Wednesday, October 14, 2015


The California Ventura Mission Target for this transfer is
 "The Sabbath Day is a Delight" Isaiah 58:13. As we live and love the Sabbath day, teaching about this sacred day will be more meaningful and it will be understood by the Spirit. Study what the Sabbath day represents and how we can improve our Church experience on Sundays and our personal Sabbath day worship. 

MLC 10/13/15
Because of the meal fast (no meals from members or investigators or restaurant eating) this past week, one of the questions at the beginning of MLC was "What was your favorite meal you have eaten since the member fast? "  Also,  "What was your favorite talk from General Conference? "
Time was spent reviewing lesson 3 in Peach My Gospel. Five missionaries gave five minute talks on faith, repentance,  baptism,  Holy Ghost,  and enduring to the end. 
President Felix provided training on the Sabbath day and the Assistants led an EDPEP on Sabbath day observance so investigators will realize the importance of it.
 Elders Yager and Young
 Front: Elders Powell, Leavitt, L. Gregory, Deem, Elkington, 
M. Gregory, Chatterton,  Haines
Back:  Dorius, Gibb, Boyce,  DeCosta, Kuepper,  Snyder, Wickern,  Ruby
 Front:  Sister Rasmussen,  Hermanas Brown, Cuevas, Griffes, Sisters Wilson,  Coombs 
Back:  Sister Hunsaker,  Hermanas Clark, Jeronimo, Hurley, Sisters Dearden, Reneer
 We were in Santa Maria for interviews today.  We had them at the Oak Knolls building because the stake center was getting fumigated. This is how it is done in California.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Departing Missionaries 10/7/15

After having lunch the 20 missionaries were at the mission home "chilling."

Charades, name that tune or pictionary...

Sisters Angimarau, Boring, Brown, Hermanas Wallace, Newland, Shepherd, Sisters Hiapo, Woodland, Olsen
Elders Davidson, Bautista, Lopez, Robinson, Forson, Stout, Hortin, Navarrete, Cantrell, Bartholomew, Waite

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Transfer 10/6/15

The following are pictures of the new missionaries with their trainers.  There are so many I decided to combine companionships for the pictures.
Elders Endicott, Mulford and Elders Corbridge, Huston
Elders Brown, Campbell and Elders Wayment, Bailey
Elders Valladares, Taufatofua and Elders Herrera, Mata
Elders Peterson, Piesley and Elders Hurst, Allison
Sisters Coulon, Israelsen and Sisters Harrison, Wing
Elders Dort, Haney and Elders Brown, McClane
Hermanas Kneip, Soriano and Hermanas Eames, Wright
Sisters VanDerWatt, Orme and Sisters Campbell, Thompson
Sisters Houseman, Giambattista and Sisters Bosshardt, Evans
Sisters McClure, Scoresby and Sisters Ulassin, Baird
Hermanas Ames, Young and Hermanas Scott, Miller
Hermanas Mulloy, Huey and Sisters Murphy, Beatty
Elders Strom, Bradley and Elders Davis, Magoon
Elders Hunt, Reed and Elders Weiss, Bradler
Sister Tufts and Alexander Tufts, Elders Elliott, Stewart
Elders Levis, Lamb, President Felix
Elders Deem, Leavitt, Gregory, Gibb, DeCosta, Snyder
Elders Goad, Santos
Sisters Coombs, Reneer, Barnes, Lambert
Elders Gruwell, Hager
Elders Slaugh, Morwood, Sister Olsen
I wish the lighting was better on this picture.  Sister Stewart was being funny as she had to drive the van back to the rental place.  It was a 12 passenger so a little bit bigger than what she is use to driving.

New Arrivals 10/5/15

Six missionaries arrived from being at the CCM in Mexico.  They arrived early. Fortunately President Felix was there with a rental van.  Sister Felix drove in the car but was low on gas so had to stop for fear of not returning back to Ventura without running out of gas.  The Assistants had the mission van, the Floyds and the Stewarts drove the other two rental vans.  It was disappointing for me not being at the airport as the missionaries arrived.  
Elder Bradler
Elder McLane
Elder Peisley
Hermana Scott
Hermana Kneip
Hermana Wright
The rest of the missionaries (we thought) arrived about a half hour later.  Most left to go to the park for dinner but Sister Stewart had taken a count and realized the visa waiters were not there.  We were missing three missionaries.  Missionary travel was suppose to be closed at that time.  President was finally able to contact someone at missionary travel and found out the visa waiters had received their visas and they would be flying to Tawain the next day.  So it's not just that three missionaries didn't come; that meant three missionaries assigned to be trainers would not have the opportunity to train for this transfer.  So the tender mercy, which shows the Lord is in charge, one of the visa waiters was going to be in a tripan (three missionaries as companions), the other two were going to be serving with two missionaries that would be living in the same apartment serving in two different wards.  Those two missionaries are now companions and will cover two wards.
Sister VanDerWatt
Sister Baird
Sister Houseman
Elder Strom
Elder Brown
Elder Hunter
Elder Allison
Elder Endicott
Elder Huston
Sister Campbell
Sister Murphy
Sister Bosshardt
Sister McClure
Sister Coulon
Elder Wayment
Elder Davis
Sister Wing
Hermana Ames
Elder Valladares
Elder Mata
Elder Harrison
Hermana Mulloy
Elder Haney
Sister and Brother McIntosh have been released from serving a mission here but have moved to Santa Barbara and are still very willing to help us with having food ready for the arrival of the missionaries.
Elder Elies and Elder Millar on the left joined in eating with us prior to catching a flight headed for Austrailia where they will continue serving.  We were fortunate to have them with us this past transfer.

The missionaries are so tired from very little sleep and traveling.  Our desire is that they will have experiences this first day that will make good memories.

The missionaries all said "I'm committed!"
The sun is setting.  It was beautiful!
While waiting for the Assistants to do some training all the missionaries filled out a questionnaire that we keep in a book.

Breakfast on Tuesday morning prior to going to the Ventura Stake Center for orientation from the Senior Couples and participating in the transfer meeting.
These missionaries are from:
Idaho - 5
Utah - 13
Oklahoma - 1
Indiana - 1
California - 1
North Carolina - 1
Texas - 1
Montana - 1
Missouri - 1
Canada - 1
Oregon - 1
Nevada - 1
Honduras - 1