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, September 28, 2015

Week Sixty




This week was a really great week. It's amazing how things just all seem to work out sometimes. We had the wonderful opportunity to take part in the baptism of one of our investigators and his daughter this weekend. He had been receiving lessons from the missionaries for a little more than a year when we got here. We invited him to be baptized in the first lesson we had with him and he declined us and told us that he still wasn't interested in being baptized, and that he had told our companions (the other missionaries) this many times. Well we kept pushing along, stopping by once or twice a week to teach him. The third week he started coming back to church on Sundays. He was amazed by the lesson that was taught in Gospel Doctrine. When we passed by his house later on that night, he shared with us all of his insights from the lesson, and I could see the excitement in his countenance to learn the gospel. From this point on he started changing. He started to pray and to read the Book of Mormon on his own, and with his family. He came to church for the next 3 weeks and was always there early and ready to learn. He started writing down questions he had about topics he had heard or studied. Well, this last week he called us and told us that he would like us to come on over to his house at 8 o'clock for an appointment. We had no idea why so we figured that he had some questions. We walk in and the first thing he says to me was, "Elders, how do you feel, when for your efforts, someone finally takes the decision to be baptized?" I sat there kind of confused for a moment and before I could answer him he gave us the news. "Elders I'm ready." He testified that he knew it was true, and all though he knew it would be hard on his extremely Catholic family and that they would not accept it, that he was going to do what God wanted him to do. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity that I had to participate in this experience. I know that in this circumstance, that I truly did nothing, and that this all had to do with God, this man's family, our loving members that visited him so often and the countless missionaries that labored diligently to help him. I wish that I could go find each of those missionaries and give them a hug and tell them thank you for the work you did with this man. Thank you for never giving up on him. Someday I will. But Elder Tzub and I are very grateful that we could witness this event and that we could learn in the process. I know that more miracles just like this are to come. 

Have a good week.

ELder CLifford





Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bonus Videos!


Our wonderful Hermana Egginton posted a couple of videos to the mission facebook page that had Elder Clifford in them!

In the first one he is the first one in line singing.  This is at zone conference.




In the second one he is kind of in the middle of the back row.  Hermana Egginton was sick and the zone was wishing her well!




Monday, September 21, 2015

Week Fifty Nine




Things are going great here in Rio Verde. This week was a crazy week but we had a lot of fun with it. Wednesday we went to the temple and I’ve gotta say that I’m a lot more grateful to live close to the temple now. It was a great opportunity to go there and just think for a while. Feel the spirit and the calmness.


But yeah the work goes well here. There are lots of people listening but I feel that more of our focus right now should be on helping the ward out. We had a few less active members in church this week so it was awesome to see them there. Thursday we had the zone conference. It was a really uplifting meeting and we were all able to learn a lot. Friday I got to head up to Centro Guadalajara and sign my visa stuff. It was awesome because I got to see almost all of the guys from my MTC district. It was a really great day and it kind of turned out really funny. While we were signing visas they had this huge city wide disaster drill thing so we all had to walk out of the building to some place. All of the foreign people that didn’t speak Spanish and that couldn’t understand that it was a drill were freaked out because they thought that it was for real and that some crazy stuff was happening. Some American guy ran up to one of the Elders in the group and asked him what the heck was going on and the Elder by habit answered him in Spanish. The guy just kind of sat there for a minute with a blank stare on his face then was like, in English please. Then the Elder realized he answered in Spanish and answered in English. It was funny because it happens fairly often. I guess that’s what happens when you think in Spanish. 




 Elder Wagner, Elder ?, Elder Clifford, Elder Sasser, Elder Dance, Elder ? and Elder Larsen


Elder Clifford and Elder Tzub at zone conference


Just a close up of that amazing first picture, Mom couldn't help it!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Week Fifty Eight


There was no letter from Elder Clifford on Monday so we were excited to get this little email from him yesterday!


Guadalajara Mexico Temple


Hey, I've gotta get running to the temple!! I'm super excited to finally be able to go! Sorry I wasn't able to write very much this week! I had some cool experiences so I'll have to share everything that happened next week. 

Love you guys and hope that you all do well with whatever it is that you are doing. 

Have a great week.

Elder Clifford


BONUS LETTERS


Hi how are you? I am doing good I guess. I lost my i pod for a week and found it randomly. My birthday is in like 2 weeks on a Monday. Did you have a good and interesting week? Our 2nd week in our new ward and I already have a talk in primary. Have you seen something  cool this week? Love Kapree

You have an ipod? That's pretty sweet. I had a good week. Today I'm going to the temple so all the letters are gonnna be short and quick. Elder Clifford


Hi, hows life? Cooooooooool. We got wrecked on Saturday in our soccer game. Have you seen any of Zoe's cousins? Have you seen a flying cat? How about a bat? Coco says slkfjal;fkj. She seriously typed that herself. It was all her. Larry(a.k.a Lamar) says Hi. Bye.
Love Carter

I have never seen Zoe's cousins. I've never seen a flying cat. I have seen lots of bats. Good for Coco. She'll have to start studying English. Hi Lamar. Bye.
Elder Clifford




Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bonus Letters

Here are several weeks of letters between Elder Clifford and some of his siblings.


Hello, how was your week?  Did you get to do anything fun? I scored two goals in the Championship game and we won. About how much Coke do you drink a day? 
Have a good week.
Love, Carter

Awesome about the goals! I don't drink coke very often because I think that it is very unhealthy but I'd say around one coke a week.


Hi how are you?  We're in a new ward now and yesterday was the first day in it. I tried out for clogging this year and made the team I wanted to, plus two others and got the highest score out of who was trying out for the team and was named the Team Captain. How have you been? Any food you like now? I hope you have a great and interesting week! Love Kapree

Awesome! How many people are on your team? I'm good. I like all the food here. I've had carne en su jugo 4 times in the last 2 weeks. I hope you have a good week as well!


How was your week? Sorry I didn't write to you last week, but it was my first day of high school, and I completely forgot to write. Most of my classes stink, but I at least have friends in them. I'm retaking spanish 1, so that is basically a free class, and seminary is also a free class, so that's two A's already! I got two big textbooks in math class, and the teacher said we are not even going to use them. We are planning on having a mexican christmas dinner, so that will be great. See ya next week!
Cam

Hope you do well in school. I dropped the spanish class because I thought it was too hard and now I'm in mexico, so maybe stay there and see where you get called to. Awesome. Are you guys going to eat pozole? Seminary doesn't count as a grade, but if you want an A in seminary you are going to need to read the Book of Mormon every night. See ya.

Hi How are you. I had two soccer games last week. I scored a goal in one of them too. Do you ever get to watch TV at  a members house? Have you picked up a random dog or cat that was following you? Do you see any kittens? Have a good week,
Love Carter

Awesome about scoring a goal. I'm not allowed to watch tv, but sometimes the members watch tv while we are eating at their house. They usually turn it off because they know about the rule. I have never touched a stray animal, although my neighbor has 2 chihuahuas that always run up to me to say hi when I leave to work and get home at night time. They come to me every single day without fault. I see lots of stray cats and kittens. 

Hi, how are you? Last week in soccer we beat a team around 18 to zero. My season starts this week. School also starts.  I hurt my finger while slide tackling. Do  you hear dogs barking on the street. How much weeds are there?
Have a good week 
Love Carter

There are all kinds of weed here. But yes there are a lot of weeds in the street. Dogs chase me sometimes. Sorry about the finger.

Hi, how are you. How was your week? Are there pineapple trees there. 
Have a good week 
Love, Carter

Love you. There are tree's of piña.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Week Fifty Seven



(Elder Clifford and Elder Tzub)
(Thank you to Hermana Egginton for taking a picture of them while they were in the office!)


I've got no idea what to write about this week. Just a super fast week with not very much detail. I guess the zone meeting is worth mentioning. This week we had a zone meeting and we basically focused on the helping of less active members. In Mexico there are an extremely high number of less active numbers. I don't think that I am allowed to say how many but the number is shocking. But basically right now in this stake of Guadalajara we are going to be doing everything possible to find and teach and help all of the less active members in their path back to the church. One of the most important things that we talked about was about the love for these people. First and foremost, you must love the person you are teaching in order for you to ever have any effect on them or their lives. So this is a really great chance to get better at loving this work and the people because they don't take numbers of how many less active people are going to church. Its just going to be our pure efforts for the love of this work and recognizing that it is important to get out there and visit less active people. So yeah, maybe you'll see some more stories about that stuff. 

Other than that this week we got the news that we can go to the temple if we are in Guadalajara every once in a while so that was pretty awesome. I'll have to get to the temple pretty soon. There's not really anything else to mention. Food is going good I guess. I can eat all the spicy food that​ I want without any problems so I can finally start to experience all the good parts about the food here. Took a while but I guess it's worth it. Not sure how that's gonna work out when I get back to the states and the only food they eat is all without flavor and stuff. 

Have a good week. Do good stuff.

Elder Clifford