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, August 31, 2015

Week Fifty Six

This week was kind of a trying week but it ended pretty well. We've been experiencing lots of opposition but somehow we keep finding the energy to keep working hard and keep moving on. 

This week I had the opportunity to teach a lesson with a less active sister and her non member daughter and we had a pretty interesting experience. As we are new in the area, we do not exactly understand the sisters situation, but we know that she has stopped going to church for a while and that she faces a lot of problems from her family at home concerning the church. When we visited her this week we decided to teach her the message of the restoration. It was going very well and I could feel the spirit, but the daughter of this sister was making a lot of jokes and anti comments and questions to the message. Do you seriously believe that? she asked and she made many other similar comments. The sister stood up in her living room, looked at her daughter in the eyes and testified that she knew that this was the truth and that she would rather be a member of this church than in any other religion or church in the whole world. She sat down and the daughter didn't say anything else for the rest of the lesson. We finished teaching and left happy to see that sister testify and to see that somewhere in her heart she still remembers her testimony. This sister still didn't come to church this week, but it comforts me to see that we will be having progress as she continues testify. 

Rio Verde is part of Tonala, Jalisco and it is very near to Guadalajara. Its a pretty big area, but I am super excited to get working here. As well as I am excited to be working with my companion, Elder Tzub.

Hope this week was a great week and that you all do great things.

Elder Clifford

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week Fifty Five

Hello everyone!

Hope you’ve had an awesome week. Sorry I couldn’t really write last week. Not much to mention this week. Just that I’m crazy excited to be working here in my new area! Its crazy big but it’s awesome because we’re in Guadalajaraish. Kinda.

But hey I’ve only got time for a funny story so here it goes. So one day this week I was talking to the ward mission leader and he was explaining to me how to get to the church over the phone. I felt pretty confident that I could get there from the description he gave me. Its super simple he told me, like 50 times. Just take this bus then this bus then get off at the corner. Well alright, let’s see how it goes. We got on the right bus, but after an hour of travel, I figured out that it was in the wrong direction. But yeah we got lost so I was asking the bus driver how to get back and he was refusing to understand my Spanish so I just started laughing and got off the bus and we called a taxi. Sometimes you just gotta laugh it off I think. But yeah it was a good week.

Elder Clifford

(No picture this week but we were able to find this on google!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week Fifty Four

We didn't hear from Elder Clifford on Monday, but one of his friends from the MTC (thank you Elder Larsen!!) told his family in his email to let us know that he had been transferred and that is why we didn't hear from him.  Later that night his incredible Mission Mom, Hermana Egginton, posted this picture on Facebook:

Here he is with his new companion, Elder Tzub.

So grateful to Hermana Egginton and all the pictures she posts on the Mission Facebook page!

The next day we got this email from Elder Clifford:

I had cambios. I am in an area called Rio Verde ( green river) its in Guadalajara. I'm sure that you guys saw the pictures of us on the facebook page that Sister Egginton took.

That was it!  We knew that he was with Elder Jones over the weekend because both of their companions finished their missions this week, so we checked his blog to see if there was any information on Elder Clifford and it did not disappoint!!  This is a picture of them visiting the family that owns the chain of bakeries in Acambaro, I am sure Elder Clifford is saying goodbye to them.  According to Elder Jones, they asked to see what 1000 pesos looked like and the family pulled out a bunch of money for them to hold!!  These two are so silly.  I bet they had an amazing weekend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bonus Letters

Photo sent this week - Elder Clifford, Elder Dance and Elder Wright

Hi, last week was boring. We have youth conference this week, so that will be boring. Bye.

Why would you not like youth conference? You should ask mom to send you to EFY next summer. Enjoy the week. Just be Cam. If this is Cam. Yep. If its not Cam be whoever you are. Unless you would like to be Cam. Then you could do so I guess. Although it would be kinda weird if Kapree was Cam. Not so weird if Carter was Cam. Still kinda weird if Caleb was Cam. Yep. Gonna silently slip away now.

Hi how are you doing? I have to start school today. Have you had a good week? I have a job. I hope you have a great rest of the week and a interesting week! 
Love Kapree

I hope so as well! Have a good first week of school! Be good!

Hi How are you? What did you do this week? Have you seen any ostriches?  
Have a good week.
Love, Carter

I don't think I've even seen ostriches in the United States. But no, no I have not. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week Fifty Three

Here is Elder Clifford celebrating his Hump Day last week by burning a shirt!!!!

Happy Monday!!!!

I hope that everyone is having a great week! Or well, had a great week.

But yeah, things didn’t quite go as planned last week, but I’m still keeping things positive. The baptism with Lilianna didn’t go through. We made it all the way up to the day of the baptism, and then she skipped out last minute. It was a really rough day at first. I got home and had to take some reflection time and relax a little bit. My conclusion has been something of a miracle for me. First off, I feel like I might just understand the way our Heavenly Father feels when we are disobedient to the commandments that He gives us a little better. I was disappointed that she didn’t take a decision that she admitted she knew was right. I was scared for her future progress, and have been constantly praying that she gets baptized before time runs out for her on this earth. But at the end of the day, I still love her as one of my sisters. At the end of the day, all I wanted was that she would have what was best for her. I’ve prayed every day for her protection and happiness. I’ve learned to love people I hardly even know in the mission. Companions, members, investigators, all these people. So yeah, if at some point in the week, you feel tempted to commit something you know is a sin, or do something dishonest, remember that it might be something that disappoints our Heavenly Father. But remember if in the past week by some chance you committed some type of error, that our Father only wants the best for you, and will accept you with open arms if you are willing to take a step forward and repent. He loves you no matter what you’ve done or who you were. The important thing is all about who we are becoming.

This week, I have focused my studies completely on Jesus Christ. I am amazed by Him and all that He did for us. It has certainly been amazing the progress that I’ve seen as I’ve tried to develop his attributes and tried to be more like him. I invite you all to learn more about Christ. If you’ve never read the New Testament I invite you to start to do so now.

Funny events... One time this week, this dude was trying to bum some money off of us, and we honestly didn’t have any money to spare, it was like a day or so before our reimbursements came in. This dude was pulling every one liner out of the book. “You don’t love poor people?” ”You guys aren’t disciples of Christ.” ” You can’t give me just 2 or 3 pesos?” We pulled our pockets out and showed him that we didn’t have any money!! He kept trying. I got kind of annoyed because I had an appointment and we were running late. “Look dude, take a look at my shoe and tell me if I have money or not!” (The front part of my shoe came apart so it looks like my shoe is a comedian) ((I just haven’t had time to fix it yet)) He looks down and his mouth falls open! “SORRY SORRY SORRY. Here man I don’t need any money, take some of my money”, and he pulls out a 50 peso bill. I just laughed and said I didn’t need his money and we shook his hand and walked away. But yeah. that happened.

And one time we ate chicken legs.

 Elder Duran loving his yummy lunch!!

Have a good week everyone. Don’t forget to smile.

Elder Clifford

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hump Day!!!

Today marks one year in the mission for Elder Clifford and his MTC buddies!  Mom made a last minute video to send to him on his pday Monday, to show some of the people who love him and are so proud of him.  He loved it!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Week Fifty Two

The view on the hike to "Toad Lake"

This week rocked!

We’re getting back to the basics here in the last few weeks of my comps mission. We’ve been trying really hard to read and apply the things we’ve learned in chapter 1 of Preach My Gospel and we saw a ton of success. The most important thing being that we are loving our investigators.

I’ll share a spiritual experience of the week real quick. We were teaching at Liliana’s house Tuesday or Wednesday and we started talking about all this time that has passed and all of that she’s learned. It was just a really special moment for me when she started sharing stuff that she had learned in her personal scripture study, or an answer to her prayer that she had done just before going to bed, when she felt an affirmation that all of this is the truth and it’s the right direction for her. I realized that maybe I’m just the mouthpiece, and that God has done all of this through our visits, but that if I had never come to the mission, or that if I had come home, that none of this would of ever happened. That she never would have received this in her life, at least not right now or in this way. It’s something to definitely think about. Every decision that we make has huge consequences, and sometimes we just don’t ever realize how far they reach. So today I’m grateful that around a year ago I took the decision to come to the mission, because if I hadn’t, I have no idea how life would be for me, and I’m not sure how it would be different for many people. I’ve done a lot of reflection this week and I hope that you guys can too. What are going to be the consequences of the decisions that you are about to take? Who will they affect? Always remember that every decision has even eternal consequences, as I’m seeing here in the mission field.

Super funny experience today:  We did this hike on the mountain to some fresh water puddle things and a stream. It was really beautiful. We got to the water and the two native guys from Acambaro that were with us both took drinks from the water! “Don’t worry guys its fresh!! This is the cleanest water in Acambaro.” My comp steps forward to take a drink, puts his hand in the water, and plop a toad hops out by his foot! All I can see is my comp freaking out and spitting the water he had just put in his mouth all over the place. But yeah, some real fresh water we had there haha.

Hope everyone has a good week.

Elder Clifford