Thursday, December 26, 2013

MTC, two weeks in.

(I sent him a letter with a list of questions from the family.  Here is his reply.)

I get up at 6:30 every morning, and go to bed at 10:30. The day mainly consists of getting up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, class till lunch, have lunch, study/class till dinner, have dinner, study/class till 9:30, then we plan, then we have an hour of personal time, then we go to bed at 10:30. Its always a full day, because you are always doing something. We eat at 7:00 am, 11:30 am, and 4:30 pm. It is a buffet, but the food is sometimes not desirable. It’s still pretty good though.

I got the Christmas package, thank you so much for it. The cookies were completely fine, and completely delicious. The temple is closed still, so I cant go in it yet…but it reopens before I go. I got the camera, and I already sent pictures! I don't think I need anything, but I will let you know.

My final decision for my mission plaque is the same scripture I first mentioned, Jacob 6:12 (O be wise; What can I say more?)  I have used it thoroughly on this mission, and it is one of my favorites. And a great experience...well, one of the apostles spoke yesterday here. It was Elder Bednar and it was amazing! Our zone had an awesome meeting afterwards and the spirit was the strongest I’ve felt yet. I’ll be back in a bit, I still got a half hour of writing time. I love you! Ill be back soonish.

(Then I asked him for more details on what he did Christmas Day)

All right! So we went to main campus and had a talent show, which was pretty awesome. There was a sister in our zone that played the fiddle. Then we had a devotional from ELDER BEDNAR! I SAW AN APOSTLE IT WAS SO COOL! Yeah, then we had this jazz concert and lunch.  (The main campus has much better cafeteria than our campus.) Then we watched a movie of the tabernacle choir, which admittedly was pretty boring. But the review we had with our zone after the devotional was awesome! We each took turns saying what we thought. We also got to email our families as well, but for only 20 minutes.  That’s everything on Christmas. 

Tell my friends to send me mail and send it quick, mail is like gold here. Tell EVERYONE TO SEND ME MAIL. I will attempt to find time to send stuff back. 

I got to go, I’ll talk to you next week!  I’m all good! Completely good. Getting packages of a little food here and there would be good as well. (I’m starting to lose weight, actually.) I love you!  And here are some pictures!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Letter

SO Christmas has been cool, our zone had a little celebration last night having egg nog and such. I’m having an awesome time. Also, I get to email you tomorrow for my p-day, so that's cool.

I haven't been over eating. I have restricted myself to not eat a lot. So that's one thing.

y la lingua esta mas facil para aprender, en mi cabesa. hablo en espanol mas bien en tres dias que tres anos.

Anyways, it’s been a blast.  The MTC is cool. I've made a lot of friends, I’m a district leader, and yeah. I can’t really think of much else to say. Today an apostle is coming and we get to see him. Also apparently its going to be broadcast, so I don’t know if you guys can see it. What else, oh yeah…please just put this email address on my Facebook, and also inform everyone on my Facebook about dearelders come on the same day you type the letter because they print them out, but you gotta type them before 2:00pm. But yeah, I think it would be awesome if everybody could email me and send dear elders.
I feel as though I’m finally starting to feel the mission spirit. I’m happier than I’ve ever been out here right now. I've had some rough spots, mainly with the teaching in another language, but I’m getting through. My teachers are the coolest people in the world. We have two main-ish teachers, Hermano Finnly and Hermano Byrd. They are both hilarious and awesome, and I learn so much from them. We had one of the seventy talk today, so we got to listen to him and his wife. (Although we were expecting elder Holland) it was still an awesome talk. As I sit here in this weird little apartment on a computer, I want to write more, but I cant think of much. The Spanish is good. The food is good. The spirit is great. The friendships are great. The teachers are great. That's almost it.

ASK ME QUESTIONS. That will help. I’ve got 9 minutes left though, so if you are up on Tuesday at 6:41, lemme know.

Oh also tell Omi and Lisa I sent them an email a while ago, I don’t know if they check it at all.

So yeah, just tell everyone that I love em, and that I miss em. You guys'll have a blast anyways. Christmas is always the best. Sorry I can’t be there to share it with you guys! It’ll be just as awesome without me though. I hear families of missionaries get all the best blessings. So yeah.

Vos amo, y feliz navidad.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

First letter from the MTC!

Hey Mom! So I got a lot to say, and an hour to say it. So heeerreee we go!

1. I sent you a letter. Thought you would've gotten it by now, but I guess not. I'm only allowed to send email on p-day, which is today, a Thursday. So yeah, that’s when I can send emails. 

2. So some bad news. I can't call you while I'm at the MTC on Christmas. It’s because we don't have the facilities to do that? I don’t know. It’s stupid, I know, but we can still email and send letters.

3. How I'm doing. I am doing just amazingly. Right as I left, I got a shiny new badge and a bunch of other stuff. The Spanish is going phenomenally. I've learned more Spanish in a week than I have in three years. And I speak it all the time. I’m happy, I’m healthy, and I got some great companions. I have two, surprisingly. We are a trio. Trios aren’t that common, but someone in our district didn’t show up on arrival day, so I have two. It’s awesome. Plus there are two other guys in my district that are just as awesome. Annnnyways, I’ll talk about them a bit. First there is Elder N. He is from Texas. Before he came to the MTC, he went to BYU Idaho. He's told me a lot about the place. He's blonde, a little short, and has hearing problems, so he uses hearing aids. He's real awesome. My other companion is Elder B. He’s from Utah. He's really tall, and the funniest guy here. He also has a missing tooth, and wears a fake one. So yeah, those are my companions. They are awesome. Then there is the two other elders in my district, Elder H and Elder D. They are also just as awesome. Elder H is from California, but from San Diego I think. He's a real fitness buff, but he’s also really cool and a nice guy. Elder D is from Utah as well, and he is probably the most sophisticated among us, and he is pretty smart. All in all, we love each other already, and its awesome. Another thing is that I have already been assigned to a leadership position. Crazy, huh? I’m the District Leader. The order of grouping goes District, Zone, Branch. I’m the leader of the five guys in my district; which is small, but amazing nonetheless. There are two districts in our zone, and the other district is great. The Zone Leaders are also awesome. Honestly, I couldn’t ask to be in a better position than I am now. And we have we have the best branch presidency. I love all of them. They are awesome. 

4. I love you! I need the emails of my friends though, because I don’t remember most of them. Hope you get this, because that’s all I got. 

Forever lovin ya,
ELDER Schuhmacher

P.P.S. Btw, is one of those presents a camera? Because I would very much be liking to use that now. Also tell everybody I love them, and that I’m doing everything I can to be the best that I can be. Love ya!