Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Well... this will be an interesting email. 

I got permission to have my mission extended one week! Sorry,  but I have got one more person to baptize! We didn't have the marriage or baptism on Saturday so we will be having it next week. I am glad I get to stay. You guys should be getting my new flight info today. 

Just kidding... 

See you guys Thursday!!!

It is very surreal that it is all coming to an end. P-day was switched to Tuesday because the government recognized Easter Yesterday and nothing was open. I have two more appointments and then all the departing missionaries have a departing devotional all day Wednesday. So the work is pretty much done. I guess we will just see if I can convert anyone on the flight over..... 

I would definitely like to see those letters from President Mehr. Speaking of him, I did have my departing interview yesterday... he definitely plans on staying in contact, he loves the missionaries! But what kind of a mission president doesn't? 

The plans you guys have made sound great! 

I think that is it from me. See you all Thursday! 

Elder Schroeder

This is just like him, trying to get a rise out of mom, haha...very funny:) Next post will be pictures of his arrival home!!  This has been an amazing time in Kyle's life as he so selflessly served by teaching others about Jesus Christ. He has learned so much!! We have all been so blessed and loved watching him serve through his weekly emails. We are so proud of the person he has become. Perry and Robin 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

One of 84,000...


Most of my clothes are pretty well done. I will be giving them to members or missionaries .. I will bring two slacks home a long sleeve shirt and a short sleeve shirt. My shoes are all done... lets just say they are holy shoes.... 

It is so strange that it is all coming to an end .... 

Being one of the 84,000... It has been a wonderful time serving the Lord with all my faculties, at times the work can be hard and at times the opposite but the overall feeling has been a full one. I can truly say to myself I have served the Lord with all my heart these past two years and I know I have trusted in him to convert those I have taught. 

You really can feel the work hastening, being right in the middle of it. I have only had two years to compare but I see it moving upward quickly. I had a conversation with the President of the Carribean area (of the Seventy) He said "the time is soon coming when we will not be moving and teaching from individual to individual but from congregation to congregation." we will be teaching the masses soon enough. It has happened in the past but now it will happen on a much greater scale and I feel it. I have been part of the preparation for that great time. The missionaries of the future are going to have to be something great! That is for sure, but the Lord is saving his elect and they will be brought forward, if they have not already. I am excited to see the great things I have done by the power of God as they grow in the time to come. 

This week was just normal we had plenty teaching and we should have a marriage and a baptism in between sessions of conference on Saturday! yes! So look for pictures!!! 

I think thats it for me this week.. I have got a good handful of souvenirs but a couple more things to get .. and I will definitely be cooking for your guys some curry and bus-up-shut..
Things I will need: 
plenty oil
baking powder
garlic (fresh cloves)
salt and pepper
chicken (bone in) leg and thigh would be perfect
I will make one very spicy so you can see what thats like, and one without for the babies.... 

I will bring everything else :)
and tell scott I will be bringing some trini pepper sauce for him.

You guys can decide what to cook when I get back.

Elder Schroeder

Saturday, March 28, 2015

All is well...


Wow! Sounds like you have everything planned out for me when I get home.

Looks like Walker is a ladies man all he seems to have is girls for friends... Uhh ohh...

Wow! tons of weddings... I guess it's kind of like when Casey's group all decided to get married haha!

The registering for classes did'nt work out too well sadly... I had everything planned out and it was good but when I went on this morning my plans showed up as void ..... ugh! so I had to try and get some things together. I let Connor know and I trust he will figure it all out for me.

This week was quite interesting though.
One of our star investigators has been planning on getting married and went to the marriage office and everything (multiple times) Longs story short, they got the marriage license, they will be married soon.

Another couple we are teaching that have been planning on marriage but could just not commit themselves are now going to be having a child together and decided they want to be married before they have a child. So we will help them get that figured out.

So that is mainly what I am going through right now. We had a baptism set for this weekend but he did not come to church this Sunday so I do not think that is going to happen. Maybe next week....

All is well over here though.. Today I have to submit a bunch of pictures and answer some questions for a returning home thing the mission does.

Elder Schroeder

WOW I feel like I don't even have anything to say...
Glad registration for school worked out!

This week was zone conference and it was great! Elder Cornish of the Seventy was our main instructor. He mainly spoke on the atonement and applying that to ourselves. He went through a huge list of scriptures and spoke about all of them... Makes you wonder what the prophet is like, or I should say receiving instruction from the prophet.

After that this week was really really slow... We had so many appointments fall through and it felt like nobody was home. That's alright though we still got 20 something lessons and we will be having a wedding soon. I probably would have been able to tell you the date but the investigator to be married got stuck babysitting on Sunday so she couldn't talk to bishop about a possible date. She does want to be married before I leave though so it will happen. Hopefully we can squeeze a baptism in there too!

We also had ward conference this week which was great! The last hour President Gould spoke about self reliance which was fantastic. Definitely something the people need. (myself included) haha!

We were supposed to have members out with us numerous times this week but pretty much all of it didn't work out. Which stinks to say the least, but next week will be better!

Not too much from this end except you guys might want to go online and buy my books for my classes. They are really cheap if you can get them used and they are available right now.
Elder Schroeder

p.s. love the leprechaun pictures!!! haha how did you get the footprints so good!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Great week!! Sad to leave:(

That service project looks like alot of work! good job. Too bad you injured your hand again(as the west indians would say- your hand includes your whole arm) 

Sounds like a fun little cruise .. I can't believe they have been married that long! That is wild! It is weird to think that is the point I could be at in 10-12 years... Crazy! 

This week was great! We had 7 investigators lined up to come to church 2 were there on time! 2 others showed up just over an hour late, and the last three ride's fell through, sadly... but that  shows you how many sweet people we are teaching right now! We should have some baptisms very very soon and you will get some pictures of those! 

The most solid one coming up is "J"! The  21st he should definitely be ready by then! I am excited for him. The others will probably fall a bit later .. perhaps even after I am home, so I might get some pictures later on of those! 

Elder Haderlie and I are having a blast though .. we have got plenty work to do these last couple months and I am glad Elder Haderlie is the one to kill me. I wouldn't want to be with anyone else. To tell you the truth if I was with anyone else I think I would probably be super trunky! He  is definitely keeping me focused! 

I am excited to see you guys but sad to leave.. I am going to miss this very much!!  

Elder Schroeder

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Staying focused!


Wow! Casey is having a girl! .. or i should say Joy is having a Girl! ... I bet you are all already going nuts about names! That is super cool you got to sit next to Russel M Nelson! I bet that was fun .. and you served him! haha... This week was actually really good! We had several commitments for baptism with some people that we are teaching. 

Carnival was pretty fun actually .. Monday we had a sports activity with the ward (president gave us permission) and we played cricket and football (soccer) and got absolutely fried by the sun! I have got blisters on my bottom lip ... it is soo bad.... but it will heal soon enough. On Tuesday, we had to stay in and just played a bunch of card games and stuff, it was very relaxing. 

One sweet family we have got right now is the "J" Family .. I think I wrote about them last week. We just taught them the Plan of Salvation and they understood most of it. We will probably try and watch some videos with them next to keep the whole family a little more involved. Another couple who is soon to be married went to the beach for the weekend so hopefully they were able to avoaid some of the wickedness out there... It seems that what most trinis do to avoid the whole carnival thing.. either that or they just stay inside. 
Something  a little different this week .. Elder Brown (my past companion and now zone leader) was Emergency transferred on Sunday so now we are in a Tri-panionship for the meanwhile...that means I am now in a car! yay! Back to a car! Our ward mission leader has been doing a good job of arranging splits for this week so that we each can work in our area so it shouldn't effect us too much this week. Things will be back to normal soon anyway, cause transfers are just around the corner.
I think that is it form me...
 Love, Elder Schroeder


wow .. I got my travel plans .... super trunky..... But staying focused:) 

This week was great! 
It was a little slow kick starting our area after not being in it for two days but we have now got it back up and running. This Sunday was great! We have 3 investigators at church and we made leaps and bounds with them. The two I am most excited areca couple that are planning on getting married probably in about two weeks! Then they can get baptized! yes! 

We are going to begin teaching our landlady again this week. She had family in town and could not meet with us cause they had tons going but now they are gone and she has got plenty of time. So let see if we can baptize our landlady before I go home.. she might take a little more time though but we will see. We will be teaching her about baptism this next time. She is pretty curious about it cause she really doesn't know anything about it. Once she learns about it she hopefully will be gung ho! 

One thing I think I forgot to mention is that we have a new key indicator .. we no longer report our number of contacts or member referrals but we now report less actives reactivated. That is quite the change right at the end of my mission. A less active reactivated is defined by a less active having at least attended twice for the month and is in communication with the Bishop ie. interview, visit, etc. The goal is for the missionaries to shift their focus a bit towards retaining recent converts and reactivating less actives. The numbers will be small but it should help us turn our attention towards that a bit more. 

Elder Haderlie and I are having a blast down here, getting along great and having some good fun! It should be a fun last transfer with him! 

By the way, I love that name for the baby!  I couldn't imagine any other name! 

We did have a baptism .. the zone leaders baptized two. One younger child in a part member family and a sweet 26 year old named "P" he has got to be the most prepared baptisee I have ever met! We took him out teaching yesterday and he was already teaching and testifying to everyone he met! He is great! and he know the strangest stories from the bible! 

Wow Hunter has already got a kid .. that is weird.... 

i think thats it from me!

Elder Schroeder


Thank you for all the birthday messages and things! 

I don't think I have too much to say this week and the space bar on this computer is driving me nuts so it might be a little short today. 

Good news about registering for classes! the registration for classes opens march 16th at 6:00 am that happens to be on a Monday! and since there is a time difference I don't even have to wake up early. So I will be able to register for classes right on time! 

Wevdid meet this awesome guy this week named K" he is a cricketer from Barbados! He is down in Trinidad for cricket and he is awesome! We shared the restoration with him and you should have seen his face. He was awestruck and he is excited to find out it is true. We will be teaching him for the second time tonight and he has invited a friend to join us that he thinks will be interested! That's what I'm talking about! 

Sadly, this week many of our baptismal dates have dropped off. We have tons of great people to teach, it has just been proving very hard to meet with them this week. Hopefully, things change this next week and we will be able to meet with them. 

The next baptism I think we will be having is "J" he is 14 and is very excited about the gospel. It seems he has got great support around him. He is excited! 

Just working hard finding and teaching!! 

I think that is it from me.

Elder Schroeder

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lots of Teaching!!


That's  too bad about dads tooth! Modern medicine is a miracle! A couple hundred years ago he probably would have died! We have got so much to be thankful for! 

I am also glad Joy is feeling better too being sick for that long sure would stink.. I bet she never wants to get pregnant again! 

This week has been awesome! Elder Haderlie and I have taught tons of people this week! We taught 32 lessons this week! We did have some slow days however .. from about 1-3 pm couva is a ghost town! Everyone is working! I just wonder how the missionaries in the states feel! 

Our ward mission leader in couva is on fire .. he has been organizing and matching members with our investigators like no tomorrow! In fact the sunday after this one he is organizing for all four of us missionaries to go on our own split after church. He is on fire! We taught 7 member lessons with him yesterday alone! I am excited to see what kind of fruit the Lord will bless this ward with because of his diligence! 

Sorry, i would have more to write but  I forgot my little note sheet back home.. you would think that since i m the one who created the emailing notes i would be able to recall all of my ideas but i guess not.... 

Carnival is coming up soon! That will be a fun two days with 6 Elders in my apartment .. I wonder what will happen....should  be fun. 

Here are some pictures.. :)

Elder Schroeder

1)bedorrom and bathroom
3)elder haderlie!!!!! and our kitchen


This week was a great week! Elder Haderlie and I have been to business down here we had 34 lessons this week! All the other numbers were about the same, so we are getting some great work done down here! 

We have some sweet investigators that are coming up on baptism .. We have got one that should be baptised on the 14th of the month and two are three that should be baptised the next month! booyah! 

This Sunday we had a special broadcast from Church headquaters specifically to the Carribean area. I found it interesting what they spoke about .. they spoke a lot of marriage and faith to perform your callings. The young womens president spoke and Elder Anderson of the Seventy along with Elder Holland and Boyd K. Packer. It was good to say the least. We had four investigators there to see it!  

The bikes we have are actually petty good they are in the about $400 dollar range made by trek. We couldn't get my seat to move up until just the other day when a guy with a pipe wrench lent us a hand ... that was fun .. only problem now is that it is just a smidge too high haha. 

About room up at school if Scott and Sid are still up there I wouldn't mind living with them, if I have a moed of transport. Then again, I would really like to live in an apartment. I asked Connor what he thought so I guess we will see ... I think i would rather live at some housing .. I did like somerset. But if you can find a deal at a nicer one (close to school) I am fine with that, roommates possible Ryan Payne .. thats all I can think of right now. possibly Christopher Esteves .. I don't know if he will be at school then? 
Elder Schroeder

It is just a two man apartment me and Elder Haderlie. I don't really know what the 6 of us will do but we have been approved by president Mehr to go to a sports activity our ward is having just down the street from our apartment. That will be carnival Monday so that is what we will do that day .. the next day .. no idea probably just lime in our apartment Due to carnival we will probably be emailing Wednesday, I am not too sure though. 

Toby is getting married in the temple .. this is the same Toby I know?!?? wow props to him! Very Exciting!!! 

This week was really just normal .. there was one thing out of the ordinary.. I got an email listing "pre-depatrture Questions" ughh.. I think you can probably expect an email this week with an itinerary....... 

We do have 9 dates set this week! 6 of which we set yesterday with an awesome family. I will just say the the father, mother (married) :) about 6.5 million children, a brother and his best friend ... Wow! so that was exciting. They keep telling us that they have wanted to get baptised for a long time they have just not really had the opportunity. So we explained the entire process along witht the doctrine of baptism and they all seemed very receptive and excited! 

We have some others that we are teaching and have commited to baptism 

The last date we have is a rasta man .. I really want to baptize this guy! I have yet to baptize a rasta man! that is definitely on my missionary bucket list! 

Other than that not much to say! All is well down here, we had a busy week! 

Elder Schroeder

yes!! hammock in the Caribbean 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

California is just down the road...

Couva is great! It's actually a ward, and from the mouth of our mission president, we have to best bishop in the whole mission and I confirm that statement! I have already met with Bishop "R" twice and he is incredible! He does so much and he is super smart! I am excited to serve with him we are going to get great things done! 

Elder Haderlie my companion is actually from Vista! We use to see each other at regional dances on occasion! He is in the Vista 10th ward back home. It is ironic that we are both from California and in our area is a place called California. So I have to make sure when I tell people where I am from I say "California in the states, not down the road" 

Elder Haderlie and I get along great! We have many of the same interests and work hard. He sure is a hard worker and we will have a great time here! Oh on another note abuot Elder Haderlie he went to seminary with Olivia .. it's a small world! 

My new apartment is great .. not quite like my last apartment but it is definitely one of the better ones in the mission! And I still have the weights from my last apartment... I will have to take plenty pictures this week so you can see where I am living and what I am doing. 

I do have a good story other than the usual .. So we were contacting in a relatively new area and we meet this very nice man. We are pretty sure he is Hindu because he has Hindu flags outside his house (i will also have to send pictures of that) Anyway he invites us into his gallery and gives us some juice (bajan cherry) One of the first things he says is "don't talk to me about God" .....Okay......... what do you expect me to talk about......... eventually We get him to talk  about God! haha but anyway just a couple minutes pass and he offers us some food. Of course I can't pass up the food so I say " yeah sure! that would be great" and he invites us in his house. As he is preparing food, we sit on the couch and talk more about his beliefs - Eventually,  the food is done and we sit down to eat. I will tell you that food was spicy! and on top of that every time you emptied your glass of juice, he would come back and fill it to the brim. So I had a full plate of food and about 3-4 glasses of juice. We finish the meal and now are going on our way so I get my shoes to put them on. As I am tying my shoes in the gallery, I suddenly stood up, (and quickly I might add) leaned over the rail to my left and proceeded to exhume the contents of my stomach, upper intestines, lower intestines, colon, I am pretty sure all the way down to my toes..... The strange thing is it didn't even hurt! It felt good... I am pretty sure I lost about 30 pounds in about 5 seconds..... just an exaggeration. I guess the food did not quite agree with me or something which is weird because I have eaten that hundred of times! Funny thing is, that the guy didn't even mind! He went off on some lecture about how it's good for you to do that on occasion.... haha! 

The rest of the week was just normal... just learning the area and stuff... I already know about half of the ward, so I did good in that regard! About 70 people attended church yesterday. 
Should get my travel itinerary this transfer. I will forward it to you when i get it..

Elder Schroeder 

pictures next week!