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, January 25, 2016

Week Seventy Seven

Hey, hope you all had a great week! 

We had a super fantastic week here in Uruapan. Just 2 quick things because there's not a lot of time to write this week. 

First off the missionary conference was awesome! I learned a ton of stuff that I can't wait to start applying in my area. I think part of what was important that I learned was about the missionaries working together with the members. It's kind of hard to do that here but we are going to be doing our best and giving our all because it is the best way to do this work. 

Other than that, we had almost the same story as last week happen! Another family that we have been teaching who's son got baptized! They are awesome and it has been great to see their progress. 

Other than that, not much is going on around here. Today we went to the national park. I'll send the rest of the pictures next week.

Elder Clifford

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week Seventy Six

This week we had some great experiences. 

First off we got to have our interviews with President Egginton! It was great to have him here in Uruapan and we could literally see a change in everyone's attitude and levels of happiness after the interviews. The President has a wonderful effect upon all of the missionaries in this mission, and I think that a lot of this has to do with the spirit he always has with him, and the amount of love that he shows all of us. After the interviews we got to get some work done in our area. We went to the group of Saints that live in Cheran to go help them out and visit some investigators we've got. I think I already mentioned it but in total there is one active family there and around 40 members who are inactive. Its a kind of mountainy place and there is tons of green foresty stuff all over the place which makes for beautiful pictures. One of our investigators lives on a ranch pretty much and we found a whip thing made from a goat leg or something like that. It was pretty weird but also funny. 

Then on Saturday we had a pretty spiritual experience. We were walking back from our food appointment when one of the less active families we have been working with called us. Kind of confused we answered to see what they needed. They told us that they wanted me to baptize their daughter later that afternoon. I was like what the heck that was random but sure. It was really special to be able to baptize her and feel the spirit in that special ordinance. I think it was a great experience because we have been working with the members of this family for a long time and they are just barely starting to become active again. I hope that this baptism will help to commit them to continued activity and that they will always remember it. I sure will. 

Other than that not much going on around here. We took some pictures with a few of our favorite members after church on Sunday. Tons of love and thanks to these people for all the support they give us. They are the reason that I feel at home and can work so hard here in Linda Vista. 

Hope everyone had a good week and that you are all studying the scriptures. I will be studying meekness and the Plan of Salvation and will be memorizing the scripture in Mathew 18:3 which says "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." 

I love this scripture and am trying to become more childlike in the right ways.  Love you guys.  Hope you have a great week!

Elder Clifford

Elder Clifford, President Egginton and Elder Suarez

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week Seventy Five

(That mountain in the background is Volcán de Parícutin, a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1952.  It suddenly emerged in a farm field in 1943 and was active only 9 years.  It is on CNN's list of The Seven Wonders of the World, and there it is in Elder Clifford's backyard!)

Hey family hope that you had a great week! 

It's been freezing cold over here in Uruapan last week! I don't know what the temperature has been for the last week but people are putting on layers like its snowing or something. Hahaha but other than that the weather has been perfect. 

This week we had some great experiences. 

One of the days, the sister missionaries gave us a reference of an investigator that we could go contact so we went to go see who these people were. We had to go almost to the top of the mountain part of our area and it took a while, but we finally found them. Up there it's super humble, but all of the views are super beautiful, just pure green pine trees and all of the city of Uruapan. But yeah, we got there and they let us in and they accepted everything that we taught them without a problem. Thumbs up to the sisters! 

Another day of the week we had companion exchanges in the branch of Taretan. To start off, we hadn't even planned on having exchanges this day. Just during the companionship study we had this weird prompting that we should have divisions so we called them up to see if they were available and somehow the Elders were completely open for the day. Well, we brought them both over to Taretan to try and see what kind of miracles the Lord had planned for us and immediately set off to work. The thing about Taretan is that you can never have appointments or set plans because nobody that we teach has cell phones and we only go there once a week. So imagine that we all got there with no idea where we would be going, and we have to be good examples for these Elders. We don't want them to feel bad or disanimated or not have opportunities to work. The whole ride up there I was praying as hard as I could that we would be able to find the people that we were supposed to find. I'm not sure how but as soon as we set off in our companionships, both groups were able to find a ton of work. We found new investigators and made progress with some less active members we have been teaching. It was super awesome and it was a testament to me that we must always following promptings that we receive, as crazy as they might sound sometimes. Also, it was great because the other Elder talked with my companion and shared with him some problems he had been having and asked him for help and my comp was able to give him an awesome pep talk and excite him about the work again. All in all they were some great exchanges. 

Other than that I studied this awesome scripture this week in 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 about how the church of Jesus Christ is like a body and every body part is very necessary and no part is more important than any other. Its kind of hard for me to explain but I love that scripture because I love the organization of the church. (From Elder Clifford's mom: This is a great lesson about that scripture found here, scroll down a little to find it.)

But yeah, that was pretty much it. Hope everyone has a great week! Feel free to share what you have been studying with me next Monday, I want to know! 

Love ya guys,

Elder Clifford

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week Seventy Four

There was no time for a letter from Elder Clifford this week, but luckily we were messaged these pictures from Sister Egginton so all is not lost!

"Leadership Council today... Love this Elder!!!"

She also posted some additional pictures from the Leadership Council on the Mission facebook page: