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, January 26, 2015

Week Twenty Five

Greetings from Acambaro, Guanajuato!!!

Just finished my first week here and I have a feeling that I’m going to have a great time here. To start off I guess I’ll describe Acambaro. Well, I’ll try.  The new ward is awesome!! The bishop is awesome too. There are some really old buildings. Almost all of the roads are cobblestoneish stuff. Tons of Catholic cathedrals. Like the huge ones. Well, not that huge but they are pretty big. I mean if you know Mexico it’s not that surprising to hear that there are a bunch of Catholics here, but yeah in that aspect its normal here. "Sorry I don’t want to listen to you, I have a religion." Yeah yeah I already know, you’re Catholic, it’s alright. Also there are like a hundred million bakeries here. Actually, one of the members of our ward in our area owns this huge chain of bakeries. They give us free bread every few days so we’ve got that going for us. Every night I’ve been here I’ve had some type of bread with a glass of milk. I will be a fatty in no time. I like it a lot here. Really beautiful little town we’ve got here.

But yeah I guess I’ll get down to the whole spiritual or status of the work part of the message. We’ve got a baptism planned for two weeks from now. The mom has gone to church 8 times and the son has gone 4. We’re just waiting on the son to go one more time and we’re trying to make sure that they stay active if we end up baptizing them. I guess I’ll let you know how that goes but for now I guess I’ll keep positive with the thought that they are progressing. This week I thought a bit about family history. I mean I’m not the best example because I’ve never done it before and I’m not quite sure how to do it, but I feel like it would help people out to know about their ancestors and all that. I think it would also be pretty cool to learn about someone, prep their temple stuff and then go and actually do it for them. It’s not impossible to do that here, but it’s kind of impossible. First we would have to find an investigator who had the time or the interest but I think it would be a cool way to work with a recent convert or investigator who had the interest.

Funny story of the week is about the homeless guy I met. He was like “Hey guerro come here.”  And basically I’ve learned that whenever someone actually wants me to talk to them it’s probably not anything good. Then he’s like “Hey have you heard!! They are changing the name of the planet.” And I was like who’s changing the name of the planet. And he was like “Nevermind who.  They are going to call it Planet Basura.” And I was just like what?? “Why would they call it Planet Basura?” Then he went off on a rant half talking to himself about how we are destroying the planet and everything and we need to fix the world and all that or they’ll have to call it Planet Trash. So yeah, that happened.

But have a good week.

See ya. 


Elder Clifford

Elder Clifford and Elder Garcia in a BREAD FIGHT!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week Twenty Four

Elder Clifford leaving Industrial 2

Well so long to Industrial 2. I won’t really miss the area, but I will definitely miss the people there. I was transferred to an area called Acambaro. It’s on the farthest east part of my mission. It was a really beautiful ride over here, well apart from the fact that it took like 5 hours but yeah. I’m really excited to get to work in a new area and with a new companion. He seems really inspired so I know we are going to get a ton of work done.

My studies this week were really focused on the atonement. This is a really special topic. The fact that the savior suffered especially for me means a lot more to me now. It makes me a lot more willing to obey him and a lot more cautious as well because I’m constantly wondering if my decisions are going to be something that caused him pain.

Funny experience: This crazy drunk guy walked up to me in the street a few days ago. He was like “Hey ties!  Ties come here!” And I looked around checking to see if he was talking to someone else. “Guerro!  Ven!” Crap he’s talking to me. I said, “Hey what’s up man?”  He said, “Hey are you from the United States?”  So I said, “No man I’m from England.  Sorry.” Basically what I got from it is that my joking around actually saved me from some trouble!  He said that he thought I was from the United States and that he doesn’t like Americans but that I was alright since I’m not American. It wasn’t really anything bad just really funny because how drunk he was. And he just accepted my word for everything.

Sorry that’s all I have time for. Next week everything will make more sense.

Have a good week!! 

Elder Clifford

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week Twenty Three

(This picture is new to us, but it's from back in the MTC.)

Let’s see what do I have to talk about this week……

Well first off I guess I’ll talk about how the work is going in my area. Right now we are really looking for people who have questions, for people who want to learn more about the gospel. It’s a little bit harder to find them but when you find them you just need to work really hard with them. As for progressing investigators that I have right now….. This week was a little bit rough. We lost a couple of investigators but I’m not really letting that get me down. It just means more time for us to work with the people who want to learn more about the gospel.

Time is flying here and we’re coming to the end of another cambio. 6 weeks flew by just like that! This week I was studying a lot about obedience again. I also put a lot of time into chapter 4 in preach my gospel. First off with the obedience, I think that it is safe that when one companion is lacking in obedience, it makes it very hard for the other to stay obedient. It is really hard but there comes a time when you’ve gotta show your love for your companion by voicing your concerns to him. So I did. I sat down with my comp. this week and we talked it out. I told him that as a companionship there were some things that we could be doing a lot better when it comes to obedience. I explained the things that bothered me and we are working on working them out. I came to realize that this was the only way to work it out. Earlier in this change I would tell him, Hey you need to do this, or you need to stop doing that. Well after some time I saw that that didn’t work. If anything I found out that it made him want to obey the rules less. So I started using we. It doesn’t matter if I’m always following the rules and he’s not or if he’s following the rules and I’m not. We are working together on this, so I sat down and made it into a group project. So what if I have no problem waking up in the morning on time, I still said that we have a hard time and we could definitely work on it, so why not help each other out with it. I saw immediate improvement when I started using the we and I’m sure that it will continue to help me throughout my mission. Chapter 4 is all about recognizing and teaching by the spirit. Something that I could definitely work on. It’s really easy to get caught up in just marking off the principles in my head when we pass them but it’s really measuring how and what the investigator is feeling. I can’t quite read their minds right, but I can still look at them and understand if they understand or look at them and feel that they are feeling the same way I do. It took a little bit of work but I started using better questions in my teaching. I started using questions that got them to think and would also let me know if they are understanding at the same time. It really changed the way our lessons are going. But I would definitely recommend studying preach my gospel in general. Members and missionaries alike can learn a ton from that book.

Funny experience this week... haha I found out that I have been saying the word build wrong for the last 4 and a half months earlier this week. I was studying and I saw the word aumentar and I was like hey that’s weird, I’m pretty sure they spelled that wrong. So I went to the dictionary and I found out that that’s actually how it’s spelled. This whole time I’ve been saying amenzar haha. Kind of embarrassing but still it’s fun to laugh about the mistakes every now and then. Could have been a lot worse haha. Hope all is well and that everyone has good weeks!!

Elder Clifford

(Mom translation:  I had to look up these words of course.  So Elder Clifford was trying to say the word build, which is aumentar and this whole time he has been saying amenzar, which means..........threatening!!!  I wonder what people he was teaching were thinking???!!!)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Week Twenty Two

So handsome!!!

Happy New Year!

It wasn’t quite insane over here but it was still a ton of partying all around us. I felt like someone could have crashed a car into my house on one of the nights and I would of looked up for a second then go back to studying like nothing happened. But yeah that’s about all I’ve got about New Year’s. Make good goals and stuff and actually stick to them.

In other news we are going for our second special interview for baptism for one of my investigators today. He said that he’s ready to be baptized and he has a good knowledge about all of the teachings and stuff but now we are just waiting to see the results of his interview. It will turn out well I think.

In other news I spent some time study thankfulness? I hope that thankfulness works for you guys. But yeah just in general we need to show we are grateful oh there it is gratitude, we need to show our gratitude to our Savior by showing Him we love Him. And it says if we love Him we should keep His commandments so if you want to show your gratitude for your life and all of your blessings continue to keep the commandments and things He has asked you to do whether it be in the scriptures or by the mouth of His servants.

Funny story of the week: Well more weird than funny but still it’s noteworthy. So we were walking to a member’s house one time and there were these people blasting music in front of the member’s house. This is pretty normal. So we walk a little closer and we see that they are all dancing like maniacs and screaming and barking and stuff, just really weird. But it seemed normal enough, I mean there are a ton of crazy people here, so we walked closer and one of the dudes turns to me and just yells “Guerrrooooooo!” And his girlfriend or whatever looks at me and is just like “Guerro un tocecito por favor un tocecito.” And I was just like un tocecito of what? and I’m kinda weirded out and I start to walk up the stairs to their apartment. Then the other part of the group comes over and is like “Guerro! Un tocecito!!!” So I look over and they cut a hole in a two liter of soda and put some weed in the bottom and were smoking like crazy. So basically we walked up into the member’s house before they sacrificed me or something but yeah Mexico. Haha that’s all I’ve got this week.

Hope you are all doing good and stuff.

Elder Clifford