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, May 25, 2015

Week Forty Two

Lunch one day. It was actually really good. Tacos de chicharon and beans. I think chicharon is called pork skin or something like that.

Happy Monday!!

Things are going great here in Acambaro. We just hit cambios today so it looks like I’m gonna go 6 more weeks here. The work is starting to pick up a little bit here as well. I had a lot of desire to change things around here so I just did a lot of praying and a lot of working and we’re starting to find new investigators. My companion and I are really starting to work better together as well. We had a few problems with our pride for a while but now we’ve set aside our differences and we have the spirit in our companionship again.

One of the great blessings I experienced this week was the opportunity to teach a new investigator who really has desires to learn more about the gospel. He walked up to us in church on Sunday and told us that he would like to start the lessons with us and we set an appointment. He’s gone to church around 3 or 4 times so we’ve just got to teach him like crazy.

Apart from that we had a pretty good week. We’re starting to enter the rain season over here so around half the days last week were crazy rainy. It’s kind of like Utah actually because you’ll be sitting there sweating in the heat and then out of nowhere it’s raining like crazy and yep. I’ve learned by now that I definitely always need to have a rain jacket or an umbrella with me because you literally have no idea when it’s going to hit.

Funny experiences... Friday night I had extreme cravings for a pizza and Dominos being our friendly neighbor, I decided to give them a call. I ate a whole pizza by myself no shame haha. Apart from that I have the most awesome convert in the world. She made us food one time this week and she made cheeseburgers. She said she figured that I would probably enjoy them so she made them. It was awesome.

All is well here. I’m going to focus my studies on the plan of salvation. There is an extreme amount of stuff to learn there.

Have awesome weeks.

Elder Clifford

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Week Forty One

Found this cute picture with Elder Clifford in it on another missionary's blog.

Love you guys. I wish I could write more but we don't have time. I am doing well and I am healthy. Don't worry about me.

Elder Clifford

Monday, May 11, 2015

Week Forty

Annual Mother's Day picture from our skype on Sunday

This week was great. Well, I’ve gotta admit that talking with my family was probably the highlight but still apart from that it was a good week. Things are going good here.

I’ve had a few different experiences this week that I feel would be worth sharing. First off, I guess I’ll share a funnish one. So Sunday afternoon the sister that was going to give us food for the day called us and asked if we would be able to come to her house to eat. I said sure thing sister, where do you live? Oh that’s the thing Elder, I live an hour away from Acambaro in this smallish pueblo. But thanks Elder see you in a bit and yeah she hung up on me real fast so I couldn’t think about what she just told me. Honestly, I had no idea where this place was. I pulled out my map and started looking like crazy because the appointment was for 3 and it was ten til 2 and she said it was far away. I finally found a name that kind of looked like the same. Tarandacuao. Alrighty then looks like we’ve got a random city to find then. We ran to the bus station and I asked like 50 people if they knew where this place was and they all told me they had never heard of it. Finally someone had the good will to tell me that they don’t call it by that name anymore, and pointed me in the right direction. I asked another guy and he told me the bus with the eagle on it. Well that’s just some amazingly specific information you gave me there dude, there are around 10 buses with eagles on them here. Fine one more person. I ask them and they just nod their head to a bus in front of us so I just give up with the whole asking thing and get on the bus. An hour later we are passing through this tiny little town and the conductor starts yelling out Taranda and I figure we’re in the right place. We get off and there’s the sister waiting for us. She just looks at me and says, Elder your 30 minutes late, did you get lost or something? You’ve been here before haven’t you? I just answered with nope first time and we went to lunch/dinner thing. It was pretty funny.

Spiritual wise I had a pretty great experience as well. Lately we’ve had problems finding new people to teach and no matter how hard I’ve tried I just can’t seem to find anyone. So Saturday after dinner, I felt this weird impression that I should fast and see what happened. Well I figured it must be worth it and gave it a shot. As is the law of the fast, within the next hour I was offered 3 free sodas and dinner from 2 different members, but I stayed firm and kept going with the fast. At the end of the first hour I felt an impression that we should go visit an older investigator. In my mind I was thinking, man what’s the point, there’s not gonna be any guy older than 18 there, there never has been and you need some guy older than 18 to enter her house, you can’t teach her so why go. I just went and knocked on the door anyways. This kid answers the door and the mom sees us and the biggest grin spreads over her face. I really needed you guys. Would you please talk with my son? He’s been having lots of issues recently and he’s really interested in finding out what God can do to help him. I didn’t even know she had a son. But yeah we taught this kid and we have another appointment tonight. Just goes to show that miracles can happen at any time.

That’s about all that happened this week. Hope everyone stays safe this week. Have a good one.

Elder Clifford

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Letters from siblings

Hi how are you?   Have you done anything fun last week?  I'm in school being bored as usual.  I'm going to Lagoon for nationals for clogging.  Have you drank something weird in Mexico yet like very weird like super weird like really weird????????????? 
Love Kapree

Have I drank something weird…….. let me think for a minute. I’ve drank carrot water and pickle water a couple of times. Nothing really out of the ordinary that I can remember I guess. 

Hello. Did you have fun this week? Do you eat bugs or worms there? We tied my game last week and we have 3 games this week. Cya on Sunday. Love Carter

I’ve eaten these weird cooked grasshoppers once. You guys sure have a lot of games this week. Good luck and have fun.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week Thirty Nine

Elder Lopez, Elder Clifford and Elder Sanchez
(This is a family picture:  Elder Sanchez was Elder Clifford's trainer and Elder Clifford is training Elder Lopez.
Father, son and grandson.)

Happy Lunes everyone.

Doing great here in Acambaro. Seriously don’t think anything new ever happens around here haha but that’s all good. Really don’t have a lot to mention this week. First off HAPPYBIRTHDAY!!! to my mom. I hope it’s a good one. Definitely wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my mom. Thanks for everything you do.

But yeah back to the business. This week I put a lot of study into hope. I think that you could probably benefit from a little study on hope. But yeah it really helped me out and it really motivated me to keep working hard here in this area. I don’t have lots of time but let’s see if I have any crazy stories. I’m too boring to have crazy stories. Sorry guys. Hope you all have good weeks.

Elder Clifford


Elder Clifford,

I had to share with you a talk a Brother gave in sacrament today. He served his mission in Brazil many years ago and went back to visit last month. He said that he and his trainer opened an area there. He talked of not having beds, much food, or anything really, for several days. This is when I started thinking of you, Colby! He said this town he was in was so poor, dirty, dangerous filled with dogs and homeless people. He said it was rough. He said there were literally 6 priesthood holders (including them) in the town and they didn't even have a place to meet. They had to travel
to the next town attend church. He said as they started teaching people it was so hard to convince them to spend money to travel to the next town over for church when they couldn't even afford the bus for work. He said he got to visit the area again at the end of his mission and how they were making such good progress. They had enough for a branch. 5 years later he went back and he couldn't believe how many members there were. They had enough for a ward, but the church hadn't built a building yet because it was growing so fast in this town they had no idea what size of a building they needed to build. Last month he was able to go back and visit...12 years later and he said he just cried. Not only did they have a beautiful 3 story stake center, but the town itself was beautiful. He bore testimony how the gospel coming into this town not only changed the members, but it changed everyone. The hand of the Lord was over this town and the change was miraculous. I wanted to share this with you because I couldn't stop thinking about you while he was giving this talk. You are doing such an important work in an important place. Some areas may be rough....some times it might seem impossible, but the Lord's work WILL continue. You are part of the miracle that is the spreading of the gospel. You are changing lives, families, and maybe even a whole town! We pray for you every day and are so grateful for the work you are doing.

Jeni :)

Thanks for sharing that awesome story!! I sincerely hope that my first area turns out the same way, but it is true that the Lords work will always continue. It’s rapidly progressing all over the world. I can only imagine what the church will be like in 20, 30, 40 years. Thanks again! Hope everyone is doing well in the Norris family!

Elder Clifford