Elder Lloyd has Returned with Honor!!!

Elder Lloyd arrived home from the Mexico Villahermosa Mission, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16th, exactly one day late!

Letter #105 10/8/12 My Last Email!!!!! Aaaahhhh!

The beautiful wedding!!!

The wonderful baptism!!!

Matt's last p-day in Mexico!  A trip to ruins at Palenque!

My Dear Family!

This has been a seriously incredible week!   we´ve been busy this week
working with some investigators of the sister missionaries in our
ward.  A couple named A and N,  Weve been visiting them
along with the sister missionaries these past few weeks and days, and
they´ve been progressing a bunch.  They´ve had some pretty big tests,
but their testimonies are so strong.  they´ve been working super hard
and friday morning they had their wedding!  so that friday in the
afternoon they could be baptized.  its interesting because A
was 9 months pregnant.  we were praying so much that she wouldnt have
her baby before her baptism or her wedding or conference.  i´ll send
you some pics of their wedding, it was super cool.  and the baptism
was super special.  i was able to baptize N.  he is so excited to
be a new member of the church.  they both are really (him and his
wife). they came to the conference sessions, and just as the last
conference session finished they took A to the hospital to have
her baby!   --talk about answers to prayers!

Conference was especially powerful this week for me.   Its seems to be
that every general conference is just so exactly focused on what i
need to hear.  i loved truly every talk.   But one thing i noticed is
that the apostles in this conference seemed to be much more
bold/direct than normal.  The times are so critical.  The lord needs
valient, converted, faithful servants who love him and his work.   I
feel a large need in my heart to work with the young men in the ward
when i get back.  Help prepare the future missionaries that will be
heading out!  and most of all Jackson.   I hope he´s ready for a lot of
matt-jack mission prep time!    that boy is going to leave super ready
for the mission.     I loved that much of the talks were focused on
missionary work!

As for Today we had an awesome oportunity to go to Palenque with our
district.  palenque is a huge city of mayan ruins.  only 2% of the
ruins are uncovered, and its basically in the middle of the jungle.
but it was a sweet experience.  we got to see some HUGE mayan temples
and palaces!  we left at 4 in the morning and took a bus to palanque
and then spent the day there visiting the ruins and following our tour
guide.  (btw i took out some money this morning for the trip and to
buy some stuff there)  The tour guide was a bit intense for me,  he
spent a lot of time explaining us about different mayan gods, and what
they worship and the mayan calander and stuff like that.  but it was
cool because the ruins are seriously so big, and their are some that
you can enter and there are like tunnels and different rooms under
ground.   i took a ton of pics i´ll show ya´ll in a week!  but we´re
just getting back right now, thats why i havent read your letters. but
it was super fun.  and i´m glad i got to go visit the ruins before i
left the mission.  i´d never been to them before in my two years in

Well Fam, i´m super excited to be seeing you soon!  i still cant
believe this is the last email i´ll be sending,  this email makes more
than 100 that i´ve sent home.  i cant believe it.  The time has gone
by so fast.  I´m amazed by the way the Lord can work so many miracles,
and so many blessings and give us so many experiences.  i will forever
be grateful for the time i´ve had.  Grateful to God, and so very
grateful to you, my family and friends, who have been so great in
supporting me.  i will never be able to repay the love that i´ve felt,
especially from my fam!    grandparents, and aunts!  Thank you!  for
everything you´ve done for me.   i am excited to be able to see you
all in a week and tell you thanks in person.

I´ll finish this email simply with my testimony.
For what i´ve experienced, i know that God lives!  I know he knows
every one of his children.  I know he loves us. I´ve experienced his
love in so many moments, towards me and towards the people that i´ve
served.   I know he´s given us this life as a chance to learn and
become like him.  We must focus every day to emulate the perfect
example of his Son Jesus Christ.   I know that every day the lord
teaches us through our experiences.  through tests and trials we learn
to trust in him.  as we come unto him we learn to love his way,  his
commandments,  his teachings, and we have no desires to do anything
that would be against his will.   i´m grateful because god is patient.
 or has been with me.  because i´m not perfect.  but i have seen and
learned that as we keep our eye on the atonement, the lord will guide
us to become better every day.   I know that faith always points
to the future. Many times we do not see what the lord has set before
us, but acting in faith we complete what he asks, and then the fog
clears and we see and recieve the confirmation of our faith.   I know
that the lord answers prayers.  The power of the spirit is real.  he
can truly be a constant companion.  a companion which will guide us to
all that is true and will inspire and impulse us to do good works.   I
love the companionship of the Holy Ghost.    I know the power of the
priesthood is real.  I´m grateful to be able to hold it.  i know that
its power is only available when we are worthy, and when we are full
of faith.  I know that with its power the lord directs his work on
earth.   i know that joseph smith was a prophet.  This is gods
true church.  he has restored it on earth, opening the windows of
heaven, to prepare the way for his second coming.   I know that he
expects much from every one of us who has been so blessed to know his
gospel.    i know the book of mormon is true.   its has been a rock
for me,  in the very hardest moments of my life and fountain of
revelation, truth and light as i have searched its pages.  I know the
lord blesses those who look for his lost sheep.   i know this is his
work that i´ve been doing for these past two years!  And i will
continue in his cause until the end.  He lives and love us.   of this
i testify in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

love you all.  and im so very excited to see you soon.
much love
Elder Lloyd

Letter #104 10/1/12 Where did all the time go?

Hey family,

I cannot believe this is the second to last time i´ll be writing you.
Where did all the time go?

I write you this week with a heart full of gratitude for these past
two years.  I have spent the past week thinking a lot of the blessings
the lord has let me experience these past two years and I am
overwelmed with everything that he has done for me, and for you all as
well in these past two years.

I had my last interview with the president this week.  It was more
than an hour long. He had a lot of advice for me!  He is truly an
inspired man.  I feel grateful as well for his service.  We talked
a lot about the mission and everything i´ve been able to do here, and
then a lot about the future.  and how to apply what i´ve learned to the
rest of my life.  I`m not 100% sure exactly what i want to do after
the mission -- what i´m going to study, or where to work.  But I´m
confident the lord will help me in these decisions as I continue to
serve.   In the interview the president helped me to see a greater
vision of everything i need to do after the mission,  there are truly
great things to come.

This week we shared  a talk by Elder Eyring with some of the members
of the ward in a mission activity,    where he said,  "whenever i
feel the temptation to sit down and take a rest, or whenever i feel
like i´ve completed some great task in the service of the lord and
deserve a break,  i give myself this rallying cry -- Remember Him--- "
  he then went on to explain that the savior even when he had finished
the greatest and hardest work the father had sent him to do,  when he
had suffered for our sins and died in the cross, he still didnt take
time to rest,    he then went to the spirit world and continued his
work preaching the gospel.     As we watched the video i felt the
spirit testify again that even though i´ve been serving for two years,
there´s really not time to rest.   and the president told me the same
in the interview,  even when i leave the mission i´ll always be a
missionary, i´ll always have my duties as a priesthood holder, and the
lord will give me callings so i can continue in his service.

Also this week--  we had a baptism of a boy named G,  all his
brothers and sisters are members but his mom and dad arent,  he was
baptized saturday and the service was super special,  there was a neat
spirit and the primary president shared a powerful testimony.
G´s dad came to the service and when it was over he was pretty
moved by everything,  we´re hoping we can visit him this week and get
him to attend general conference this week.      Yesterday in church i
had the chance to confirm G a member of the church.  it was
pretty neat because it was only the second time that i´ve done that in
my mission.

This past week i´ve also been keeping in contact with the elders in
Gaviotas, and the investigators we had are progressing super well.
One got baptized this week!  and two are getting married tomorrow!
hopefully they´ll give me permision to attend their baptism!

This week i´ve been a bit sick as well  i went to the doctor and they
said i had a sinus infection that had entered into my throat and ears.
and i´m still battling a bit with that. but its not that big of a deal
ha.  They did give me 3 shots though!

mostly i´m just happy to keep working as a missionary.   Super pumped
for the conference this weekend and excited to see you all soon.

Thanks for all the emails.

loved the pics of jack and slate. they look great.
tell dad i hope he gets feeling better soon!

love you all A LOT =)

Elder Matthew Daniel Lloyd!

Letter #103 9/24/12 Transfer!!

Looks like Matt will finish his mission (maybe!) with 7 areas, and 21
companions.  He's had 3-trios, and a lot of these little mid-transfer
transfers because of issues elsewhere in the mission.   Glad he got to
return to see his investigator baptized though!

Elder Lloyd returns on Monday, October 15th, and his sacrament meeting
report will be on October 21st!

Have a great week!
- marci

Subject: ¿Pomoca?

hey fam!

well here i am writing you from Pomoca!     yep- transfers!    i{m no
longer with elder lope or elder flores.    my new companion is elder
Valensuela.  it all happened super fast.  i think there was a problem
somewhere in the mission and a missionary got sent home and they had
to move a few elders around.   But they called me i think it was
thursday morning at like 8 and told me i had to be in my new area at
10. and elder lope got transfered as well.   so we packed up in two
hours and now i{m in a ward thats called Tierra Colorada.    it was a
super big bummer because the baptism i had planned was for friday, and
i got moved thursday.---  i{ll be honest i wasnt super happy with the
transfers as well because i{ve been working so hard in Gaviotas to
help the investigatos progress, and in the week when all the problems
get resolved, they move me-- bah.    the good news is that C
was baptised friday!  and i asked special permision from the president
to be able to go back and attend the baptismal service.  so i have
some pics i{ll send ya.    also good news.  the family i was working
so hard with to get them married in gaviotas,  finally has everything
ready, the wedding is all set up and paid for.  they{re going to get
married the 2nd of october!  and baptized the 6th of october! woot!!
and another couple we were working with is also going to be married
and baptized the same week.

as for my new area---   its still in Villahermosa.  kindof.     its in
the other stake!    and in our ward there are two companionships of
missionaries!  so we divide the ward limits in two different areas.
the other companionship are sister missionaries!  they{re in our
district.  which is cool because i{ve never been in a district with
sister missionaries.  our area is called pomoca.  its a huge area of
pure apartments.  all the houses are exactly the same.  its like they
took the same model of house and copied it like 100,000 times.     The
areas pretty big.  but its super far away from the church, which makes
it hard to bring people to church.    the other problem is that the
members here arent super helpful.  its a bigger ward than gaviotas,
and they help less.  only 1 family has let us eat in their house since
i got here.  and none of the members let us borrow their washing
machine to wash our clothes. --- that is a first in my mission.
in gaviotas the members fought to feed us and there was a member that
washed our clothes for us. ---- am i whinning? woops.   haha.
---    no but its a good area, and my companions chill. and mostly i{m
just happy to be a missionary.  one thing i{ve learned in the past two
years is that it doesnt matter where you serve, if you just serve with
all your heart you find joy in what your doing.  and i{m just happy to
be a missionary for these next three weeks.  and i{m just happy to be
able to testify and to teach.   the most important part of being a
missionary is trying hard every day to represent the savior.

well fam  love ya a bunch.  we{ll be seeing each other soon enough!
until next week

elder lloyd

ps.  it was great to hear from kam this week!  glad to hear he{s doing
well --  he already sounds like a missionary!   i{m pumped to write
him when i get back!

Letter #102 9/17/12 Mexican Independence Day!

Hello Family!

Its good to be writing you all again this week!

First of all, Thanks a ton for the birthday envelope that you sent me!
 i enjoyed the tape you sent!  i felt like i was right there in the
kitchen. My bros are so funny in those tapes!  They´ve changed a lot
though,  even in their voices,  next time i hear your voices it´ll be
in person!

As for my b-day,   we went to a members house for breakfast and that
was nice!   then in the afternoon an investgator gave me a cake!  and
it was awesome!    The mission president and his wife called and sang
happy birthday in english.  they are such great examples of the pure
love of christ.  everytime i talk with them i feel their love.

 Also this week,   I have a new companion!!!  Transfers left and right
these days.   only this time i didnt lose a companion, we just
received another,   Now we´re  a trio.   Elder lope, Elder Flores, and
Elder lloyd!      Elder flores is from my same generation,  or in
other words he started the mission the same day i did, and he´ll be
going home the same day!    he´s from Baja California South,  a city
called Los Cabos,   or in other words,  the Mexico Culiacan mission,
he lives in the mission where landon is serving!   Cool eh?

i dont know if you guys have the pics from my first area,  but there´s
a pic where i´m with my district,  and we´re all in a room in the
church wearing blue shirts with a white dragon thing,    There are two
mexican elders in that pic, and the one that isnt elder tlachi is
Elder Flores.     only in that pic he´s about 40 pounds heavier.
he´s lost a ton of weight in the last two years.  haha.

not going to lie.  i think he´s a bit more trunky than i am.   but i´m
sure theres a reason why the lord wants us together, the three of us.

The good news is we´re going to baptize this week!!!!! yahoooo!    una
hermana que se llama C!   she´s living with some members and
has come to church the last three weeks and loves it!  she´s been
passing for some pretty serious problems in her life.  shes seperated
from her husband, and her husband kidnapped her baby.  its crazy.   but
she´s super prepared and excited for the friday!

also this past week we had a Noche Mexicana, in the church.  its
basically just a huge ward party for mexican independence day.  i have
some awesome pics i´ll show you when i get home!  there was a lot of
traditional mexican dancing, and a lot of mexican food.  we had a ton
of investigators there and all in all i think there were 220 people in
attendance, so that was great!

well fam.  hope you have a great  week.  love ya´ll A TON.

-elder lloyd

Letter #101 9/10/12! Happy Birthday Elder Lloyd!!

Ok, Matt's emails are getting shorter and shorter every week.  In 4 weeks,
it will be just a "See you next week".  It's all good though!  Have a great
week.       - marci

Subject: hello from Gaviotas

My Family!

Thanks so much for all the emails you sent this week!   honestly i had
forgotten that my birthday is tomorrow until i opened up my mail and
was wondering why i had like 3 times the amount of emails as normal
haha.  but thats super weird to me that i{m going to be 21 tomorrow.
geez i{m old ha!

i havent received your envelope yet, but if it was in the mission
offices this past week i should receive it tomorrow!, we{ll see.

This past week has gone really well.  My new companion elder lope is
super great.  super positive,  he is from southern peru,  he comes
from a family of 10.  he has 7 brothers and sisters.  holy cow.   he
is the last of the 8. and the first to serve a mission.  so i think
his parents are super proud of him,   his whole family is active
though, and all his brothers and sisters are married in the temple!
his parents are converts to the church.   ----     we come from two
very different worlds i{m learning haha.  because here in the last two
years i{ve been getting used to mexico, but i think mexico and peru
are super different as well.

all in all everythings went very well this week though.  elder lope is
super socialable, he gets along super well with everyone.   he teaches
well!  we have a lot of people we{re working with,  they{re just
progressing super super slowly.  which can be frustrating, but we had
a lot of new investigators in church sunday and a lot of old
investigators as well.

This next week we{re going to focus a lot in helping our investigators
accept a baptismal date, because we have a lot that have come to church
2 or 3 times and still havent decided when they{re going to be
baptized.  also this week we{re probably going to get a couple
married! ha.  or maybe two couples ha.  i hope everything works out
well so we can help our investigators to get past the tests they{ve
been having the past few weeks!
It was good to see those pics of my bros, and of kams farewell.   i{m
super excited to start getting his letters from the mtc.  tell the
kilbournes i want to be on the list to get his letters!

well i gtg write the pres.

love ya{ll, y espero que tengan una buena semana

.elder lloyd.

Letter #100 9/3/12 New Companion!!

hey family!

This week has been a bit interesting,   Elder Rodriguez finished up
his last week and went home yesterday, he seemed pretty excited i{ll
be honest haha.   yesterday and today i{ve been with another elder
from the zone whose companion also went home this transfer.   we{re
waiting for our new companions to come tomorrow.  my new companion
will be elder lope, pronounced lopay.   he{s from peru!  i think he
has less than a year in the mission, about 9 months i think.   i{ve
never met him but i{ll be sure to tell you more about him next week.

This week was a a little hard though because we got robbed.  well, i
got robbed ha.  it was a super big bummer, and i{ve been pretty
distracted with the loss all this week actually.    what happened is
that my desk where i study is right by the window,  and i left out on
my desk the other day the 300g hard drive in its box along with all
the memory cards and the flash drive.  and when we came back to the
apartment at night it wasnt there.     and our apartment is pretty
secure,  its on the second floor and really the only people who have a
key to get to the second floor are other people in the apartment
complex.   but someone, (probably one of our neighbors)  broke the
screen and took the hard drive.   so frustrating.    i{m a bit bummed
because i know it was something expensive,  but more than that i{m
super bummed about the pics i had there in the hard drive.  i think
you guys have back ups of all the pics that i{ve sent,  but i also had
all the pics that my companions had taken on the hard drive. -- and i
had a ton of music, and talks, and books in pdf format.    frustrating
that in 22 months in the mission i dont get robbed and my last
transfer this happens.  bah.

anyway,  mostly theres nothing we can do about it now.

the rest of the week went pretty well.  i loved the fast and testimony
meeting yesterday.   a member of the quorem of the seventy came to the
meeting,  idk why he was there actually ha. but it was a great
meeting,  one of the investigators bore her testimony.  she{s super
awesome, she the girlfriend of a member, and she just finished reading
the book of mormon like a week ago, and she wants to get baptized, but
her mom hasnt given her permission.

there are like 5 or 6 investigators that are attending church every
sunday but for one reason or another havent been able to get baptized.
-- frustrating.  but i{m certain that these next 6 weeks are going to
be the best of my mission.  we are going to work hard, and fast and
pray so that these families can be baptized in the coming weeks!

well i gtg. but i love ya{ll bunch.  thanks for your emails,
i loved the pics btw.

-elder lloyd