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, October 26, 2015

Week Sixty Four

 Elder Clifford bravely posing for a picture during the hurricane!

He is obviously terrified!!!

Elder Clifford seeking protection from the hurricane under this giant palm tree.

Hello family! 

I am alive. I imagine that every missionary in all of Mexico is going to talk about the hurricane in one way or another. I will give you my quick 2 cents. There was a big hurricane. It hit land. Nothing happened. That's it. Nada nada limonada. We had to stay home on Friday but we got to go back to work on Saturday. It was definitely a miracle. 

This week was a pretty good week. Lots of crazy stuff going on but it all turned out well. On Tuesday I went in divisions with the Elders from the area called Camichines. They've gotta a pretty fun area and we had a great time working. We taught 6 less active families the first day of divisions. The Elder I was with was surprised that all of the plans were working. I was grateful, haha. I think the best lesson we had was with a less active family with a nine year old girl. She has been fighting getting baptized because she wants to do her first communion in the Catholic church. We asked her why? She said for the dress and all that jazz. Well, we helped her out with that and now she wants to get baptized this Saturday. 

Other than that there was nothing especially crazy going on over there. We just worked hard and had a great time. On Thursday we ended divisions and we got to go visit one of our progressing investigators. His name is Ignacio. He's super awesome. Hes like 60 years old and hes pretty frank about everything. He said that he wants to get baptized and has gone to church two times! He's read like half the Book of Mormon as well! It's been pretty awesome working with him.

Other than that the week was pretty good. The funny moment of the week happened on Sunday morning. I woke up like normal, got ready and was out the door and ready to go for church bright and early. We headed over to the house of a member who offered to take us to church and knocked. "ELders what are you doing here so early?" I look at my watch - "Brother its time to go!" I yelled back. He just started laughing there in the door way. "No one told you guys it was the day that they changed the hour right?" I returned to my house very embarrassed, haha. So yeah that happened. 

This whole week was a great week. 

HEY I bought a camera today so you don't have to worry about not getting pictures anymore!

Have a good week.

ELder Clifford

Elder Clifford & Elder Wagner with their sons, Elder Tzub & Elder de la Rosa

Sooooooo happy to see Elder Clifford spoiling himself with pizza!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Training Meeting

Tonight Hermana Egginton posted pictures from the training meeting the mission had with Brother Durrant from the General Sunday School Presidency.  Moms love logging on to Facebook and finding pictures of their missionaries!

Elder Clifford meeting Brother Durrant.  
I'm sure Elder Clifford just told a 'ponderize' joke right then!

Elder Clifford and Elder Jones 

 Elder Wagner, Elder Raya and Elder Clifford

Sister Egginton posted a small video showing a few minutes of the training meeting.  When I started watching it I was just blown away, thinking to myself, "I can't believe my son understands this language!!"  There are several times you see our Elder in the video if you wait.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week Sixty Three

Hey, greetings from Green River! 

Not much happening this week. I guess I'll share with you guys what we learned from Elder Durant of the General Sunday School Presidency this week. That was a crazy meeting. They spoke about teaching obviously, but what was most awesome for me was the way they taught us about teaching. We did tons of spontaneous activities that made us all realize that we should probably be more prepared or that we need to be a little bit more creative. In one of the activities he gave us 4 objects and a minute and a half to tie the objects to gospel principles and teach it as a lesson in under a minute. That was pretty awesome. It made me think. Can I tie anything to the gospel? If I'm in someones house and they bring up some problem they have, or they talk about something, can I take it and relate it to the gospel? If not, what do I need to change so that I can do so? I'm not saying that everyone should be able to. Everyone has their own strength's but I would certainly like to be able to teach like that. We also talked about the importance of questions and also about leaving homework so that people can keep on learning. It was all pretty awesome. But yeah just some stuff to think about. If you had to share the gospel with someone today, how would you do it? Would you feel nervous to do so? Would you feel confident? Have you studied the scriptures today? I've learned in my mission that the things I study in the morning literally come up later on in the day when investigators and members ask me questions. Its crazy how that works. But yeah. 

Have a good week everyone. Sorry that I have no pictures.
Elder Clifford

Monday, October 12, 2015

Week Sixty Two

Hey, whats new! 

This week was kind of normal I guess. Nothing crazy happened but I guess that's kind of a relief. This week I spent a lot of time reflecting on all the problems that all of the people around me are experiencing. Probably not the best idea to focus on something negative, but still it was very interesting to try and see if I could come up with answers looking at it from my point of view. Sometimes I thought I found the answers to their problems very easily, other times I was as stumped as some of them were. It was humbling then, when I realized that the majority of my problems probably had unseen answers from my perspective, but could easily be solved by other people who think differently. As a result I've tried to be a lot more open and listen more at all times with everyone, because I realized that even if right now as a missionary I don't have any real problems, that I could still receive answers to the daily questions if I paid enough attention. I'm not really the best listener usually, but I've also tried to pay more attention when other people are speaking to me. Basically, as I paid more attention to what people were really telling me, and didn't just wait until it was my turn to talk, I understood more about them, what they are going through, their struggles even if they didn't mention them and I also received answers to the daily challenges that I and my investigators face with each day. It was a pretty good lesson. If anyone would like to learn a bit more about that, they could study "Listen" in chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel. 

But yeah, this week went pretty well. Hoping that things keep going well here in Rio Verde. Have a good week everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week Sixty One

Elder Clifford wasn't able to send a letter this week but he was able to answer emails from his sister and brothers.  We are also so grateful to and blessed by Hermana Egginton sharing pictures that include Elder Clifford on the mission Facebook page.  There is nothing quite like getting on Facebook and finding a surprise picture of your son!!

Hi how are you? I'm off track next week, this week all early out all week. Did you have a a interesting week? Hope you have a great and interesting one. Love Kapree

Awesome. I had a great week. Have a good time off track.

Hi, how was your week? Did you like Conference? What was your favorite talk?  Coco says hi. Every time the dogs bark we spray them with a spray bottle. Bye.
Love Carter

I liked the talks by Henry B. Eyring and the talk by the third new Apostle to speak.
haha I can't wait to come home and find out that they don't bark anymore.

Last week was good. It was general conference weekend, which was great. School is still great, I still have a 4.0. We met with the counselor today and she told me next year I should take AP and Honors classes. Those are going to be very hard. If I pass the AP tests though I will get college credit. She also gave me a list of a bunch of health classes that I should take. I will probably be going to Weber. Did you like general conference? See ya!

What career are you thinking about going into? Choose the school based off of the education. AP classes are ok if you are willing to put in a lot of effort. The good thing is that I will be there to help you study next year so maybe you should give it a shot. Don't take honors classes if you can help it. Maybe some community service would be a good idea. Hows scouts going? Yeah, I liked general conference.