I cant believe how time seems to be going by so fast that it has been 2 weeks since I have put a post on here. I'm definitely slacking!!!!
Well things are great for Elder Haynie! He is still in Clovis New Mexico! He absolutely loves it there. He has a companion by the name of Elder Johnson and loves him. The work that they are doing is amazing. They work well as a team and room mates and it shows in the spirit that dwells in them. Matthew speaks of the amazing experiences that they have had and his love for the Mission. We have been lucky enough to receive some more photos and will be posting a few for all of you to see.
One of the wonderful things that Matthew speaks of is the reactivation of members. There is a girl by the name of Melissa that he sent home a picture of the 2 of them. Of course to our surprise we became a little "interested" as to why he would send this one, but after receiving an email from him this week, and all of us asking him " Who is Melissa????" he explained. Melissa is a girl who is from Utah who moved to Clovis a few years ago. Since then, she had fallen away from the Church and became inactive. In recent weeks, Elder Johnson and Elder Haynie have fellowshiped her and taught her and she is now moving home and has been going back to Church regularly. The excitement in the email from Matthew of Melissa being reactivated in the Church was powerful. His words were that it is just as amazing bringing a less active member back as it is to Baptize someone. We are so proud as his parents and family that he knows the importance of "ALL" the great work and is blessed for it.
We love hearing of all the things Matthew does and experiences, but he is a man of few words. I would love to have him spend endless hours on his p-day emailig me everything they have done this week so I can somehow experience it with him but that just doesn't happen! He has decided that playing golf and other things are more important than sitting at the computer!! So we take what we can get and are very happy to have that. He talks of learning games and playing basketball twice a week and golf and eating ( Alot) and all these things and I think to myself " If he keeps this up he will never come home!!!" But, I am assured that these things are all things he is allowed to do and that with as much fun he has he also knows and appreciates the hard work that goes with it. It has only been 3 months and he has changed so much in such a little amount of time. All good of course.
In the last couple of weeks we have had different things happen in our family that we have let Matthew know about. One of the most exciting things is that his older brother is graduating this month. Kendal has worked so hard to finish this part of school and is now graduating on June 11.2009. Matthew is so proud. Also, Tyler and Kalob are now out of school for the summer. Kalob will have to take it easy as he broke his ankle a couple of weeks ago playing church basketball. He is fine and on the mend. Also, Matthew's Grandma Betty is possibly getting married! We are so excited for her and Matthew sure wishes he can be here for that but, he knows he is where he needs to be and is also excited for her. Go Betty!!!!
Our lives seem to go by so fast from day to day. We all get caught up in all our jobs and responsibilities and before you know it 2 and 3 weeks have gone by and you dont even know it. I will work more diligently to post on this blog to keep all of you updated on Matthew's success. We love you Matthew! You're doing a great job!!!