The table below is best viewed on the OORS Google group site, at Matt's table. Ladies, if you have not already done so, you must create a password to access this site. Gentlemen, take it up with the RS.
I have also posted the table at http://oorsweelyupdate.blogspot.com. However, it doesn't quite translate into the formatting of the site, and I don't know enough HTML to fix it. However, I'll keep it up so that people not on the mailing list (or on my contact list) can view it.
Again, if you want to contribute and are not yet on the list, contact me via or leave a comment on either one of the Relief Society sites.
The following table includes the official list sent to Matt with his mission call (unless otherwise noted), and includes all those items/needs which have been pledged as of Monday, September 8, 2008. Please review the whole table carefully to ensure I have not omitted your pledge or assigned you something for which you have not volunteered.
Matt really appreciates your generosity and desire to help him get out on his mission. Thanks so much for helping him feel he matters to us. Given the complicated calendar surrounding his departure date, we felt the best day left to us is Saturday, the 20th of September. That's less than two weeks away. Matt will be leaving for Utah in just under four weeks. Also, I have yet to establish a venue, so if you're interested in having it at your place and/or would be willing to help with the refreshments, etc, please contact me. As always, I can use all the help I can get!
Finally, once you have made your purchase, please inform me so I can record it and not hassle later. If you are not planning on attending the shower, just get your gift to me and we'll see Matt gets it.
Matt's Missionary Shower Sign-up Sheet
Saturday, Sept. 20th
(time & venue TBA)
Things to remember:
•This is the official list, except where noted. Double-check list to ensure accuracy.
•Bookmarks lead to special instructions at the bottom of the chart.
•Yellow-shaded rows indicate not further pledges required for that item
•Green-shaded rows indicate the item has been purchased
•Contact Penny Freeman via email or by posting a comment on the web pages. The list is absolutely still open for any and all who wish to participate. Pledge and item (or change your choice) and I will update the list.
•Shower is less than two weeks away. Please let me know as soon as you have purchased your pledge so I won't hound you needlessly.
•Matt will make himself available to anyone who wishes to take him along for fittings, etc.
2 suits (3 would be better)
8-10 white shirts (5-6 long-sleeved, 3-4 short-sleeved)
(a missionary can never have too many ties)
8-10 pair of garments (missionary discount)
(perhaps divide between regular & thermal)
2 pair shoes
1 shower sandals
(perhaps divide between regular & thermal)
overcoat (with zip-out lining)
good winter gloves of conservative appearance
1 pair pajamas
1 set baptismal clothing
Gym clothes: knee length shorts, t-shirts, supportive undergarments, tennis shoes, and socks
1 package handkerchiefs
2 bath towels, hand towels, and wash clothes
2 twin-size sheets (flat)
2 pillow cases
1 small first aid kit: (may be donated seperately)
2-3 non-aerosol containers of mosquito repellent with 30% or more DEET
moisturizing lotion for dry & chapped skin
lip balm with at least 30% SPF protection rating
3 tubes of sunscreen with at least 30% SPF
1 small sewing kit
1 shoe shine kit
1 wind up or battery alarm clock
1 laundry bag
Joe & Tena Jones
1 flashlight, batteries
1 inexpensive watch
True to the Faith
Jesus the Christ
Our heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
Our Search for Happiness
Suits: Tailored suited should be in dark, conservative colors (black, dark brown, dark gray, or dark blue), made of fabric that does not wrinkle easily. Good affordable sources include J&G Men's Store (corner of Stuebner & Veteran's Memorial), missionarymall.com (these are guaranteed to last two years), and Mr. Mac (in Utah) who offers discounted prices to missionaries, as well as carry two-pant suits. Visit their website for toll-free number to contact and place an order.
Slacks: The extra slacks are not specified in the official list. However, anyone with missionaries knows 2 pair for is not enough. They should be purchased at the same time or after the suits have been purchased to best match the suit coat.
Shoes: Conservative style, black or dark brown, durable, comfortable, sturdy, good arch support for lots of walking. (Dr. Martens went out and came back with all three of my boys. They are initially more expensive but do not have to be replaced). No sandals.
Socks: Conservative style, dark color to match the suit. Commentary: A person can get ten pair for $12 or spend $20-30 on a single pair. However, after Elder Freeman's experience last year, we know first hand the difference socks can make. Ideally, Matt should have thick, warm socks of high quality which wick the moisture away from his feet, as well as repel any incoming moisture. Especially if he is tromping out in the snow, he will need to change socks regularly to keep his feet dry and prevent problems with chafing, cracking, or fungus. Toe socks yield the very best results. It sounds trivial, but bad feet can lay up a missionary for days, or weeks, or even send him home. We are eternally grateful to Pres. Tolman and an anonymous family who did the research for Paul and purchased socks for him which allowed him to return to the field and remain trouble-free for over a year. Matt definitely needs quality footwear that will keep him on his feet.