Monday, August 21, 2017

Baptism Miracle

Hey mama!!
    Twas a good week. Got the call that we are staying right here in the beautiful Dundalk.
  Got the call and I am finishing up here in Dundalk, and guess what!? Baptism on Sunday!
Came out of nowhere! A member had been telling us about her friend and how they have been talking a lot about the church. This girl Alicia had been going to Institute a few times and FHE. We taught her yesterday and it was the case of "When is the absolute earliest that I can be baptized?" 
     We spoke to the mission President and the Branch President, the baptism is confirmed for sunday and she will be confirmed the following week. 
MIRACLE. It is good to see someone who is so genuine about it all. Still cant believe it. This is how missionary work is supposed to happen.
    I am loving this area. There are some very nice families and they appreciate what we are doing for them. We are working with some less active families and they are starting to make some progress. One family have been coming out semi-regularly. 
   We dont have plans for P-Day today, but hopefully we can Figure something out!!!

Have a great week,
Elder Scholz

Fries anyone?

Headed my way?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Anger Issues

Moves call is on Saturday. It is my Final one. I will be staying here in Dundalk (probably). Then it is onto the home stretch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It is crazy how fast time is moving. Is Logan home yet?
Our week was pretty good. We focused on a couple less actives to try and boost the sacrament meeting attendance. However, the people we focused on did not even show. We are going to try again this week and we are also going to be seeing the small but steady investigators we have found. We have some dinner appointments and some exchanges and even service. This week is going to fly by.
      We went to a castle last Monday. It is called Trim castle, it is where some of the movie Braveheart was filmed (yes I am in Ireland, not Scotland). Elder McDaniel should be sending some pictures so I will forward those as soon as I get them.

We had 4 of the Romanian kids come to  church and the ages were 13,12,8,5. We are working with the 12 year old to become a deacon. However, there are some... complications. He has pretty bad anger and a potty mouth. Keep in mind that he has growth problems so he is like 3 feet tall and weighs like 5lbs. We have been teaching him a little about passing the sacrament, but his Dad wont let him get the priesthood. So on sunday he watched another boy pass the sacrament and little Isaac was very angry. He went up to the kid after church and said in his squeaky broken English. "You better watch yourself, you are not even a real deacon." Then he called him four eyes, flipped everyone off and stormed out of the building.
      Everyone knows that he has some issues so nobody payed any attention. I went and talked to him and calmed him down then we walked back in and he walks passed one of the elderly ladies and says. "How was church today sister?" Like a little angel. haha he is a funny kid.
     We are going to play soccer and basketball with them so we can try and baptize the oldest brother.
Wish us luck....
Love you have a great week!!
Elder Scholz

Elder Lybbert and Elder Scholz at Tris Castle

Tris Castle

Irish Flag

Going to rescue the damsel in the tower

Watch out GQ!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Back To School

    There is a large Romanian family that I have told you a little about. We have been going over to there house quite a bit and they love to feed us whenever we come by. Last time we went they fed us some mystery soup that contained what we deduced was probably squid. It looked like boiled chicken fat and tasted like it as well. However, through all the Romanian shouting we heard the word squid. 
      All is well in Dundalk. There is a very helpful family, who has a great love and vision for the branch. We have a small teaching pool, but no one came to church! It was a small sacrament meeting of about 20. Good wee testimony meeting. 
We have a good week ahead of us with visits to some good families, and hopefully teaching some of our more solid investigators.
Love you much mamamama
Elder Scholz
Big Romanian Family

Mason's nickname on a wall in Ireland!

An investigator

One of the Romanian kids (I assume)

Dundalk District?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sonic the Hedgehog?

Things are rolling forward slowly but surely! We now have a few people that we are working with. This last week we had exchanges here in Dundalk. Poor little Dundalk couldn't quite handle 4 missionaries. So we relocated to a slightly larger town about 20 minutes away. 
      We had a combined priesthood and relief society last Sunday where we talked about missionary work. We rolled out a new branch mission plan and got everyone on board. I have never seen a more excited group of elderly people!!! Haha it was really nice. We have a friend scheduled to be baptized on the 19th of August hopefully he can stay with it!!
      It was a cool story on how we found him. We were on exchanges and we spoke to this tall African man. He said I am going to the shops to get some cigarettes, but I will come back this way and then you can come into my house. We didn't really believe him because people always say that to get us to go away. But, he came strolling back and we went into his house and taught him. He wants us to come over every day and he wants to cook for us. BEST CASE SCENARIO.
He also came to church yesterday!!!
      Love you and hope you have a great day!
Elder Scholz 

Elder Hinckley, Elder Scholz, Elder Lybbert

District in Cork
Sonic?  Is that you?

Friday, July 28, 2017

It's the Final Countdown!

   I did get the letters that you all sent. I loved reading them. Tell Noah and Mason that I loved there drawings. That is so crazy to hear about Michael and Taggert!! When do the leave? Where is Michael going again?
    This week has been a little crazy! There is a large Romanian family that we visit regularly, they are a lot of work! Kids are kind of wild... but it is pretty fun.
     We have one guy that we found, he is really nice and pretty interested!! He came to church and hopefully he enjoyed the company of the small branch.
   Here is a picture of us in Edinburgh when I picked up Elder Lybbert. He is on the far right.
Do you recognize the Elder on the far left??
Love you and have a great week!!!
Elder Scholz

Picking up his greenie in Edinburgh

Monday, July 17, 2017

Final Area!

Hey Mama 
   I am in Dundalk which is in Ireland. It is on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is smaller than Hanford. It has a branch of about 20 and we both gave talks on Sunday. It has been a while since I have been in a branch where  the missionaries did everything. My Companion is Elder Lybbert from Canada, Alberta. He is a really nice guy and will do great. We have a car here and a very nice house we are staying in. Our next-door neighbor is a very nice member. We have already found a few people to teach.
          The Branch is really supportive and is excited to have missionaries back in the area. 
    Had quite a crazy moving experience. Had to Drive from Dublin to Dundalk, on the wrong side of the road. The drive takes 1 hour and we had no GPS or any real way to know how to get here. But, we managed. Love you all!!  
Elder Scholz

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Warming up...

June 12, 2017

Congratulations Mama!!
      Shaver Lake... what a place. Looking forward to thanksgiving. 
This Last week was pretty long, but good. We were doing a lot of finding and we found some cool people. We had some great lessons and we taught the priesthood lesson on the Home. Last transfer a lot of my homies went home. Elder Oxspring (Milan) came to Cork with his family. It was good to see him. Elder Flynn (Tadhg) is coming sometime soon to Cork to visit. We have All-Ireland tomorrow which I am excited for. I need to get a haircut today to look clean for the conference. The branch president here wants us to be getting more dinner appointments. We have to ask for them here, so we had a competition... and now we have 8 meal appointments this week. Should be a good week! 
     We are still all good for our baptism on the 24th of June. We are trying to organize a multicultural food activity. We just had a Mexican chef move into the branch, so we are definitely going to his for lunch. 
The weather looks so good this next week... maybe its finally summer. We are stoked for a good week.
My companion Elder Haynes is from Las Vegas and we have been having a good couple of weeks so far. Looking forward to the rest of my mission, I think I will be moving next transfer. I hope not though...
Hope you are all doing well.
Elder Scholz

June 19, 2017

Sounds like some good summer plans!!
      Today should be a blistering 73 degrees and we should be going to the park for some fun time! Pray that I don't die of heat exhaustion! We have been helping our friend get ready for her baptism this Saturday. Her and sister came to church yesterday and they really enjoyed it.  
    Moves call will be july 8th. I hope I can stay here in Cork, but I think I could move. We did a lot of finding this week and ran into some interesting things. There was an old man who started to talk to me about the Catholic church, and he was really proud to see two young guys who wanted to help people believe in God. Then he gave me a nice set of Rosary beads. It was really nice of him.
     Looking forward to a really great week! The highlight will be the baptism this Saturday!!
Have a great week!!!
Elder Scholz

July 3, 2017

 Moves call is this Saturday and I have no idea what is going to happen...
I think I would like to move just to see more of the mission. But, Cork is so sick so I need to be careful what I wish for. We will see. 
      I am pretty excited for the 4th of July tomorrow. We will be having district meeting and eating pancakes. Also we will be bringing one of our investigators to a YSA activity where we will be playing some volleyball with the branch.
      We have a few dinners this week so we will be saying goodbye (maybe) to members just in case. I have a lot more missionary friends going home this weekend. Including Elder Calton from Lehi. He will be saying Hi to D-Beest for me.
       We have a little tin whistle that is pretty fun to mess around on, made some funny videos hopefully they can get sent to you.
Love you mama
Have a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Haynes and member friend in Cork

Flatmates...street contacting

July 10, 2017

Hey Mama,

    I ended up getting the call that I am moving again. I am headed to a place called Dundalk. I dont know much about it, but I am training a brand new missionary. President Donaldson told me that I will be finishing up my mission there. Weird to now what I will be doing for the rest of my mission. I am catching a plane very early tomorrow morning. It will be an exhausting couple of days... 
I was a little sad to leave Cork behind. I loved the members there and had a lot of fun. I was unable to to say good bye to so many people that I wanted to. I am in Dublin now and wont get into my area late tomorrow night. I am looking forward to seeing Edinburgh again. Hopefully I will get to meet up with some friends there.
       We are going to have to be helping missionaries passing through Dublin. I need to get headed now!!
I love you MOM stay happy...
Elder Scholz