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language.

His mission president:

Bruce Hill, 55, and Kathleen Ann Bullock Hill, four children, Medicine Hat 5th Ward, Medicine Hat Alberta Stake: Brazil Campinas Mission, succeeding President Carlos S. Perrotti and Sister Lilian Perrotti. Brother Hill serves as a marriage and family relations teacher and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, Varsity Scout leader, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Brazil Recife Mission. Attorney, Hill & Hill Law Office. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Leo Bynum Hill and Rose Marie Nelson Hill.

Sister Hill serves as a marriage and family relations teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary and Young Women president, ward missionary and Cub Scout leader. Born in Seattle to Gerald Alvin Bullock and Sylvia Lee Jensen Bullock.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NCAA Tourney Tickets