To stay!!! Kinda... It's pretty complicated.
Elder Lewis is actually going to serve in the Oxnard 6th ward area 3, and I'll be staying here in area 2! He'll be getting Elder Hernandez, whom Elder Nalder follow up trained! And guess what; I'm training AGAIN!!! I can't believe I'm getting another new missionary! What's cool is that we'll be in the same ward, so we'll see each other all the time. And, we've still got the sisters in our ward, so we're going to have six missionaries here. I don't know how the ward will deal with us all, but I guess it'll work out.
Speaking of Elder Nalder; he's actually coming here to be our Zone Leader! I can't believe it, but I'm super excited for him. It's going to be awesome to have him as the leader over here. He'll be with Elder Bernards again.
This week was absolutely awesome. The work is going great as usual, all the investigators are doing pretty well. The highlight of the week was a lesson we had with Saul. (As usual!) We came by and watched Finding Faith in Christ; and the spirit was really strong. It's a lot better in Spanish than in English in the first place. Then, at the end of the movie, everyone was silent, until Saul said, "These are things I'd never before seen or heard." He was literally awestruck by the movie! He mentioned that he'd seen pictures of Christ on the Cross, but had never really understood what had happened to Him, and he was floored by how during His life Christ never judged or fought back, but just healed, taught and blessed.
Then, at church we didn't have anyone come, unfortunately, but the sister missionaries had 12 investigators there!!! It was insane! I can't believe so many people showed up! They also had the baptism for Hector Macias and his confirmation, and it was one of the most spiritual baptisms I'd ever seen. He'd been trying forever to get permission from his father, and he bore a solid, powerful and emotional testimony. It was a great end to a great transfer.
Thanks so much for everything you all do to support me; thanks for getting me Tom's address; I love that man! I bet he's tearing it up out there in Indiana! I'll be sure to write him soon. I love you all, and I'll let you know all about what's going on with my new companion soon!
Elder Matthew David Clough