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 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

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