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, February 23, 2015

Week Twenty Nine

Elder Clifford and Elder Garcia

Hooooooola from a little cyber in Acambaro this extremely hot and sunny afternoon. I have a feeling there is a reason my last name is Clifford….. by the end of this week I am going to be burnt as red as that cartoon dog always was.

Anyways, let’s get down to business. The work here took a hit this week because Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. If you don’t know what it is look it up. The streets were extremely crazy on Wednesday. Probably should have expected it because there are 5 giant Catholic cathedrals in my area but yeah who would’ve thought that religious celebration would be a reason to get drunk and party.

If you want something to study this week I would recommend that you go to youtube and watch the video Missionary Work and the Atonement. I downloaded it back in the MTC and I have never regretted that decision. Amazing talks mixed together with dope background music. Just going to say it reminded me why we have hard times in the mission sometimes and how much harder I need to work because of what Christ sacrificed for us. Remember, if salvation was never easy for Him, how could it ever be easy for us? So I read that, I did a ton of study about Alma and the sons of Mosiah, and I also took a look at Abinadi. All of them suffered; were beat up, locked up in prison, hated, but they just kept on going. All of them had more success than you could ever imagine. The sons of Mosiah we all know, but I did a lot of thinking about Abinadi. He never even got to find out if the words he preached did anything for anyone in his life. He was burned to death before he got to see that. But you know what, he converted Alma of all people. Where would the world be if Alma had never been converted, if Abinadi had just given up, and said that the things he was teaching weren’t true so he could live. I could tell you that we wouldn’t have very much of the Book of Mormon we have today. I looked at that then I looked at my work. I’ve gotta preach to everyone, give my all every day and in every way. I’ve gotta work my hardest even if I’m not seeing a lot of success or having baptisms or any of that because eventually I am going to touch someone and that is going to mean everything for them. If I can change the life of just 1 person then my mission will be a success in my eyes. But yeah, I studied that more or less.

Funny experience....I’ve got nothing to be honest. I’ll have to try to have like 3 or 4 this week because I can’t really remember anything that funny from this week.

Have a good week

Elder Clifford

"This is a district activity on pday.  We cooked like 7 different kinds of meat together."

Missionary Work and the Atonement

What is Ash Wednesday?

In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of  Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers.
The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.
The results of Mexico's 2010 census show that 83.9 percent of Mexican citizens identify themselves as Catholic, which explains the large number of people Elder Clifford referred to in his letter.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week Twenty Eight

We found a lot of new investigators this week! It was a great experience really, but the hard part like always is getting them to go to church. Only one went this week but I’m not going to give up without a fight here. I’ll carry them on my back if I need to. Hopefully I won’t have to -  haha; some of them look pretty heavy.

But aside from that we worked really hard this week. I’m leaving it all on the field with this cambio, but man it can be really frustrating sometimes, when I’ve done all I can do and they don’t accept. But once again that’s part of the whole free agency thing. I’ll just keep doing my best I guess.

Other than that I don’t have very much to add. Oh, it was raining like crazy this week. 2 of the days we could hardly work because it was raining so hard, but it was still pretty fun.

My funny experience of the week... On one of the rainy days we were running back to the house in the rain, so as any other normal person would, I started playing this crazy epic Lord of the Rings music in my head while I was running and jumping over flooded parts of the street and sidewalk and all that. Well the music got crazy epic and I saw this little old lady in a big coat walking on the edge of the curb. She started to fall so I jumped into the flooded street without regard for anything and grabbed her before she totally slipped. Well, I guess my vision is failing because it wasn’t an old lady and she wasn’t falling. It was this drunk homeless guy walking a little crazy. He turns to me and just looks at me for a minute. And I was just sitting there frozen with fear not sure if he was gonna punch me or something. And he was just like: “Gracias por el abrazo amigo, yo lo necesitaba este”, and he just walked off like nothing happened. So yeah I gave a homeless guy a hug in the rain. I guess I’ll mark that one off my bucket list.

Have a good week everyone. Make good choices and all that.

Elder Clifford

Elder Clifford's Mom here, here is the translation of what Elder Clifford's hug recipient said in case you are like me and only hablo un poco de Espanol!!!  It makes such a difference when you know what he said.

"Gracias por el abrazo amigo, yo lo necesitaba este."


"Thanks for the hug friend, I needed this."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week Twenty Seven

This week was some more patience learning.

We lost a couple of investigators the week of their baptism again, but I’m not losing hope. We’ve found a really great family that is really excited about the gospel and have tons of great questions. Remember to always look for the people with questions. Well, with good questions. This week I had a nice chat with some Seventh Day Adventists or something like that. Let’s just say that they had lots of the bad type of questions. Actually, they made us wait 15 minutes to teach them, "to clean the house" and ended up inviting over their pastor to fight with us. Let’s just say that I’m learning more and more about the Bible every day.

Other than that I did a lot of study about service. We should always look for opportunities to serve other people. Everyone should serve and develop Christ like love for everyone. If you want some scriptures to read, read Moroni 7:48, Mathew 20:28, and Doctrine and Covenants 58:27.

Funny story…....I’ve got nothing this week. Did I already talk about the whole grocery store thing? Every time we go to the grocery store here people think we work there because of our shirts and ties.
“Do you know where this is located?”
“No idea, sorry.”
“What do you mean no idea, you work here don’t you?”
“No dude I’m buying groceries, I’m a missionary.”
“Well do you know where this is?”
“Did I not just explain to you…….... well actually that’s over there.”
“Ok thanks.”

But yeah, I can’t shop in peace.

Have a good week.

Elder Clifford

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week Twenty Six

Elder Clifford helping make lunch.

Not a lot happening this week.

We’re getting a lot of work done here but I always feel like I’ve got something more that I need to do. Probably a good thing I guess. We went searching the lists of less actives this week and we actually found a lot of people. We got 2 new investigators out of it too. 2 of the less actives we taught also went to church! It was a pretty great feeling.

Other than that life is good here. Here in this mission we have this thing we do every day called hablando con todos. We try to talk with as many people as we can everyday so that we can encounter new investigators in the future. I’m sure other missions are doing it actually because without it I don’t think that I would have half as many investigators as I have. But yeah we try to talk with at least 11 people a day so that we have a greater chance of running into someone who wants to hear the gospel. Not gonna lie to you...at first I hated it a ton. In my mind I was constantly saying ‘Man they can’t understand me what’s the use of talking to them?’ Then one day I just went for it and I got the persons contact information and it felt great. After that it’s never really gotten easier but I’ve gotten more used to it. It’s pretty fun too. Haha let’s just say you get to meet all types of people. Tons of normal looking people who are crazy and tons of crazy looking people who are normal. I have people trying to talk with me in their nonsense English at least 3 times a week because of it. Everybody wants to speak with the American in English. Feels weird too. It’s like hey, we live in Mexico, let’s speak Spanish. I’m proud of the so called Spanish I’m speaking. Sure it’s probably about the same on the gibberish scale as their English but hey I’m white man it’s okay. Either way I guess that’s one thing I’ve learned in my mission.

Going on 6 months this week!!! Not really that long but hey it’s acknowledgeable.
Go study the Sabbath day this week. I had a bible battle with some guy this week about the Sabbath being on Saturday versus Sunday. I guess I’ll call it a draw or maybe I won because he pretended he couldn’t understand me after I proved him wrong. But yeah. That happened. Cool stuff.

Have a good week.