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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week Forty Seven

Good afternoon!!!

This week was goodish. But yeah, things go well here in Acambaro. We have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday so I’m super excited to see how everything goes.

But yeah, to the good stuff - The work in Acambaro is kind of crazy right now. For the next two weeks they are going to have the fair so all of the people in Acambaro go the fair every night. Fireworks and stuff like that are going off the entire day and night, so it kind of always feels like a party. The big day is the Fourth of July, I have no idea, I’m thinking it’s kind of like how the United States celebrates the 5 de Mayo even though they have no idea what it’s about, but everyone supposedly goes nuts on this day. Partying for the entire day and all that good stuff. So yeah, I’ll have to let you guys know how that goes.

Today we went and climbed these super old stairs to the top of the mountain so we could see all of Aacambaro. It was super awesome and it was a great way to relax and enjoy the view. Funny experience….. So today coming back from the mountain we saw this super old guy in short shorts and a bunch of exercise stuff running up the stairs. This guy had to have around 70 years on him and he was straight sprinting up the stairs that had me weezing at around half way. But yeah we saw him heading up and laughed a little and just kind of forgot about him. Around 10 minutes later I just hear this guy running crazy fast behind me yelling, “I’m going I’m going, excuse me, I’m going”. Me and my comp turned around at the same time and the old dude just sprints right in between us and throws his hands up in the air like he just won a marathon or something. He runs up to this statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe that they had on the corner and immediately offers this prayer thing. He ended, yelled some sort of gibberish and kept running. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still running. I think the moral of the story would be that when I have 70 years, even if I’m this super toned rockstar athlete, I’m definitely not gonna wear short shorts.

But yeah that’s about all I’ve got this week. Everybody have a good one.

Elder Clifford

 Elder Clifford and his companion Elder Duran with two guys from one of the local wards.

 Elder Clifford and Elder Duran!

 Acambaro Mexico

Notes from Elder Clifford's mom:

There are more than 1000 stairs here!!  At the top there is a prayer temple, this is a significant historical spot in Acambaro.  The celebrations culminating on July 4th are for Our Lady of Refuge (the Virgin Mary).  Every city has their their own traditions and from what I have found Acambaro has a festival for a few weeks with fireworks, parades and native dances.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bonus Letters

How was your week? I have a camp out this week. Is church 3 hours there too? Have you tried a papaya there? 
Have a good week.
Love carter

Yeah they have papaya trees on the side of the road sometimes. Yeah church is normal here. Kind of.

Hi How are you? My fourth grade program is on Thursday and my teacher wanted me to do 4 things in it so now i'm a dancer, has a speaking part, singing at the beginning, and holding a sign for my county. Then me and mom have to make stuff for the rendezvous, make a map of my county, and a float and we have 2 days to do it.  How has your week been? Have you ate anything new or are you having stuff you've tried before from different months? Love Kapree

In every area I pretty much eat the same meals every week. Here we eat a lot of the dish called mole. Here its been the kind all of the Americans call the chocolate kind. Good luck with all that stuff you have to do.

Hello, how are you liking Mexico? Does it exceed your expectations or does it fall right where you thought it would be? Now that you have some experience with Mexico how would you say the natives react when they see a white kid that can speak fluently? Btw do you see people riding horses often because that's what I sort of have pictured in my head. Like a mix between rural and country. Besides that nothing of interest has happened over here. Anything interesting happening where you are right now?

In the area where I live a lot of people teach their horses how to dance kind of and so they walk down the street with their horses doing tricks and dancing and stuff like that. Its kind of ridiculous but funny. Every once in a while I meet people who refuse to understand my Spanish even though I speak fluently, as well as there are people who try to talk English to me even though I can't understand what they are trying to say in their English. I think most people think that Mexico is like this desert wasteland but its only like that in some places. There are some pretty big cities in this country, well a lot bigger than Syracuse that is. I'm not sure what you mean by the first question. If the question is that Mexico is what I thought it was going to be before the mission, I would have to say that I was completely wrong.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week Forty Six

Elder Clifford with Presidente and Hermana Camarillo

I don’t have very much time this week so I’ll make it short and awesome.

Everything in the work aspect is going well and as planned actually, haha. I’m starting to see the blessings of making good plans and goals. This week I spent some time studying the way that we should really work and obey the commandments. It’s important to obey the commandments, or to serve a mission, but it’s even more important that we do it with the right heart. In Moroni 7 it talks about the way that we are supposed to offer things. If we look at our obedience as an offering, then we should probably apply the things we learn in this chapter. Our service will not benefit us anything if we do not put our whole heart into it, or if we don’t want to do it. The only way to have success in any calling in this church, or in any action in this life, has to do with your desire to do said action. Someone who loves their job is obviously going to be more successful than someone in the same position that hates their job. We need to change our hearts so that we can love the commandments, and desire to follow them because we love Christ. There’s no other way to do it.

This week should be awesomeish.

Hope everyone is doing great. Have a great week.

Speaking of awesome....... 
Elder Clifford didn't say what this was but his family definitely wants him to learn how to make whatever it is!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Week Forty Five

Presidente y Hermana Camarillo are visiting the mission before the end of their service as Mission President next month.  This picture is from their visit to Elder Clifford's zone last week.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Week Forty Four

Happy Monday!

This week was a great week. Pretty much everything went as planned as well. I guess the theme of the week would have to do with goal setting and the achieving of goals. Last week was a great opportunity for me to learn the importance of really doing everything you can to achieve your goals. The last few weeks we haven’t really met our goals at all. We just kind of made plans and hoped that they would work out then we checked out how it all went at the end of the week. I feel like we do this a lot in real life as well. Like I used to say, hey I want a 4.0 this term when I was in high school and I’d work hard for a few days, then I’d kind of forget about the goal I made and return back to normal. If you really want to meet your goals you’re gonna have to have them filtered in your mind all day long. They are going to have to be specific, and you’re going to have to do something every day so that you can take one step closer to it. In the case of our companionship, we started making daily plans of what exactly we would do to make progress with that specific weekly goal. The next morning we would read them together, and throughout the day we did everything possible to bring to pass the plans we had. We achieved around half of our weekly goals and we saw some great results. I’m starting to see the importance of the numbers in missionary work. Don’t get me wrong here, missionary work is definitely not all about the numbers you call in on Sunday night, but I can see the connection now. If you can learn to recognize or if you make a habit of seeing each and every number as a specific person or specific name that you want to see spiritually progressing then you realize how much the "numbers" matter. As I started my mission I was so against the whole goal and tracking system of numbers, but I just didn’t understand how much it helps us to find the chosen children of our Father, and to give all of our efforts to help them return to him. I guess the application in real life would kind of be like setting goals with more plans to get them done. Or looking at the why of your goals. Asking yourself why you want to achieve x thing or other.

I’ve got a pretty funnyish experience this week if you’re into the whole misunderstanding Spanish thing that happens to me so often. We were crossing a bridge at around 8 ish one night and it was starting to get dark. You could see bats flying around in the air and everything and it was pretty cool. Well some little kid behind us starting yelling out " look mom, a murciĆ©lago!" I swung around in shock so I could see the lamborghini that I thought this kid was yelling about. I looked everywhere and nothing. What the heck I thought, I must be going crazy. All I could see were a bunch of bats flying around. Later when I got home I was flipping around in my dictionary and I totally learned that I have a smaller vocabulary then a 5 year old because murcielago means bat.  Yep.

Enjoy your week. Everyone be safe.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Week Forty Three

Greetings from Mexico........

This week went pretty well. We’ve been working like crazy so we can find new people to teach and little by little we’re starting to find more people. The investigator that we found last week is really doing well. He’s progressing toward his baptismal date in 2 weeks and I think that he’s going to make it there. We have a bunch of other investigators that are going well as well. Pretty much everywhere I look I see new investigadores.

Still raining like crazy here. Well, only in the afternoon. We leave the house and it looks like it’s just gonna be a clear day and it’s not gonna rain and then it tricks me and 10 minutes later it’s raining. One of the days it rained so hard that all of the roads surrounding the city became like rivers and needless to say it was crazy. I took a video but I don’t know if I can send videos on here. Either way the rain has been pretty fun.

I studied a lot about charity this week. It’s really important to have charity as a missionary. Every day I see chances to help people in the street, or to help members with stuff they need to do, or to just plain help my companion. Each time that I feel tempted to get mad or angry with my companion I tell myself to be quiet and I look for an opportunity to serve him. I shined his shoes a number of times, and each time I did it I just forgot the reason why I was upset and could go back to working like normal. Whether he’s noticed or not I have no idea. He hasn’t said anything so I figure no, but either way, the point of charity isn’t the recognition. It’s just about the love for your fellow man. I invite everyone reading to look for an opportunity to serve someone this week.

Oh, have I got a funny experience this week. Right now in Mexico all of the political parties are running their campaigns because the vote is next week. One of the days we were walking through the center of Acambaro and really far away we could hear like some chant or something. Then all of a sudden this huge crowd of people stormed the street chanting and singing songs and spreading propaganda for their political party. We quickly got off the street and we sat and watched for a minute. Literally, around 500 people walked down the street, all of them singing and stuff. Then when everyone had passed, it was as quiet as it had been before, almost as if nothing had happened. Needless to say we moved on, but it was pretty funny to just see a huge crowd of people appear out of nowhere. They all tried to give me free tshirts and stuff but I said no because I figured it would be better if I kept myself out of politics. Next thing you’ll know they’ll have me running for President and it’ll say Guerro for President and that’s not something I need right now.

That’s about it. Hope everyone has a great week.

Elder Clifford