Monday, July 25, 2011

Gotta Love "Solid" Friends!

Hey family :):)
 so it sounds like everyone and everything back home is still good :) glad to hear. this just popped in my mind, can you send me a couple of pictures of sydney? i was talking about labs and bird dogs yesterday with a member. thanks adn also some rasberries you picked this morning ;)

   so we were able to meet with Julie C. on Wednesday at the church with the relief society president. Okay she is way awesome. the lesson went great and the pamphlet we gave her, she came back to the church for another appt on saturday and she had the whole thing marked up, studied and answered all the additional study questions. she is way awesome. We did set up a church tour for her and her 13 year old son on saturday and the last place we went was in the baptisimal font room. There we taught the restoration to her and her son. it was awesome and they both came to church yesterday and stayed for all 3 hours. we went with Garrett (her boy) to priesthood and we switched the lesson up for him and we talked about scouts. he was like way excited to get involved and everything. it was just a really good day yesterday! we also met a new guy this week, His name is Alex Martinez, just a neighbor of one of our members. He had so many questions about missionary work cause he is 22 years old and had been in the navy but got in a way bad car crash and then he realized he needed religion in his life. he is a cool kat too.

   So all four of us elders got ot have dinner at the Gates, the guy that reminds me exactly of a 40 year old Jake Bartcshi hahah. he is sooo funny and looks just like him.

  so we had a birthday party for maughan on saturday and the sinclairs had us all 4 over for cake on wedensday. We made the cinnamon adn sugar mixture for my bread.

well all is well here, we have interviews with president tomorrow in our apts. so looks like we have to clean before he comes lol. we had a good pioneer day yesterday, last night we went to the new stake center for the fireside and we watched the stake trek they went on last month. it reminded me of when we went, :)
 but i hope you all have a great week. smile lots. thanks for everything, love and miss ya!
elder brian glenn schofield

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

There Just HAS To Be More....(...there is!)

so guess what happened last night. we got a call from a senior missionary that works at the cannery down by the office and he called us and said a lady had been coming and helping that isnt a member and wants to join and for the missionaries to get over to her house. I called her last night and we talk for about 30 minutes just about how she has been looking and that there just HAS to be more than just the bible. she kept telling me that there was no way Jesus could just do his thing over in Jerusalem and that be the end of it. she seems really really neat and we will be meeting our new friend at the church on wednesday. Her name is Julie. 

this week was a good one and im glad to hear it went well for you all back home. its raining really really hard here today. first time it has for like 3 months. its pretty cool. well have a great day and week. i love you all and ill talk to you soon.
love your son, brother, friend, and uncle haha
Elder Brian Glenn Schofield
oh and now doubt i come from a good stock. i mean im related to the ricks. pure breds haha thanks for everything mom and dad.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We Treed A Possum!

so guess what happened on saturday. we do service at a ranch here and while we were walking to the stalls to go clean them, we see a possum and so we chase it up some tree and me and elder burton, my good ole pal. started to climb the tree. but after like 10 min of throwing a rock, the owner of the ranch came and saw what we were doing so she goes and gets here gun, it was so freaking funny to see a real texan in action, she was sure glad we treeed the possum and set it up so she could kill it. she says they eat like all of their food. that was a crazy experience hahaha and funny at the same time. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

They Are Our Friends!

hey mom and dad and family!
so this week was pretty crazy. on tuesday i got to go on exchanges with the spanish elders. they live just on the other side of the highway but i spent the day with them. i learned that i can understand spanish better than i thought i could. pretty crazy huh. i wouldnt have mind coming to houston spanish speaking. they serve in the same city but it is soooo differnt than our area and where we work. that was a fun day. we met a couple of new friends we are going to start teaching. i decided im not going to call them investigators, they are our friends that are checking out the church or investigating it but they are our friends first. elder maughan and i decided to do a missionary fireside for some less actives and for our friends. it turned out really well for our first time doing it. We are starting to do it once a month so give me some ideas for things we can do to make it a really good fireside. mix it up a little bit ya know.

we got called on thursday and told us that a kid was being baptized on saturday and we had to set it all up and even talk at it. this is how this ward works haha. just a little offf the wall but the baptism went well. i jammed my thumb pretty bad on saturday at baskeball but it is all good tho. im almost done with jesus the christ, i seriously have started to love to read, haah its crazy cause i was never like that. i read jesus the chirst for 30 min every night before i go to bed. its good and im learning a ton!!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things Are Good...

    well everything is going good. im really loveing this ward. Bro Bean is the young mens leader and he is the one that wnats to take us to an astros game. he is legit. his whole family is. i play basketball with him and his boys and the spanish missionaries and a couple other guys from the ward every tuesday and thursday morning at like 5 in the am. But all is well here. im loving the book jesus the christ. i am learning sooo much from it, i want to have that read and the book of mormon finished again by my year mark. im almost done with alma and half way done with jesus the chirst. well thanks for everything mom and dad. i love you both so much and the family that we have. things are good with your son. just keep working hard and loving the work right. talk to you soon and tell everyone hi at annas little barbq. oh by the way you need to update the blog with all those pictures you have recieved haha. well this is special agent elder bri schofield signing off now. catch ya on the flipty flop family. love you all.

elder brian glenn schofield

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rice Pudding! Yeah!

Howdy family :)
   this week was really good. everything went well. we were able to meet a couple of new people and they are really cool. the baptism went good this week.
 sounds like you all had a really good week this week. thats good to hear. tell anna happy birthday for me, i sent her an email but she probably won’t respond haha but whatever lol.

    things are getting better with elder maughan trying to be relaxed and not stressing about the little things. we actually got a surprise visit last night from president Pingree, he called us and asked if it was alright if he just came up and talked. so he came and we all just talked like we were chilling, it was sooo cool. he really emphasized just loving the people and doing the best for them. i respect this guy soooo much. he is on our level and talking to him last night reminded me of just talking to dad. he wanted our input on music and the gym. he was really opened with us. we asked him about going to an astros game with the young men sometime. he was really open and chill with us. i respect him and its people like that, who truly love the people who he associates with, i respect them a ton more because of that. He knows what is important on missions and how to make the most of. elder burton and i have been having conversations about this latley too. it just all confirms it all.

    so we did have a double dinner last night, the first one was with the Bonnets and we had the rice pudding. Mom, you have absolutely nothing tooo worry about with me not coming home cause of the cooking here. it wasn’t even in the same category as your rice pudding.  nothing is as close to as my mother’s :):) but i really really appreciated them and what they do for missionaries. they are awesome.  our next dinner was with the Beans, this is the family that reminds me of the Gillins so much. like identical and everything. we helped clean the church on saturday and i told Lofton how much they remind me of the gillins back home. tell camden that lofton is going to add him on facebook. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Mission President and Mission Blog!

Saying good-bye to President and Sister Hansen was hard for the missionaries of the Texas Houston Mission.  Brian really learned to love and appreciate President Hansen and his leadership and love of the Gospel.  But the Lord has certainly left them in good hands.  Here are some photos of President and Sister Pingree and their family and  bio from the Church News:

John Cannon Pingree, Jr., 44, and Anne Pugsley Pingree, five children, Texas Houston Mission; Valley View 7th Ward, Salt Lake Valley View Stake. He is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, gospel doctrine teacher, seminary teacher and missionary in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. Vice president, Community Benefit, Intermountain Healthcare. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Cannon and Carmen Sweeten Boyden Pingree.
Sister Pingree is a former counselor in a Primary presidency, Primary music leader, Primary teacher, Young Women adviser, Young Women secretary, Cub Scout leader, achievement day leader and missionary in the England Coventry Mission. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Philip Cannon and Margaret Walton Pugsley.

 What a beautiful family!  Brian has already grown to love this man in the short time they have been in Texas.  They have also started a new Blog site for the Texas Houston Mission.  It is   I am sure they are all in for a wonderful experience!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Good Friends from Idaho!

Seeing Bill and Diane was sooooo good. I love them so much and their example. Seeing them just kinda gave me a boost and made me excited about things and where I was at. Painting went well. I’m going to try to get transferred to chad and taylors ward at the end of this transfer. They only life like 15 minutes away from us. I’m also glad the Bonnets called you for that rice pudding recipe haha, they are in the other ward but they are way cool people, He came up to me on Sunday and told me that he had talked you my mother. That made me smile too. we have a baptism tonite so im really excited about that. it will be great. all is well here mom and dad. we get to meet the new mission president tomm. up at college station so that will be good and exciting.

Im so glad to hear everything back home is going good. I hope landons birthday week was good too. thats way cool about brady, tell him congrats form me. and give him a big hug, dont let him get away from not getting a hug haha. 'Ill anwer those questions on a separate email after this one. 

Just so you know, I thought texas would have had a legit 4th of july celebration, well it wasn’t very good at all. They didn’t have anything as a matter of fact. I missed the good ole buhl sagebrush days, I really really did, our town is legit by the way. Well all is well here. I kinda went on today in my email and didn’t have too much structure but oh well haha  have a great day today, and thanks for everything mom and dad, I love you both so much and im soooo lucky to have the family that I have ;) talk to you soon
Your son,
Elder Brian Glenn Schofield

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th Of July--Texas Style!

Howdy y'all!
Well this week was good. i don’t really remember a whole lot of it but i know that it was a good one.  A lot of families had early 4th of July barbqs and we went to plenty of those. You know the Ashtons that i was telling you about? They had one on saturday. This family is seriously so legit. i love being around them, They have a boy that is six and two older girls that are like 8 and 10 but their boy Trey loves me. We played pig on a couple of weeks ago and i let him win but we made a bet before the game that whoever lost owes the other one a candybar.  so on Sunday, his family came in a little late so they were in the very back and we were sitting in the front and he walks up to me and is like " do you have my candybar!" haha it was pretty funny and then he sat next to me for the rest of the meeting.

 im loving this ward a ton now. before they just seemed like they didnt care about things but i looked past all that but there are 3 families that i will definitely be in touch with and be coming back to visit. a lot of the ward texted me on tuesday morning wishing me happy birthday before most of them left on trek. its been really really good latley. My companion is still really stressing about things like stats and numbers and its kinda hard. my view on it is truly love the people and things like that will come i guess. But if you show the ward members that you care and that you’re happy to be there, they will get excited about the work too. Being stressed about things won’t help at all. There is ALWAYS something better we can be doing, like different things to do on your mission but if you have a good attitude about what you’re doing with a smile on your face, it will make it that much better and the spirit will be with those you associate with. Elder Maughan was getting frustrated that we were at the Ashtons Barbq on Saturday and I told him that.    So overall it’s all good.

We were able to pass the sacrament on Sunday. That was my first time since my very first week in Rexburg for that summer semester. That was the highlight of the day on Sunday.