Mailing Address

Elder Matthew David Clough
California Ventura Mission
3301 West Gonzales Road
Oxnard, California 93036

Phone: 1-805-485-1034 (only necessary for packages)

Monday, July 22, 2013

New dress code; Iron-Man Robot suits are now standard issue!

Just kidding; I wish!
This week has been a crazy one. There's been a bunch of ups and a few downs as usual, but all around the work is still rolling right along! 

We had Zone Conference this week.  It was super good as usual, but it was a bit intense.  We've got a lot of improving to do! While we were there, the assistants went over the new dress and grooming policies, part of which change is that backpacks are no longer allowed.  The standard is now businessy-shoulder bags.  Unfortunately the awesome Guatemalan shoulder bag Carlos gave me is no longer appropriate.  (which is a pity on both counts; Elder Carter FINALLY got a peruvian one from Ivar, one of the ward missionaries!) But oh well!  It'll make a sweet Laptop bag in college!  At either rate, I'm letting you know about it so that it's no surprise when money disappears out of the bank account; I'm gonna buy one today.  Technically we have till 2014 to make the transitions, but I figure if I don't start now I'll either forget, or SEEDS OF REBELLION may spring up.  It's best if I just take care of it now.  The other changes were hardly changes.  Insofar as I'm aware, all the rest of the standards for us are pretty much the same.  

As far as the work goes, we've got bad/good news this week.  TGIF won't give Francisco a day off until the 12th of August (WICKED wicked company!  At least this one is.)  So Leticia has to wait until the 17th to be baptized.   So, it looks like we'll be having her baptism NEXT transfer, beings as this is week six.  I hope we can both stay!  The good news though, is that she's being a boss as usual.  When the stake put on a big Pioneer day festival, Leticia volunteered with the Relief Society, cutting watermelon for an hour and a half!  Her willingness to work hard is a real testament to her conversion.  Her kids are also doing awesome.  Samantha actually liked church this week for the first time!  We also had a short lesson with them yesterday, and both Samantha and Caesar are set to be baptized on the 17th with their mother!  I guess that's why it had to be shifted.  It was funny when we asked Caesar be baptized; He's only 9 but seems like he's 20!  He said, "I can't be baptized yet; I need to learn more, I'm just starting in the church!"  We had a good laugh about that.  I've heard this argument before, but never from someone with so few pounds!  Either way, they're both very excited to learn.

In other news, at the pioneer day festival I ran into a member from out of state whose husband works at Disney!  His first project there was the fur on the Lemurs in Dinosaur.  We talked about that a bit, and they told me "Yeah, if that's what you want to do, go to BYU!"  So it sounds like that'll be the plan someday.  They also gave me some contact information, so that'll be nice someday!

It's crazy that we're in the last week of the transfer AGAIN!!!  I'm not really sure how time does this, but it's just moving!  I'm so excited to hear about Joe and Darcy's baby; they'll be awesome parents!  I also got a letter this week from the Morrow family; Cami's gonna have her baby in 7 weeks!  Also, Travis is actually sending off his mission papers soon!  OH YEAH!!!  I miss them and Taft a lot, but that's how it goes!

I hope everything is going well and that everyone is working hard and happy.  Tell Joe and Darcy congratulations for me, as well to Jordan and Sara!  ( I have no idea who he is, but I'm happy for them anyway!)  Keep being bosses everybody! Life is good!


Elder Matthew David Clough