Shattering last week's record w/ 3,249 words (I'm pretty sure that that's more than anyone heard from him during the previous 20 years), Matthew shared many details of his week, the highs and the lows.
Matthew proudly told his sister that he now holds the record for the longest family letter (pasting the body into LibreOffice shows 2,565 words)
Matthew's now sending most of his letters to a family mailing list, so more people are getting all of the details there, and I expect that fewer -- mostly non-family -- will be looking here. As a result, these entries may become shorter on average. Or not.
There's little to recommend the town of Fred, but the elders there do have one of the nicest homes a missionary could hope for -- or did.
This week was exhausting for some reason, and Elder Beyeler and I were both more than ready for P-day to come.
Matthew didn't have to worry about where all to go for Christmas this year; he tested positive for COVID-19, so he and his comp spent the week quarantined.
The good news for us was that it meant that it was really easy to schedule a video call with him (for which we put up a big screen and invited extended family over), and he had lots of time to send us pictures.
Great "Matthew" email, largely about weather (here and there). Lots of little intra-family Q&A
He's really liking his new area; the rural environment agrees with him more than the city.
There's now a list of addresses on Matthew's mission info page. Just click "Matthew" in the menu bar above, and you'll find it at the bottom of the page.
Not surprisingly, neither Matthew nor his new companion are going anywhere this transfer.
(The thumbnail above shows his old companionship in Spring)
(posted a week late)
Matthew started off his weekly email with a list of things & people that reminded him of things & people back home.
Matthew's driving a pickup truck in this area, which sounds like a good idea:
In one little town thingy in our area, most of the roads are half sand, half dirt, and half ruts.
-- And that is when it is dry. I heard that the roads can get pretty sketchy when it rains.