Well here we are again. It has been a few months since we have posted on this blog. I feel so badly about it, but time has gone by so fast and before you know it another week, month and then months have gone by. I vow to do a better job as now Kendal, Matthews Dad, will be able to help and keep this well updated.
As you have seen, we received some pictures from Elder Haynie and posted a few of them. We have actually received quite a few over the last few months and will post more, but these are the most recent. Matthew looks great! Since he has been out he has gained a little weight and grown up, ALOT! He is no longer our "boy", he is a man! We believe that the picture of the four missionaries is Matthew's District. The other with just Matthew is of him and his current companion, Elder Reay. They all look great!
Matthew is doing really well. He is currently still serving in Abilene and is District Leader. He is doing such a great job and loves his mission. Over the last few months he has had a couple different companions and served in a couple different capacities. He has loved serving in Abilene and done such a great job. Abilene has also been a place that has been a bit trying for him. He found himself experiencing some struggles for a few days a little while ago, but as Matthew always does, he came thru it fine and even stronger than ever. Sometimes our trials makes us stronger people, and it has done just that. He is doing amazing!
Last week, Matthew and some of the other Elders, went to Odessa and were able to attend a couple days of training that came by way of the First Presidency. He said that there wasnt any changes in the lessons but other ways of teaching and so forth. He said it was an amazing time and had a wonderful time.
We are so proud of Matthew and the work that he is accomplishing. He is a wonderful missionary and loves the Gospel. Keep up the good work Matthew and we love you!