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, July 27, 2015

Week Fifty One

Everything goes well here in Acambaro. I’m working my butt off so that we can get off to a good start again in the work aspect of everything. We have a baptism the eighth of August so I’m super excited to see how our investigator progresses until then. This week I was studying about a lot of things, but I focused a lot on chapters 1 and 10 of Preach my Gospel. I’m trying to better my personal interaction with all people, and as well understand my purpose a little better. I also want to use the attributes that we find in chapter 10 to teach other missionaries and members to understand the objective of missionary work. It’s been working very well. I recommend that you go there and study chapter 10 sometime and try to apply it to normal life.  They are great tips to be a better teacher, but they also make you a more friendly, likeable person if done correctly. I’ve really seemed to change and open up into the person I’ve always been but just been too shy to share with everyone.

I probably never mentioned but I have D&C 121, 34 to 46 memorized in Spanish. It’s helped a lot in my leadership. It’s something I’ve taken the time to reflect on this week. How can I have fun and still work hard. And honestly I figured by the end of my studies that this is the purpose of missionary work. We’re not here to work like machines. Machines work and work and work and work until they break. And after they break, they don’t work as well as they used to, you can fix it, but never perfectly. I don’t want to break. It was kind of a euphoria sort of realization for me this week, that I actually needed to relax a bit. I’ve been reading the gospel of Matthew and I noticed the same thing. That Jesus knew when to be serious, and he knew when to be not so serious. I kind of came to this conclusion Monday night or Tuesday morning. Almost as if God was trying to show me I had the right idea in mind, he gave me the opportunity to try it out Wednesday when I had companion interchanges with one of my best friends from the MTC! Heavenly Father has it figured out! We talked about this topic until around 3 in the morning.  So many missionaries are focused on working and working and working, but they never do it for the right reason.   We both have been talking about this for a long time, since the MTC when my comp tried to fight me.  How do you help someone see the purpose of missionary work? So we started planning. We've got some great ideas and we're going to start using them wherever we are assigned. Basically we just want a mission with happy spiritual missionaries, that know when to work, but also how to actually enjoy that work. So now this last week I've been trying to live the idea of it, and also teach it non verbally to my district. I can't exactly explain all of the idea very well, but I can say that if we do it well, we will reach personal conversion in every missionary in the mission. Our goal is to have the happiest, most spiritual mission in Mexico, then after Mexico, the world. I feel great. I can see great things in the future, and I'm ready for this last year.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Week Fifty

Mom found this awesome picture of Elder Clifford and Elder Jones on Elder Jones blog and got permission to make a copy!

No time for a letter this week but Elder Clifford was able to reply to some emails!

Hi how are you? How has your week been? I have had a normal week. Did you have a interesting week or a normal week? Carter has had many soccer games. Next week I get to sub in the school library with mom for a couple of days. The day before that we have to go to the dentist. Have AWESOME week! 
Love, Kapree 

I'm good! My week went by really fast haha. It was more of an normal week, but I think that every week is an interesting week if you really think about it. Enjoy the dentist visit! haha

This exchange will make more sense if I put Elder Clifford's replies right after his little brother Carter's questions:

Hi How was your week? Have you ever seen farm animals running around in the streets? 
In my first area I saw cows running around the streets a couple of times.

Do people take pictures of you when you're walking around?
Only like once or twice that I'm aware of.

 On a scale of 1 to 10, how much graffiti is there?

 My team won second place in the la roca cup. 
 Awesome that you guys got second place!

Have a good week. 
Love, Carter

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bonus Letters

Hi, how was your week? My team is playing in a soccer tournament this week. I also have scout camp next week. Have you seen a rhino so far? Do people ride horses through the street? Are there any tall buildings?  Have a good week.

Love Carter

I've never seen a rhino, I don't think that there are rhinos in Mexico haha. I've seen people ride horses through the street a lot of times. The tallest building in Acambaro is like 4 stories high. Have a good week too. Enjoy scout camp.

Hi how are you? Have you had a good week? Nothing interesting happened this week. Are you good at speaking the language? I have day camp tomorrow. Are you doing any thing interesting this week? Have a good week! 
Love Kapree 

I'm good. I guess I'm good at speaking Spanish. I have no idea. I can say everything I want and I understand everything people tell me so I guess you could call that goodish. I have nothing interesting planned but interesting things always happen haha.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week Forty Nine

Elder Clifford's zone, Zona de Aeropuerto, the day they met President and Hermana Egginton

It’s Monday.

This week was kind of a crazy week but it was pretty good. We started off with preparation day and we found a new investigator. He didn’t believe that I spoke Spanish at first and the whole time he was talking to my companion until I answered one of his questions, then he was all surprised, like “You speak Spanish?” Yeah bro, I’ve got like a year in Mexico. It was just kind of funny to see the look of surprise on his face I think.

Wednesday we got to meet President and Hermana Egginton! They are awesome. I look forward to working with them for the next year. I had the opportunity to talk with them and found out that they live way close to where I live back home. Like 5 minutes away or something like that.

Then Friday I got to go to Salvatierra to give a baptismal interview to the investigator of Elder Jones and Elder Lopez. We had to stay the night over there and we had a blast haha.

That’s about all that happened. Have a great week!

Elder Clifford

Elder Clifford's mother and baby sister had the privilege of meeting President and Hermana Camarillo last week when they were visiting family in Provo!!  They are amazing.  Our entire family loves them so much and are so grateful to them for their service and for looking after Elder Clifford for us.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week Forty Eight

Elder Clifford, Richard (no last name for privacy) and Elder Duran

Happy Monday!!!

Hope everyone has had a great week! This week went pretty dang well. Saturday we were able to have the baptism of Richard! We were kind of racing to get all of the teaching done this week but he understood everything pretty well and was pretty excited to get baptized. Everything went great and we all had a great time.

Oh I forgot, transfers were yesterday, I’m going to stay here for another transfer! Looks like I’m going to be here for the entire year haha. I’m excited because it just means that there is someone else that I need to find and teach here, somebody else that I have to help. I’m definitely going to be working as hard as I can for the next six weeks so that I can find that person or those people.

This week I had some really great studies. I spent some time studying patience. It’s something that I feel like I’ve learned pretty well, but there is always space to improve and learn more. Sometimes we pray so much and we work so much, and we just don’t feel like were receiving an answer, or we can’t clearly see it really, and that kind of kills patience sometimes. We’ve just gotta remember the point of this life and all of the challenges we face. Elder Bednar just gave a fantastic talk in conference about fighting fears that I feel like really goes along well with patience. He basically said we have no need to fear if we understand the atonement and the plan of salvation. Well I read it with patience in mind and I feel that we have no need to doubt, or wonder why we aren’t receiving help now, when we want it, and we think we need it, if we understand the purpose of this life. It’s all about perspective. It’s all about being positive and hoping for the better things to come.

But yeah, I’m running out of time. Hope everyone has a good week. This week I’m going to study D&C 121, among many other things.

See ya.

Elder Clifford​