Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Granbury Basketball Camp

1st Place Overall Hot-Shot
1st Place Overall Free-Throws
2nd Place Overall Lay-Ups

1st Lay-Ups
1st Hot-Shot
1st Hot=Shot
1st Free=Throw
2nd Free-Throws
2nd Hot Shot
2nd Lay-Ups
2nd Lay-Ups
3rd Free-Throws
3rd Hot-Shot

First Place Overall Lay-Ups

2nd Lay-Ups
2nd Lay-Ups
3rd Hot-Shot

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2017 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

Miller was invited to a birthday party celebrated at a celebrity baseball game - in style!
A lazy river, lots of food, autographs...such a sweet summer surprise!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Letter #96

Dear Family and Friends,

This week, in an effort to really seek to do the Lord´s will, we met with our branch president and some of the other ward leaders. Pres. Young has taught that their are angels preparing people to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And, the branch president is the person who has the keys of the ministering of angels. So we met up with him, held a meeting, shared what we've been doing and asked for a couple families to visit to help him and the branch, and finally to offer a prayer, asking direction for where we should work. The answer was an unanimous one, and we have since focused our efforts on that area, with an increased level of support from the branch.

One activity that helped a lot in our reactivation and tracting efforts was the Festa de Juninha that was held this Saturday. It´s an annual event that essentially celebrates and remembers the past when once a year everyone in the country would go to town. Think rural country fair. The costumes are elaborate, and it involves lots of country dishes and finally a Quadrille dance. Just a while after starting, the heavens opened up and the rain poured down. We quickly dragged everything inside and the celebration continued. I loved the quadrille dance.

Another highlight this week was a pancake night a member put on for us. Think unlimited pancakes, maple syrup, eggs, and bacon. And that's after not having it for two years. The family was actually the family that started the church in Itaperuna 8 years ago, and we had some fond reminiscing as well.

We´ve all been a little down under the weather this past week, but E. hatch get hit the hardest, and might even have had dengue to go with his cold. A member was telling us about some miracle drug, the name of which sounds like "chileno." The three Americans were all buying it, a wonder pill, not too expensive, and readily available at  the drugstore. And then we figured it out- Tylenol. It was a funny experience, and I am happy to report that with the help of this ´´new´´ medicine my companion is much better now. He ended up spending one day completely confined to bed, but we already had a split scheduled for that day with one of the district leaders so the work continued and I sneakily got out of staying home doing nothing.

Reading this week from Ether , in chapter 2;25 the Lord reassures the brother of Jared about their upcoming voyage. "And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come."

And it´s the same for us. We cannot cross the great seas- we cannot successfully complete our mission, or marry, or raise kids or whatever else our challenge might be without having the help of the Lord. But with His help, we can truly do all things (Phil. 4;13!). He will prepare us, and we will make successfully this voyage of life, until we make it back to Him.


Elder Schenewark

Sunday, June 25, 2017

With All My Love

Dear Elder Schenewark,

This week, for not having anything on the schedule, has flown by. Summer's almost half way over for your siblings, and we've yet to hit the kick back and be bored stage. In fact, I'd say we've been moving close to the "wonder" stage this month. Not like the wonders written about in 3 Nephi 2:1,3: "And it came to pass that thus passed away the ninety and fifth year also, and the people began to forget those signs and wonders which they had heard, and began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven, insomuch that they began to be hard in their hearts, and blind in their minds, and began to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen—"

I often think of the wonder we feel when we learn something new, that we know to be true. A piece of heavenly inspiration, an earth shattering revelation, a quiet moment of peace knowing you're eternally loved. It's so easy in today's world to be hardened, and to forget. Your new converts experience this wonder, we should do so as much as possible. Your missionary moments need to be remembered.

Your brother finds out Thursday whether or not your Thanksgiving gift will be a nephew or niece. I'm cheering for a baby Schenewark!

Your brothers spent all week at a basketball camp. There were three daily awards, and most days your brothers came home with two out of three of them. They're that good. Sawyer really dominated, and has the high school coach very interested. When he scored 23 out of 25 free throws he asked Sawyer to explain to the camp why he was so successful. The coach asked for Porter to visit, and was invited to his farewell.

Porter and Cooper spent the week mornings painting a huge shed. Between a million nail holes to fill, boards to nail, edges to tape, wasp nests to knock down, they moved slower than they thought. But they're getting paid by the job, not by the hour. They've got it painted, but will spend some time this week finishing the edges in a different color.

Breyer had a friend from church over one day. One long day. We brought her home at 5, on the way to a baseball practice. They played so well together, had multiple tea parties, and hid away to play the rest of the day. We'll definitely have her over again.

Porter is great about entertaining the troops when he can. He took them to see the third Cars movie that came out this week, as well as to the summer bowling program. Miller keeps asking to go.

Aunt Janel and Anna came into town tonight, on their way to Waco in the morning. Sawyer had Janel out fishing, with Dad having the only success. Anna took Porter and Cooper down to the high school to use the tennis courts. While they were here we finally celebrated Dad's 50th birthday. Cherry pie is his favorite, and his was very good. When's the last time you've had an apple pie? We had fun guessing baby names, future wife possibilities, and grandparent endearments.

Four weeks left. We're so excited! It's hard for me to write letters knowing you're almost home. Finish strong. Be safe. Know of our love for you. Which is dear and forever.



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scout Camp