Elder Clifford is serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Mexico Guadalajara East from August of 2014 to July of 2016.










E a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Mexico Guadalajara East from August of 2014 to July of 2016.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Week Twenty One



(picture from our skype!!)
(this was his "I'm trying to figure out what was just said and how to reply in English" look!)


So not a lot happening this week. I’ve got some really great investigators but like always I just need some more time with them.

Great experience of the week….. I’d have to say that Christmas was a great experience. It’s really different to spend Christmas alone but I’d have to say that it was my favorite Christmas of all time. I didn’t have any special dinner. I didn’t spend any time with my family, but it just felt like a really special day. We left for our district meeting in the morning and it was a blast. Everyone bought candy and a piñata and we just went ham on the piñata. After we went to an investigators house and had dinner and taught a lesson with him. He’s a really great guy and his only doubt right now is the Book of Mormon. He said that he didn’t have a clear answer that its true and he wants a clearer answer. Well, his brother totally grilled him and was like no we don’t need to see an angel we don’t need a huge experience with it, part of this process is showing our faith to God and He will give us an answer. It was a lot deeper than that short description but that went on for around 15 minutes and it was really powerful. So now were just waiting for his next interview.

Let’s see. Funny experience of the week….. I’d have to say talking with my family was the funniest experience. I had to turn off the Spanish hahaha. It was really weird because I haven’t actually had a conversation other than sending emails every week in English in a long time. I can’t imagine how bad my English is going to be by the end of two years. But yeah let’s just say that it was a little bit eye opening!

Hope all is well and that you all have a good new year! Make good choices!


Elder Clifford


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Elder Clifford Christmas 2014 skype





Here is a tiny portion of our skype with Elder Clifford!!

Christmas Skype


Elder Clifford's family really enjoyed skyping with him and seeing how happy he is!  It was the best Christmas present ever!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Week Twenty


Elder Clifford's zone, picture taken Friday, December 19th.


So this week was a bit different but goodish. Most of our investigators are progressing really well. We can’t quite get them to go to church yet but we're working on it. We should see some baptisms in January so get excited for that. But yeah all is well here in Mexico.

This week I did a lot of study on the characteristics of Christ in chapter 6 of pme. It’s a really great chapter and you should check them out because they help a ton. I did a lot of focus on obedience because obedience is one of the most important things we can have as a missionary or member of the church. When we are obedient we’ll have the spirit and we’ll be able to more fully follow his promptings and we’ll be blessed for our obedience in other ways as well. But yeah just a small thought to keep in mind.

Funny story of the week.... hmmmm, not sure if things are just boring here or in just so used to all the weird stuff that it seems normal by now. But let me think for a second…… The other day my comp asked if we ever get to ride buses because he was sick of all the walking we do every day. I laughed and told him that the first time he took the bus that he would love walking more than anything else. He still wanted to take the bus so we did. What happened next is a perfect picture of my last 14 weeks here. We flag down a bus and run to the front to get on. Nope, there’s people packed into the door. Run to the back and get on. I go up one step and my comp is on the last step. Bus driver leaves the doors open and we drive for a few minutes. After about 2 minutes my comp says okay lets walk and we yell at the guy to stop and jump off. Needless to say he felt my pain. I would take pictures of this stuff but yeah probably not.

Merry Christmas have a good week.


Elder Clifford

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week Nineteen


 (Pictures from Presidente and Hermana Camarillo from Elder Nelson's visit during the weekend.)


 
Greetings from Industrial 2!!!

Things are going great here!! I’ll start it all off talking about Christmas. It totally doesn’t feel like we’re coming up on Christmas or this is the Christmas season. I don’t know if it’s the lack of snow or because of some other reason but yeah. Either way I like the way that this Christmas feels. I’ve focused so much more on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas this year than any other year in my life. I don’t think I ever really thought about what Christmas really is before the mission.  But yeah, it’s probably like that for everyone.

Anyway things are going great as to the work. We set a couple new baptismal dates for January and we are really making some good progress with some of our investigators. Like I said before, if I could carry these guys to church I would haha. It’s like when I was in elementary, probably high school as well, and my mom would force me to go to school. Eventually they absorb what we teach them about church and the Sabbath day and why it’s actually important but usually they just say they understand then have other things that they need to do come Sunday. This week we should be holding the baptism for one of our investigators. She’s definitely ready. She’s already a member she just actually needs to be baptized and become a member and all that. But yeah it’s been really great to teach someone who is so eager and willing to learn and do all of the things that she is taught. She is so happy to follow the commandments and asks tons of good questions. Either way I’m crazy excited.

Funny experience of the week... totally had a dream in like half Spanish. Everyone in the dream was speaking English and I would answer in Spanish. I have no idea why but it was crazy funny and made no sense. Also I was making omelettes for breakfast this week and I just hear this screaming from Elder Escobar in the shower. I ran like the 2 steps that it takes to run across our house and was all freaked out and like dude what happened. And he opens the door and is just like, we ran out of hot water man. And he just slowly closes the door with one eye staring at me through the door the whole time. Kinda weird but really funny because I know the feeling.

We went to Tlaquepaque today and bought these huge burgers so I guess that was fun.  One time this dog followed us around for like 2 hours that was kind of funny. He would just wait outside of appointments for us and then keep following us.

Elder Nelson came and spoke to us this weekend.  He just kind of animated us and gave us some stuff to study in the Spanish guide for the scriptures, but it was good and funny. He looks dang good for being 90 years old! I want to be in that shape at 90!

But all is well here in Industrial. I’m hoping my baptism planned for Saturday actually happens. I’m praying and working hard for it. I know it’s going to happen but it will be hard to say the least. Either way this would be the best Christmas present I ever got.

Anyways, hope this week goes well for all of you. Remember to be member missionaries and all that and feed the missionaries if you can. Hopefully they appreciate food from members as much as I do. Well sometimes haha. But yeah see ya.

Elder Clifford

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week Eighteen




Greetings from Industrial!! So I didn’t have cambios this week!! Unfortunately Elder Sanchez did have cambios. It was so great to be trained by Elder Sanchez and I will forever be grateful for the example he has given me here in the mission. We did a lot of work here and while our companionship didn’t end up having very much tangible success, I still am grateful for everything we experienced together. Now onto my new comp. His name is Elder Escobar, he is from El Salvador. Haha I was joking around that at this rate I will go the whole two years without a comp from Mexico. But all is well here. He seems like a great missionary and I can’t wait to work with him for the next 6 weeks. He only has 3 transfers left in his mission so there’s a lot that I hope to learn from working with him. I’m a little tired because we were up till 1 in the morning packing and stuff and then I had to go to the bus terminal to pick up my new comp.

This week was really great for me. It was also a bit eye opening for me. The whole week I worked as hard as I could because I didn’t want to leave Industrial without a little bit of success or good memories. Towards the end of the week I realized the huge mistake I had made. I should have been working that hard for all 12 weeks that I had been here, but it was only the threat of transfers that really pushed me to work as hard as I could. Honestly, I don’t want that feeling again. Not once in my mission. I don’t want to look back on a transfer and say wow we really didn’t get very much done. So that was a really eye opening deal for me. Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve become a lot more direct of a person. I used to be afraid of talking to people but I learned really fast that I have to talk to people or they won’t progress. And it’s not only talking with them but it’s also voicing what I want and saying everything that I need to say. This week was great though.

So Christmas down here is kinda the same except for the food they eat. They eat special foods and stuff like that. But yeah they do trees and some people do Christmas lights. One thing I’ve seen that is crazy is that people will wrap their entire front door in wrapping paper. I’ll take a picture next time I see it.

Now for the funny story:  Saturday night we were ending planning and I heard this thing run across the floor. I immediately knew that it was a mouse. So we stealthily began hunting it. We hatched an ingenious plan to kill it and then we set to work. Basically both of us ran around the house with brooms swinging everywhere trying to kill it. We finally got it when Elder Sanchez kicked it into a grocery bag and I hit it like a baseball. It flew across the room and smacked into the wall and then it died. But yeah that was my exercise for the week.

Hope all is well back at home or wherever you are and I hope things continue to go well. Have a good week.

Elder Clifford




Monday, December 1, 2014

Week Seventeen


 
 
 

Okay so I’m back in action, I was sick for a little while there but I’m totally better now.

So this week was pretty fast to be honest. Time is just flying here in the mission. But yeah so let’s get down to business. This week I was totally studying about my favorite scripture hero Ammon. Basically I got a lot out of it. I mean he had a lot of trials right?? He had to freakin chop peoples arms off or he was going to die. That makes my missionary work look a lot easier to be honest. But yeah like he not only was awesome but he really served the king. Maybe we need to serve people more in order to see success like Ammon did. Just small thoughts but yeah.

Anyways this week was alright. Only 1 investigator attended church but the bright side is that she has gone 4 times now and she loves it. She says she believes the church is true and is excited to get baptized. Well I’m excited for her. But wait……. my Clifford Luck sensors are tingling... this week I end my training and there is a good, well average, chance that I will totally have cambios. If I have cambios I’ll have to miss her baptism and also my awesome confience investigators baptisms. But anyways I’m keeping positive about it. Even if I don’t get to see their baptisms in person I’ll always take joy away from the fact that I got to teach them the gospel and help them learn and all of that stuff. But yeah well see.

 I don’t have a funny story again. Well kinda. I want to talk about food this week. It’s obviously the big deal. But anyways this week I had pickle water and carrot water and I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s gross. That’s all I’ve got, I’m sorry. Also I totally had menudo this week and I don’t know what to think of it. It was kind of good but it had a really weird texture. Oh and another thing, I had some menos activos who totally tried to make me drink their Mormon coffee as they called it. They said it looks like coffee, that it tastes like coffee, but it isn’t coffee. Sorry peeps but I’m not taking any chances, I drink enough weird stuff as it is.

But yeah that’s all I got for this week.

Hope all is well. Hope Thanksgiving rocked. Have a good one.

Elder Clifford


Monday, November 24, 2014

Week Sixteen


Let’s get down to business. 
This week was pretty awesome. Well most of it at least. To start off the week we had to have divisiones because they had a meeting thing for all the missionaries with leadership positions in the mission. This meant that the two missionaries training in my district, Elder Sanchez and Elder Ellis had to go. This left me and Elder Guzman here to try to figure out the whole missionary thing on our own. Elder Guzman only has like 4 weeks too so basically I was left in charge. It was certainly interesting to say the least. I had to take the lead with everything and had to call people and try to set appointments and stuff like that. Did I mention that it’s almost impossible for me to understand anything people say on the phone?!!  But it was all good. So the first day was the best stats that I’ve had here in Industrial. We had 5 lessons, set a new baptismal date, the works. I was really proud of us. Like hey, what’s up, the newbies can handle themselves. Then the second day came. No one answered the phone. No one answered the door. Of the appointments that we had set before, they all said no at the door or said they were just about to leave. So basically we walked around for hours looking for stuff to do. Kinda sucked but also taught me the importance of citas fijas.(Mom the translator to save the day!!  Setting appointments!!!) Without appointments we would probably experience this every day. Hallelujah for the missionary planning. But yeah after that we hit the end of the week and everything was all good. Not much progress with my investigators. It’s like I need to carry them to church or something. I would if I could haha. But yeah all is good with them. Entonces (translation: then) let’s see if I can think of anything funny that happened this week......, not really. It was just a normal week. Hopefully next week 2 funny things happen so I can write them both.
But yeah everybody do good things this week and enjoy Thanksgiving for me!!! Seriously eat a ton, maybe like double so I can feel it.

Love ya,

Elder Clifford





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bonus Letter


Bonus letters between Elder Clifford and his 10 year old cousin Henry


 Oct. 12th

Colby-

             I hope you are having a nice time in Mexico! I've heard that it is very nice and sunny there. I hope you doing well on Spanish, it's really hard for me to remember! Just wanted to know if your feeling well in Mexico!

            Sincerely,
                  Henry Law

thank you for writing henry. yeah mexico is really hot sometimes but here it rains alot too. if its not raining than its burning hot. the spanish is ok. same for me. its a lot to remember sometimes. thanks for writing. hope all of you guys are doing alright in oregon.
elder clifford


Oct. 26th

Well this weekend was great for me and my soccer game. The wind was blowing up to 60 MPH at the start of the game and kept on going. My team and I have one game left then it's the end of our session- unless there are play-offs. Which probably there won't be because we are in a group thats just for fun. Not the conceptive. But there is still a chance that we might do play-offs. It must take a long time for mail to get to your area because my mom got a call from  her mom saying that we have to get your Christmas presents by the end of this week so the presents and cards and all that would get there on time. Well, I hope you are still doing okay and you are teaching a lot of people about the prophet.

       Love,
            Henry Law 

that story about your soccer game is crazy! one time i played and it was snowing so hard we could hardly see. yeah it takes a long time for mail to get here,and sometimes not all of the things people send arrive with the mail anyways haha. i hope everyone in the law familiy is doing great.
elder clifford

Nov. 9th

Well, my soccer season ended so I have so much free time I haven't even noticed! I'm guessing that it is pretty sunny there still. Yesterday was the last good day we are going to have for the next six months!


It rains a lot here. everyone was saying a cyclone hit the other day but i think cyclone pretty much means like a storm front or whatever its called in english. its like monsoon season in arizona all the time. haha six months is a long time. 
elder c

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bonus Letter


Bonus letters between Elder Clifford and his 9 year old cousin Lily


Oct. 12

Dear Colby,

   how are you doing? Is Mexico interesting? Hudson and Calvin say hi. Since Hudson wants a 
email address he says " I have a email address! it is(their phone number)!" Or " my email address is
5 10 5!" Hudson can be REALLY funny sometimes. I hope your'e doing good on your
mission!

                       your cousin,

                                         Lily

p.s. do they have  and  in  ? (if that's not the right flag, correct me.) :-)


I'm doing good thanks for asking. Mexico is really interesting, one thing that is interesting is that every person on every street, well almost, owns a store in front or inside of their house. They all sell fruit and random stuff like that. They have burgers and that kind of stuff here but I haven't seen it yet, I think its in the big city but I am not sure. The flag is the green red and white one with a cactus and an eagle on it.
elder clifford


Oct. 26

Hi. Post is weird in Mexico. My mom told me that if you send a package you have to put stickers of the Virgin Mary on it so they won't open it because it's "sacred". Did you ever learn to play piano when you were a kid? I've been playing ever since I was six and i'm still playing today.
Lily in  :-)


Yeah I learned more or less how to play piano. I am better at guitar but I can read the notes for piano. Yeah I have no idea how post works to Mexico. I hear a lot about the Virgin Mary here. When kids in the streets see us they yell viva la virgin. Not quite sure why to be honest but its pretty funny.


Nov. 9

Hola amigo. I'm pretty sure viva la virgin means ether missionary or virgin Mary. if it means virgin Mary then it's pretty funny that they call you Virgin Mary.
                       sincerely,
                                     Lily


They mean the Virgin Mary. It's funny because everyone asks if we worship the virgin and then we have to explain that we respect her but we don't worship her. It's really different in Mexico I guess.
elder clifford.




Friday, November 21, 2014

Bonus Letter


Bonus letters between Elder Clifford and his 6 year old cousin Charlie


Oct. 12

dear colby i love you!     do you love mexico?
do you have fun? does mexico make you happy?  love Charlie

thanks! yeah mexico is really awesome a lot of the time. yeah i find ways to have fun. mexico makes me happy a good deal of the time, its just really different from america.
elder clifford

Oct. 26

Dear colby , i love you! i am taking piano lessons. what does mexico look like?  love charlie 

piano is awesome! mexico looks like arizona a little bit. except the houses are a little smaller. i guess the easy way to say it is it looks like a desert around here.
elder clifford

Nov. 9

Dear Colby i love you.  is there a zoo in mexico? there,s 1  oregon.             do you live in a house? there,s some in oregon. love charlie.

haha thanks charlie. i think that mexico is kind of like a zoo in general sometimes but yes there is a zoo here i think. yes i live in a house, tiny apartment thing place.
love elder clifford



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bonus Letter



Bonus letter between Elder Clifford and his 14 year old brother Cam



How are you doing? I hope you are good. Nothing much has been happening. I am planning on joining the Clearfield high tennis team, so I have started to practice. What is your favorite food there so far? Every Monday, we have had a traditional Mexican meal. Well, see ya. 

Cameron
                                                                                   



It's not traditional unless it has chiles. And rice. And beans. And tortillas. And jugo. 
But good for you! Clearfield tennis is respectable. The secret to success is hard work. Never give up and work as hard as you can through all the pain and you will be the most successful on that team in my eyes. Now go get sponsored by some college so you don't have to pay.

Elder Clifford




Monday, November 17, 2014

Week Fifteen



(Yes, this is THE ONLY picture we got from Elder Clifford this week.  Yes, of a hand written sign. He didn't explain it at all.  With my limited one year of Spanish from my freshman year of High School, cough 30ish years cough ago, I think it says the following..... I'm sure my Spanish speaking friends will correct me....)

Turn off the boiler before you leave.

- The Holy Ghost




So this week was great!

We have a lot of work to do here in Industrial. We committed 11 new investigators to baptism!! Just imagine me doing an Irish jig or whatever in this little cyber here in Mexico, haha!! But anyways, it’s not really a big deal because like all of them will fall within the next two weeks. But hey, where is my faith right?? Anyways the work is going great here.

Spiritual experience... one of my investigators from my first week who we’ve been working with the whole time just lost his job. It’s really tough because this has happened to him constantly for the last few months. Anyways, he is super awesome and everything and somehow he always has work within one day. But moving on we were teaching him the plan of salvation again today because reasons and at the end when we committed him to baptism he started crying. He just said like he believes everything we share with him to be true and that he believes js was a true prophet and the bom is true and everything. This rocked!! Spirit was crazy strong!! Then after he proceeded to tell us that he doesn’t want to change his core beliefs because it’s what he grew up with. It was a bit confusing to be honest. We’ll keep working with him, but he is also set for the 20th. I really hope that he makes it there.

Crazy funny experience this week. So here I am walking in the road and this guy yells at me “Guerro!!” and I was like “Woah man, calm down, que tal?” He walks up, “Hey, do you have any money so I can go buy a beer?”  "What!!?? Dude, we’re missionaries we don’t have any money!" “Oh ok.” The whole time I was thinking like dude seriously?? You’re asking Christian missionaries to buy you beer!! It gets better!! I go “Bro, we don’t have any money, but we have a message we want to share with you.” Corny I know but it totally worked. In the same sentence I was like “Is there anything you want to change in your life?” He was like “Yeah, I want to stop drinking, and I also want to stop smoking marijuana.” At this point I notice that he totally has a joint in his hand!! haha I didn’t even notice until he pointed it out. But anyways we talked I took down his information and we're gonna go teach him this week. It was crazy funny though, believe me. Or not or whatever.

But anyway hope all is well with everything. Make good choices or whatever.


Elder Clifford


(Since Elder Clifford NEVER sends any pictures, I had to resort to blognapping pictures!!!  Just kidding, when I saw this picture with Elder Clifford in it on another Elder's blog I got permission from his mother to copy it.  Thank goodness!!!  It is old but I will take it!!!  I miss that cute face!!! Of course you can barely see him because he always hides in the back of all pictures, but THERE HE IS!!!  SMILING.  I know!!!)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

100 days


I had mentioned to Elder Clifford in my letter to him this week that he would hit 100 days in the mission this week and this was his response back to me:


Woohoo I'm a viejo!!!

I dont know, all I know is if it wasn't for Gavin, Brycen, Tanner, Quinn, my family, my cousins, Momma D and everyone else who was writing me, no offense to them, it's just a lot and I don't want to take too long writing all their names, I wouldn't be here. I love them all and I really know who my true friends are now. I really do.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Week Fourteen



(No pictures again this week.  This picture is from the day we dropped Elder Clifford off at the MTC.
Also known as The Day We Cried The Whole Way Home From Provo.)



What up though!!!  
Week………. whatever week it is.  
This week was pretty good. I committed like 5 people to baptism!! But 3 already dropped out so that kind of stinks but still!! It feels good when people say yes. Anyways, my first baptism is for the 29!! Send prayers towards our investigadores. They are really starting to get tempted by Satan now that they are starting to commit to stuff. But let’s see this week is a little different I guess. So me and Elder Sanchez stats wise are not doing so good right now. We don’t talk with very many people every day and we don’t teach enough lessons with members. The zls are furious but there’s nothing we can do about lessons con miembros really. We only have 3 active members in my entire area. Anyways, they are really mad. So this week we’re gonna see results!! 
It’s raining like crazy. My shoes are fine. Not really. I just wear whatever pair of the two I’ve chosen for the next year and a half. The other pair will wait to be used till one of these is destroyed. How often should I shine? I’ve been going every 4 weeks for now because they get unshiny like 10 minutes out the door in the dirt or rocks. 
The girls thing is hard here. I just get hit on all day long because I’m white or something and I just have to laugh and brush it off and not say anything. It’s really kind of awkward most of the time, but it’s all good I guess. 
We have 2 baptism commitments. One is for the 29 of November. It’s coming up. And it might actually happen!
Language isn’t much of a problem now. I’m trying to focus on actually getting the grammar down for now.
Food has good and bad day’s haha.
I love Mexico. I just wish in having more success. I visit these people every week and they all lie to us about their progress every week.  They say, “Yes I read. Yes I prayed. Yes I’ll go to church”. But no one ever does. We lost 2 investigators the week after we gave them boms. Satan is strong and he is real. We are working so hard right now and every night I’ll come home and pray as hard as I can for these people. I love them so much and I hardly know them, it’s so weird for me because I’ve never been a very loving person in that way. And now I just want the world for these people.
I’m so happy and ready to be a missionary. The other day I was saying I wasn’t receiving answers to prayers. Well, during sacrament meeting I was just sitting there and out of nowhere I felt crazy sleepy, like unnaturally sleepy. No this isn’t a joke haha like how all of us are always sleeping through sacrament lol. But no, I was crazy sleepy out of nowhere. I went to sleep and when I woke up it was the hardest I’ve ever felt the spirit ever. I felt so calm and everything. It was so intensely weird. I have no explanation for it. But right then I knew that I wanted to be a missionary. It all just hit me waking up from a nap in the middle of church. Amazing. So here I am. Ready to give my all to the Lord for the next two years.  
Love you all. I’ll include funny experiences next week haha. This week there were none. Well none I want to share haha.
Elder Clifford

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week Thirteen





Woohoo over halfway through my training! This week just flew by.

I’ll start off with a spiritual experience I had. I don´t know if I’ve mentioned before, but there is a guy in my area who is a member of the church and is like 85 and blind. We bring him the sacrament every single week and talk with him. Well, this week when we came he told us that he doesn’t have much time left and we basically gathered that he is afraid of dying. And it’s true, you can tell just by looking at him over these past few weeks that he’s not doing so good. He’s in a lot of pain as well. So we taught him about the plan of salvation. It was a little rough at the beginning, I’m not going to lie. It’s so hard to tell someone that death is part of the plan of happiness when they could go at any day and they don’t want to go. It was really eye opening for me. Here I am bearing my testimony to this guy about life and death and I’d never really thought about what life or death really is. So I just said what I felt. I didn’t give him the line for line answers that I’d practiced for a while. I said Hermano, I don’t know anything compared to you about life, but I know it’s short, but what I do know without a doubt that every single day of my life is a gift from God. He could take any one of our lives at any minute. So I treasure it all. I try my best not to make mistakes but I mess up. But in the end I look back on everything I’ve done with a smile. I laugh at those moments I’ve had in my life that make me cringe. I laugh about the things I thought were so hard and were so bad back in the day because I’ve learned from it all. I said Hermano we just need to try our best to do what’s right while we are here and embrace death because it is the opportunity for us to start the next phase of the plan. Elder Sanchez took over and continued teaching the doctrine principles for the plan of salvation and then we ended the lesson. He asked if we would give him a blessing for his health. I think he wanted me to give him the blessing but I annointed instead. It was humbling, all of it. Here I was standing above a little blind man in a little shack like room with holes in the roof and a dirt floor beneath us. He depends completely on his son because he’s old and it hurts to move very much and he asked us to give him a blessing. What do we say? What are we supposed to ask our Heavenly Father to do? The following was the most spiritual experience I’ve had in my mission. Elder Sanchez stepped up, and started the blessing and as soon as he started the spirit filled the room. It didn’t matter what he said after that because I knew and the Hermano knew and everyone else in that room knew that everything was going to be okay no matter what the ending was. We ended and the Hermano thanked us and we left. I will never forget the peace I felt in that room.

Now to interrupt the spiritual stuff for my funny awesome experience of the week. So here in Mexico (at least my part of Mexico) these cars drive around with these speakers advertising different stuff they are selling. They all have the same songs and stuff and you come to memorize them pretty fast because they are constantly blaring all around us. Anyways I heard one of the pan cars coming around the corner and I turned to look because the pan cars never speed, they can’t afford to hit someone and harm their bread haha. Not really like that but the people here sometimes care more about their stuff then people.  Anyways he came flying around the corner and stopped right next to me and  I stopped to see what he had to say. He tilted down his sunglasses and just said “Hello my friend. You want bread?” and I shook my head and in Spanish he mumbled “No one ever does.”  haha. He sped off and we went on with our walking.

Have good weeks and stuff. Be safe and all that.


Elder Clifford
 
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week Twelve


(Elder Clifford last week at 5 week training meeting. 
Thank goodness his good Mission President and his sweet wife post pictures,
because Elder Clifford NEVER SENDS ANY!!!)
So Spanish is starting to kickoff for me. I’m not really good yet, but I understand almost everything in the right conditions. l am starting to think random words in Spanish haha. Like instead of with I’ll use con in my mind and all of the little words are going straight Spanish now.  I’m becoming Mexican!!!
I was pranked last night for cambios (transfers). The zone leaders called at 9 o’clock, the time when they call if you have a transfer. And everyone has been telling me this week that they just know that I am going to transfer out of the 12 week training early because they think I am ready. Anyways they called me and said some random zone and companion and I was just like what the heck. I didn’t say anything because I was so shocked that I would actually be changed in the middle of my training haha. Anyways he was like Elder Clifford wake up your dreaming haha and then we laughed and hung up the phone. It was pretty dang funny.
So here in Mexico, the big celebrations are happening on the night of Halloween, and then on Sunday is Dia del  Muertos. Not sure that we will actually be celebrating that haha, but I proselyte Sundays so I will see a great deal of crazy stuff.  I don’t know if I’ll have to come in early on Friday night but I might. They’ll let us know.
All of the members are asking me to take over for the English class in the ward but we don’t have time haha. So I just tell them that I will trade a food appointment for a mini English lesson.
I’m fine in all aspects of food. They have so much random food here that I dont need to cook, but if I want to cook there are options.
I have two new investigators with baptismal dates!! It’s so awesome!! Not sure if they will actually make it but with God all things are possible.
We had a run in with a la cran this week. It’s like a baby scorpion. Anyways, we were sitting in front of our investigators house and it ran down Elder Sanchez’ shoulder from off the wall. I seriously thought that it was going to sting him!! But it didn’t and everything was okay and we killed it like 10 times.
I love you guys. Hope your week is good. Mine was. And this week will be too. I love Mexico and the people are awesome and I’m learning so much.
I love you guys so much.
Elder Clifford
(I googled a la cran and this picture came up.  Yikes!)



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bonus Letter



Elder Clifford and his little brother Carter a few days before he reported to the MTC
 
 
 
Bonus letter between Elder Clifford and his little brothers Carter and Cameron
 
 
 
hi, I have no soccer stories this week but, have you ate any dog yet? Have you seen any gigantic spiders yet? I hope that your having fun.


From carter
 
 
Carter,
 
I've seen a lot of black widows. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I ate dog. It kinda sucked but I ate it.
 
Elder Brother
 
 
 How are you doing? I hope you are having a good time. Do you like the food? There has been nothing happening here, except that caleb gave me a really bad burn on my arm. There has really been nothing to do. Well, I can't think of anything else that has happening, so goodbye. Be safe!

                                                                                      Cam
 
 
 
Cam,
 
Yeah I like the food. Sometimes it's good, sometimes its not good at all. haha. Bye.
 
Elder Clifford
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week Eleven


This is Elder Clifford and Elder Sanchez' apartment, before they got their beds.
So yeah, things are starting to get pretty nice for me here. I’ve literally got nothing to complain about anymore. Probably not for the rest of my life either.
Anyways, I’ll start off with our investigator. He’s coming to church every week and is always telling me “confience Elder Clifford confience”. He only knows a little bit of English but he’s always asking me to say stuff. I don’t talk that much all the time so he’ll look at me and go “confience Elder Clifford” haha. He wants the best for me I guess but it’s hard not to laugh when he says the word wrong with a Spanish accent.  

Anyways, our other investigators are doing great. We have around 12 or 13. One might have dropped out but I don’t think that he was ever very serious to be honest. This week was pretty good all in all.

 But yeah not much is going on here. Good weather, pretty hot but good.

 I wish I was fluent already but I guess that’s not possible so I just ignore it. El español es mas mejor, pero yo neccesito un buen de tiempo a aprender y pracitar mas.

(Mom here: I looked this up and directly translated it means “Spanish is much better, but I need a long time to learn and practice more .)

Today I went to Guadalajara to the office to sign my visa. Mine was the fastest ever. It only took a week to process or something. Dang.

I’ll give a short run down of my day here since my Mom has asked me every day for the last 4 weeks or so. I wake up at 6:25 so that I actually get up at 6:30. Turn the boiler on wait for like 20 minutes and jump in the shower. Get ready for the day. Then at 8 we have personal study. 9 we have companion study and at  11 we have idioma study.(translated: language)  Then we leave to work for the day at around 12. Sometimes we have a ton of appointments, sometimes we don’t have any appointments actually set up, it’s kinda crazy actually. We eat our lunch/dinner meal with a ward member thing around 2 or 3 every day. Then we work until around 9 and we prep for the next day for a half hour. Then we have an hour to make a dinner kinda thing or study personally and we go to bed at 1030. It’s pretty awesome I guess. Every day just flies honestly. I have to say that without the awesome members in our área I probably would not be half as happy as I am. We have this go to family that loves us and we love them too that the dad just converted 3 months ago and they always feed us, it’s so awesome. The dad is always coming with us to help teach and they always give us agua de melón. Its wáter with cantaloupe in it. Literally, we’ve ate at their house over 20 times and we’ve had cantaloupe wáter every time. I’m addicted. It’s easy to make. It’s cheap. Its everything a missionary ever wanted haha. It’s called agua de melón. And if you try to make it, try it without sugar first so you can see how it tastes like 80 percent of the time for me. Then try it with sugar so that you can see how amazing it is with sugar.

I really miss American food ......... I could go for a bacon cheeseburger right about now. I still haven’t seen peanut butter either. They weren’t lying when they said it was a struggle to find it.

But anyways yeah I had a good week. Love you all. Hope you’re all doing well.

Elder Clifford

This is the second of two pictures he sent this week.  I have no idea where this is, or what it is, he did not say!!!