And a new one begins with President Felix!!! Weird....Actually, It's weird to think we have a new President because nothing seems to be changing. I'm sure that's because he's getting used to the idea of being a mission President; if I were him I'd take some time seeing how things usually go too. But I guess we'll really find out tomorrow; because we'll be having Mission leader council, and that's when changes and things are usually implemented.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
That's right! I'll be staying with Elder James for round two! The final round... We're super excited to work incredibly hard here in Ventura and I'm going to be working like a maniac for the last seven weeks. The mission is a marathon, but now it's time to sprint!!Which is fortunate, because we should have enough time this transfer to get amazing things done, especially considering that our investigators are doing super well! We had a really tough week as far as numbers go, but David, Esperanza, Carlos, Ivan, and especially Alicia are doing super awesome!
Monday, June 16, 2014
Which is quite itchy. Which, in turn, is a problem when you have gel in your hair: it ruins it if you scratch it!
Elder James and I had quite a time this last week. It was interesting because we weren't in our own area for very long, we went on two exchanges where we both went to the other elder's areas, but we still saw some amazing miracles! Where to begin...
Love,Elder Matthew David Clough
Monday, June 9, 2014
This week has been a bit of a roller-coaster: we've had a lot of ups and downs. We've had SO MUCH to get done administration-wise, but we got through it and ended the week with an awesome exchange with Elder Lee and Elder Kleinman. Elder Lee really loved coming back to this area to work with Elder James, and I had a great time working with Elder Kleinman in theirs. Fortunately, Saturday was a super calm day in the mission, so even though I was attached to one of the Assistants in their area, we didn't have to worry about anything.The Mission Leader Council this week was amazing; I learned a ton of super useful things! This Introduction lesson by President Castro was all about how the Roman Army protected themselves with armor and wise strategy, and how we can apply the same techniques to protect ourselves and fight spiritually. It was interesting to note that the main vulnerable places on our body, our head, heart, groin and feet reflect our spiritual vulnerabilities, namely our thoughts, our desires, our virtue, and our direction. He then pointed out how the different pieces of the Armor of God directly correlate to those vulnerabilities.
Afterwards I had my new Temple Recommend interview. It felt so good to have that up to date again! During the interview, President Castro shared a lot of really precious things with me that I'm going to apply. I'm so grateful for everything he's done for me!
Elder Matthew David Clough
Monday, June 2, 2014
This week was crazy, most of all because Samuel got baptized!!! It was quite hectic trying to get it all to work out. We learned the importance of double checking that the building is reserved for our use, because while we were filling the font, the whole English ward showed up for an 8 year old's baptism! We wound up having to have all the members from our Spanish branch wait an hour for theother baptism to be finished and then start Samuel's. He was super excited, and very happy to get the holy ghost yesterday. He's such a good kid! He's going to be a fantastic missionary some day.
I'm sorry to hear everyone's getting sick all the time still. It's amazing how healthy I've been these two years: the Lord definitely helps me get the work done! Keep being the most amazing family ever, and qualify for those blessings! I know what we're doing is right.
Elder Matthew David Clough