Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stake Presidents

 President and Sister Jones of the Ventura Stake
 President and Sister Kasper of the San Luis Obispo Stake
 We had our first Pday and loved hiking with the Kaspers
President and Sister Hulstine and family of the Santa Maria Stake
President and Sister Lythgoe and family of the Camarillo Stake

It has been great getting to know these Stake Presidents and their families. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senior Missionaries

Elder and Sister Ruse
Elder Ruse is responsible for the mission cars. 
Sister Ruse is an amazing mission secretary. 
 Sister and Elder Miles
Sister Miles takes calls for medical questions,  referrals,  and mail.  
Elder Miles is responsible for finances and housing. 
Sister and Elder McIntosh
They are CES missionaries and are helping us with the Santa Barbara Zone. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Meeting the Missionaries

 San Luis Obispo Zone
 Santa Maria Zone
 Simi Valley Zone
 Thousand Oaks Zone
 Newbury Park Zone
 Camarillo Zone
 Camarillo Spanish Zone
 Ventura English Zone
 Ventura Spanish Zone
Santa Barbara Zone

The missionaries in the Great California Ventura Mission are AMAZING! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Beginning in Ventura

 President Dell and Sister Maurine Felix
At the MTC in provo a map of the world is on the wall.  We did what so many missionaries before us have done,  take a picture pointing to where we were called to serve.
 Our flight left from the Salt Lake airport at 8:20 am.  Ventura, here we come!
 President and Sister Castro,  along with their two children, picked us up from the Santa Barbara airport.  It was wonderful to finally meet them face to face. When it was time for them to leave after taking us to the mission home, we didn't want them to leave.  We love them and are so grateful for all they have done for the Great California Ventura Mission.
 There are so many beautiful plants at the mission home.  We are amazed at having avocado and citrus trees.
 Elders Lee and Kleinman are Assistants to the President.  They have been life savers.
 We had decided on Friday evening that Saturday we would go to a baptism. Several were scheduled and President Felix chose the one in Thousand Oaks. Later that night two invitations were extended to us from the ward mission leader and the sister missionaries.  Saturday morning President Felix received a text from a friend saying "give my wife a hug at the baptism today. " We couldn't figure out how he would have known our plans.  He was in Utah working and his wife was in California because her brother got married on Monday. Her brother baptized his new bride on Saturday.  What a wonderful way to start our mission.
 The stake center in Thousand Oaks has two chapels.
 Sister Felix loves breakfast.  In talking with the APs about doing breakfast for the incoming missionaries,  she got excited with the idea of having all of the Mission Leader Council over for breakfast before MLC. We had waffles and fruit.






MLC
They are an amazing group of leaders!