Listen to Elder Jonathan S. Schmidt and his wife, Sister Alexis Schmidt, describe themselves as many “ordinary,” “ordinary,” and “available” for the beginning of their service as the Seventy General Body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As long as running marathons, half marathons, and hiking the Grand Canyon from one end to the other is “normal” and moves between family responsibilities, his career as a lawyer and her career as an emergency courtroom intern, as well as their calls in the church over the years have considered something “normal”. “.
Through it all, Schmitz found and felt a connection to the gospel messages and affirmations and the divine hand guiding them, seeing how experiences helped them prepare them for this new calling. Sheikh Schmidt was preserved at the General Conference in April 2022.
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For example, when he was a bishop in his mid-twenties. Elder Schmidt felt exhausted and inexperienced as he listened to a woman revealing dangerous excesses. In those moments his gaze turned to the work of art that was in his office, a representation of Christ kneeling in Gethsemane.
The soul explained everything: “This is not about you at all. He remembers how you can relate to the Lord. “That was a beautiful thing – realizing it [uno] It’s just associating people with the Savior. He who gives forgiveness, help, strength and mercy. [y] Grace”.
In Schmidt’s initial interview with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for consideration as a possible chief and missionary companion, Sister Schmidt stated, “Elder Bednar, we are very ordinary.”
Sheikh Bednar replied, “Isn’t it wonderful that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things?”
Elder Schmidt said: “This is the truth of the Church. No matter what you call – the Lord uses us all, ordinary people, and we are all part of the body of Christ. We need eyes, ears, feet and hands. …
“We need every member of this church – regardless of their marital status or education level. We need all of them.”
Emphasizing the idea of common sense and the fact that they did not anticipate her husband’s new assignment, Sister Schmidt said, “I believe receiving this invitation taught me that the Lord chooses you wherever and wherever you are. He helps you to be a whole person. He helps you become [la persona que] he sees [en ti]It helps you raise your potential. Regardless [uno] contribute; Because he is the one who makes up for any deficiency in it [uno] You have”.
“So I think we are very ordinary people. Nevertheless, the Lord helps us and raises us, as every person does, in whatever capacity they are asked to serve.”
Jonathan Stephen Schmidt was born on April 15, 1973 in Mesa, Arizona, the son of Robert Edward and Diane Lyda Schmidt. He grew up two miles from his maternal and paternal grandparents in Yuma, a rural town in southwestern Arizona near the Mexican border. While in high school he played basketball, tennis, and swimming competitively, participated in student government, mowed lawns, and worked as a lifeguard.
His testimony about the Savior and the gospel took root early – he felt the testimony of the spirit of the last day of the apostles during a Yuma conference with Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve; of Joseph Smith and the first vision during morning prayer while on vacation in California as a teenager; He believed the Book of Mormon when he read it as a freshman in his dorm under the University of Arizona football stadium.
He said, “So, at that age, I knew that the messengers were on earth.” “My testimony of the Savior has been so sweet and true to me for many years. You have blessed me with the gift of faith.”
After serving as a Laotian-speaking missionary on the Fresno California Mission from 1992 to 1994, he resumed his studies at the University of Arizona. While attending high school classes there, he met Alexis Swain Udall. She was raised in Boston until the age of 15, when she moved to Arizona with her family, and then worked as a Spanish-speaking missionary on the California assignment Anaheim.
They married on July 21, 1995, in the Mesa Arizona temple and fathered four children – David, Tyler, Noel and Clayton.
“We have testimony about the institute’s program,” Sheikh Schmidt said with a smile.
Family, career and balance
Soon came sleepless nights in legal and medical libraries as they pursued their graduate degrees, a mixture of demanding training and accommodation schedules; then while practicing law and medicine; The children’s access to various responsibilities in the church increased. The two quickly learned to balance everything, but always keep family and faith in the Savior at the heart of everything.
When the Schmitz family moved to Huston, Texas in 2001 to work as a lawyer, she began a part-time night shift at Huston Veterans Hospital ER, which continued until her missionary service connection. After her assignment and relocation to Gilbert, Arizona, where Elder Schmidt served as associate vice president of Arizona State University, Sister Schmidt returned to her job at Huston Hospital, which meant she had to travel to Huston several nights a month and so on. Added telemedicine consultations from home.
The early years established a pattern of support, collaboration, and communication. “At first, when we had a baby, I would come home from work, you would give me the baby, and then you would leave,” Elder Schmidt recalls. Then the next morning we were doing the ‘trade’ again.
“It was very good [en esto] Since we went from one to four children. He has always had the heart of a doctor – communicating and serving others. However, over the years, we have learned many lessons by supporting each other in our various endeavors.
Her medical training and service has taken Sister Schmidt across the United States; It is an Apache reserve in the Dominican Republic. “I think it is important for a woman to know that she can be a good member of the church whether she stays at home, whether she is working, whether she is divorced, or married, or in any situation,” she said, adding, “I think it is good to let women know That we need to stop punishing ourselves for trying to fit into a certain category.”
go the distance
Both Elder and Sister Schmidt come from families who lead very active lives. “We run and we walk — that’s what we do,” says Elder Schmidt, who has run more than a dozen marathons, countless half marathons, and other long-distance events.
Family members, friends, and even returning missionaries often take part in these events—like when they ran the Mesa Marathon and Half Marathon in February.
“The motto of the Schmidt family – and this one from my father – is to start small and start there,” said Elder Schmidt.
Sister Schmidt said running marathons and half marathons “sounds impressive, but we run really slow — we Run , [solo trotamos]”.
Schmitz turned to running and hiking to make their children realize that they can do difficult things. “It’s not fun to run a half marathon or a marathon, but [nos muestra que] We can do difficult things. “It’s the hardest thing,” Sister Schmidt said, adding, “It’s a way of keeping your mind. I think the mind, body and spirit are all connected, so it’s kind of like cleaning, so to speak.”
In 2021, Sheikh Schmidt completed the famous trek from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the rim of the Grand Canyon — from the South Rim to the North Rim and back, just over 45 miles. He did it twice, once in the spring and then in November.
“If I can’t be in the temple or in our house,” he said, “I’d love to be in the Grand Canyon.” “I really think it’s the ‘temple’ of God.”
He sees the ups and downs as a representation of life and its lessons, reminding President Henry B. Eering of his mother saying, “If you take the right path, it will always be up.”
“Landing tells us so much about life that sometimes we are in places where we only see the cliff walks directly in front of us,” said Elder Schmidt. “But as we went up, we started to see the views and the landscape. It’s not always easy — it’s hard. But if you take one step at a time, you get there and you’re done.”
He added, “One of the things about running and hiking, is that you also learn how to get to the end.”
When Elder and Sister Schmidt served as President and Companion to the San Diego Mission in California (2014-2017), they often said to their missionaries, “The Lord cares more about our desire than our ability.”
Elder Schmidt says that what he brings as a public body to the Seventy is his willingness and willingness to teach and bear witness to the Savior Jesus Christ.
“That’s all we have – and I mean that very seriously,” he said. “We don’t have much to offer. When you talk about what it means to have a broken heart and a contrite soul, it means to put your heart on the altar and let the Lord do His will from then on.”
The Lord said that “He can give us the strength, talents, and talents we need to be able to do His work. However, if we do not make ourselves available to them, we are making a self-choice and not giving the Lord the opportunity.”
family: Jonathan Stephen Schmidt was born on April 16, 1973 in Mesa, Arizona, the son of Robert Edward and Diane Lyda Schmidt. He married Alexis Swain Udall on July 21, 1995 at the Mesa Arizona Temple. They have four children.
education: He graduated with a BA in Agricultural Science and Resources in 1997 and a Juris Doctor in 2000, both from the University of Arizona
employment: After being appointed clerk for the Arizona Supreme Court, later as an attorney with the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and later as an attorney and litigation counsel with Baker Hughes Inc. Assistant Vice President of Arizona State University.
Church service: Before serving as the seventieth general body, he served as district seventy in the eleventh quorum of the seventy in the Southwest region of North America. Previously served on other calls, including San Diego California Mission Leader (2014-2017), Share Leader, Share Presidency Advisor, Senior Advisor, Youth Presidency Advisor, Junior Presidency Share Teacher, Missionary, Bishop, and Senior Priests Group Leader, Senior Quorum Leader, Executive Secretary of the Wing, and Full-time Missionary of the Fresno California Mission.