This one was short; Matthew couldn't think of much to say, and mostly answered questions. Transfers are next week, so we'll see what happens to his companionshop. He heard that the elder originally assigned to Thailand won't get to go; he'll stay in TX. He said they're really busy now, with the schedule packed up to a week out.
In addition to emailing us in reply to Michele's questions & comments of last week, Matthew called on the telephone and talked to her for 45 minutes.
On Monday evening, we went on exchanges, where we and another companionship swapped companions for 24 hours. Unfortunately, almost all of my clothing was in the wash, because I thought we were leaving Tuesday morning, rather than Monday night.
During exchanges was when I visited the Balls. That was fun.
Got this photo from a friend.
You know that Matthew's focused on the Lord's work when he loses track of a number sequence. :-)
A couple of fun tidbits that he "forgot to include in previous emails:"
- His first night in Houston, he met a missionary who Alexander beat at arm wrestling in the MTC.
- He found it fun to skip fish like skipping rocks.
This week's email was short, in part because it was late yesterday evening when Matthew was able to write it.
He observed, as have many missionaries before, that "street contacting don't really work. It is a lot more [efficient] to find people through the members.", attributing this in part to it being a fairly affluent area on average.
As typical, Matthew left the MTC short on sleep. He got to bed Sunday night around 11:30, but was awakened by farewells for other missionaries -- who were, unfortunately, departing at 2:30 AM.
Matthew's soliciting more interesting subject lines...
Today was Matthew's P-Day.
it has only been a couple of days since you saw me last, but I decided to email home anyway.
Matthew, Alexander, William & I (Dad) were up at 4AM to take Matthew to PDX.