I'm leaving again! I'm taking off for Arroyo Grande! I can't believe I'm leaving Oxnard already. It's been a total blast out here with this ward and Elder Law! He's going to be staying here (Although he's opening a new area) and being follow up trained by Elder Fairbourne! (Elder Jenkins trained him!) Also, Elder Jenkins is going to be my Zone Leader out there! WAHAHA!!! This is gonna be too much fun! I'm also going to be white-wash training district leader again! Hooray for stress!
Actually, I'm hyper excited for this. I'm going to be taking over the area that Elder Buckmiller just opened; so it's gonna be great. Also; Elder Buckmiller has finished his mission! I get to see him go home tomorrow! WHOO!!! It's been incredible to see his growth and the power he radiates now! Elder Johnson will also be starting his last transfer, and after that, I'm gonna be the oldest out of all the companions I've had! That's super wierd to think about; I'm still not quite used to the idea; even though in my past four transfers I've been the oldest in my district. Also; Elder Lewis is training already; and he'll be staying here in Oxnard! One of the sisters in our district has been waiting on a Visa to go to Argentina, and she just got it; she leaves wednesday. All in all, CRAZY exciting stuff is going down as usual!
This area has been incredibly fun to work in. I have complete confidence that Elder Law will take care of everyone here; including getting Saul, Coralia, Gloria, and Raquel ready to accept the covenant of baptism. I'll be waiting for the pictures!
We also had stake conference; and it was intense! The whole adult session was about hastening the work, and of course President and Sister Castro came and owned it. It really put a huge drive on the members to work with us and help the massive amounts of missionaries we're receiving get stuff done. The adult session had super bad audio; they wound up having to cut it off and use a cell phone feed instead. Without the picture, and with the weird recording, it felt like we were watching conference in the 20's! It was super good though, and had a lot of stuff I really needed to hear.
We also were able to go to the Temple in L.A. this week; and it was AMAZING. The journey was great; we saw miles of beach and cool places like Malibu and Sher's house and the location where Iron Man stopped for strawberries in Iron Man 2. It was a great drive! We got to go with Alex Martinez and Anna Reyes; two of the most BOSS recent converts ever; and the temple proper was incredible. The spirit was insanely strong and the session is rediculously amazing! Obviously I can't say much, but if you haven't been to the temple in a while, GO!!! Also; while I was there, we got in a session with four of my friends from Bakersfield! Elder Flores, Elder Parra, Elder Fernandez, and Elder Scott were ALL THERE! They're finishing up, and it was so great to go through there with them. I love the mission!
I gotta run, but ya'll know I love you and pray all the time for you. Keep that apostasy at bay, and be awesome! Weird thing is; it's not actually that hard!
Elder Matthew David Clough