I know it has been a couple of weeks since the last blog, but things have been crazy.
First of all, Elder Haynie has had his first Baptism! Right after he arrived in Clovis, he let us know of the first baptism of his companionship. Now Elder Haynie has had his first actual Baptism. On April 25, 2009 Matthew baptized Breanna Devu. What an amazing experience for him. His letter tells of how exciting and spiritual it is to Baptize. Of course, he says he will never forget this day. Good Job Matthew!!!!
Transfers are coming up May 3,2009. Although Matthew really wants to stay in his area, he is ready to go wherever the Lord calls him. He absolutely loves Clovis and hopes to stay awhile. Things are going well with him and Elder Curtis.
This last email on Monday April 27, 2009, Matthew talks of the "stats" of the mission this month. They are amazing!
Last month # of Baptisms: 20
This month # of Baptisms: 34
This months companionship with the most lessons taught : Elder Haynie and Elder Curtis
This weeks number of lessons taught in my companionship: 30
We are so proud. what an amazing month for these 2 young men. As Matthew puts it " these are only a few of the awesome things that go on in my mission".
What would a letter be like if Matthew didnt ask about all of us? He always makes sure he asks about his family and if everyone is ok. With his older brother Kendal not living at home, he tries to keep in contact with him every week. It means alot to his Dad and I as we want kendal to experience this with him. He also shows love and concern for his younger brothers.
Then there comes the "needs". The letter would not be complete if there wasnt something Matthew needed, never expected, just needed. We do our best to make sure he is fully supplied and prepared to do the Lords work!
We are so proud of Matthew. It seems like so long since we have seen him or talked to him. I am counting the days til Mothers Day so we can talk to him and give him our love.
Thank you to all who read this blog and stay updated. We love you Matthew!